Nothing prepares you for the emotional encounter with Rwanda; a country that does not forget the past, but faces its future with joy. This ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ allures with green volcanoes, shimmering lakes, chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas made worldwide known by Dian Fossey’s memoir.
Landlocked by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, tiny Rwanda offers plenty of heart-stopping natural rewards for visitors, including over one-third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, several rare lesser primates, and over 250 bird species. At the heart of this beautifully diverse country is its capital, the welcoming Kigali with its hilly streets, handicraft shops and its must-visit Genocide Memorial Centre.
For many, Rwanda is all about the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas that reside in Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla tracking in this rainforest is one of the most awe-inspiring of all wildlife adventures. Equally remarkable is the prime Chimpanzee habitat of the vast Nyungwe Forest National Park: stunning views of epic rainforest scenery, striking waterfalls and treetop primates by enjoying East Africa’s first canopy walkway. Another key Rwandan attraction is the shimmering Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s Great Lakes and a vast playground. Explore tea plantations or continue your safari in Akagera National Park.
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