Lush. Majestic. Unblemished. Rwanda’s misty mountain ranges tug at the soul.
The ‘land of 1,000 hills’ is blanketed with dense virgin jungle punctuated by volcanic silhouettes. Landlocked Rwanda has incredible vistas and yet dinner table conversation usually starts and ends with its mountain gorillas. With the horrific events of 1994 still in mind, the nation is set on a rich future, determined to allow their abundant wildlife and spectacular habitats to take centre stage.
Track a family of gorillas hidden among the bamboo on an exclusive guided trek, sit quietly with the enormous, contemplative silverback; trek by foot to find rare primates, including chimps and golden monkeys; lie back on the sands on the shores of magical Lake Kivu; explore spectacular landscapes, hike mountains and cut through jungle by foot, bike, 4x4 or helicopter; visit Kigali, the genocide memorial and related historical sites and learn about Rwanda’s turbulent past from local specialists.
Where to Stay
Spectacularly located eco-camps in the clouds, organic-style luxury lodges in the foothills of the Virungas.
When to Go
The dry season is best, either December-February or June to September, although with jungle this lush, it’s prone to rain all year round.