Undoubtedly, one of the most humbling encounters on earth is that between man and gorilla. In the rainforests of Rwanda, visitors have the opportunity to come face to face with the mighty mountain gorilla in its own habitat, an unforgettable and breathtaking experience.
Often referred to as the Land of A Thousand Hills, Rwanda has received considerable international attention since the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. Since then, the country has made a remarkable recovery and is now considered as a model for developing countries.
Located in the Great Lakes region of eastern-central Africa, this tiny country is unsurpassed in its beauty. The terrain, mostly grassy uplands and scenic, gently rolling hills, is also one of the best places to view the Gorillas, whose dwindling population in the wild is now estimated to be only 750.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park forms part of the great volcanic massif of the Virunga Mountains which straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC.
Covering a huge area of over 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes, the Volcanoes National Park on the Rwanda side protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and it is here that the Mountain Gorillas are able, still, to live in the wild.
Made famous by Dian Fossey’s work, and the film, Gorillas in the Mist, more than half of the world’s last mountain gorillas live here – about 350 of them – and at present this is the best place in Africa to see them.