Rwanda has been described as 'a new African dawn'. Despite its troubled past, Rwanda is becoming renowned for its accessibilty to the mountain gorillas. Lying at the heart of Central Africa, Rwanda is a haven for wildlife. It was the base for primatologist Dian Fossey's research into the rare mountain gorilla. Accommodation in Rwanda is best described as basic and at times the travelling can get frustrating, however visitors will be rewarded by the sheer beauty of the country, especially when visiting the hidden treasures of its National Parks.
THE VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
(PARC DES VOLCANS)
Bamboo and rainforest cover the slopes of the seven volcanoes that tower through the mist to almost 4,500 metres. Tracking the gorillas here is an experience not to be missed.Trekking normally takes between one and four hours. Gorilla permits are included in our packages, however the costs for these are subject to change by the government at any time.
NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
Nyungwe National Park is the largest stretch of mountain forest in Eastern and Central Africa, extending for 1,000 square kilometres. It is also one of the oldest dating back to the last Ice Age. Colourful orchids, giant lobelia and over 200 different types of tree can be found here. It also attracts 13 species of primates, with troops of up to a hundred using the forest as their adventure playground. Nyungwe is also an ornithologists dream with almost 300 different species of bird being recorded here, including the great blue turaco with its fusion of blue, red and green feathers.
Lake Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda. The towns of Kibuye and Gisenyi offer fantastic views across the lake with optional boat excursions available.
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