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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Rwanda's most well-known attraction is undoubtedly its mountain gorillas, whose peaceful beauty has enchanted generations. Found in the mist shrouded rainforests of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda's gorillas comprise roughly half of the world's wild gorilla population, with twenty distinct families calling the park home. Guided gorilla treks into the mountains bring visitors up close with these magnificent creatures, as your guides not only lead you to the gorillas but train you in how to react to their behaviour.

There's no car here – you're on the ground and close to the animals, and it's an experience unlike any you'll find on a conventional safari. No visit to the Volcanoes National Park would be complete without also paying a visit to the grave of Dian Fossey, the American researcher whose passion for gorillas was documented in Gorillas in the Mist. Murdered for her passion, Fossey's body now lies alongside the gorillas she loved so dearly.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda

If the country's Volcanoes National Park draws thousands to view gorillas in the wild, it's southern Nyungwe National Park draws them to see the playful and inquisitive chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

Our closest relatives from a DNA perspective, these intelligent creatures call the dense rainforests of the country's south home. Alongside the chimpanzees are an array of primate and bird life, making Nyungwe far more than simply a place to see chimps.



Safari in Rwanda

While Rwanda cannot boast the sheer variety of game viewing destinations that neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania can, Akagera National Park in the country's east does offer the opportunity to see some of Africa's more famous wildlife roaming the plains.

With three of the fabled big five (the African elephant, leopard, and cape buffalo), the park is also home to thousands of wildebeest, antelope, zebra, and giraffes. A perfect day trip from the nation's capital, Akagera is a great way to check off any animals you might have missed in your primary safari destination.

Visit Gorillas in Rwanda
Rwanda historical sites

Dark Tourism

'Dark tourism' is defined as tourism that is directed at places associated with death and suffering. For decades people have travelled to places such as Chernobyl in Ukraine, the Killing Fields in Cambodia, and the infamous death camps across Europe.

Rwanda, home to its own terrible period of loss and suffering, is also a destination where people can come face to face with the worst of humanity and learn from the mistakes of the past. In Kigali, visitors can pay their respects at the Genocide Memorial Centre and face the sheer sadness of the genocide by visiting the Nyamata or Ntarama Churches where such atrocities were committed.

It may seem like a morbid pursuit, but dark tourism offers us an invaluable window into our past and hopefully inspires us to contemplate how we can avoid the mistakes of the past in future. Other important genocide memorials in the country include Morambi, a high school not unlike S-21 (Tuol Sleng) in Cambodia where hundreds of innocent people were massacred in a place normally reserved for much more hopeful pursuits.

Lakes in Rwanda

While it is not a coastal nation, Rwanda is not without its waterside playgrounds for visitors who want a little rest and relaxation. With Rwanda being one of Africa's cleanest countries, its waterfront towns and resorts are similarly impeccable.

Whether your pleasure is found in sunbathing or getting wet and wild in the water, lakes such as Lake Kivu are a perfect place to unwind. Hiking, picnicking, and cycling are just a few of the other activities available when paying a visit to Rwanda's lakes.

Lakes in Rwanda
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Birding in Rwanda

Bird-watchers will find Rwanda is a real treat, with over 1450 species of birds calling the East African country home. Of those species, 27 are endemic to the region, meaning they can't be seen anywhere else in the world.

The country is home to seven designated birding areas, including the national parks and the unique Rugezi Swamp. Highlights include the red-faced barbet, shoebill stork, Bennett's woodpecker, and the Miombo Wren-Warbler among others.

Rwanda offers a year round birding experience, but the December to February migration season is particularly interesting.

The Congo-Nile Trail

A ten day, 227 kilometre long hiking trail around Lake Kivu, the Congo-Nile Trail is awash with beautiful landscapes, quaint lakeside towns, and the opportunity to open up your lungs and just explore.

Able to be completed in bite-sized chunks, as a ten day hike, or as a five day cycling excursion, the Congo-Nile Trail is a change of pace from doing everything from your car or bus, and is something unique to Rwanda that can't be experienced elsewhere.

The Congo-Nile Trail

Gorila Treking Ruanda

Ruandina najbolj znana atrakcija so brez dvoma gorske gorile, ki so s svojo lepoto očarale že neštete generacije. Ruandine gorile obsegajo približno polovico celotne svetovne populacije divjih goril, v parku pa živi 20 različnih goriljih družin. Opazujete jih lahko v Vulkanskem narodnem parku, kjer se skrivajo v njegovih meglenih gozdovih, med vodenimi pohodi pa se boste z njimi lahko tudi pobliže spoznali. Da bo doživetje popolno, vas bodo naši izkušeni vodiči naučili, kako se odzivati na njihovo obnašanje! Po čem so si safariji v Ruandi edinstveni? Vsi safariji potekajo brez avtomobilov in popolnoma blizu živali! Obisk Vulkanskega narodnega parka nebi bil popoln brez obiska groba Diane Fossey. Fosseyjeva je bila ameriška raziskovalka, ki so jo zaradi njenih naporov za zaščito goril umorili leta 1985. Njeno delo je uprizorjeno v filmu Gorillas in the mist (Gorile v megli).

Safaris in Tanzania
Wildlife of Tanzania

OPAZOVANJE ŠIMPANZOV

Vulkanski narodni park vsako leto pritegne na tisoče obiskovalcev, ki si želijo ogledati gorske gorile v njihovem naravnem okolju. Narodni park Nyungwe, ki leži južneje od njega, pa pritegne ljudi z željo, da si ogledajo vedno razigrane in radovedne šimpanze! Šimpanzi so, glede na njihovo DNK sestavo, najbližji sorodnik ljudi. Poleg šimpanzov lahko v Narodnem parku Nyungwe opazujete tudi druge primate in izredno veliko število ptic!

SAFARI Ruanda

Čeprav se Ruanda ne more pohvaliti s takšno raznolikostjo opazovanja živali, kot to lahko storijo sosednji Kenija ali Tanzanija, lahko kljub temu opazite tudi nekatere najbolj znane afriške živali! Med njimi lahko z malo sreče opazite tudi trojico Velikih pet – afriške slone, leoparde in afriške bivole, Ruanda pa nudi dom in zavetje tudi tisočerim gnujem, antilopam, zebram in žirafam. Ker je narodni park Akagera je od Ruandine prestolnice oddaljen le en dan, vam nudi odlično priložnost za ogled živali, ki vam jih na vaši glavni safari destinaciji ni uspelo videti.

Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania
Safaris in Tanzania

TEMNI TURIZEM

Izraz »temni turizem« se uporablja za turistične oglede, ki so neposredno povezani s kraji trpljenja in smrti. Ljudje že desetletja potujejo na oglede ti. »območij smrti« kot so npr. Černobil v Ukrajini in koncentracijska taborišča v Evropi. Ruanda je zaradi svoje mračne preteklosti kraj, kjer se lahko veliko naučimo iz napak preteklosti. V Kigaliju, Ruandinem glavnem mestu, se lahko v spominskem centru poklonite vsem žrtvam genocida. Prav tako pa lahko obiščete cerkvi Nyamata in Ntarama ali srednjo šolo Morambi, ki predstavljajo le peščico mest, kjer so v preteklosti zagrešili neštete grozote genocida. Temen turizem se na prvi pogled mogoče zdi kot morbidno zasledovanje preteklosti. Toda kljub temu nam daje neprecenljiv vpogled v našo zgodovino iz katere se lahko veliko naučimo in z nekaj sreče preprečimo podobne napake v prihodnosti.

JEZERA Ruande

Čeprav je Ruanda povsem celinska država, pa to še ne pomeni, da ne morete priti na svoj račun tudi ljubitelji sprostitve ob vodi. Ker je Ruanda ena izmed najbolj čistih afriških držav, so njene reke in jezera praktično brezhibna! Ne glede na to, ali uživate medtem, ko se predajate božanju toplih sončnih žarkov ali med osvežilnim plavanjem v vodi, so jezera Ruande odličen kraj za počitek in sprostitev. Poleg sončenja in plavanja se lahko podate na pohodniški ali kolesarski izlet v okolico jezer, ali pa se sprostite ob dobri hrani in pijači na pikniku na prostem.

Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania
Safaris in Tanzania

OPAZOVANJE PTIC

Ljubitelji ptic boste kmalu po obisku spoznali, da je Ruanda za vas prava poslastica, saj znotraj njenih meja živi kar 1450 različnih vrst ptic! Od tega jih je kar 27 endemičnih, kar pomeni, da jih ni mogoče videti nikjer drugje na svetu. Ptice lahko opazujete na kar sedmih področjih, ki so pripravljena in prilagojena za opazovanje. Med njimi je tudi več narodnih parkov in močvirje Rugezi. Ruanda vam ponuja možnost, da ptice opazujete skozi celo leto. Vaš obisk pa bo še posebej zanimiv med decembrom in februarjem, ko aktivno poteka sezona migracij živali.

POPOTOVANJE OD KONGA DO NILA

Med vašim obiskom Ruande se lahko vsi pustolovci, ki obožujete hojo, odpravite na desetdnevni in 227 kilometrov dolg pohod okoli jezera Kivu. Pohod je neponovljiva priložnost, da raziskujete ter spoznate raznovrstno in očarljivo Ruandino pokrajino, mikavna objezerska mesteca in se nadihate svežega zraka. Pohod lahko postopoma opravite kot desetdnevni peš izlet ali kot petdnevni kolesarski izlet. Popotovanje od Konga do Nila je nedvomno edinstvena priložnost, ki je na celotnem planetu lahko doživite le tukaj!

Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania