Discover Rwanda in style
Rwanda, also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is home to the mountain gorillas. This rare species lives in the misty mountains of the Volcanoes National Park. Tracking a gorilla family will be a life time experience.However, Rwanda is much more than spotting gorillas and Wolf is keen to prove you that. A good example is the Akagera National Park, a beautiful savannah reserve in eastern Rwanda. This area boasts a broad variety of wildlife including elephants, buffalos, hippos, giraffes, hyenas. You might even spot the newly reintroduced lions.Another must-see is the breathtaking early morning game drive in the plains North of Akagera. Further sou- th you can participate in the elephant game drive as well as a boat trip on Lake Ihema.Rwanda also offers the largest tropical Montane rainfo- rest in East Africa: Nyungwe Forest National Park.This amazing park is the habitat of a wealth of endemic birds and a dozen species of primates including the chimpanzee. The park is also well known for its vast variety of plants (1,050) and orchids (200).To discover these highlights, Wolf offers a range of activities. Join our canopy, nature and birding walks or try chimp tracking. If you’re a daredevil, a real challen- ge awaits: the difficult and raw, 3 to 4 days Congo-Nile trail. Are you brave enough..?Besides all the impressive parks, Rwanda offers you also relaxing beach resorts at Lake Kivu. If you still have the energy, it’s worth kayaking on the lake or visiting the local fishermen in the small village.Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, offers you a range of interesting places. You would be surprised how clean and organized the city is without losing its authentic African spirit.Take a stroll along the many boutiques, restaurants and markets or join Wolf’s cultural activities. Visit the Kigali Memorial Centre or check out the Inema Art Centre. Spend at least a couple of days in this memorable city!
Akagera National Park
Low land, high sensation
Situated at the North-Eastern edge of Rwanda, the magnificent Akagera National Park offers you the landscapes and sceneries which are one of the most beautiful of East Africa. In contrast to the rest of Rwan- da, it is located in a relatively warm and low-lying area of undulating plains. At the western part of the plains lies a chain of low mountains, while the eastern side supports a wetland with a dozen lakes linked by extensive papyrus swamps and winding water channels.Akagera with its many lakes, is big game country. A few of the species that you will encounter are: buffalo, elephant, zebra, giraffe and a variety of antelope.Some years ago 7 lions had been re-introduced and you may also be able to spot some of the shy animals like leopard and hyena, especially in the savannah plains in the north of Akagera.Also very common in the park are mongooses, serval cats, side-stripped jackals, velvet monkeys, bush babies and more rarely, silver monkeys.Game driving from the south to the north side of the park will offer you some great views of the most diverse and scenic landscapes of Africa. You can still drive for some hours without encountering any other vehicle.Akagera is one of the best spots in Rwanda for bird watching, the three habitats of the park: savannah, mountain and swamps encourage a wide variety of birds. Over 525 species can be spotted here. You can be rewarded with sightings of the exclusive shoebill stork, papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and many other rarely seen species.Boating is really a must do when you visit Akagera. Lake Ihema offers some beautiful sceneries while you can spot some of the numerous hippos and Nile crocodiles, world’s largest reptile. For the bird lovers again: it’s a great opportunity to observe many wa- ter-birds.Wolf arranges the best accommodations the park offers and make you feel comfortable in this magnificent pearl of Rwanda.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe is the largest remaining region of montane rainforest in eastern AfricaThis National Park extends for 1,015 km2 over the mountainous southwest of Rwanda. The forest lies within the Albertine Rift eco-region and is one of the richest areas in Africa regarding endemic species. It holds diverse ecosystems like rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bog habitats.The biodiversity is very rich in Nyungwe: over 300 species of birds, 240 different trees and well over a thousand types of plants, as well as 140 orchids.Don’t forget the 75 different mammals, such as cerval cat, side-striped jackal, bushbuck, duiker, civet and many others species that can be seen here.Main attraction of the Nyungwe park are the primates. With 13 primate species, Nyungwe has one of the highest diversity of primates in a single location. Most famous of course are the 500 chimpanzees, who live in the forest. But also 400 blue monkeys and the red tailed monkeys can be spotted here.Wolf arranges all kinds of activities in the park, one of the most spectacular is the canopy walkway. It is constructed on the Igishigishigi trail (named for the giant tree ferns along the track and starts near Uwinka. It leads to a 200 meter trail suspended between giant trees and offering a magnificent view of the upper canopy. This is also a very good bird watching area.Nyungwe offers a great range of different trails, whether you like bird watching or want to explore the diversity of plants and flowers. It’s all here! Most of the trails are about a 3 to 4 hour walk. If desired Wolf can also arrange a Congo-Nile divide trail, a 3 to 4 day journey.Another suggestion is to visit a cultural destination like the Banda village. Here you can taste local food, try basket weaving and learn about traditional medicine. Adventurous visitors can even try Banda’s famous banana beer. Be careful with that… Although an overnight camp is available for a memorable stay.
Volcanoes National Park
The Silverback rulesThe magnificent Virunga Mountains are situated in the Northern part of Rwanda. The mountains consist of six volcanoes, 125km2 of mountain forest and are home to the famous gorilla families.Of course, when you visit Rwanda, the gorilla tracking will be an amazing and overwhelming experience. To come so close to the world’s most impressive primate and make eye contact, will be an unforgettable experience you can’t compare.Wolf offers many more activities to be enjoyed in the Volcanoes area apart from gorilla tracking. For example, this park is home to numerous caves to be explored with our experienced guides.There are 52 surveyed caves in the Northern province, the longest cave in Rwanda has a multi-level system of parallel lava tubes with a length of 4,500m.For the sport enthusiast there are number of hiking trails in the majestic Virunga Mountains or you can enjoy cycling in the area as well. Birding is also a great opportunity at Volcanoes Park,
especially the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo offers an amazing amount of bird species.The lakes are also a fantastic area for boating or even try your hand at fishing. Wolf arranges trips with traditional made canoes on the twin lakes to enjoy the beautiful scenery and excellent birding opportunities.When you are interested in some community and cultural based activities, this area offers a number of opportunities to experience Rwandan traditional living and what makes it authentic.For example, you can visit the clay fields where the make clay bricks. You can even help wrapping the clay in banana leaves and being helpful to the community to get your hands dirty and help building a house.Or shoot arrows with the Batwa people, listen to village elders and even enjoy the traditional Intore dansers.Volcanoes National Park has a diversity of experiences and landscapes which makes it a unique area in East Africa. Come and see all this beauty!