Rwanda is a land of great diversity and beauty. Popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda has five volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the great River Nile. From vast lakes to savannah plains and countless hills and valleys between, Rwanda boasts a stunning diversity of natural attractions and a rich culture.
The Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) in northern Rwanda's Virunga Mountains is home to the world’s largest number of endangered mountain gorillas. Numbering in their hundreds, the gorillas live in a protected area, free from poachers. A visit to see the mountain gorillas can entail anything from a half hour to a four hour trek through the forest, led by experienced trackers and guides who have spent their entire lives living in or close to the forest.
The capital, Kigali, is located at Rwanda’s geographical heart, and the rapidly growing city is not only the national capital, but also the country’s most important business center and main port of entry. It has an international airport and is connected to neighboring Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi by well surfaced roads. Kigali has a range of hotels catering to all tastes and budgets.