Rwanda – a small country close to the middle of Africa is a few degrees south of the Equator. Nicknamed ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’, it shares boarders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda has its own treasure chest of attractions with amazing volcanoes, rain forests and jewel lakes. It is home to hundreds of species of trees, plants, birds and rare mountain gorillas which can be seen in the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes. It is a dream come true for many travellers who love nature and dream of tracking gorillas on foot with an experienced guide. The Volcanoes National Park and welcoming people create an unforgettable Rwanda holiday experience which can be combined with exploring Lake Kivu or tea plantations. To the South you can also explore Nyungwe Forest whose dense rainforest is home to large chimpanzee and colobus monkeys.
Rwanda a country nicknamed “Valley of a Thousand Hills” – perfectly nestled in the centre of Africa; this small mountainous country has volcanoes, rain forests and jewel like lakes including the special mountain gorillas which serve as special reasons to visit this beautiful country. Rwanda is an excellent place to go for natural beauty as well as some of the most exciting activities in the world, gorilla and chimp-trekking. The people are friendly, the tropical climate pleasing, and the travelling minimal in terms of long distances, making a holiday enjoyable and unforgettable in Central Africa.
Nyungwe Forest south of Kigali, is the last and largest track of montane forest in East and Central Africa and filled to the brim with primates and beautiful birds. The rare silverback Gorilla and chimpanzees can be seen on safari tours here along with birds.
Rwanda is close to the middle of Africa, and is a few degrees south of the equator. It shares borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the far side of Lake Kivu.
The three national parks which are individually different. Akagera National Park protects some of the landscapes more commonly found in Kenya and Tanzania. The Virunga Volcano National Park is the home of the gorillas; the Nyungwe National Park protects the largest single track of montane forest in East and Central Africa, and the life within its ecosystem is both rich.
The Great Rift Valley lies on the border of Rwanda, and of the lakes that cover a fifth of the country’s area, the most spectacular, Lake Kivu, is a consequence of the natural geography of the valley.
Safari visitors can travel through Rwanda at any time of the year, however certain times are better for particular activities. The best time for tracking gorillas and biking is the dry season from June to September, whilst for photographers the wet season is best when it’s greener. This is also the best time to track chimpanzees in the Nyungwe National Park. November to March is the best time for birding as flocks of migratory birds join the native species.
Rwanda is an excellent place to go for outstanding natural beauty as well as some of the most exciting activities in the world; gorilla and chimp-trekking. The people are friendly, the tropical climate pleasing, and the travelling fairly minimal in terms of African distances, making a holiday enjoyable and unforgettable in one of the more obscure countries in Central Africa.