Rwanda is home to one third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, one third of Africa’s birds species, several species of primates, volcanoes, game reserves, resorts and islands on the expansive lake Kivu. It is a country of great diversity, commonly know as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”.
Located in the heart of Central and East Africa with easy access to bordering countries of Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda is an ideal location for travel within the region.
Typically, the rain falls heavily between the months of March and May. The dry season usually is a good time to travel – this period is from June to mid September. The cycle of rainfall and a dry period repeats again towards the end of year. October to November is the shorter rainy season, followed by a December to February dry season
Gorillas are one of Man’s closest relative, sharing approximately 98% of our genes. They are curious by nature, and interested in humans as much as we are fascinated by them. They are extremely powerful, yet despite their formidable size and strength, their numbers in the wild are dwindling. Visiting gorillas through a controlled system of gorilla permits assists authorities in protecting the remaining gorillas and ensuring the survival of the species.
Parc National des Volcans includes five extinct volcanoes: Muhabura (4,127m), Gahinga (3,474m), Sabyinyo (3,674m), Bisoke (3,711m) and Karisimbi being the highest at 4,507m. As part of the Virunga Conservation Area, the park covers approximately 125 km². It was home to Dian Fossey for over eighteen years, as she and her team studied the Mountain Gorilla at the Karisoke Research Centre. You can climb Karisimbi, go birding on the slopes of Bisoke, visit the emerald waters of Lake Ngezi, or just take in one of the most breathtaking of all African landscapes. Since it reopened in 1999, Parc National des Volcans has regained its former reputation as the most popular and best organised Mountain Gorilla sanctuary. The steady increase in the number of tourists visiting the park helps to protect the gorillas and ensure the future of our closest cousins.