Rwanda – Set in the heart of Africa, landlocked Rwanda has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and smiling towards a bright future having one of the fastest-growing economies on African soil. Compared to other East African countries, Rwanda holidays offer something entirely different, whether it be relaxing on the sandy beaches of Lake Kivu, tracking the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes, searching high and low for the chimpanzees of Nyungwe Forest, or relaxing on the savannah plains of Akagera National Park.
Apart from being well known as ‘the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda offers a hilly landscape that winds its way from the eastern plains of Tanzania through to the central gallery forests of the Congo Basin. During your Rwandan safari, you will meet and discover one of the friendliest communities in Africa, warm and very hospitable, welcoming, and forgiving. Apart from exploring the vast wildlife highlights on your Rwanda experiences menu, be sure you spend time to stop, listen, appreciate and enjoy, the hospitality of the Rwandan spirit.
Rwanda offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in Africa, be it the dramatic Virunga volcanoes bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo or the forest of Nyungwe, one of the largest montane forests in Central Africa, home to the cheeky chimpanzees and large groups of Colobus monkeys.
Parc National des Volcans is located in northwest Rwanda and is an area of thickly vegetated rainforest and bamboo providing shelter to endangered Golden Monkeys and approximately one-third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorilla population. This is where primatologist Dian Fossey carried out her seminal work, which was her adopted home and place of rest. Dian expressed the feeling of coming face-to-face with Silverback Mountain Gorillas as “The expression in his eyes was unfathomable. Spellbound I returned his gaze – a gaze that seemed to combine elements of inquiry and acceptance.” This is an experience that only those who have lived can fully appreciate. Explore unlimited Rwanda holiday possibilities with Oluokos Signature.
Rwanda is renowned for its rare mountain gorillas, and rightly so. Some 400 of our primate cousins roam the rainforests of Volcanoes National Park, with ten groups available for tracking. But this tiny country has so much more to offer whether you are a birdwatcher or a cultural enthusiast. Well known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, it’s rich with beautiful mountains, rivers, valleys and lakes, with a gleaming capital city, abundant wildlife and resilient and gracious people. Here are ten reasons to explore further.
There are as many reasons to visit Rwanda, as there are people who call it home. The tiny 26,338 square km country is home to 12.2 million people, making it one of the most densely populated nations on the African continent. And yet it is also a role leader in conservation and sustainable efforts, the third greenest place in the world (according to The World Travel Guide 2015) and it’s also the proud protector of four national parks.
In these modern days, you’re likely to find tourists here in search of a luxury experience as those roughing it in campsites or seeking out the country’s famous gorillas and chimpanzees and that only scratches the surface.
Rwanda has a lot to offer on its safari menu and this ranges from historical museums that inspire, to incredible meals served high above the flashing lights of the city below, to walking with the gentle giants in one of its parks. This is without skipping a safari to its premier Akagera National Park. Within eastern and central Africa, Rwanda is full of promise, surprises and wonders.