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Visit Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda the Land of a thousand hills

Rwanda is one of the smallest countries with highly population density, and its located in the central Africa, it neighbors countries like Burundi in the south, Uganda in the north, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the West and Tanzania in the East.

Rwanda is majorly a hilly country with very many hills, that’s why it’s referred to as a country with ‘’a thousand Hills’’ even the capital city Kigali is built on a hill. The country is under a democratic political system of governance and the current president of Rwanda is known as Paul Kagame.

The country suffered a lot during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide where over 1 million people lost their lives and a thousand seek refuge to the nearby countries like Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania among others. The economy went down and infrastructures were destroyed. However the country has recovered and its now considered one of the safest countries not only in Africa but also in the whole world. Infrastructure are re-built and Kigali is now one of the beautiful and cleanest cities in Africa with very many beautiful flowers and trees making the city attractive. No visitor can leave Rwanda without a Kigali city tour.

Things to Do

Rwanda has attracted a number of travelers to this small country, given the fact that it’s gifted with very many incredible wonders some of which are waiting for you to explore.

Go Birding

Rwanda is sometimes known as a bird’s paradise, this due to very many bird species that inhabit the country some of which can’t be found elsewhere and many are Albertine rift endemic. These species of birds are spotted in Rwanda’s protected national parks and game reserves. Birding is possible at any time of the year.

Game Viewing

Game viewing is superb since Rwanda is a home to over 105 species of mammals and game drives activities are dome to spot these species of mammals. Game viewing is done every day at Akagera national park, a protected park with a wide diversity of several species of mammals including buffaloes, elephant, giraffe, lion, zebra, various species of antelopes, just to mention but a few.

Chimpanzee Tracking

For primate lovers, Rwanda is the only country to go. It houses our closest cousins the chimps who shares almost 98% of human genes. They are fabulous to watch when jumping from tree to tree. These species of primates are inhabited in Rwanda’s protected park Nyungwe forest national park in the south -western part of Rwanda. Tracking these apes is done every day at the park starting in the morning.

Meet the Primates

The park is also home to other species of primates like the black and white colobus monkey, baboons, civet monkey, mona monkey and many more plus various species of mammals, all these can be seen during the process of chimpanzee tracking, tracking sessions lasts for only one hour.

Mountain Gorillas

However Rwanda is much known for inhabiting the endangered mountain gorillas, few countries in the world habituates these giant apes, they can only be seen here in Rwanda, Uganda and the democratic republic of Congo. Visit Rwanda the best provider of tracking activities and known as the best mountain gorilla safaris destination in the world.

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