Why go to Rwanda for a holiday? To visit the mountain gorillas, of course! Sitting within a small group is one of the most unbelievable wildlife experiences in the world.
A tiny landlocked republic in Equatorial Africa, Rwanda lies on the eastern rim of the Albertine Rift and the watershed between Africa’s two largest river systems, the Nile and the Congo. It’s a mountainous country, often called the “land of a thousand hills”, with a moist, temperate year-round climate.
Although Rwanda’s natural history is often compelling, it’s not the main reason people remember it unfortunately. The bloody civil war, known universally as ‘the genocide’, hit the world’s headlines in 1994. Now the country is peaceful and optimistic and its democratic government promotes harmony. Many are willing to tell the world what happened, to guard against history ever repeating itself. Rwanda’s history is as gripping as its gorillas, for those wise enough to appreciate what these people have survived.
A place of contrasts, Rwanda is the most densely populated country in all of Africa. French, English and Kinyarwanda are the most widely spoken languages and the population of about 8 million people is largely Christian with some Muslim and Animist communities.
Hotels and facilities are gradually improving, but service can be lacking at times. If you are going to Rwanda to glimpse into contemporary Africa and value the magnificent wildlife viewing then Rwanda can be a remarkable and thought-provoking trip.
Rwanda encompasses in microcosm much of the beauty, wildness and variety of the central African continent. Its high volcanoes, sparkling lakes, game parks and lush tropical forests provide an ever-changing sense of adventure and memorable impressions.
Volcanoes National Park