Rwanda is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills.” It is nestled in the heart of the Albertine Rift, one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions, a haven of rainforest endemism with its most celebrated wild mammal being the iconic mountain gorilla of the Virunga massif.
Sadly there are less than 900 mountain gorilla left in the world and Rwanda is one of the only three countries where you can admire this human-kin in their natural yet vulnerable habitat.
“Rwanda’s terrain is defined by undulating hills and mountains, with rainforest on the western heights and cultivated fields in the valleys below. From the central parts, the land slopes away to the savannahs and marshes of the east. The Virunga massif is home to volcanoes and swathes of rainforest, while nearby lies huge Lake Kivu. Many lakes and marshes intersected by clay-based savannah are found in the east. Lying to the south of Volcanoes National Park, Gishwati-Mukura National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park are home to a vast and diverse number of primate and other animal and bird species. It is here that partially-habituated chimpanzees are found.
Things to look forward to in Rwanda:
- Tracking mountain gorillas and other primates including encounters with habituated groups
- Visiting the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial
- Exploring the natural splendour of untouched rainforest
- Seeing Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s great lakes