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Trekking with the Gorillas of Rwanda

Sep 28, 2020 | Africa, Rwanda

Rwanda is a country famous for its gorillas, but its history makes it the epitome of a country that found light despite the darkness. The country embraces its challenging past by implementing unconventional methods to reset as a unified nation. The Rwandan people yield a story where love comes first so if you are indeed looking for “heaven on earth,” then search no further than Rwanda, their philosophy you ask? Love thy neighbor.

It’s important to note that the smallest country in East Africa is also one of its most progressive and fastest-growing. Rwanda’s efforts for the past couple of decades to rewrite its narrative shouldn’t be taken lightly. The government implemented policies over the years to ensure there is a high literacy rate among the population; Rwanda also has one of the highest rates of gender equality in the world, with a parliament that consists of 60% women. On the conservations front, it champions the conservation efforts of the endangered mountain gorillas by banning all oil extraction. And finally, a true testament to its commitment to wildlife rehabilitation, Rwanda is the only place in the world where you can see the Big Five in addition to the famed gorillas.

From the mountainside to the city, Rwanda offers a multitude of experiences imaginable that is available year-round. A chopper ride over five adjacent volcanoes, home to the largest population of the last remaining wild gorillas in the world; Hovering high above the lushest mountains across the sparkling freckled lakes in the middle of Magashi National Park; and, finally ending your adventure at the peaceful and sophisticated city of Kigali, where you can find a vibrant nightlife and art scene, not to mention some of the best coffee on earth. In Rwanda, we find that heaven is truly a place on earth.

WEATHER IN RWANDA

Rwanda has a tropical highland climate, albeit also with plenty of rain. Temperatures vary between locations depending on their altitude, but very little from month to month in the same place. In the capital, Kigali, the average daily temperature is about 70°F.

TIME ZONE

The time zone in Rwanda is set two hours ahead of GMT (GMT +2). The sunrise is usually between 5:30am and 6.00am and sunset is 5.30pm and 6.00pm.

WHAT TO PACK

For all outdoor activities, we recommend suitable outdoor clothing, appropriate to the season and weather, particularly covered or closed shoes for the hike and bird watching. A hat, sun protection, and a waterproof jacket are strongly recommended.

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Highlights

Itinerary

Day
One

Arrival into Rwanda

Gisakura, Western Province
Upon arrival into Kamembe, you’ll be met by your driver and guide to take you to One&Only Nyungwe House, a scenic 50-minute drive from the city center going through weaving hills and tea plantations. Located in Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The park itself covers approximately 1020 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet.
Upon arrival into Kamembe, you’ll be met by your driver and guide to take you to One&Only Nyungwe House, a scenic 50-minute drive from the city center going through weaving hills and tea plantations. Located in Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The park itself covers approximately 1020 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet.

Day
Two

Chimpanzee Trek

Gisakura, Western Province
Upon arrival into Kamembe, you’ll be met by your driver and guide to take you to One&Only Nyungwe House, a scenic 50-minute drive from the city center going through weaving hills and tea plantations. Located in Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The park itself covers approximately 1020 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet.
Upon arrival into Kamembe, you’ll be met by your driver and guide to take you to One&Only Nyungwe House, a scenic 50-minute drive from the city center going through weaving hills and tea plantations. Located in Southwest Rwanda, just south of Lake Kivu on the Burundi border, One&Only Nyungwe House is set amongst the rich tea-plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the iconic Nyungwe National Park. The park itself covers approximately 1020 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs, and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet.

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