Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills is one of the upcoming travel destinations in Africa. Also known as Republic of Rwanda, this is the majestic home to the endangered mountain gorillas, that brought Dian Fossey to Africa.
Rwanda is located a few degrees south of the Equator and it is a lovely country with lots of interesting attractions and activities. It is bordered by countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi. Given its relatively small size, you can easily plan a multi-county tour combining Rwanda with its neighbors.
The capital of Rwanda is Kigali and it have been voted several times as Africa’s cleanest city. There are lots of things to do in Kigali. Explore the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, go shopping for the unique crafts and souvenirs, experience the lifestyle of the Rwandan People or even go out for a nightlife!
A guided safari in Rwanda is an unforgettable experience that tourists who visit the country must not miss. It offers the best way to experience not only the scenic beauty of Rwanda but also will be a memorable journey. If you’re thinking about going on a Rwanda safari, then you will find there are many options available for you to choose from.
One of the most popular tours is one where you watch gorillas out in the wild in their own natural habitat. A gorilla trek in Rwanda is the most captivating safari one can experience in their life time in the great country of Africa. Travel north to the Volcanoes National Park, the precious homeland of one of the most endangered species in the world, the mountain gorillas.
Planning a Gorilla Trek
A journey north will prove to you why Rwanda is called as the Land of a thousand hills! The region is characterized with undulating hills and the Virunga Mountain Ranges. A gorilla safari enables you to sit with a wonderful gorilla for sometime can become the best highlight for any trip to Africa. Given the opportunity to trek the endangered Mountain Gorilla, and there is no doubt to have a direct encounter with these great apes.
In order to participate in a gorilla trek, viewing permits must be obtained in advance, and they are extremely limited in number, so advance booking is essential to ensure permits can be obtained. The mountain gorilla is perhaps the World’s most endangered ape, with approximately 700 animals, and they are only found in small portions of protected afro-montane forests in north-west Rwanda, south-west Uganda and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking is tightly controlled and regulated for the safety of the visitor and importantly for the safety of the Mountain Gorillas. A maximum of 8 visitors may visit a group of habituated Gorillas on any given day; this minimizes behavioral disturbance and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.
When you go on this type of tour you will get the chance to see different groups of gorillas that are extremely rare. The skilled guide will teach you all about the different kinds of gorillas and what is unique about the jungle they are in. Whether you are on a three day, five day, or two week safari, you will not be staying close to the gorillas. The animals are always moving so they must be tracked on foot and the time you will spend on the hike is unpredictable. Once found a tourist can only get as close as twenty feet (7 metres) and can only take photos without flash.
There are safaris available for all types of different budgets, so everyone can find one they can afford to go on! One can also visit many cultural centres, genocide memorial and the beautiful twin lakes of Ruhundo, Bulero and the great Nyungwe Forest National Park. You can view the grand herds of buffaloes and elephants in the wonderful Akagera National Park.