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
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