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Rwanda is dubbed ‘the land of a thousand hills’ with endless expansive lush, mountain and diverse natural beauty. It lies between/within the great lakes region of East and Central Africa. The country boasts of a moderate climate. Mountains dominate the central and west of the country while the East consists of largely the savannah and swamps.
Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the East, Burundi to the south and Democratic Republic of Congo to the West. Rwanda has an incredible bio diversity despite being landlocked and one of the smallest countries of Africa. Nature lovers shall always be impressed by the variety and rarity of what can be observed on a Safari to Rwanda.
There is more to Rwanda than the Mountain Gorillas and Albertine Rift Endemics that the country is known for. The country boasts of the best inland beaches at the shores of Lake Kivu where tourists can also explore its many small islands. Nyungwe National Park in the south west is home to the region’s largest and oldest patches of Montane forest, habituated Chimpanzees, the Angola Colobus and the black and white Colobus monkeys. Moreover the Canopy Walk Experience in Nyungwe National Park can only be had in a few places in Africa.
Volcanoes National Park offers Mountain Gorilla trekking, Golden Monkey trekking as well as volcano hiking and it is one such a destination within Rwanda that defines its beauty and uniqueness. Apart from hosting those endangered primates (Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys), Rwanda’s highest point is found at Mount Karisimbi (4050m ASL) one of the volcanoes of the Virunga Massif hosted by the park. Others are Bisoke, Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabinyo. All these with Nyamulagira and Nyiragongo constitute the larger Virunga Conservation Area.
The Twin Lakes of Bulera and Rubondo plus the nearby swamps are good for a birding paradise. Akagera National Park can’t be overlooked with its big game and being the only savannah environment in the whole of Rwanda. Akagera National Park is haven for elephants, zebras, giraffes, a variety of antelopes, lions, among others. Gishwati-Mukura, Rwanda’s newest national park, was established in 2015 to protect what was remaining of the Gishwati and Mukura forests while also protecting the Chimpanzee population therein.
In 1994 Rwanda experienced one of the worst genocides where about one million Tustis were slaughtered by the majority Hutus in just a period of three months. Since then the country embarked on a reconciliation, recovery and rebuilding program in which it has registered tremendous success. One of the recovery strategies was prioritizing the restoration of the country’s wildlife, national parks and natural vegetation which has seen it advance to the leading tourist destinations list in Africa. Rwanda is one of the safest tourist destinations in Africa. You should make a safari to Rwanda! Our experienced professional guides are ready to take you and enrich your travel experience around this Land of a thousand hills.