RWANDA
Home Of The Mountain Gorillas, Unspeakable History & More
RWANDA
Fact File About Rwanda
Rwanda is a lush country of endless mountains and stunning scenery, and nowhere are the mountains more majestic than the peaks of the Virunga volcanoes in the far Northwestern Rwanda. In Parc National Des Volcans, the volcanoes form a natural frontier with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, and hidden among the bamboo and dense jungle of their forbidding slopes are some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. There’s more to Rwanda than magical mountain gorillas, however. The shores of Lake Kivu conceal some of the best inland beaches on the continent. Deep in the southwest, Parc National Nyungwe Forest is the most extensive montane rainforest in the region, and home to many primates. The national parks of Rwanda are protected ecosystems and wildlife reserves located within the borders of Rwanda in east central Africa. In 2012, these protected natural zones include the Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest. Maintenance of the national park system, as well as tourism infrastructure and promotion of the parks, is managed by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) with assistance from government ministries. Each park protects a distinct ecosystem and variety of species
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National Parks & Reserves
Volcanoes National Park
Borders Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, into which the Virungas volcanic mountain chain extends. Volcanoes National Park is the most heavily patrolled park in the world and the oldest in Africa. In combination with adjoining parks in the neighboring countries, it serves as the world’s only habitat of the mountain gorillas, whose numbers have been increasing here over the past decade. Visitor numbers to the gorillas are strictly limited and passes must be purchased, often well in advance, from RDB. Golden monkeys also inhabit a separate portion of the park. Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.
Akagera National Park
The eastern border of Rwanda along Lake Victoria and Tanzania is the location of Akagera National Park and protects a variety of African fauna in a savannah ecosystem, including giraffes, elephant, buffalo, baboons, gazelles and zebra. Lions originally inhabited the park but were exterminated by poisoning during and after the genocide. The park was fenced to allow the reintroduction of lions imported from South Africa in 2014. The Akagera National Park (French: Parc National de l’Akagera) covers 1,200 km² and was founded in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation in three ecoregions: savannah, mountain and swamp. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over 1/3 of the park and is the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
Nyungwe National Park
To the southeast along the Burundian border, Nyungwe National Park hosts a large number of chimpanzees and a variety of other primate species in a highland rainforest environment. Nyungwe rainforest is placed in the southwestern Rwanda, at the border with Burundi, south and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Nyungwe rainforest is probably the best preserved rainforest in the mountains throughout Central Africa. It is located in the watershed between the basin of the river Congo to the west and the basin of the river Nile to the east. From the east side of the Nyungwe forest comes also one of the branches of the Nile sources. Nyungwe Forest National Park was established in 2004 and covers an area of approximately 970 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km to the west. Mount Bigugu is located within the park borders.
Recommended Safaris In Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking Safari 03 nights / 04 days with Lake Kivu

Day 1 – Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by Imagine Africa Safaris tours representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Kigali Serena or Flame TreeBB

Day 2 – Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali. (Cost of city tour included)

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Lunch in Kigali.

Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. Approximately 2.5hrs arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park HQs

In the evenings, Optional Intore, Cultural Dancers troupe will spice your stay with memorable Rwandan dances. (At an extra cost per person)

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Home Inn (LDBB)

Day 3: – Volcanoes/Lake Kivu – Gorilla Trek

Breakfast at the lodge.

0700 hrs: Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 88 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.

Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.

After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

After lunch,depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive to Lake Kivu Serena arriving in the evening. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities offered at an extra cost.

Overnight at Lake Kivu Serena (DBB)

Day 4: –Lake Kivu/ Kigali / Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.Early morning at leisure to enjoy optional activities. Later depart

eastwards past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – land of a thousand fertile green hills. (Approximately 3 hrs).

 Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Cost of flight not included)

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