After sightseeing the beautiful city of Kigali, you will connect to the far corners of Rwanda to explore all hidden treasures behind the success of tourism business in Rwanda. The land of a thousand hills has much more to offer some of which are hardly found else where in the whole world. A memorable experience comes along with travelling to the north west, for gorillas, East for game viewing and southwest for the chimpanzees among others.
These inhabit the tropical rain forest volcanoes national park in the north west of Rwanda. The highest populations of mountain gorillas in the Virunga conservation area reside in Rwanda’s volcanoes national park making it the best place for gorilla trekking safaris. Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and virunga national park in the democratic republic of Congo share the remaining gorillas in the virunga massif. World spread, volcanoes national park is the second to Uganda in hosting the highest population of mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the most done activity that that has drawn most travelers to Rwanda. There are 10 gorilla families all habituated for trekking at a cost of 1500usd for a single gorilla permit. The Rwanda development board (RDB) is a government body responsible for gorilla tourism and issuing of gorilla permits. A permit allows a traveler to spend an hour with a gorilla family for a n hour which is surely a memorable experience.
The gorilla trekking experience start with a simple briefing at the national park headquarters about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. Its here that trekkers are divided into groups of 8 people maximum allocated to one family. Trekkers are cautioned to keep a distance of seven meters away from the gorillas and avoid any close interaction with the endangered gorillas to avoid the transmission of human wildlife diseases. Similarly, trekkers are reminded not to liter anything like eats, and polythene bags in the park for the safety of the enadreged mountain gorillas. While with the gorillas, travelers are only allowed to take photographs but at a distance and with non-flash light cameras.
These dwell in Nyungwe forest national park south west of Rwanda. Nyungwe is the only home for chimpanzees in the whole of Rwanda and the only stop center for chimpanzee trekking. Nyungwe forest is Africa’s oldest tropical rainforest covering 100 square kilometers and is believed to have remained green through the ice age, which describe its uniqueness. The forest is believed to host roughly 500, which live in two communities of Chamudongo forest while others live in the main forest. Chimpanzee trekking is surely a lifetime experience them being the closest relatives to human beings sharing roughly 99.8% of human genes. Chimpanzee trekking a cost of 100usd for a permit, which make the venture quite cheaper, compared to the gorillas but the experience is memorable. Other trekking rules and regulations are similar to the in gorillas.
They are among the critically endangered animals surviving in only volcanoes national park (Rwanda) and Mgahinga gorilla national park (Uganda). Golden monkeys also known, as cercopithecus Mitis Kndti are interesting animals, playful and often jumping over tree branches, which make a stay with them memorable. In volcanoes national park, 2 golden monkey groups have been habituated each of which comprise of roughly 80-100 members and trekking them requires a permit of 100usd but the experience is worth it.
Note: All trekking permits for mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and golden monkeys require advance booking and payment of the booking fee which guarantees a traveler access of the permit on the trekking actual date. Failure to book in time result into disappointments at the last hour due to the high demand for the permits.
Akagera national park is the best place for wildlife viewing in while on a Rwanda safari. Akagera is the only savannah national park in Rwanda with short and open grasses, which make I easy for game driving hence clear views of wildlife browsing. The national park is a home to the big five game (elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards) which make it unique. Akagera national park has an interesting story as Africa’s oldest park that was garzetted in 1934 covering a total land area of 1,120sqare kilometers. Other animal in the park include the elands, Oribis, bushbucks, antelopes, Masai giraffe, waterbucks, zebras, hippos, sables, and crocodiles in river Akagera among others. Both morning and evening game drives are done which provide travelers with clear views of wildlife grazing and predators hunting.
Conclusively therefore, travel to Rwanda and enjoy the memorable gorilla and wildlife safaris.