THE COUNTRY OF A THOUSAND HILLS
The country of a thousand hills is Africa’s most forward-thinking and positive nation. A devastating political history has now transformed the country into a success story that is attracting visitors from all over the world.
It is Africa’s most accessible gorilla trekking destination from the capital of Kigali. Guests are just a few hours away from Volcanoes National Park, where Dian Fossey completed 20 years of in-depth study on the habituation of wild gorilla families. It was on these bamboo-covered slopes that “Gorillas in the Mist” was filmed. Today, small groups of privileged guests are able to enter this pristine forest and walk among these incredible creatures.
The main attraction of gorilla trekking takes place in the north-western corner of the country in a volcanic region called the Virungas. This is easily combined with chimpanzee viewing, along with over 12 other primates and over 300 bird species.
Being a relatively small country, it is easy to combine this with other African countries like Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya to add diversity to any intimate safari vacation.
AREAS OF INTEREST
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera National Park is truly coming into it’s own. Located in eastern Rwanda , the park has been under the management of African Parks in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board since 2010, following years of neglect and poaching.
Today, poaching has essentially been eliminated and wildlife has returned thanks to excellent land management practices. In the north, Magashi has an ideal lakeside spot is on it’s on concession within the park, where highly trained guides will take you out on game drives, walks and boating trips to find lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyaena, zebra, topi, roan, eland and more. Lion were re-introduced in 2015 and black rhino in 2017. The Park also boasts almost 500 species of birds including the very rare shoebill with its implausibly massive bill and the near-endemic red-faced barbet. All this in one of the most scenic savanna settings in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains.