Welcome to Le Pays des Milles Collines) (Land of a Thousand Hills).
Rwanda is a landlocked country situated on the eastern rim of the Albertine Rift which is on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley in Eastern Africa. Much of the country is attractively mountainous, the highest peak being 4500 metres/14,600 feet. It is known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, an apt description as it consists of green undulating hills with gardens and tea plantations dotted around them.
What is important is that it is home to one third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, one third of Africa’s bird species and several other species of primates.
The capital is Kigali, an attractive city sprawling across four mountain ridges and the valleys between.
Rwanda is located in central Africa and has much history and natural beauty. There are many interesting sights to see, with many guided tours to choose from. Each tour group is led by an experienced guide that specializes in teaching others about the landscape and wildlife of Rwanda. There are expeditions to places like volcanoes, waterfalls and rainforests which are home to many different African animals.
Rwanda is home to a huge diverse population of animals including gorillas and the largest natural park for Hippos – some 20,000 are believed to be there.
Volcanoes National Park, 1 1⁄2 hours from Kigali by road is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the north of the country. It currently has 700 mountain gorillas as well as rare golden monkeys, Cape buffalo and a profusion of exotic birds. Obviously gorilla tracking is the main attraction in Rwanda but one can also visit the grave of eminent zoologist, Diane Fossey who undertook extensive studies of gorillas in Rwanda, explore caves and track the golden monkey.
Gorilla tracking can be reasonably strenuous as trekking can take up to 6 hours at relatively high altitudes, but the experience will last a life time. Book one of our Rwanda tours today and get ready for a great experience.
The shores of Lake Kivu conceal some of the best inland beaches on the continent. Deep in the southwest, Parc National Nyungwe Forest) is the most extensive montane rainforest in the region, and home to many primates. But it’s not all monkey business – Kigali is safe and sophisticated