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Our Epic Adventures In Rwanda

An encounter with a silverback gorilla and his family can be a hair-raising experience and one you’ll likely never forget!  As adventures go, our Rwanda educational was damn exciting. The country truly is the stuff of dreams, with its rich and lush green landscapes, volcanic mountains, welcoming people, exciting energy, and extraordinary wildlife.  The trip was an incredible chance for travel advisors who are already experienced at selling a more traditional safari to really get a sense of the unique adventures this destination offers.  Here’s a glimpse at our extraordinary journey and some footage of a little gorilla discovering his piece of Rwanda.

 

 

The transfer from Kigali to Kamembe on Rwanda Air offers a bird’s eye view of the country’s green and glorious landscapes made more vibrant by its sweet red earth.  Rwanda bursts with flowers, its streets filled with the commerce of daily life and women wrapped in colorful dresses gracefully carrying a basket with a bounty of fruit or vegetables on their heads, its forest are filled with birdsong, chattering golden monkeys and lots more.

 

 

For a country that was in turmoil just 25 years ago, today a united Rwanda stands as an extraordinary example of the best of humanity. While the progressive and vibrant capital city Kigali buzzes day and night, visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial museum provides a sober look into the country’s not too distant past and offers a lesson in forgiveness and learning. 

 


We experienced the pristine Nyungwe National Park, one of oldest rainforests in Africa, from a dazzling perspective on the Canopy Walkway.  Suspended above a ravine in the lush mountain rainforest of Nyungwe National Park, the canopy walkway provides an exhilarating perspective on the ancient treetops and wildlife. The 160m long and 70m high suspension bridge is accessible as part of a guided tour along the Igishigishigi trail. Don’t worry about fear of heights, if Joanna, our Marketing Manager could do it, anyone can!! Incredible experience!

 


Our group got to see other natural wonders flourish including a working tea plantation, when we rested our heads for two nights at One&Only Nyungwe House, a luxury lodge in the heart of the jungle.

 

 

Some say the world's best teas begin on Rwanda's steep hills with rich volcanic soils and plentiful rainfall. Locally grown and harvested tea is shipped to tea enthusiasts all over the world. Over 97% of tea is exported, and only 3% is sold locally. 

 

Trekking in search of Rwenzori Colobus monkeys is also on offer in Nyungwe Forest. These great looking monkeys found here in troops of several hundred individuals, are believed to be among the largest numbers worldwide. 

 

Some of Rwanda’s most captivating scenery is at Lake Kivu which is home to hundreds of islands.  Our adventure continued along its shoreline to Volcanoes National Park and the dreamy One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, a jungle sanctuary and sensory delight surrounded by a eucalyptus forest. 

 

At One&Only Gorilla’s nest we spent two days hiking into the mountains of Volcanoes National Park, guided by an excellent team of seasoned rangers, to discover Rwanda’s star attraction—the endangered mountain gorillas.  Being in the presence of these animals – who we share 98% of our DNA with—in their own natural habitat was an incredible and awe-filled experience.

This playful little guy stole our hearts: 

 

 

Step up your Africa game and contact us to learn more about discovering Rwanda or request a quote on one of our below itineraries for this emerging destination here.

Recommended journeys to Rwanda: Ultimate Rwanda follows the footsteps of late activist Dian Fossey and observe the "Gorilla's in the Mist." 

Or come on an adventure to Discover Rwanda and the land of a thousand hills, where friendly people will welcome you as you explore the open plains, woodlands and lakes of Akagera National Park before your safari to track wild chimpanzees and the mountain gorillas.

This Ultimate Tanzania and Rwanda journey has all the ingredients required to create a safari experience masterpiece. You'll experience unparalleled service at intimate properties, pristine locations devoted to preserving Africa's wildlife, photographic opportunities galore and so much more!

 

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