Rwanda Safari & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Safaris and Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda
RWANDA SAFARIS AND MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
Rwanda is a country shrouded in mystery and for most, misconceptions. Located geographically in the heart of the African continent, it is a tiny country full of paradoxes, breathtaking beauty and a diversity that belies its physical size.
Known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, much of the country is at high altitude, accentuated by a string of volcanoes that comprise the Virunga Mountains along the country's northern borders with Uganda and DRC. In the sweep of the great Rift Valley, Rwanda possesses the last montane rainforest in East and Central Africa and is one of the last refuges of the mountain gorillas. Rwanda is easily accessible and despite what you may have heard, it is one of the safest countries in Africa.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla trekking has become one of the most popular tourist activities in Africa and has to be one of the most moving experiences available for wildlife enthusiasts. The gorilla groups visited reside on the slopes of five volcanic mountains and visitors trek up the slopes to spend one hour per day with one of these groups. The experience is up close and often involves face to face viewing with these magnigicent animals that share so much of our own characteristics. Permits are required and are limited to 8 permits per gorilla group per day. If you think you have done it all but you haven't tried gorilla trekking, then this is something to move to the top of your list! Read more about gorilla trekking...
Nyungwe Forest is a rich and diverse ecosystem with over 1,000 plant species occuring in the national park, including about 200 orchids and 250 other endemic plant species. The forest itself has an incrdibly primal feel to it with dense trees rising up steep slopes of pristine rainforest. Nyungwe is home to 13 species of primates, including a population of chimpanzees, some of which are habituated to humans and are one of the top reasons for visiting this park. Chimp tracking can easily be arranged and other primates are also easily seen, including Ruwenzori colobus monkeys in troops of several hundred as well as L'Hoest's monkey. Birding is also good in the forest, with over 275 species recorded. Read more about Nyungwe...
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is a savanna ecosystem and is in contrast to the rest of the country in that it is low-lying with acacia, grasslands and an extensive wetland area. While poaching and human encroachment have had a negative imapct on this reserve, the park is still worth visiting. There is plenty of wildlife, including buffalo, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and numerous species of antelope. The dozen or so lakes on the eastern side support high concentrations of hippos and large crocodiles. The birdlife in Akagera is also outstanding, with a species list topping 540 in number, including large numbers of raptors and large waterbirds. Read more about Akagera...
Detailed information on Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
History and General information about Rwanda, click Rwanda Info
further information about the National Parks of Rwanda, click Rwanda
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