14 March 2019
Africa's easiest and most accessible gorilla trekking is the main draw card of a Rwandan safari. After arriving at the capital city of Kigali, you are only a few hours' drive away from the legendary Volcanoes National Park and its habituated but still wild gorilla families.
Rwandans call their home 'the country of a thousand hills' because of its undulating landscape. It was on the bamboo-covered slopes of Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes that the late Dian Fossey studied the behaviour of the endangered mountain gorilla for 20 years, followed by the filmmakers who shot Gorillas in the Mist. Now, small groups of privileged visitors can experience one of the most memorable wildlife encounters on earth - gorilla trekking through the pristine Virungas rainforest.
It’s also good to know that there is more to green and hilly Rwanda than meets the eye: it is also home to the primate-filled Nyungwe Forest National Park where there are chimpanzees and fantastic bird-watching opportunities. Akagera National Park, on the other hand, offers big game viewing in a diverse savannah setting.
Akagera is another conservation success story for Rwanda, once-again becoming a Big 5 safari destination thanks to the careful reintroduction of lions. This a great destination to combine with gorilla trekking as it allows you savannah game viewing in terrain that is completely different to the forests of Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks.
Located in low lying eastern Rwanda, Akagera is where the tropical forests of Central Africa give way to the dry savannahs of East Africa. An appealing mix of wetlands and rolling wooded grasslands, Akagera National Park is where to go in Rwanda for the chance to spot classic African animals including elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, leopard and many antelope species. In addition to guided Big 5 game drives, Akagera also offers private boat trips, sunset cruises and night drives. All members of the Big 5 are slowly being reintroduced into the area in an ambitious conservation project.
Small, compact and easy to travel around, friendly Rwanda has dealt with its past tragedies and offers intrepid travellers and wildlife enthusiasts what is usually a hard-to-gain insight into Central African cultures, wildlife and environments.
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
A wildlife adventure unlike any other, this itinerary offers the chance for close encounters with mountain gorillas. Hike the densely forested slopes of Rwanda’s picturesque Virungas Volcanoes in search of the world’s largest population of wild mountain gorillas.
EAST MEETS WEST
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
This itinerary encompasses a bucket list gorilla trek in the legendary Virunga Mountains to the north west as well as a rewarding and productive exploration of the “little piece of heaven ” that is the savannah and wetland wonderland of Akagera in the country’s north east.
*Magashi Camp is set to open late Spring 2019
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