Our destinations, Rwanda
Amazing eyes, Gorilla, Rwanda
Pyrethrum fields
Young Gorilla
Gorilla yesterday

Rwanda is the best place in the world to see the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The thickly forested slopes of the Parc National des Volcans in the north, where the borders of Rwanda, the Congo and Uganda meet, are one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the species. With their survival under threat, it is truly a privilege to see them in their natural habitat. Sitting amidst these amazing apes must surely be one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences.

For the ornithologist, botanist or primate enthusiast, Nyungwe Forest, which borders Lake Kivu, is well worth a visit. The vast tract of montane forest boasts a quarter of Africa’s primate species, hundreds of bird species, and over a thousand plant species. Mammals abound although they are shy and you rarely see them in the thick undergrowth, but it’s good to know they are there!

Rwanda’s recent history is a tragic one and it is inspiring to see how determined the Rwandans are to move on from the genocide of 1994; this is a country that has enjoyed impressive economic growth of late and is looking firmly forward to a brighter future. A visit to the genocide memorial in Kigali is highly recommended, but it’s not for the faint hearted. A trip to

Rwanda is a worthy addition at the end of an East African safari.

Chimpanzees ar eamongst teh primates found in Nyungwe forest Rwanda Landscape

Want to read up on Rwanda before you go? Lowis & Leakey and Longitude Books have partnered to create lists of classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventure. Click here for suggested reading on Rwanda.

Credit and thanks for the images included here goes to Ninian Lowis

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