Rwanda

Land of a thousands hills and wild mountain gorillas

 Gorilla briefing, Parc de Volcans, Rwanda

 

Rwanda is known as “the land of a Thousand Hills”, of which almost every inch is a mosaic of cultivation that undulates to the horizon. Bicycles and handcarts labour beneath mini-mountains of bananas and timber; woman in dazzling print-wraps harvest potatoes from a green geometry of terraces. Rising before you like mystical giants are the Virunga peaks – five massive cloud-capped volcanoes and home to over half of the world’s wild mountain gorillas and the gravesite of the legendary Dian Fossey.

Rwanda is not only about apes – to the east is Akagera National Park, home to a variety of wildlife including buffalo, giraffe, elephant, warthog, the elusive leopard and the occasional stray lion. In the eastern corner is Nyungwe Forest, the largest Afro-montane forest in east and central Africa, and one of the most ancient. Here, 13 primate species delight the tree tops with their acrobatic displays and giant Lobelia dazzle against a backdrop of green forest.

A visit to Rwanda is not complete without a trip to the Gisozi Genocide Museum, a powerful reminder of events that overtook every corner of this magnificent country.

 

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Location

East Africa

Currency

Rwanda franc (RFr)

Visa

Valid passport required; if not exempt, a Class T1 Tourist Visa is required; Online visa application required; Commonwealth countries exempt

Seasons

Temperate climate with two dry seasons – Dry: mid-May to mid-October & mid-December to mid-March; Wet: March to May & mid-September to mid-December

Time

GMT +2

Electricity

220V–240V @ 50Hz

Health

Malaria prevalent in northern region at certain times of the year

  • The magnificent Virunga Mountains, consisting of 6 volcanoes and 125 km2 of mountain forest
  • Mountain gorilla, chimpanzee and Golden Monkey tracking safaris
  • Beautiful beaches on the shores of Lake Kivu
  • Canoeing, swimming water-skiing and fishing on Gisenyi and Kibuye
  • Parc National Nyungwe Forest, an extensive montane rainforest
  • Nyungwe National Park, the largest protected mountain rainforest in Africa
  • The southernmost source of the Nile River
  • Abundantly rich wildlife and birdlife
  • The remains of Dian Fossey’s “Old Karisoke” Research Centre
  • Dian Fossey Tomb Trail – a beautiful, yet challenging 1hr 45min hike where orchids, birdlife and mountain gorillas can be seen
  • Guided game and nature walks
  • Outstanding bird watching opportunities
  • Various Cultural and Community Tourism initiatives 

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