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Rwanda  is located in East Africa and has much history and natural beauty. One of the smallest countries on the African mainland, its capital city is *Kigali. It is relatively easy, safe and simple to travel around.

*Volcanoes national park (map) is a stop center for all Rwanda gorilla safaris sheltering the highest number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation area. The strategic location of the VNP roughly 2 hours drive from Kigali international airport make it the most accessible gorilla national park in the world.

*Nyungwe Forest National Park (map) One of the oldest rainforests in Africa,Nyungwe is spectacularly beautiful and rich in biodiversity. Most tourists come to this rainforest to track chimpanzees,as well as 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift.The park is also home to the only canopy walk in East Africa, roughly a 90-minute hike from the Uwinka Visitor Center.

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Tourists are usually welcomed warmly in Rwanda, and the country is largely considered safe for visitors. The possible exceptions are certain places along the Congolese and Burundian borders. Rwandan troops have been rumoured to be involved in the civil war that still plagues the northeast of Democratic Republic of the Congo, mainly due to the presence of Interahamwe who fled after the 1994 genocide.

Gisenyi and Kibuye are considered safe, but the border situation can change at any time: check Foreign Office information and local sources for further advice.

Gorilla trekking near to the DRC border is generally considered safe, due to the large and continuous Rwandan army presence.

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Volcanoes National Park Experiential Centre – Rwanda.

Learn more about the exciting plans to develop a world leading centre for mountain gorilla conservation at the foothills of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

⇒ video source: Visit Rwanda /