~ Travellers venture to this dynamic landscape to encounter the highly endangered, charismatic and majestic mountain gorilla. Dedicated zoologist, conservationist Dian Fossey, made it her life work studying and protecting these wonderful creatures.

~ The Virunga mountain range stands tall and Lake Kivu for exploring the Congo Nile Trail that extends along this stunning coastline.

~ Raw biodiversity of nature and conservation, Akagera National Park is at the forefront of a lion relocation project and a thriving success. The mountainous peaks of Mount Nyiragongo, Africa’s most active volcano is full of wonder and complimented by the warm hearted smiles of the Rwandan people.

~ Christianity is the main religion in the country, Kinyarwanda is the principal language spoken with French and English the country's official language.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

With the country just two degrees south of the equator Rwanda is a popular destination to visit all year round. Generally the best times to travel are in the dry season between June to September. During this time hardly any rainfall is experienced, days are comfortable and nights are clear.
In the wet season heavy down pours occur most days and the odd alternate day experiencing sunny weather. Gorilla trekking can be done year round, with the hike being more of a adventure in the rainy season. The drier months tend to be a popular time for tracking these magnificent animals.

REGION FOCUS

Immersed in stunning mountainous terrain are wildlife rich diversity and culture. Each of the regions of Rwanda have a unique experience to offer the discerning traveller. The friendly, landlocked country's main attraction is trekking the endangered mountain gorilla. Though a different experience such as a canopy walk in Nyungwe forest, is great for avid birders wanting to explore a touch further. Ride the Congo Nile trail along Lake Kivu for an off the beaten track adventure.
The Virunga mountains include eight ancient volcano’s, the forested slopes are home to the mountain gorilla families. The volcanoes border the Democratic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Golden Monkeys are stunning with their striking orange fur as they play in the mountainous bamboo forest. Kigali the capital city, offers a range of cultural activities and located in the heart of the Rwanda. Memorials of Kigali’s genocide embrace peace and are found throughout country.

Majestic mountain gorilla’s, memories and pure nature.

Picturesque scenery in a remote corner of the earth, where memories and creatures are unforgettable. The region, home to eight ancient volcanoes and the endangered mountain Gorilla. Families habituate in the lush bamboo forests.

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One of the oldest national parks in Africa, established in 1925 to protect the mountain gorilla against poaching. The park located in the north west region of Rwanda, borders the Virunga National Park in the Democratic of the Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. A rich biodiversity of habitats extends from lava plains to swamps, lower montane and bamboo forests, butterflies and birdlife. Mainly renown for the mountain and lowland gorilla, other species to be sighted include the Golden Monkey, spotted hyena and black fronted duiker. Eight ancient volcanoes make up the Virunga mountains and the Mount Nyiragongo main crater consists of a most spectacular lava lake.

The highly endangered, charismatic and majestical creature, the gorilla is fascinating. The dedicated zoologist, conservationist Dian Fossey made it her life work studying and protecting these animals. Gorilla families are led by a dominant male, at around the age of 12 the hair on his back will change to a silvery colour. He will weigh a massive 200 kgs or more and all other males in the group will submissive to his authority. A adult female around the age of 8 will weigh approx. 70 - 130 kgs and her reproduction years start from 12 onwards. On average the female gorilla will have anywhere from 3 - 5 children in her lifetime. The life span of a mountain gorilla can range from 40 - 50 years. They are distinctly different than their lowland counterparts.

Gorilla families are found on the bamboo slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, their habitat has been widely reduced with human growth, disease and poaching.

Susa: one of the largest groups with 38 gorillas. This family is the hardest to trek as it tends to range high into the mountains. The group is known for having rare 5 year old twins named Byishimo and Impano.

Sabyinyo: lead by the powerful silverback Guhonda, the numbers are less than other groups and consist of a dominant Silverback, adult females, adolescent females, young gorillas and a baby. Kampanga, Gukanda, Gihishamwotsi, Icyereyeza, Shirimpumu, Isheja Big Ben and Ijicho.

Agashya: previously known as Group 13, the group has increased to approx. 22 individuals currently commanded by Agashya meaning "news". Agashya challenged Nyakarima after spending most of his time observing the strengths and weaknesses of his subject. Agashya won the challenge and has since managed to increase the numbers from 12 to 22. The group is located closer to the volcano, incase of danger he often moves the group further to the top. The group members consist of Munezero, Ahazara, Tunero, Icyuzuzo, Intango, Kwisonga, Rugendo, Safari, Akogo, Korema, Irkundwa, Isano, Dusangire, Gosinking and Urmuli.

Amahoro: means calm, peaceful in Kinyarwanda, the group consists of 19 individuals and takes after its actual meaning of a peaceful group. It has a dominant Silverback, black backs, adult females, sub adult males, juveniles and baby gorilla’s.

Umubano: meaningly neighbours is a family of 13. Originally Amahoro members, they broke away after the dominant silverback was challenged by Charles, the now the leader of Umubano. When a young silverback challenges the dominant silverback he must steal a few existing females from the group, in order to form his own family.

Kwitonda: a group of 23 it is led by Kwitonda which means “humble one” it has two silverbacks and one black back. This group has migrated from DRC and tends to range over vast area, making it a moderately difficult trek.

Hirwa: a new group of 18 that has recently emerged and was formed from different existing families, namely from Group 13 and Sabyinyo. Led by Munyinya, it will be interesting to watch this family grow.
On the shores of Lake Kivu, lies the Congo Nile Trail. Just an hour south of the Volcanoes national park, the 227km trail begins in the small town of Rubavu. Running down alongside the lake and ending in the district of Rusizi. An adventure of a different kind the 10 or 5 day trail can be done by trekking, cycling or running. Experience another aspect of Rwanda's stunning landscape and adventures.

A land less known, rolling landscapes with a old mountain rainforest found nowhere else.

Intriguing diversity, Africa’s oldest mountain forest in Nyungwe National Park. Believed by scientist’s to be a place within Africa that sheltered species of wildlife during the ice age.

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Nyungwe Forest boasts a history of decades old, the densely covered mountains offer a variety of habitat and adventure. Situated in Rwanda’s south west corner the national park is home to 400 species of chimpanzees and one of East Africa’s only canopy walks. The walk is approximately 200 metres long and a great experience looking down into the forest below or simple just being side by side these stunning trees.

There are a wide range of hiking trails and for the avid birder there are over 280 species of birdlife to be found. Endangered species include the Madagascar Pond Heron, Grauer’s Swamp Warbler and the Red collared babbler.

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