About Rwanda – Widely known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda is a country of great diversity and beauty with six volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the great River Nile. The extensive green vegetation and landscape are truly spectacular. Spectacular volcanoes and dense tropical forests dominate the north of the country, while gentle hills and valleys, calm lakes and turbulent rivers in both Savannah and dense tropical vegetation dominate the rest of the country.
Rwanda boasts of a wide variety of wildlife, with Parc National des Volcans, in north and is a home to the world’s largest number of endangered mountain gorillas. Numbering in the hundreds, the gorillas live in a protected area, free from poachers. Best known for its wealth of primates, Rwanda also has one of Africa’s richest bird life with over 670 different bird species recorded. And for botanists, the attractive wildflowers of the forests and mountains are capped by more than 100 orchid species in Nyungwe alone.
The Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda is teeming with wildlife both large and small and they include lions, Giraffe, Elephant and Hippopotamus to Hyena, Impala and Gazelle and many more. There is also a wealthy bird life at Akagera park. Strategically positioned, Rwanda’s water bodies are ideal for water sports and fishing, particularly Lake Kivu in the west of the country and Lake Muhazi in the east. Lake Kivu offers fine-looking beaches, jutting peninsulas and an archipelago of stunning islands. In short, Rwanda, a very friendly country is a nature lover’s heaven. A good reception is complemented by comfortable hotel facilities, fine food and a rich cultural heritage.