Explore Rwanda During CHOGM 2021

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rain forest and sweeping plains.

The unique opportunity to see gorillas in their natural habitat is unforgettable and life changing. Encounters with gorillas as they go about their daily lives are carefully managed, with expert trackers and guides leading small groups of tourists up bamboo-covered slopes to spend a precious and awe-inspiring hour just a few feet away from the gentle creatures.

Gather at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi at 7am, and you are allocated a family group on the day according to fitness levels, as well as being briefed on protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas. Hikes up to their various locations can last anything from 30 minutes to four or more hours.

While on this period of time in Rwanda and interested in doing gorilla safari. Use the commonwealth offer of 1275 USD per person for a gorilla permit to those attending the commonwealth conference in Rwanda and want to see these unique apes. They always move in a big number with the Silver back as the lead. You will watch them carry about their day to day routine like the juveniles playing, mothers feeding their young ones and the Silver backs taking watch.

Tracing the footsteps of Dian Fossey, her tomb is a 30-minute drive from the park headquarters and then two or three-hours hike through the forest is another interesting part after the trekking on gorillas.

Explore the traditional royal residence, the King’s Palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive. In olden times, Nyanza was the heart of Rwanda. According to oral tradition, it was the site of battles and power struggles.

For a long time, the monarchy was mobile, moving the court between various locations. When it eventually settled in one place, Nyanza was the obvious choice. The capital of the kingdom had as many as 2,000 inhabitants, and huts built with the same methods.

The elegant cows, derived from the wider Ankole breed, play an important role during ceremonies in honour of the king. They are decorated with rich jewelry, and are taught to listen to a trainer’s songs and follow his movements in a stately parade.

Visit one of the oldest rain forest in Africa, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. The mountainous region is teaming with wildlife, including a small population of chimpanzees as well as 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift. Catch up with 322 bird’s species including Red-collared Babbler and 29 other Albertine Rift Endemic species. Butterflies are also a common sight, with at least 120 species.

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