Africa + Indian Ocean

    Gorilla Rwanda

    For an emotionally-stirring experience...

    With its jungle-smothered volcanoes, hills and valleys covered in a dense patchwork of banana, maize and tea plantations and wealth of lakes and rivers, Rwanda overflows with tropical lushness.

    Rwanda is home to the mighty mountain gorilla in the Parc National des Volcans and trekking to see these magnificent creatures is a hugely emotionally stirring experience. The country is also teeming with birdlife in the magnificent rainforests of Nyungwe, as well as wide-open plains with a completely different ecosystem.

    Now well into the healing process since the genocide of 1994, Rwanda’s people have created a remarkable museum to commemorate the tragic events, which is a deeply moving and very worthwhile experience. In the capital, Kigali, and other towns, a raft of new places to stay, eat, drink and dance have created a real buzz – enhanced by the Rwandans’ great love of life.

    This enthusiasm is evidenced by ‘Umuganda’,  a ritual which takes place once a month, where Rwandans spend the morning cleaning, building and helping each other. Visitors are more than welcome to pitch in with this life-affirming effort.

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    Volcanoes National Park, the home of the mountain gorilla, is only a 3-hour drive from the capital Kigali's airport, which makes it a perfect addition to a safari in Kenya or Tanzania.


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