Rwanda is a country of thousands of hills that is becoming a powerhouse tourism destination in Africa due to its abundance of natural biodiversity. Biodiversity is one of the best tourist attractions because it cannot be replicated elsewhere.
Many people use this natural biodiversity for research or just for fun but it can also act as therapy – for instance, hot springs that are used to cleanse the body. As Africa becomes more urbanised, Rwanda has taken this opportunity to conserve and preserve its natural resources so that they can act as a tourist attraction.
Rwanda’s tourist attractions include wildlife, lakes, mountains, and cultural and historical sites. Although Rwanda offers a lot of attractions, there is one that is the most sought after and that is the mountain gorillas in the Virunga region at Volcanoes National Park.
These primates are a critically endangered species and there are only about 880 mountain gorillas left in the world. The mountain gorillas are only found in three countries in the world – Rwanda, Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo- and Rwanda has a third of the population of these gorillas.
Rwanda has habituated about ten families of gorillas for tourists to enjoy. A variety of gorilla tours in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda are on offer by tour companies for tourists to see these mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Mountain gorilla trekking involves hiking through the bamboo forest of the Virunga volcanoes to find these gorillas. You can stay with the gentle giants for one-hour maximum and are allowed to take photos and videos. It is an amazing experience to get up close to these peaceful beasts.
Many tourists give fantastic reviews about the gorilla trekking experience and many come back to track these primates again. They have unforgettable and everlasting memories about meeting the gorillas and we think it’s fair to say that whoever has come to Rwanda has never regretted their stay here.