Rwanda

 

Rwanda is home to one third of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. There are seven main gorilla families, some of which are well habituated to human visitors. Spending time with them is an experience of a lifetime.

 

 

Rwanda

 

"The land of a Thousand Hills", Rwanda is a green undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations. It is probably most famous for, and most frequently visited as home to one third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas. There are several high excellent lodges which you can use as bases for your gorilla trekking; we particularly recommend Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge run by Governors Camp, which is comfortable, has excellent guides and is close to the entry to the Park. Gorilla permits are expensive and strictly rationed so it is worth booking well in advance to secure your preferred dates of travel.  

It is also worth noting that one third of Africa's bird species and several other species of primate are found here. The game reserve in Akagera National Park, the resorts and islands on Lake Kivu, the Virunga volcanoes together with Rwanda’s ancient culture and recent troubled history make it a fascinating and different African country to visit in its own right. However, should you just wish to see the Gorillas, this would combine easily with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania and a beach holiday on the Kenya Coast or Zanzibar.

 

Images courtesy Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge