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Rwanda is the definitive destination for a gorilla and chimpanzee trekking adventure. Often referred to as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ or the ‘Switzerland of Africa’, it’s a world of volcanic peaks, serene lakes and endless forested slopes sheltering some of the last remaining mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the world.
‘Trekking’ refers to venturing into the jungle to follow and observe these gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat. It’s a humbling experience and one of the greatest privileges on earth to come face-to-face with these primates who share 98-99% of human DNA.
For a life-changing experience in Rwanda, look no further than our bucket-list tour.
Adventurers, romantic getaways and solo travellers
View of Volcano at Volcanoes National Park. Credit: Bisate Lodge
Travelling to the capital of Rwanda might seem daunting to some, but it’s actually one of the safest and most attractive capital cities in Africa.
Expect colourful markets, friendly locals, and an up-and-coming art scene. If you love your caffeine kick in the morning, you’ll be happy to know that Rwanda produces some of the best coffee in the world.
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Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s leading safari destination and the only park in the country that’s home to the Big 5. It also has an inspiring history, as it went from almost being almost completely depleted of its animals, trees and wild savannah. This was due to the effect of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda when refugees returning to the country resorted to hunting the wildlife, cutting down the trees for timber, and using the savannah for livestock feed.
Today, it’s Central Africa’s largest protected wetland and a wildlife sanctuary.
Giraffes roaming free in the Akagera National Park. Credit: Abhishek Singh.
Volcanoes National Park is one of the best places for mountain gorilla trekking because it’s home to 400 endangered mountain gorillas. It’s also the most accessible as it’s located only a two-hour drive away from Rwanda’s capital.
This park is where Dian Fossey did her studies of mountain gorillas and is the setting for the book and film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
There’s a multitude of other wildlife you can look forward to seeing. For instance, the golden monkey as well as elusive elephant and buffalo herds.
Gorilla Trekking at the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Credit: Virunga Lodge
Credit: Bisate Lodge
Tea plantations, never-ending forest, and vocal birdlife, Nyungwe National Park truly is an enchanting place located in a unique location between the Nile and Congo Rivers. It’s home to a group of habituated chimpanzees, as well as other primates including the Ruwenzori colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys, as well as 85 mammals and 310 bird species.
The biodiversity of flora and fauna is also incredible, with over 1,050 plant species, including 200 orchid species. Those who are a bit more adventurous can go over the 200-metre long and 40-metre high suspended canopy walkway in order to enjoy a different view of the park.
A different view of the forest from the canopy walk. Photo Credit: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Staying in the rainforest. Credit: One&Only Nyungwe House
To experience the best gorilla and chimpanzee trekking adventure, contact one of our Travel Experts. Let’s start plan your dream African holiday today!
Chimpanzee in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Credit: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
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