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Rwanda

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Introduction

Rwanda is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla and a great destination for adventure travel. There are believed to be no more than 700 mountain gorillas left in the world today. As such, seeing these rare and captivating primates in their native habitat is the focus for most Rwanda holidays. It's an unforgettable and moving experience that ranks as one of Africa's undisputed travel highlights.

Gorilla treks among the forest-clad slopes of Volcanoes National Park form the basis for tailor-made tours of this tiny, landlocked African country. The park contains the volcanic peaks of the Virunga Mountains and it was in this scenic corner of Rwanda that American primatologist Dian Fossey undertook her pioneering studies into mountain gorilla behaviour.

Wildlife sightings can be had in Rwanda's other excellent National Parks. Nyungwe and Akagera National Park are home to Big Five animals and a spectacular array of birdlife. Rwanda has more than 500 bird species, around a third of the birds found in all of Africa.

Adventure and wildlife tourism are gradually enabling Rwanda to get back on track, following the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi that ignited in the early 1990s. This culminated in a brutal genocide, which is commemorated at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in the capital, Kigali.

Rwanda is now a thriving and safe travel destination. All of its major attractions are within easy striking distance of Kigali, a busy city known for its good restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Beyond lies a green and pleasant land of rolling farmland, terraced tea and coffee plantations, and swathes of rainforest. Rwanda's lush landscape has given it the name of Les pays des milles collines - the land of a thousand hills.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
8½ hours

Time Zone
GMT +2

Currency
Rwanda franc = 100 centimes

Language
Kinyarwanda, French, Kiswahili and English

Visa
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Where to go in Rwanda

Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves

It was in Rwanda that Africa's very first National Park was founded. Belgian colonialists created Albert National Park in 1925, in an attempt to protect the mountain gorillas that had been discovered on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains just two decades before.

Top itineraries in Rwanda

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,795 pp incl. flights

An encounter with Rwanda's mountain gorilla's is a truly life-changing experience. Trekking through the jungle of the Parc National des Volcans for an audience with these magnificent creatures is something that will certainly live long in the memory.

Best of Uganda and Rwanda

14-day tailor-made journey from £9,395 pp incl. flights

This in-depth 14-day safari takes in the best that Uganda and Rwanda have to offer with several chances to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Top places to stay in Rwanda

Virunga Safari Lodge, Rwanda

Accommodation

The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are now well established, with a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Aside fro…

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