A fully customized, private Rwanda safari in the “Land of a Thousand Hills” is one of the most spectacular wildlife adventures in the world. This land of rolling hills and volcanic peaks is home to the magnificent mountain gorilla, diligently protected from poachers and encroaching agriculture. A trek to spend time with mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park is undoubtedly one of the finest experiences in Africa.
A watershed between Africa’s 2 largest river systems, the Congo and the Nile, Rwanda is a mountainous country with a moist tropical climate year-round. All the greenery and water makes it home to some amazing wildlife and forests.
Whether you only have time for a full 4-Day Itinerary or want to add Rwanda to your journey through Kenya or Tanzania, it is an exciting holiday destination. Rwanda has picked itself up from the Genocide that plagued the country in the early 90’s to become one of the most forward-thinking and safest countries on the African continent.
Tracking the rare mountain gorilla through the rain forests of Rwanda will be one of the highlights of your life! It is an endangered species with an estimated 790 remaining in the wild. Gorilla trekking is carefully monitored and only a certain number of permits are issued each day. The fact that travelers are able to get so close to them, in the impenetrable forest they dwell in, is an amazing feat in itself. In Rwanda the gorillas all reside on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains and experienced guides will be on hand to get you as close as possible to these magnificent creatures.
In the words of one of our gorilla trekking consultants – “We were so close to them and mesmerized by how calm they stayed and how easy-going they are. It was an extraordinary experience and a powerful encounter!”
The Agakera National Park is Rwanda’s largest national park and is home to the world’s largest antelope, buffaloes, lions, leopards, servals, hyenas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, impalas, Defassa waterbucks, sables, bushbucks, roan antelopes and black-backed jackals as well as rhinos, and more than 400 birds species.
Nyungwe National Park is a mountain rainforest located in the country’s southwest, bordering Burundi. It is especially popular for chimpanzee trekking. This mystical park, bursting with greenery, is the natural habitat of 13 primate species, including black and white colobus monkey that has been recorded in groups numbering several hundred, the blue monkey, owl-faced monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey and chimpanzee, not to mention the 275+ different bird species. Inside the majestic forest, there is a canopy walkway so that visitors are able to experience the rainforest from a completely new perspective at 200 feet above the forest floor between giant trees.