Rwanda may be a small country by African standards, but this ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ is brimming full of dynamic experiences. Wildlife enthusiasts can trek a multitude of primates, ranging from the infamous Mountain Gorillas, to our even closer cousins the chimpanzees, as well as smaller but more acrobatic varieties like golden monkeys and black & white colobus monkeys. Akagera National Park in the east of the country offers traditional vehicle safaris while Nyungwe Forest in the south west has numerous hikes and East Africa’s only canopy walk. Active travelers can include more energetic activities including guided road and mountain bike trips, along with canoeing and kayaking.
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Rwanda is well known for many things, one of them being the famous work of Dian Fossey and her courageous efforts to preserve her beloved friends, the endangered Mountain Gorillas as seen in the movie and book ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. After her tragic massacre in 1985, the Volcanoes National Park have continued her great efforts and carried her legacy, where numbers in Mountain Gorillas have now risen to over 1000 to date. Travellers can explore this region, tracking these Great Apes in their protected natural environment of the Virunga Mountain range, bordering the DRCongo and Uganda. A trip to Volcanoes National Park can also be coupled with visiting the Karisoke Research Centre, the headquarters of Mountain Gorilla Research, where travellers can learn the detail and science of this amazing species. Travellers can also hike to the tomb site of Dian Fossey, where she is buried next to her favourite Mountain Gorilla, ‘Digit’. Visitors with a passion for primates can hike to find the smaller but characterful cousins of the Mountain Gorillas, the Golden Monkeys. For the more adventurous travellers, other activities that can be enjoyed in this area are the Visoke Crater Lake Hike and the more strenuous (two day) Karisimbi Volcanoe Hike.
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Rwanda is a small country, covering 26,338 square km (approx. 16,366 square miles). Getting there is relatively easy, with various international daily flights. Most transfers when in Rwanda re done by road as the travelling time is not extensive, with regular stops and attractions along the way. Driving between Kigali and Volcanoes National Park is a 3 hour drive, while it is a 5 hour drive to Nyungwe Forest, here travellers can also opt for the option of a 45min internal flight when travelling to Nyungwe.