From gorillas and chimpanzees to other wildlife, find out what there is to see in Rwanda.
Sitting with a small family group of mountain gorillas is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences. Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is home to about 150 gorillas, as well as wild chimpanzees and a host of other primates, including the golden monkey in the tropical rainforest of Nyungwe.
Akagera is a relatively unvisited park located in the north-east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania, and remains Rwanda’s only conventional safari reserve.
Within this low-lying savannah, lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe may be spotted, while its lakes and marshes support large numbers of hippo and crocodile, as well as a multitude of water birds. It is named after the mighty Nile’s most remote tributary, which flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes, the largest of which is Lake Ihema.
Home to over half of the world's last remaining mountain gorilla population, venturing into the montane forest of the beautiful Volcanoes National park is one of the greatest wildlife encounters possible in Africa.
The major attraction in the tropical Nyungwe Forest National Park are chimpanzees. The guided forest walks offer the opportunity to see as many as 275 bird and 75 mammal (including 13 primate) species living there.
Be driven through tea and banana plantations, passing waving villagers on the way to Lake Kivu. Stop at Kibuye and take a boat trip across the lake to Napolean Island with its colony of fruit bats. Spend a night in Gisenyi, watching the sunset on its lovely sandy beach.
A small, modern and friendly capital, Kigali does not have the organised tourist activities of some of its regional counterparts. However, expect authentic and lively local markets, as well as a moving, well-narrated account of the Rwandan Genocide at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.
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