Rwanda

Rwanda, a tiny nation with rolling mountains and green valleys, may have a violent past, but the locals are eager to show tourists a different side of their country. There is a massive effort to conserve the gorillas and the chimps in their natural environment – the bamboo forested slopes of Rwanda’s peaks and the Parc National des Volcans – while chimpanzees find refuge in The Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Traditional game viewing is offered at Akagera National Park with a variety of birds and big game while there are 13 different types of primate to explore at Nyungwe National Park. The dormant volcanos of the region are now lush, green filled craters perfect for guided exploration. Lake Kivu even offers a tropical beach environment on the freshwater lake, rounding off the incredible diversity on offer in this relatively off the beaten track country. Having laid to rest it’s tumultuous past, Rwanda is now perfectly safe and accessible. With over half of the world’s last remaining wild mountain gorillas, it’s the quintessential ‘bucket list’ destination and one that will leave a lasting positive memory for all adventurous travellers.

 

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

An intimate luxury lodge perfectly located as a base for gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has fabulous views over Mt Sabyinyo and beautiful, well-maintained grounds full of bird-life. The comfortable cottages and friendly and attentive service make the lodge a perfect refuge to return to after the inspiring and tiring experience of trekking in the mountains to see the gorillas, with delicious meals, roaring fires and all the creature comforts. Built and operated by Governors Camp Collection, the lodge is owned by the community with profits supporting vital local development projects, so is an ideal choice for responsible tourism.

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Virunga Safari Lodge

Virunga Safari Lodge

A very comfortable eco-lodge, perched on a hilltop with breathtaking views over the Virunga volcanoes and lakes, Virunga Safari Lodge makes a fabulous base for a gorilla tracking adventure and for exploring the stunning landscapes of north-western Rwanda. Owned and operated by Volcanoes Safaris, specialists in mountain gorilla safaris, it is just 45 minutes’ scenic drive away from Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where the gorilla treks start and three hours’ drive from Kigali.

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Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

A modern five star hotel in the centre of Kigali, Rwanda’s bustling capital city, Kigali Serena Hotel is an oasis of comfort and peace set in pleasant gardens. Ideal as a refreshing stopover for long-distance travellers heading for the mountain gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, and as a base for those travelling on business in Rwanda, the hotel offers the international levels of facilities and service that the Serena Hotel Group is renowned for. Built around a beautiful swimming pool with lush tropical gardens, the Kigali Serena also has an excellent gym, a spa and a business centre.

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Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

A small family-run lodge very conveniently located for gorilla trekking just outside Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Le Bambou offers comfortable, value-for-money accommodation with warm hospitality and personal service from the owners. Located in the mountains with lovely views over the volcanoes and valleys, the lodge has traditional stone buildings set in lush gardens. The helpful owners can arrange everything from gorilla permits to airport transfers and special excursions, so this is an ideal and reasonably priced choice for independent travellers, who want the awe-inspiring experience of observing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

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