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Rwanda

  • Good Evening Michele. We’ve been back for more than a week now and Liz and I are still recounting tales to anyone prepared to listen! So much to tell and so many pictures to sort through!! What an amazing trip – it certainly exceeded our hopes and dreams and we cannot thank you enough for coming up with such brilliant suggestions for every aspect of the trip.There were so many very special moments that it is just impossible to single out any particular one but spending time with the mountain gorillas has got to be up there but also seeing the rhinos in Lewa, lion cubs in Masai, a Wildebeest being born, a one hour old Hartebeest, a big male giraffe blocking our way between our banda and the main lodge in Lewa, an Eland trying to get into our cottage in Saruni – the list is endless!! You’ve provided us with so many priceless memories – thank you once again.

    Alan and Liz from Norfolk travelled to Rwanda and Kenya
A gorilla face, Virunga Volcanoes, RwandaBeautiful Kivu view, RwandaBlack and white colobus,Nyungwe Forest, RwandaChimpanzee, Nyungwe Forest, RwandaDancing children, Volcanoes National Park, RwandaGolden monkey, Volcanoes National Park, RwandaGorilla viewing, Virunga Volcanoes, RwandaNyungwe Forest, RwandaSabyinyo, Virunga Volcanoes, RwandaWalking golden monkey, Rwanda

Rwanda

Introduction

Introduction to the beautiful country of Rwanda

Rwanda is known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ and offers wonderful natural scenery almost wherever you go. It is also a land with a very rich cultural heritage, not all of it positive, and a visit to Rwanda will always include ‘limited’ exposure to the terrible events of the 1994 genocide (whether visiting the museum in Kigali or hearing about events from your guide). Today, the country has an extremely busy and friendly feel, and travelling around by road, you are able to really take in the positive atmosphere and beauty of this land.

The highlight of a Rwanda safari is seeing the incredible mountain gorillas, on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, just a few hours drive north of Kigali. Volcanoes National Park, which was home to research by Dian Fossey and the setting for ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, is home to around nine habituated gorilla families, and this region offers the most straight-forward gorilla tracking experience possible. Accessibility from Kigali (and therefore Nairobi) has made Rwanda the destination of choice for shorter, dedicated gorilla trekking safaris.

However, for anyone interested to explore further afield in Rwanda, there is plenty to experience. Nyungwe Forest in the south of the country is a spectacular forest reserve, with excellent birding and primate viewing. In particular, chimpanzee viewing is possible. Lake Kivu offers the chance for some beach relaxation and more general sight-seeing, whilst Akagera National Park is a ‘recovering’ park with some good game-viewing and birding, including the chance to see shoebill.

Overland tours are generally undertaken in the form of tailor-made private safaris, where we provide you with a private driver guide and an exclusive 4×4 safari vehicle. For longer explorations of the region, it is common to consider combining Rwanda with Uganda, making a one way journey between Kigali and Entebbe, including the various highlights according to your interests and as your time and budget allows.

For more information read our Guide to Gorilla Trekking.

For advice call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.