Safari Locations: Rwanda

If you’d like to add on a few extra days to an African Safari, we have a stunning destination for you! There are only about 650 mountain gorillas left on earth – most of them in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains and the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

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A visit to see these last remaining mountain gorillas is a life changing and absolutely awesome experience. There is always an atmosphere of anticipation and mounting excitement as one prepares to trek into the forest. The rangers follow the habituated gorilla families every day until they bed down for the night, and therefore we have a pretty good idea of where to locate them in the morning. Even still, it can make for a fairly strenuous walk, usually about two hours. However, on finding the gorilla troop, the admiration and appreciation of their calm and close-knit way of life overwhelms any feelings of fatigue. Every minute with them is truly magical and one is filled with a sense of awe – the babies gambol under watchful mothers eyes and the silverback is a majestic and usually benevolent, lord above all. The other great plus in Rwanda is the availability of excellent lodges and a good roads infrastructure, so in every respect this is a place for a fantastic and comfortable experience. And there’s more to do besides gorillas – the country boasts the best drummers and dancers in all of Central Africa, making cultural walks fun and exuberant affairs.


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