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Why visit Rwanda? Imagine a mountainous lush landscape of swampy marshes, plateaus and magnificent animals. Nestled in between the borders of Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic of the Congo the country is divided in the north by magnificent volcanic peaks.
Raw biodiversity of nature and conservation, Akagera National Park is at the forefront of wildlife rehabilitation with African Parks, and today is a thriving success.
The mountainous peaks of Mount Nyiragongo, Africa’s most active volcano is full of wonder and a country 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
Rwanda has a temperate climate due to its high altitude, this small mountainous country rarely see’s temperatures climbing above 25 degrees. 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 of rain occur most days and the odd alternate day experiencing sunny weather. Gorilla trekking can be done year round, with a hike being more of an adventure in the rainy season. The drier months tend to be a more popular time for tracking mountain gorillas.
December to February rainfall is starting to ease as the dry season begins, January brings moderate temperatures with the seasonal rains increasing again in February. March to May the long rainy season has begun with April being the wettest month of the year. May brings consistent rainfall through out the day. June to September the long dry season starts with the rain easing and days are clear. Temperatures start to become increasingly warmer and is the recommended season to visit Rwanda.
One third of Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas live in Rwanda, while other primate species such as the chimpanzee live in Nyungwe National Park, known to be one of the largest mountain forests on earth. Immersed in a stunning mountainous terrain full of 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 volcanoes, 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 colour 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 1994 genocide embrace peace and are found throughout the country.
Majestic mountain gorilla’s, memories and pure nature the Parc National de Volcans. Picturesque scenery in a remote corner of the earth, where memories and creatures are unforgettable. Home to ancient volcanoes and the endangered mountain Gorilla. Families habituate in the lush bamboo forests. A rich biodiversity of habitats extends from the lava plains to swamps, lower montane and bamboo forests, butterflies and birdlife alike.
Mainly renown for the mountain and lowland gorilla, other species to be sighted include the Golden Monkey, spotted hyena and black fronted duiker. Mount Nyiragongo the main crater consists of a most spectacular lava lake. Gorilla families are found on the bamboo slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, their habitat has been widely reduced with human growth, disease and poaching. Rwanda has approximately 20 gorilla families spread across Virunga and Parc de Volcans. Highlighting two of the families below:
Susa A: one of the largest groups with 33 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.
Agashya: previously known as Group 13, the group has increased to approx. 27 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 13 to 27. 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.
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 and the 10 or 5 day trail can be done by trekking, cycling or running. Not for the faint hearted.
A land less known, rolling landscapes, an old mountain rainforest found nowhere else Nyungwe Forest.
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. Nyungwe Forest boasts a history 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. 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.
A land of transformation and change….Akagera National Park.
Transformed after years of desolation it was an area not even considered by tourists as a place to visit. With wildlife pretty much non-existent and over run by cattle African Parks joined forces with the Rwanda Development board to turn the park around. Today it is home to lion, black rhino and has exceptional birding with over 482 species. Generated income from tourism is invested back into the park. Making the park nearly self sufficient, supporting both local communities and continuing to conserve wildlife into the future.
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