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Volcanoes National Park
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We have recently returned from exploring Rwanda and this country has everything – gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, the big 5 on safari, tea estates, mountains and stunning scenery, ancient woodlands and forests, a fascinating culture and very rich history. Kigali – Rwanda’s capital – has some new and vibrant places to stay and the city is worth lingering in for a few days to enjoy local markets and art, museums and cuisine. Kigali is one of the safest cities in Africa and it is perfectly fine to walk and explore yourself!
Rwanda is known as the Land of 1,000 hills and is culturally rich and ecologically diverse. Its economy is primarily based on subsistence agriculture and it produces and exports some of the world’s finest tea and coffee.
Rwanda has a number of National Parks but perhaps the best known is the Virunga Mountains which span the borders of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. This area, protected by all three countries, is the home of the endangered Mountain Gorilla - gorilla berengei.
Nyungwe Forest is among the largest forests remaining in Africa and stands as one of the largest mountainous rain forests in the world. Nyungwe boasts 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, an enormous troop of Colobus monkeys, Gray-Cheeked Mangabey, and a variety of guenon monkeys, including l'Hoest's and Owl-Faced monkeys. Additionally, the forest has over 300 species of birds with many iridescent fruit-eating varieties, and nearly 100 varieties of orchid. Stay and relax at a luxury lodge set within a sea of tea plantations with outrageously beautiful views of the ancient rainforest.
Akagera National Park is located on the border with Tanzania in the north east of the country and offers excellent game and bird viewing. The park is home to herds of elephant and buffalo, hippo, crocodile, rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, lion, giraffe and zebra and more than 12 types of antelope.
With the opening of Magashi Camp within a private concession in Akagera, it is now possible to enjoy a safari in comfort and style. Situated in the diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera the camp overlooks Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera boasts some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as the rare sitatunga and more than 520 bird species.
Lining the lakes are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, while the in the connecting marshes you can find the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork - the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds.
Please browse through our itineraries which will give you an idea of what Rwanda has to offer. Tell us where you would like to visit and what you would like to see and do and we will tailor make your journey to your exact budget and requirements. We offer all levels of lodges from budget to the very best – including Bisate, Singita, Magashi and One & Only properties – all of which we have personally visited.
We work closely with a number of ground operators in Rwanda offering you the widest choice of itineraries and experiences and would be delighted to help you plan your safari to Rwanda. Tracks Safaris have recently visited Rwanda and trekked to see the gorillas, golden monkeys and chimpanzees, visited both Akagera and Nyungwe and spend time in the wonderful city of Kigali.
Talk to someone who has been there - call us on 01386 830264 or email [email protected] to start planning your Rwanda adventure!