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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.
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 Lake Kivu on the boarder to PR Congo
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

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

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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Lake Kivu Rwanda Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Kuhuzi-Biegu National Park, Rep. of Congo
There is always the option of combining your visit to Rwanda with a trip to one of the neighbouring countries. Some visitors just choose to relax in one of the hotels on the shores of Lake Kivu after visiting the Volcanoes National Park.
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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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There is always the option of combining your visit to Rwanda with a trip to one of the neighbouring countries. Some visitors just choose to relax in one of the hotels on the shores of Lake Kivu after visiting the Volcanoes National Park.
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For those who prefer to explore Rwanda on their own Individual Tours offers the unique experience of a Land Rover with a roof tent.
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