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Rwanda - Land of a Thousand Hills

By African standards Rwanda is a small country, but there is plenty to see and do.  There are three national parks (NP on the map), each with its own individual character, as well as any number of cultural activities to visit.
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It   is   possible   in   a   relatively   short   time   to   visit   tropical   savannah   and   airy   mountain   rainforest   starting   from   the   international airport in Kigali. However, your trip needs to be well planned so that you get to those places you want to see.

Volcanoes National Park

This   is   the   starting   point   for   the   most   exciting   adventure Rwanda   has   to   offer   –   the   home   of   the   Mountain   Gorilla. Gorilla   trekking   can   be   made   as   a   (very   long)   day   trip but    we    recommend    you    stay    overnight    in    Ruhengeri where there is a full range of accommodation. Permits    for    gorilla    trekking    must    be    purchased    in advance    from    the    government    for    a    specific    day, allowing   you   one   hour   with   the   magnificent   primates. However,   time   is   needed   to   climb   up   though   the   rain forest   depending   on   the   location   of   the   gorilla   group; that   can   last   several   hours.      Visitor   groups   are   always accompanied   by   guides   who   take   individual   care   of   the visitors,    bearing    in    mind    the    altitude    of    up    to    3,500 metres. Also   in   the   National   Park   you   can   visit   the   site   of   Dian Fossey's    work    or    to    climb    to    the    crater    lake    of    Mt. Bisoke.      The   ascent   through   the   rain   forest   is   rewarded by     spectacular     views     of     the     primordial     volcanic landscape. Each   of   these   can   be   made   in   one   day   or   combined   with an   over-night   stay.   All   the   tours   are   accompanied   by   a guide/ranger,   included   in   the   prices   which   are   fixed   by the Rwandan government.
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Akagera National Park

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Since   the   re-introduction   of   black   rhino   at   the beginning    of    May    2017    Akagera    National Park     now     offers     all     the     wildlife     of     the savannah, the “Big Five”, and much more.  What   is   also   important   is   that   from   Kigali   it only   takes   a   little   over   two   hours   to   reach   the park   gates,   so   you   can   make   the   trip   in   a   day. However,    bearing    in    mind    the    size    of    the park,   and   the   fact   that   many   animals   rest   in the   midday   heat,   many   guests   prefer   to   stay overnight   in   the   park.   This   enables   you   to   get out   in   the   park   early   or   even   make   a   night safari to watch night-active animals. There   is   a   choice   of   a   lake-side   lodge   or   the traditional   hill-top   lodge   with   views   over   Lake Ihema    to    Tanzania;    there    is    also    a    hill-top camping site. For more information - Friends of Akagera
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Nyungwe Rainforest National Park

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T his   national   park   in   the   furthest   away   from   Kigali   but   worth the   time.      Nyungwe   has   the   largest   recorded   density   and diversity   of   primates   with   13   different   species   in   any   single location   in   East Africa.     This   includes   chimpanzees   as   well   as large   groups   of   colobus   monkeys   that   often   travel   in   groups of   300   and   more.   The   grey   cheeked   mangabey   (cercocebus albigena)   prefer   lower   altitudes   in   the   forest   or   canopy;   the owl   faced   monkey   (cercopithecus   hamlyni)   is   an Albertine   Rift Endemic. In    addition    this    primordial    rain    forest    with    its    impressive waterfalls   is   also   home   to   an   enormous   variety   of   tropical birds,   many   of   which   are   endemic.   You   can   also   look   down on   the   rain   forest   from   the   Canopy   Walk   where   you   might spot a mangabey. You   could   also   visit   a   tee   plantation   or   go   on   the   Congo-Nile Divide   Trail   that   winds   along   the   ridge   separating   the   two   of the world's largest river basins, the Congo and the Nile. There   is   a   luxury   lodge   as   well   as   the   moderately   priced small    guest    house.    A    longer    stay    in    the    area    is    really worthwhile for nature-lovers and bird watchers. 
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Apart    from    the    three    national    parks    there    are    various places   of   cultural   and   historical   interest   to   visit   in   Rwanda. The   best   place   for   an   introduction   to   Rwanda’s   historical background     is     the     impressive     National     Ethnographic Museum   in   Huye   near   the   university   town   of   Butare.   Not far   away   is   the   Palace   Museum   on   the   site   of   the   former capital   of   the   Rwandan   feudal   monarchy,   Nyanze,   now called   Nyabisindu.   Both   are   situated   half   way   between Kigali and Nyungwe. In   Kigali   there   is   the   house   (now   a   museum)   of   Richard Kandt,   the   former   German   Resident   (1907-1913),   who   is considered   to   be   the   founder   of   Kigali.      Nearby   is   the National   Genocide   Memorial,   a   reminder   of   more   recent history. It   is   also   possible   to   organise   a   visit   to   a   tea   factory   or   to one of the many community projects in Rwanda.
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After   visiting   the   National   Parks   some   visitors   choose   to   relax in   one   of   the   hotels   on   the   shores   of   Lake   Kivu,   just   an   hour from Ruhengeri.
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There is always the option of combining your visit to Rwanda with a trip to Uganda or Tanzania.
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Land of a Thousand Hills

By African standards Rwanda is a small country, but there is plenty to see and do.  There are three national parks (NP on the map), each with its own individual character, as well as any number of cultural activities to visit.
Cross the Equator in Uganda Mountain Gorilla in Virunga Mountains Ruanda Wildlife in Akagera National Park Rwanda Ruzizi Tented Lodge in Akagera NP Rwanda L'Hoest monkey, one of the many primates in Rwanda Site of former feudal monachy in Nyabisindu, Rwanda
I t   is   possible   in   a   relatively   short   time   to   visit   tropical   savannah   and airy   mountain   rainforest   starting   from   the   international   airport   in   Kigali. However,   your   trip   needs   to   be   well   planned   so   that   you   get   to   those places you want to see.
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Volcanoes National Park

This   is   the   starting   point   for   the   most   exciting   adventure   Rwanda   has to   offer   –   the   home   of   the   Mountain   Gorilla.   Gorilla   trekking   can   be made   as   a   (very   long)   day   trip   but   we   recommend   you   stay   overnight in Ruhengeri where there is a full range of accommodation. Permits   for   gorilla   trekking   must   be   purchased   in   advance   from   the government    for    a    specific    day,    allowing    you    one    hour    with    the magnificent   primates.   However,   time   is   needed   to   climb   up   though the   rain   forest   depending   on   the   location   of   the   gorilla   group;   that can   last   several   hours.      Visitor   groups   are   always   accompanied   by guides   who   take   individual   care   of   the   visitors,   bearing   in   mind   the altitude of up to 3,500 metres. Also   in   the   National   Park   you   can   visit   the   site   of   Dian   Fossey's   work or   to   climb   to   the   crater   lake   of   Mt.   Bisoke.      The   ascent   through   the rain    forest    is    rewarded    by    spectacular    views    of    the    primordial volcanic landscape. Each   of   these   can   be   made   in   one   day   or   combined   with   an   over-night stay. All   the   tours   are   accompanied   by   a   guide/ranger,   included   in   the prices which are fixed by the Rwandan government.
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Akagera National Park

Since   the   re-introduction   of   black   rhino   at   the   beginning   of May   2017 Akagera   National   Park   now   offers   all   the   wildlife   of the savannah, the “Big Five”, and much more.  What   is   also   important   is   that   from   Kigali   it   only   takes   a   little over   two   hours   to   reach   the   park   gates,   so   you   can   make   the trip   in   a   day.   However,   bearing   in   mind   the   size   of   the   park, and   the   fact   that   many   animals   rest   in   the   midday   heat, many    guests    prefer    to    stay    overnight    in    the    park.    This enables   you   to   get   out   in   the   park   early   or   even   make   a   night safari to watch night-active animals. There   is   a   choice   of   a   lake-side   lodge   or   the   traditional   hill- top   lodge   with   views   over   Lake   Ihema   to   Tanzania;   there   is also a hill-top camping site.
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Nyungwe Rainforest National Park

This   national   park   in   the   furthest   away   from   Kigali   but   worth   the time.      Nyungwe   has   the   largest   recorded   density   and   diversity   of primates   with   13   different   species   in   any   single   location   in   East Africa.      This   includes   chimpanzees   as   well   as   large   groups   of   colobus monkeys   that   often   travel   in   groups   of   300   and   more.   The   grey cheeked   mangabey   (cercocebus   albigena)   prefer   lower   altitudes   in the   forest   or   canopy;   the   owl   faced   monkey   (cercopithecus   hamlyni) is an Albertine Rift Endemic. In   addition   this   primordial   rain   forest   with   its   impressive   waterfalls   is also   home   to   an   enormous   variety   of   tropical   birds,   many   of   which are   endemic.   You   can   also   look   down   on   the   rain   forest   from   the Canopy Walk where you might spot a mangabey. You   could   also   visit   a   tee   plantation   or   go   on   the   Congo-Nile   Divide Trail   that   winds   along   the   ridge   separating   the   two   of   the   world's largest river basins, the Congo and the Nile. There   is   a   luxury   lodge   as   well   as   the   moderately   priced   small   guest house.   A   longer   stay   in   the   area   is   really   worthwhile   for   nature- lovers and bird watchers. 
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Apart   from   the   three   national   parks   there   are   various   places   of cultural   and   historical   interest   to   visit   in   Rwanda.   The   best   place for    an    introduction    to    Rwanda’s    historical    background    is    the impressive    National    Ethnographic    Museum    in    Huye    near    the university   town   of   Butare.   Not   far   away   is   the   Palace   Museum   on the   site   of   the   former   capital   of   the   Rwandan   feudal   monarchy, Nyanze,    now    called    Nyabisindu.    Both    are    situated    half    way between Kigali and Nyungwe. In   Kigali   there   is   the   house   (now   a   museum)   of   Richard   Kandt,   the former   German   Resident   (1907-1913),   who   is   considered   to   be   the founder   of   Kigali.      Nearby   is   the   National   Genocide   Memorial,   a reminder of more recent history. It   is   also   possible   to   organise   a   visit   to   a   tea   factory   or   to   one   of the many community projects in Rwanda.
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After    visiting    the    National    Parks some   visitors   choose   to   relax   in   one of   the   hotels   on   the   shores   of   Lake Kivu, just an hour from Ruhengeri.
There is always the option of combining your visit to Rwanda with a trip to Uganda or Tanzania.
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