Rwanda Overview

Rwanda is a flourishing country of fertile and lush mountainous terrain; this small country bears the large title, ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’. Rwanda is home to the ‘Virungas’ – great old volcanoes that tower up to almost 15,000 feet, and are nearly covered with rich, green rainforest.

Rwanda is a country which will enchant you with its mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of many colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, alongside the grunts and rustling from one of the most important residents, the endangered mountain gorilla.

Rwanda is also a country that will provide you with a truly magical introduction to the wonders of the African bush. Rich swampland, shimmering lakes, rugged grasslands are all entangled with wild acacia woodland.

Geographical Features

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a small landlocked country in the Great Lakes Region, located a few degrees south of the Equator. It is bordered on the north by Uganda, on the south by Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west and Tanzania in the east.

Rwanda’s countryside is characterised by rolling grasslands and areas of rugged mountains that extend southeast from a chain of volcanoes.

Rwanda is a tropical country, whose high elevation makes the climate temperate. In the mountains, frost and snow are possible. Dian Fossey describes these mountain are being ‘in the heart of central Africa, so high up that you shiver more then you sweat’.

As well as having the affectionate name ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda is also considered the lightening capital of the world. This is due to intense daily Tsunami’s during the two rainy seasons (February – May and September – December).

Iby’Iwachu Cultural Village

Iby’Iwachu Cultural Village

About Iby’ Iwachu Cultural Village Iby’ Iwachu Cultural Village is located near Parc National des Volcans in Kinigi. Its has been developed to display local and traditional lifestyles, activities and artefacts. Local communities benefit and earn directly from this community based tourism initiative to improve their socio-economic ways of living and as an incentive for […]

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Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where 250,000 people are buried. The Centre is a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide and serves as a place where people can grieve those that […]

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Imbabazi Orphanage

Imbabazi Orphanage

A HOME FOR HOPE Imbabazi Orphanage is located in Gisenyi, originally started in December 1994 by Rosamond Carr from New York, USA. Rosamond Carr bought a flower plantation in the Mugongo area in 1955, for the next 50 years she witnessed the end of colonialism, celebrated Rwanda’s independence and became one of Diane Fossey’s closestfriends. […]

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s Great Lakes and lies on the border between DRC and Rwanda. It is part of the Albertine Rift Valley. Lake Kivu is approximately 2700km squared and in one of three known ‘exploding’ lakes. This term in used to describe the severe lake overturns which it experiences. It is not […]

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe National Park

Activities Chimpanzee Trekking The majority of the chimp population in Rwanda is confined to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Trekking to see our closet relatives is an amazing experience, although these groups of chimps are wide ranging and there is a 30-40% chance of sighting these primates. Black and White Colobus Trekking There are large troops […]

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Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

Set at a relatively low altitude on the boarder with Tanzania, Akagera National Park is characterised by sweeping grasslands and rugged acacia woodland, interspersed with a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile. This breath-taking landscape is an exhilarating change from the magnificent rainforests that […]

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Volcanoes National Park

Parc des Volcans

Activities Gorilla Tracking A gorilla visit can entail anything from a 1 to 4-hour trek through the forest, led by experienced trackers who have spent their entire lives living in or close to the forest. Your trek will be enchanting as you weave through overhanging vines, moss-covered Hagenia trees and giant Lobelias that thrive in […]

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Classic Africa Safaris is 100% Carbon Neutral

Carbon Neutral 2012

As part of our corporate social responsibility program Classic Africa Safaris is carbon neutral. We are the FIRST safari company in Uganda and Rwanda to become carbon neutral, and one of the first safari/travel companies in East Africa to officially 'GO GREEN'.