A lesser-visited safari destination than its East African neighbours, Rwanda is a remarkable country filled with unique treasures. Nicknamed ‘the land of a thousand hills’, an extraordinary amount of biodiversity lives within its sprawling forests and volcanic landscape, most notably some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. As one of only three places in the world to see these majestic creatures (another being Uganda), gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is a must-have in your itinerary for Rwanda safari holidays. Aside from the country’s primate population, expect to spot the
iconic Big Five in Akagera National Park and an array of wonderful birdlife in Nyungwe National Park.
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With little more than 1,000 mountain gorillas remaining in the world, Volcanoes National Park is one of only three places to catch a glimpse of them. Rwanda safari holidays can include this once-in-a-lifetime experience of gorilla trekking, with the national park’s dramatic volcanic landscape offering a breath-taking backdrop. Gorillas aren’t the only endangered species who inhabit the park and Golden Monkeys can also be seen clambering through the canopy.
Akagera and Nyungwe National Parks
Combine Volcanoes National Park with Akagera and Nyungwe National Parks for the ultimate wildlife experience during Rwanda safari holidays. Akagera is a recognised Big Five destination, so you can participate in a classic African safari. Nyungwe National Park is known for its spectacular birdlife, featuring 16 endemic species, as well as its resident butterfly population which swirls through the air in a cloud of colour. Canopy walkways throughout the park allow visitors to get up close to these sky bound creatures.