Known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,”, Rwanda holds an impressive array of biodiversity, lofty volcanoes and highland rainforests that are home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. While it is the opportunity to be up close to these magnificent creatures that initially draws most travelers, Rwanda also offers an array of wildlife, activities, and experiences to compliment a gorilla trek.
The main wilderness areas and National Parks are Volcanoes National Park, where the gorillas live, Nyungwe Forest National Park, one of the world’s most ancient forests, with chimpanzees and golden monkeys bounding through the treetops, Akagera National Park, a savannah ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife including the Big Five, Lake Kivu, a beautiful and massive lake where the focus is boating, cycling, or simply relaxing on the lakeshore, and Gishwati-Mukura National Park & Biosphere Reserve, one of the newest parks in development, where indigenous hardwood & bamboo forests shelter golden and blue monkeys, plus hundreds of bird species. In the capital city of Kigali, a visit to the Genocide Museum to better understand and respect Rwanda’s history is a meaningful addition to your itinerary.
Rwanda is a safe and peaceful country, full of hope and optimism. For travelers seeking a unique adventure, incredible up-close and personal wildlife encounters, and opportunities for cultural immersion, a visit to this scenic, mountainous country is a perfect fit.