Rwanda is known as a country of thousand hills. And the ‘hill’ that stands above them all is the Virunga Mountains, a geologic wonder that contains two of the world’s most active volcanoes, half of all the biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa and Rwanda’s main tourist attraction, the mountain gorillas.
If you have not been to Rwanda, and are planning to go, then likely your reason for going is to see the gorillas. I saw the gorillas last year and without a doubt, the experience is spectacular. The gorillas come right up to you and you can reach out and touch them. Notwithstanding the size, the gorillas are very gentle creatures, and thankfully, herbivores.
Rwanda, of course, is more than gorillas.
Kigali, its capital, is incredibly safe, clean, and a well-planned city. The temperature is also usually quite pleasant most times of the year. Kigali (and Rwanda in general) often have a light cloud cover which helps moderate high temperatures. Kigali is a tad expensive as food and accommodation are pricey but nonetheless, it is a great city to fly into (the airport is small and well organized), stay for a day or two and then venture out into the rest of the country.
Continue reading for my Travel Tips + Photos for Gorillas in Rwanda and Kigali.