The land of a thousand hills – Rwanda offers a new aspect to Africa and a different holiday experience to that of other East African countries. With its stunning landscape including dramatic volcanoes, thick rainforest and vast lakes, Rwanda ensures that travellers have a truly unforgettable time. As a small African nation situated to the west of Tanzania, Rwanda is a western arm of the Great Rift Valley and on the watershed between the Nile and the Congo - Africa's two largest rivers; it's physical beauty is unique on the African Continent with vibrant green grasslands, dazzling riverine forests and breathtaking mountain views. Rwanda is a must-see for anyone looking for an exhilarating safari adventure. A highlight to any Rwanda holiday is a gorilla safari through the rainforest to track and observe the endangered Mountain Gorillas that inhabit the Parc National des Volcans. Mountain Gorillas are on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species and are classified as ‘critically endangered’ with just over 800 individuals currently recorded.
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Top places to visit in Rwanda:
Parc National des Volcans - a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes
Ruhengeri - main base for Gorilla tracking
Nyungwe Forest National Park - best preserved rainforest throughout Central Africa
Lake Kivu - surrounded by majestic mountains
Kigali - gateway to the gorillas
While you can explore Rwanda at just about any time of year, the dry season from the middle of May to mid-October can be an easier time to get around. For those planning to trek the mountain gorilla population, the dry season is also best.
Rwanda has two rainy seasons, the first from January to April and the second from October to mid-December. In between the two rainy seasons is a short dry season characterized mostly by sunshine and some light clouds. Even during the dry season, there is occasional light rainfall in Rwanda. This plentiful rain supply in spite of Rwanda’s short distance from the equator is due to its high altitude.