Rwanda Safaris - Extraordinarily special

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Rwanda is an extraordinarily special country – not least because of its political history and devastation that the country faced in 1994. Peace was restored and the genocide is history, and over subsequent years Rwanda has transformed itself into a country whose people refer to themselves as one tribe.

Rwandese are extremely forward-thinking and positive. The minute one enters this country, one feels both completely privileged and humbled.

Known as a country of a thousand hills, the country’s vegetation is verdant and lush. Rwanda is best known as being one of only three countries where one can find mountain gorillas. These gentle giants live in the north western corner of the country in the volcanic area called the Virungas.

The lush and misty slopes are home to about 350 gorillas and trekking these magnificent animals on a gorilla safari in Rwanda is certainly one of the most thrilling and exciting wildlife experiences in Africa. There are also other areas of note in the country such as Nyungwe Natural Forest, the largest tract of montane forest in East or Central Africa, where chimpanzees can be seen along with 12 other species of primate and over 300 bird species.

Then there is Lake Kivu, one of the largest lakes in the Albertine Rift where one can spend a few days relaxing. Kigali is always interesting, with some really superb craft shops and markets. The women are always dressed in brightly coloured fabrics. Rwanda is easily added on to a holiday in Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania, too for a luxury bespoke safari.


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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari Holidays

Gorilla Trekking in Parc des Volcans Rwanda with the Explorations Company has become a life changing experience for many travellers. Often referred to as the country of a ‘thousand hills’, Rwanda is an exceptionally beautiful country which is best known for offering a very exciting opportunity to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla.
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Chimpanzees in Nyungwe

Nyungwe Forest in south western Rwanda is absolutely beautiful and big too – 400 square kilometres to be exact! The forest is a mixture of montane forest with three different habitats including savannah, primary and secondary forest. Sitting across 1600 to 2950m, the views are simply staggering and the forest has fairly cool temperatures.
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Culture and Kigali’s wonderful craft shops

There is a great deal of interesting culture in the Great Lakes Diaspora region of Rwanda. Basket ware is the most notable craft in Rwanda and there are many wonderful local markets in Kigali as well as craft stalls and shops to find them.
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Akagera National Park

Akagera adds a safari element to a visit to Rwanda. The national park has been named after the river on its eastern boundary. The river feeds several lakes, one of which is Lake Ihema. Akagera covers around 1122 square kilometres.
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Beautiful Lake Kivu

Located on Rwanda’s western border laying against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) lies a very deep and fairly mysterious lake called Lake Kivu. Kivu means lake in certain Bantu dialects. Whilst there are other lakes within Rwanda such as Burera, Ruhondo, Muhazi and Mugasera, Lake Kivu is the largest of all and is classed as one of the Great Lakes of the Rift Valley.
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