'The Land of a Thousand Hills', Rwanda is a country that has broken free of the devastating genocide of 1994 and emerged as one of the friendliest and most surprising countries in Africa. Found in the great lakes region of central Africa, it is the most densely populated country on the continent with an intensively cultivated and fertile land. Its main attraction is the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas, found in the Virunga Mountains in the Parc National des Volcans. A trip to see these amazing animals, only discovered by science in 1902, will leave an indelible imprint on your soul.
When to go
Rwanda is a year round destination. Due to its temperate climate and altitude it can rain at any time when trekking after Mountain Gorillas, it is thus important to have the correct clothing. Drier months are generally from May to October with the Gorilla trekking high season being July and August. Travelling outside of these dates makes acquiring Gorilla permits much easier. At altitude in the Virungas where one treks the Mountain Gorillas, temperatures are around 10°C to 15°C.
What to do
One of the most surreal experiences available in Africa. Sitting close to a family of Mountain Gorillas will transcend many experiences leaving you with an experience that will be treasured for the rest of your life.
Gorilla trekking can take anything from 2 hours and up to 6 hours.
8 visitors are limited per group to the 7 habituated families. Once a family has been located one is afforded the opportunity to spend an hour with a family group. This system has allowed for a sustainable tourism experience, in addition to creating all-important jobs and providing community upliftment.
For Gorilla trekking clients need to be fairly fit and in good health and 15 years or older.
A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda's capital Kigali, is a deeply moving and thought provoking experience and well worth the visit.