Rwanda is nicknamed the Land of a Thousand Hills, and rightly so. The African Rift Valley has shaped this country to become the dramatic and unique landscape that it is today, and some of the world’s most fascinating and endangered species are proud to call this their home. The species that Rwanda is most famed for is the mountain gorilla. With less than 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world, it is extremely important to protect the Virunga Mountains, to which they call home.
Almost all our luxury Rwanda safari tris include a couple of days to stay in Volcanoes National Park. With only a two-hour drive from Kigali, a mountain gorilla trek is a truly unforgettable experience. Although everyone attends the same safety briefing at the park headquarters, each gorilla trek is completely unique and can last between an average of 2-6 hours. Once you find the gorillas, you are allowed to spend one hour with them, enjoying their enormous presence.
Safaris in Rwanda also include the Nyungwe Forest, where you can do other primate treks and scenic hikes. Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda is also worth visiting, and a great way to spend a couple of nights on safari. The wildlife here is thriving as species have been reintroduced to the park, and the management of the park is doing a great job.