What's more of an adventure than Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda, and coming face to face with a gorilla in the mist? Check out this sample itinerary of a trekking journey that explores both Rwanda and Uganda, promising incredible experiences up close and personal with gorillas. Stashed away in the middle of the African continent, Rwanda is a small and extremely beautiful country emerging from its unimaginable past with enormous energy and purpose.
Rwanda covers just over 26,000 square kilometres, little has changed in a thousand years but in terms of its development, progression and vision for the future, Rwanda is a country punching way above its weight. Rwanda is divided equally into four provinces with its capital city of Kigali at its heart and surrounded by the most wonderful natural beauty imaginable. On its western boundary with the Democratic Republic of the Congo lies Lake Kivu, with Nyungwe Forest National Park to the south, in the north are the towering peaks of the Volcanoes National Park and Akagera National Park shares the eastern boundary with Tanzania.
In between its physical boundaries are the immaculately combed hillsides where every inch of available land is farmed to its full potential despite the almost impossible gradients. Tea, coffee and banana plantations tumble down the hillsides in a neatly organised patchwork of farms - this is a spectacularly beautiful country.
Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Located in the south-east of Rwanda and covering an area of more than 1,000 square kilometres, Nyungwe is one of the largest and oldest remaining natural rainforests on the planet, dating back to the last ice age. With over 200 different types of tree and almost 300 bird species, it is not difficult to find the attraction for Nyungwe. But it is its primates which add to its fascination with no less than thirteen different genus including man’s closest relative, the chimpanzee.
With a surface are of 2,700 square kilometres and a depth of 480 metres, Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s largest and deepest lakes. Visitors to Lake Kivu are drawn by its tranquillity and this is the perfect place to spend time relaxing between tracking chimps in Nyungwe and mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.
Volcanoes National Park.
The Volcanoes National Park (PNV) is located in north-west Rwanda on the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The towering volcanoes (up to 15,000 feet) are cloaked in a thick green layer of tropical rainforest and provide the perfect habit for the last few remaining mountain gorillas on the planet.
Almost as if the mountains have been shaved with a ‘short back and sides’ the farmland ends dramatically where the National Park begins and gives way to a rich evergreen and bamboo forest which is alive with colourful birds, monkeys and the more elusive buffalo and elephant.
To have experienced gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, where you have every chance of coming face to face with a 400lb hairy, chest pounding gorilla is a memory which will stay with you for life. Your guides and trackers will ensure your safety and the opportunity to spend 60 minutes with a family of mountain gorillas which is an entirely humbling encounter.
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Rwanda and Uganda: Nyungwe Forest National park, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park
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