Rwanda is a destination not to be missed, with its exquisite forests housing friendly mountain gorillas, spectacular volcanoes, and a wide range of biodiversity with amazing wildlife. This beautiful subtropical country is highly elevated giving it many hills and is commonly referred to as the 'land of a thousand hills.
Rwanda has a rich and interesting culture with some of the most friendly people in Africa. They pride themselves in their culture and love for the country, contributing to the wellness and health of its ecosystems. On the last Saturday of every month, the Rwandese communities take to the streets in an all-inclusive community service known as 'Umuganda', protecting the country's ecosystems.
The country preserves 3 magnificent national parks with all kinds of animals including the big 5 and amazing mountain gorillas. As an East African country, its close proximity to countries such as Tanzania and Kenya provides a combination of gorilla trekking with visits to the Maasai Mara or Serengeti.
Mountain gorillas are an endangered species, and over half of the world's mountain gorillas reside in the forests and volcanic mountains of Rwanda. This makes Rwanda one of the best countries in the world to go on a mountain gorilla trekking safari.
Rwanda is a great country to explore in its entirety on a single visit, as it is one of the smallest countries in Africa. Its capital city, Kigali, is the cleanest country in Africa. The city has got amazing and diverse architecture set atop its many hills giving it a unique style. You can learn about the country's history at the Genocide museum in Kigali, explore fine art in its many art galleries and taste delicious Rwandan cuisine.
The best time to visit is between June to September, this is during the dry season and offers the best hiking conditions when exploring the national parks. It is also a great time to see the gorillas and is safe due to its low risk of malaria.
Visit the incredible volcano national park and witness magnificent mountain ranges with bamboo forests, heaths, swamps, and home to mountain gorillas. The park hosts a chain of volcanoes known as the Virunga Massif–the tallest being Karisimbi standing at an elevation of 4,507 m at its peak. The park is not only home to mountain gorillas but also over 200 bird species, the rare golden monkey, and other creatures.
The Nyungwe National Park is another must-visit site, acting as one of the few remaining rainforests in the world with a small population of chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. One of which being the L'Hoest's monkey found in the Albertine Rift. One of the spectacular moments is crossing the Canopy Walk suspension bridge and visiting the Isumo waterfall. The park has over 70 mammals, and 322 bird species making it a perfect safari destination.
Lake Kivu is one of Africa's biggest lakes, dotted with many islands along its shoreline, with many opportunities for hiking, cycling, and relaxing boat trips. After a great time exploring the national parks, enjoy a relaxed boat trip or even an adventurous kayak across the lake. Afterward, you can explore the nearby town of Rubavu, perfect for sundowner cocktails at bars that traverse the shoreline.
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