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“Land of a Thousand Hills”

Is part of the Virunga Volcano chain. It has a moist, temperate climate year-round. Its people are truly amazing in their willingness to forgive historic atrocities. They are very welcoming to tourists. Several National Parks and volcanic lakes are located in Rwanda. The parks protect the mountain gorillas, the elusive Golden Monkeys and 12 other species of primates, forest elephants, buffalo and countless species of birds, butterflies and orchids. Parc National dex Volcans is home to ten gorilla families and is the location of Dian Fossey’s  Karisoke Research Center. The Center was founded by Dian where she spent many years befriending, studing and caring for the gorillas.  She is buried here alongside her special gorilla friend Digit.

 

A typical gorilla safari begins in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and depending on arrival time may require an overnight.  The next day you will travel to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes where several luxury lodges are located. The trek through the mountain forests begins the next day. You may find thegorillas in an hour or it may take longer.. Spend an hour with the gorillas before returning to the lodges.  It is highly recommended you do another gorilla trek the next day and stay on a day or more to search for the Golden Monkeys, visit the Fossey Karisoke Research Center,  a local village,  walk to Lake Bulera, Climb the Visoke/Muhaura volcanoes or just stay  at the lodge.  On arrival back in Kigali there are City tours available, visit the Genocide Museum and numerous markets. Rwanda is a destination where you can choose the number of days you’d like to spend but do plan enough days to enjoy the experience--you do not want to rush.

 

Best time to visit Rwanda is during the dry seasons from June to mid-September and December to February.

 

Rwanda: When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future. —Dian Fossey

 

~Rwanda~