Rwanda Destinations & Attractions
The ultimate 'off the beaten track' holiday experience, guaranteed to bring out the adventurer in you, it's time to experience Rwanda
Capital: Kigali; 1°56.633′S 30°3.567′E / 1.943883°S 30.059450°E
Population: 11.61 million (2015) World Bank
Currency: Rwandan Frank
Official languages: Kinyarwanda, French, English
A country of contrasts you will lose yourself in a world of towering mountains, rainforests and unique wildlife. Hike through the bamboo and dense jungle of the Volcanoes National Park to discover mountain gorillas - a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won't forget, not only for your encounter with the gorillas but for the majestic peaks of the Virunga volcanoes.
The gorillas of Volcanoes National Park were made famous by zoologist Dian Fossey - of Gorillas in Mist fame - who tackled poaching head on. Yet the gorillas are still critically endangered, so the chance to see them in the wild is a very moving experience that will never forgotten.
For a special encounter, watch chimpanzees swing between the branches of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, the Amazon of Africa. Their fascinating social structure is absorbing, and eerily mirrors our own - you won't want to miss a second of their cheeky interactions. But chimpanzees are only 1 of the 13 primate species found in Nyungwe Forest including the black and white colobus monkeys found in groups of up to 400 individuals which is almost 10 times the maximum group size recorded anywhere else. Also at Nungwe, scale East Africa's highest canopy walk suspended 50 metres above the forest and see 240 tree species, 140 orchid species, hundreds of butterflies and 275 bird species including giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrowhawks.
There are plenty of ways to explore the varied landscapes of Rwanda whether you game drive through the savannah-like plains of Akagera National Park, kayak in Lake Kivu, climb the misty Virunga Volcanoes or simply relax on lakeshore beaches.