Rwanda where Africa comes together
The land of a Thousand Hills sits sits at the hub of East Africa. It is here that deep volcanic forces tear the continental plates apart revealing an exquisite beauty where you will wake up to a golden lit sky splashed with mist; you will certainly feel a rush of cool, sweet, fresh air brush against your face.
Bridging the ecosystems of the Congo and the Great Rift Valley of the east you will find a home to the biological riches of both worlds.
Reaching the depths of the cradle of the mountain gorillas and staring into the eyes of these gentle giants you will discover a different form of “man”.
Rwanda is a landlocked country situated on the eastern rim of the Albertine Rift which is on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley in Eastern Africa. Much of the country is attractively mountainous, the highest peak being 4500 metres/14,600 feet. It is known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, an apt description as it consists of green undulating hills with gardens and tea plantations dotted around them, a very attractive destination for a Rwanda safari.
What is important is that it is home to one third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, one third of Africa’s bird species and several other species of primates, perfect for a Rwanda safari.
The capital is Kigali, an attractive city sprawling across four mountain ridges and the valleys between.
Volcanoes National Park, 1.5 hours from Kigali by road is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the north of the country. It currently has 700 mountain gorillas as well as rare golden monkeys, Cape buffalo and a profusion of exotic birds. Obviously gorilla tracking is the main attraction in Rwanda but one can also visit the grave of eminent zoologist, Diane Fossey who undertook extensive studies of gorillas in Rwanda, explore caves and track the golden monkey.
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