Volcanoes National Park sits within the mountainous Virunga Massif, a visually stunning landscape encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes – the dramatic peaks reaching towards 5,000m. The first national park to be created in Africa, it rose to fame through the work of renowned primatologist Dian Fossey. The ancient rainforest is home to eight habituated family groups of gorilla with further opportunities to view golden monkey, elephant and bushbuck.
Gorilla tracking takes place year round – early booking is essential as permits are strictly limited. The climate is pleasantly tropical due to the high altitude and the temperature varies little year round. The rainier months are generally between March to May and mid September to November.
Home to around half the world’s population of gorillas, the park sits within the mountainous Virunga Massif, a visually stunning landscape encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes – the dramatic peaks reaching towards 5,000m. The first National Park to be created in Africa, it rose to fame through the work of renowned primatologist Diane Fossey and is without doubt one of the best places in Africa to track gorilla – the ancient rainforest being home to eight habituated family groups of gorilla with further opportunities to view golden monkey, elephant and bushbuck.
Very much ahead of the curve in its eco-efforts, Kigali has the pleasure of being one of the cleanest cities in the world. There’s a big sense of community with residents coming out every Sunday to clean their patch of street. A bond that is explored through an eye-opening tour of the city and its museums.
Rwanda isn’t completely void of game viewing opportunities. Along the border of Tanzania sits Akagera National Park, a protected area that’s home to the whole cast of safari favourites including lions, zebra, giraffes, elephants and a whole lot of birds.
Said to have stayed green even through the Ice Age, this ancient forest is rich in biodiversity, from its 13 species of primate to the 280 species of birds. This is the place to be completely enveloped in nature, so much so that it can be hard to get up the inclination to leave.
Another superlative, Lake Kivu is the largest lake in the country and the sixth largest on the continent. Although the dense forests are a sight to behold, this wider, flatter expanse makes for a change of scenery, with beaches encircling the water just begging to be picnicked upon for an hour of two.
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