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The national park is made up of 2 separate forests Gishwati and Mukura Tag

The size of Gishwati-Mukura national park today is 35.58 sq. km. The national park is made up of 2 separate forests Gishwati and Mukura. Gishwati and Mukura Forest were initially bigger but due to the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the survivors of this attack moved and stayed in this park which was not gazetted by then. They cleared vegetation for settlement and agriculture and this was done for several years until