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How to Plan a Gorilla Trek in Africa


Planning to go gorilla trekking in Africa can pay off, allowing you the opportunity to have a close encounter with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Trip planning can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? What’s step one? What’s step two? What’s step three? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you haven’t done something like this before and especially considering just how much information there is out there these days.

Which country to go?

Defining which country, you want to go sets a goal to work toward. In Africa, there are only three countries where to find mountain gorillas and that is Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  A lot of people talk vaguely about a county. They never say where they are going, just that they are going. Picking a destination is immensely important, as it gives you a definite goal and easy accessibility to a certain destination and the price of the activity determines.

How long is the trip?

In order to figure out how much you need to save you will need to know how long your trip will be. Are you going away for a week? A month? A year? The length of your trip is a huge factor in determining how much money you need. The average duration of our safaris is somewhere between seven and ten nights. We may recommend at least one recovery night after your long international flight and before your safari, and many travelers will combine wildlife and non-wildlife highlights like Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Zanzibar, among others, to round out the two-week total trip duration.

Where to find mountain gorillas in Africa

Because mountain gorillas can only survive in the wild, the only chance you have to see them is by trekking them into their natural habitat. Fewer than 1000, mountain gorillas live only in the dense forests on and around the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Virunga National Park. So, coming face to face with these gentle giants is an ultimate experience of a life time. So, deciding where to go can be daunting. The first step is to decide on which country to go gorilla tracking.

When to go gorilla trekking

A gorilla safari can be done throughout the year. Usually, the dry season is better for viewing mountain gorillas in the dense forests because tracking mountain gorillas during the wet season can be challenging as the steep slopes can be slippery but the advantage with it is that it is when there plenty of food for these creatures to depend on and they keep within the nearby area and this may shorten your distance while searching for them.

The best time to visit mountain gorilla in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo is during the country’s two dry seasons: December, January and February and from June to September.

Securing a Gorilla Permit

Securing permits for gorilla trekking over these popular periods can be difficult at short notice, so you should plan well ahead. A maximum of 80 gorilla tracking permits are available for each day and permits cost USD 700 per person per visit This money may seem to be too much worthy your trek but the money provides Uganda with a compelling economic reason to conserve the park and pays for a 24-hour guard for each gorilla group plus education of the local communities.

Plan your activities

Outline the major activities you want to enjoy during your trip and how much they cost. Make any last-minute adjustments to your savings so you can ensure you have enough money. This will also help you figure out if you need any reservations for your chosen tours or activities.

How much are hostels, hotels, restaurants, and attractions?

Knowing will allow you to estimate how much money you’ll need for your trip. Before you can start saving money, you need to know how much you have and how much you’re spending. Start to write down all your current expenses so you can determine where you are spending money and how you can cut back.

Book your accommodation

If you are traveling for under two weeks and have a set schedule, feel free to book accommodation for the duration of your trip if it will give you peace of mind. For trips longer than two weeks (or if you are going to be traveling long-term) just book your first few days. That will ensure you have a place to go on arrival. Once there, you can get insider advice from your hotel/hostel staff as well as other travellers.

Book your flight

For the best deals, book your flight about two-three months in advance. Here are two articles on how to score a cheap flight. Airline ticket prices vary greatly depending on the day of the week, time of year, and upcoming holidays, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July. August is a big month for traveling around Europe, and everyone wants to go somewhere warm in the winter or travel when the kids are out of school.

The solution is to fly off-season. Search alternative dates so that you can capitalize on the best day. The more rigid your plans, the less likely it will be that you find a deal.

Check your visa requirements

Depending on your passport, you may need to arrange a visa before you fly to your destination. Make sure to check all visa requirements, and verify that both your visa and passport are valid for your travel dates.

Read about your destination

When planning to visit a destination you don’t know about, prepare for it by buying a travel guide of the destination, ready travel blogs, ask friends or family for advice, ask other travellers, read some books about that very country.


It can be tempting to want to bring everything with you, but when it comes to travel, less is more. You don’t need 5 sweaters or 8 pairs of shoes. You can get by with less, I promise. it’s actually quite liberating once you get used to it. While what you pack will depend on where you are going, remember that you don’t need to pack everything you own. You can buy things you need on the road. You can do laundry overseas. At the end of the day, you have to carry everything you bring. So, bring less.

Renting a Car in Tanzania: Frequently Asked Questions

Tanzania Car Rental

Are you looking for Tanzania Car Rental? It is important to read extensively before booking your rental. Here are the Frequently Asked Car Hire Tanzania Questions and answers.

What is the age limit to hire a car in Tanzania for a self-drive?

Before you think of renting a car in Tanzania, find out if age limit applies to booking a car. Most car rentals in Tanzania allow persons about 22 to 75 years to hire a car in Tanzania and undertake a self-drive tour. All this, is aimed at ensuring that you have a safe and secure Tanzania self-drive road trip. As per doctors advise, persons above 75 years can easily become tire and driving in the remote routes in Tanzania National Park can be challenging for them.

How can I hire a car in Tanzania?

Hiring a car in Tanzania, East Africa has become easier than ever before. You can get in touch with our reservation team via our booking page/contact us page. You can simply fill in all the necessary information and send it. Expect a feedback from our reservation team as soon as possible. For holidaymakers who are within or nearby Tanzania, you can walk into offices and hire a car of your preference.

When booking for a rental car in Tanzania, you pay for your car using the details of payment provided to you by a car rental company. When making payment for your rental car in Tanzania, ensure that you cover bank charges to avoid paying less of what is expected of you.

What is the best time to hire a car in Tanzania?

This is one of the frequently asked questions when it comes to car rental services in Tanzania. Cars in Tanzania can be rented at anytime of the year-a rental car can be hired during the low or high season. What is important is rent a car in Tanzania that suits your travel plans.

Are there any road rules in Tanzania?

Tanzania like Uganda, Rwanda or any East African country has the set road rules and regulations every self-drive safari holidaymaker should observe. Prior hitting the road to any part of Tanzania, East Africa, first, get to know some of the road rules and regulations such that you make mistakes on your Tanzania safari. Top road traffic rules to observe on self-drive tour in Tanzania;

  • Keep left when driving in Tanzania
  • Minimum age for someone to drive a car in Tanzania 18 years
  • The 3rd party liability insurance is essential
  • Seat belts are a must to wear on self-drive or driver guided safaris in Tanzania
  • 08% is the acceptable blood alcohol level.
  • Maintain a speed limit of 50kms/hr while in urban centre and 80kms/h outside urban centres in Tanzania.
  • Original car registration certificate/copy authorized by the registrar must be carried.

Is it possible to go cross-border with a rental car?

When you hire a car in Tanzania for a safari, it is possible to also cross to other East African destinations such as Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi or Kenya. Let us know your plan and we do the paperwork early before you pick up the vehicle.

Can I carry my driving license and use it in Tanzania? 

Yes, valid international drivers license/permits are acceptable in case you foreign resident on Tanzania safari. Carry a valid driving license and have the best of self-drive tour in Tanzania.

What is the best car to rent in Tanzania?

Different Tanzania rental cars are rented for particular activity. But the 4×4 are the most preferred rental cars in Tanzania especially if you plan to visit the destinations with tougher terrains. They include among others 4×4 Toyota Rav4, 4×4 Super Custom, Safari Land Cruiser, Nissan Safari, Toyota Land Cruiser etc.

Dos and Don’ts of Self Drive in Rwanda

Car Travel in Rwanda

Self-drive tours have become one of the best alternatives for most holidaymakers to explore and experience Rwanda. Yes, a self-drive safari is such unforgettable experience that every safari-goer would like to be part but do you know any of the set dos and don’ts of self-drive tour in Rwanda? The set dos and don’ts of self-drive tour in Rwanda also play a significant part as guidelines, safety measures, rules and regulations you must observe to ensure that you have an ultimate road trip.

Here are some of the dos and don’ts of self-drive tour in Rwanda

Avoid driving when fatigued

This might sound like something that is obvious however, it is one essential aspect if you must have the most of your self-drive tour in Rwanda. Most road accidents occur not because anyone wished to experience it but at times taking things for granted puts many at a risk. If you feel like sleeping or resting, it is not an offense to park your car by the road side and have some rest. Alternatively, you can delegate a friend/family member or colleague to drive as you also have some rest but he or she should have a valid driver’s permit. It is also important to have adequate sleep during the night so as not to doze while driving or you can hire a car with driver and still enjoy the benefits of self-drive tour in Rwanda.

Never drink and drive

This is almost a standard rule across the world. Drinking and then drive is highly prohibited whether on driver guided tour or self-drive tour in Rwanda. If detected by security personnel, you will pay a fine or arrested something that spoils your road trip experience.

Never starve

A self-drive in Rwanda can be pretty exciting but never subject yourself in long hours without food in the stomach. Make a stopover and have some breakfast or lunch if you left without having any. You can keep driving on an empty stomach provided you are almost to get to your preferred destination or hotel.

Get familiar with Rwanda’s road rules & regulations

Driving regulations in Rwanda may differ from the ones back in your home country and this requires you to have yourself understand some of them. Inquire your car rental company in Rwanda for road/traffic rules or he or she can explain to you to ensue that you fully get to understand them.

Know your rental car before setting off

Starting your self-drive trip can be exciting but how much do you understand or know your rental car. To fully understand the type of rental car to be used on self-drive in Rwanda, it can save you from getting stuck in the jam. Before setting off, cross-check if the air conditioner controls, mirrors, radio program settings and location of emergency controls are fully working.

Get when to take a break

Don’t prove to others that you are a superman or robot. Taking a rest isn’t a crime and actually, it is one way to have enjoyable trip. It is one way to have yourself relieved physically and mentally after long distance driving.

Wear your seat belts

Make it a first thing to do before setting off that your seat belts have been put on and other travelers have also put on theirs. This is one way to have yourself prepared because you can’t tell how someone will drive you.

Mind about others too

Being on a self-drive in Rwanda in a rental car or your own vehicle doesn’t give you ownership of the road. When driving, you will come across pedestrians, business people, livestock, cyclists which you must pay keen attention. Driving while on phone isn’t recommended and lastly, know when to drive faster.

5 Madagascar Adventures You Should Try

Madagascar Whale Watching

Known for its tourists attractions Madagascar is an island country like no other. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean the island is full of palm trees, gorgeous white beaches and stunning views. We list the 5 Madagascar adventures worth trying and with a number of Madagascar specials, what are you waiting for?

1. Take a hike and finish off with a hot tub
For hot springs the Parc National de Ranomafana is the perfect choice. The village is full of rooms with hot tubs and might we add nothing completes a day like a hot tub. The hot water helps one relax and unwind. Guided treks are also worth checking out, go on an adventure and discover gorgeous bamboo lemurs. For accommodation the private and secluded La Palmerie hotel is ideal as it serves home-cooked crepes covered in chocolate. In addition visitors get an opportunity to meet one of the oldest residents in Madagascar; Dadalira is 106 years old man who’s lived through enough to write a library of books.

2. Fried dough balls for breakfast and haute cuisine to follow
Madagscar was colonised by the French who also had a strong influence in the island country. Visitors can dine at a “hotely” which is located on side of the road; this establishment serves heaps of fried dough balls served with sweet coffee and condensed milk. Deep-fried bananas and rice cakes are also on sale. Situated not far from there is La Varangue a respectable restaurant. This establishment features one of the world’s top five chefs, Lalaina Ravelomanana. His menu includes a variety of dishes such as “explosion du chef”.

3. A Lakeside Lemur expedition
Camp Bandro situated at Lac Aloatra features the island’s largest lake. Going on a canoe at dawn in search of Bandro or bamboo lemur is an adventure of its own. As you push through thick reeds with the sun rising, the sight itself resembles one of planet Pandora. Papyrus shoots all around surrounded by grey bamboo lemurs. The trip is rather long; the camp has two bungalows, and a beautiful garden of roses which makes the trip worthwhile.

4. Meet the Indri Lemur
Andasibe has four national parks. These rain-forest are home to the island’s largest lemur species, the Indri. The rain forest is also home to big monochrome creatures that live above the ground. Look out for large green Parson’s chameleons and different giraffe-necked weevil. Take a visit to Vakona Lodge’s lemur island, a home for rescued lemurs.

5. Philanthropy
Madagascar is a country that’s full of culture, diversity and poverty. The Akany Avoko in Antananarivo is a children’s home for 120 homeless kids. The home provides funds for the children’s education and craft workshops. The workshops help the children to make clothes, bags, cookery classes and screen-print t-shirts. Visitors get an opportunity to meet and greet the children, visit the craft shop and learn more about these beautiful children.

Is Rwanda Safe to Travel?

Rwanda Teracced Hills

With Covid-19 pandemic at hand, one can worry if it is safe and secure to travel to Rwanda or any country in the world. Well, regardless of the drastic change in the travel sector today, Rwanda is safe and secure to visit for a holiday. However, Rwanda just like the rest of the world, you need to take note of the travel warnings or alerts before you make actual trip. In this article, we bring to you the best safety travel tips to make your Rwanda holiday memorable.

Use of plastic bags is prohibited

In 2008, the Rwandan government banned use of non-biodegradable polyethylene plastic bags. This is one reason why Kigali is ranked among the cleanest cities in the world. After you have landed into Kigali Airport, thorough check can be mounted on visitor luggage and anyone with such prohibited bags is liable for a fine of 50,000 Rwandan Francs or even jailed. Therefore, all holidaymakers must ensure they are responsible travelers and throw the plastic bags in designated areas.

Travel insurance is essential

According to Rwandan law, anyone with plans to visit Rwanda must have health insurance. Failure to have it may mean 30 days for you to get one. Travel insurance policy with enough medical coverage inclusive of air medical evacuation is essential for all travelers because the medical facilities and services in Rwanda still offer basics.

How to get around

Rwanda is one of East Africa’s destinations with established and reliable bus networks to main cities, towns and neighboring states. You can secure a bus ticket or rent a car in Rwanda for all your journeys. Licensed taxis also exist around Kigali International Airport but the safest mode to get around Rwanda is private transportation. There are several reliable car hire companies to deal with and most importantly, we are the leading when it comes to car rental services.

Border safety

Before crossing from Rwanda to Uganda, first, cross check with the government authorities to ascertain if the borders are open. Border areas from Rwanda to Congo can close at anytime considering security issues in Eastern DR Congo.

Local laws to observe

  • Drug possession, usage or trafficking is highly prohibited and heavy fines can be put on you or be jailed.
  • Drinking and driving isn’t allowed and punishable by law
  • Photography of military, border crossing points/government buildings isn’t allowed.
  • Inappropriate and divisive talks on the 1994 Rwanda genocide can lead to financial penalties or imprisonment.

Crime within Rwanda

In Africa, Rwanda is remarkably one of the safest travel destinations to even explore as a solo traveler or on self-drive tour. However, there are petty crimes that are usually recorded in urban centres and they can be avoided if you are keen enough.

Gorilla trekking safety

Mountain gorillas are Rwanda’s top attractions drawing thousands of holidaymakers across the world to come enjoy a close encounter with them. Trekking to see gorillas is one thrilling experience you shouldn’t get back without participating in. Before hitting the jungles, you will undertake a briefing on rules and regulations/safety measure for gorilla trekking at Kinigi.

5 Tips to Keep You Safe on Self Drive in Uganda

Drive Uganda

Uganda self-drive tips to keep you safe on the road: Whether it is a self-drive or group trip/family tour, what is important at the end of it all is your safety and comfort while on Uganda road trip. Once the 2 are achieved then be guaranteed of a trip full of lasting memories in Uganda the Pearl of Africa.

Firstly, we advise all our holidaymakers to ensure that they plan and reserve their rental car in advance to enjoy a smooth road trip. While on your Uganda self-drive, it is also important to observe some keenness. Here are some essential tips to help keep you safe and comfortable while on a self-drive tour in Uganda or during your safari in any of Uganda’s destinations.

Take note of the fuel type of your rental car

When planning for your self-drive car hire, inquire more on the fuel consumption of the car you want to use. Be open to your reservation team on your preferred kind of rental car. Take note that some vehicles do use diesel while others use petrol. Those that use petrol are a little costly unlike the ones which use diesel.

Carry a valid driving permit

Anyone on a plan to go self-drive in Uganda must have a valid driving permit. For all foreign travelers on self-drive tour in Uganda, please carry a valid international driving permit valid which has been with you for at least 2 years. You may also be required to present a document showing that you are allowed to go self-drive in Uganda. Copies of such essential documents should be presented before the car keys are given to you.

Do not drink and drive

Driving when under the influence of alcohol in Uganda is highly prohibited like it is a case in most countries. Breaking it puts you at a risk of being arrested something that ruins your holiday.

Hire a car from a reputable agency/company

Yes, there are several companies all offering car hire services in Uganda but it is essential to deal with the one which is reputable/recognized. When choosing a company to book your self-drive car in Uganda, it calls for some keenness. You need a rental company like ours that guarantees you exceptional self-drive car hire services.

Observe all traffic signs

No matter the part of Uganda you will be, the traffic signs/rules must be observed while on self-drive. They are guiding principles to your safety on the road while on Uganda self-drive road trip. Along the way, higher chances are that you will come across signage like speed limit, zebra crossing, do not overtake, traffic lights and many others.

Choose the right car for your safari/destination

When you think of renting a car, it is always important to take note that not every vehicle is fit for your trip. Your choice of rental car in Uganda should be in line with your safari interests. Preferably, a 4×4 safari vehicle is fit for most of Uganda safaris given its ability to navigate via all road conditions.

Driving to any part of Uganda

While on a self-drive, you must keep left and this is a little different from most countries that keep right. Driving the opposite side in Uganda can easily result into accidents and where you aren’t familiar, it is important to take professional driver services.

5 Things to Do in Central Africa


Come to the beautiful African continent and enjoy your tours in this part of the world. Come here and experience the pleasures of a great land filled with the best kinds of delight. Visit the lovely land that has some of the most fascinating locales and the ideal tour destinations in this part of the world. Visit this part of Africa and go back totally enchanted.

Visit Bangassou here and find this lovely travel locale on the banks of the River Ubangi a great sight for all. As you find it on the border of the Republic of Congo, go across to the lovely Kembe Falls and find your travels here greatly interesting and relaxing. Visit this place and also see the River Kotto here.

Kembe Falls
Then you have Bangui which is a lovely place next to the River Ubangi. Constructed on a rock, Bangui is a place that has the best kind of greenery and has many modern buildings which are the mainstay of tours here. There are many places like the Central market, the Boganda museum, the cathedral and Saint Paul Mission, the Arts and Crafts school and the Hausa quarter. There is s small brick church here which lies in front of the river. The Grande Corniche goes towards the banks of the River Ubangi and gives the best kinds of sights with the lovely view of the canoes and huts around the fishermen’s houses.


Boali Waterfalls are another lovely sights here in this part of Africa and they give the best sights of the Boali village. The 250 m falls are around 50 m high and give you a chance to see the best views from the top. There is a hydroelectric power plant nearby which is another tourist attraction.

Boali Waterfalls
Then go to Bouar and enjoy the sights of the interesting burial mounds here. it is said that they are around thousands of years old and are filled with the upright megaliths which are the tanjunu.

Then go and see the indigenous forest tribes who are found living in the small time encampments and low huts made of leaves and lianas in the Lobaye region. Around 100 km from the capital there are some of the best sights of coffee plantations which are found lying around the forest.

Then there is a very interesting thing that you could do here. Play Basketball. This is a very popular sport here and people pursue it with a lot of passion. So come to Central African and enjoy this sport here. this is a great way to get connections with the people who live here.

Central Africa is also a lovely region to visit just to get the sights of the beautiful forged wooden houses in the town of Zinga lying on the banks of the River Oubangui.

Wildlife Experiences

Life in Africa is based on wildlife and tours here are incomplete if you don’t go on a wildlife experience here. Come to Central Africa and bask in the pleasures of a lovely land filled with the best kind of national parks. This is the best experience here. So come to the Manovo Gounda , which is very famous for the hippos. The Bamingui Bangoran which is found in the northern part and the Dzanga Sangha in the southwestern part which is a popular destination for those looking for gorilla trekking in Africa. Visitors to Dzanga Sanga get a chance to see the elusive and little known western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) that inhabits the dense tropical forests of Central Africa. The population of other wild animals here is such that it is really something memorable and the simple pleasures of viewing gorillas in Bayanga complete the tours to Central Africa.

How to Rent a Car in Tanzania

Tanzania Road Trip

Renting a car in Tanzania for a driver guided safari or self-drive offers the most ideal solution to all visitors’ travel plans. However, the process to secure a rental in Tanzania can get a bit complicated especially when it comes to finding the right car hire service provider for a particular car. Many factors come to play when hiring a car in Tanzania or any destination and choosing the right car hire company or agency.

Book your car in Tanzania early

When you think of a Tanzania safari holiday, ensure that you have your dream rental car booked early to save yourself of stressful process. Reserving your rental car in Tanzania early offers you a great chance to enjoy some discounts or room to negotiate for better rates.

Rent a right car for the intended purpose

What ruins most of holidaymakers’ dream holiday experiences is not securing the right rental car. Wrong selection of rental car can land you in a car with poor conditions that put you at a risk of breakdown and road accidents. Considering Tanzania’s road conditions, the up-country routes are tough to drive on especially during the wet or rainy season. The rural routes are mostly unpaved and you need the best full-time 4×4 rental car.

Before making a choice, ensure that you take a look at various car rental companies and consider various requirements, rates and set policies/terms and conditions. The car rental company should be certified and safe. Other essentials to bear in mind when choosing a right car include pricing, insurance and car types change.

Documents required

When you think of hiring a car in Tanzania for your holiday, you will be expected to produce a valid ID/proof of identity card/visa/passport/driver’s permit or license plus proof of booking. Other car hire agencies require some deposit if you plan to use outside town.


The other extras that you shouldn’t leave without cross-checking when renting a car in Tanzania include insurance. Most insurances do cover a number of damages that won’t make you incur additional costs you never planned for. Other extras to check include spare tyres, tow rope, jumper cables, USB port, car booklet, roadmap and a lot more.

Choose the best cars

If it is city tours you plan to go for then choose from small to luxury sedans or even full-time 4×4 rental cars. Self-drive is perfect while in a 4×4 rental car and for off-the beaten track, rent a full-time 4-wheel drive Landcruiser.

Where to hire

Rental cars in Tanzania can easily be found at the airport or nearby places to tourist sites. Most car hire companies exist in Arusha, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Mwanza, Moshi and many others. Please be in the know that self drive in Tanzania is not something common. There are a few car rental agencies that offer self drive car rental in the north of Tanzania. The most popular agencies include Car Rental Tanzania, Road Trip Tanzania, 4×4 Tanzania, Self Drive Tanzania and 4×4 Car Rentals.

Experience The Awe-Inspiring Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls is a beautiful natural wonder, rating as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is known to the locals as the Smoke that Thunders and today, it is still beautifully preserved in its natural state. Visitors stay in Victoria Falls accommodation all year round to visit what David Livingston said was a sight so lovely that they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.

Feel like you are on an African safari

All kinds of accommodation cater for tourists who visit the Victoria Falls all year round. From lodges to hotels, to self-catering, you name it, and it is available. Because the Falls are so popular many travel agencies and tourist groups provide packages for visitors where they can get the most out of their holiday at this magnificent destination. For a certain price you can stay at one of the lodges or hotels mentioned in the short break package which usually is for about three nights’ accommodation, including breakfast. Usually included in your package will be return airfare, cross border airport transfers and sometimes a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. These packages usually are for people who live in the countries surrounding Zimbabwe, like South Africa for instance.

Near the Victoria Falls National park, you will find campsites like The Elephant camp which is only a mere ten minutes from the Victoria Falls. Here the emphasis is all on exclusivity, and if you love the idea of luxury tents with your own private viewing decks, plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers and so much luxury to avail yourselves of, you won’t be disappointed. You can take an unforgettable elephant safari up to a certain point to the Falls.

If you’re looking for Midlands accommodation, visit Granny Mouse, the most charming country hotel in the Midlands.

View the Falls from your own private deck

When staying at Victoria Falls accommodation, you will hear many Zimbabweans claim that the best views you will ever get of the Victoria Falls is from their side of the Falls rather than from the Zambian side. It is true though that some stunning photography has been taken of the Victoria Falls, but a lot of it has been taken from small planes, micro-lights or helicopters, so nobody is quite sure from which side these magnificent photographs have been snapped.

Be that as it may, both countries share the magnificence of the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders down a series of massive gorges, creating thick clouds of mist that look like big balls of smoke. If you stand on the Victoria Falls Bridge, the view of the canyon and the gigantic curtain of water is considered to be one of the most awesome sights in the world. It is no wonder that people literally stream here in the thousands upon thousands to enjoy this water spectacle and to revel in the wonders of nature.

Hotels named after the great explorer

There is certainly plenty of accommodation of various kinds both along the Zambezi and in Livingstone, which is the historical town a short distance away from the falls, named after the famous British explorer, David Livingstone, who named the falls after his queen. One safari lodge is set up high on a plateau and it forms a natural boundary to one of the magnificent national parks near the majestic falls. Staying in an African lodge you will be amazed at the wonderful hospitality and food, rivalled by uninterrupted views and glorious sunsets. Most of the lodges have stuck with traditional African themes, using hardwoods, thatches and vibrant colours in their bedrooms and in a lot of the décor.

7 Reasons Why Travel to Rwanda

Rwanda Terraced Hills

While considering a visit to any African country this year – Rwanda should be the first country to click your mind as it is regarded as one of Africa’s most beautiful, most peaceful, cleanest and one of the most stable and smallest countries in all of Africa. Rwanda is known for its Volcanoes, Montane Forests, Pristine Lakes, clean towns and cities, its culture and history which alone is a very good reason to visit Rwanda. Rwanda is a home of misty rolling hills, terraced mountain sides but read on as to why you should visit Rwanda – the Land of a Thousand Hills.

1. Serene Beauty

Explore Rwanda’s hills and mountains that attract people to come and see. Rwanda’s thousands Hills are a place where God comes to rest – a gentle nudge toward “Rwanda” by the creator himself who find rest, peace, renewal in the Hills of Rwanda. Every visitor is deeply touched by the seeming endless hills that dot the Rwandan countryside in the heart of Africa. Sounds like a good enough reason for you to come and visit Rwanda – the land of a thousand Hills.

2. See the Mountain Gorillas
Have ever watched a movie entitled “Gorillas in the Mist” by Dian Fossey? Then come to Rwanda to practically see gorillas in the mist in the Volcanoes national park. Wake up in the morning and look toward the volcanoes where you will be heading to track the endangered mountain gorillas and what greets you is the pleasant mist over the mountains and valleys of Rwanda shrouding the Virunga Volcanoes – home of the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda.

3. Wild Chimpanzees

With a visit to Rwanda, you will be able to reveal the hidden treasures of Nyungwe Forest National Park–a vast track of Montane Forest that spills even over into Burundi.  Nyungwe is a home to 13 different primates – almost 25% of Africa’s primates including chimpanzees, hundreds of birds some only found only in this Forest. Nyungwe is also a home to East and Central Africa’s only Canopy Forest Walk.  50 meters above the ground – you can observe the primates, birds and butterflies as they move through and among the treetops of the Park.

4. Explore the Volcanoes National Park

Spend some time in Rwanda exploring Volcanoes National Park – not only for mountain gorilla trekking and Golden Monkey tracking in the Bamboo Forests but also volcano climbing and hiking in day-hikes or overnight hikes. Visit Lakes in the foothills of the volcanoes, hike up to the former research station of Dian Fossey – see the remnants of her former home and the graveyard of her beloved Gorillas and her own final resting place. The Virunga Volcanoes – more than home to the Mountain Gorillas but also a place for hike and climbs, for birding, for golden monkey tracking.

6. Immerse in Unique Culture

Don’t leave without exploring the Rwanda’s unique Culture and rich Heritage–living treasure to be experienced and admired by visitors to the Land of a thousand hills. Enjoy Intore dance in cultural performances or learn arts and crafts from Villages. Whether it is a village stay or village visit – Rwanda’s culture is all around you for you to experience and take with you in thoughts, pictures and lasting memories.

7. Visit Genocide Memorial Sites

Discover the Trail of Tears and Sorrows through visiting Rwanda’s Sacred Places including the Genocide Memorials found in various parts of Rwanda. The Genocide of 1994 in Rwanda left close to one million people cruelly murdered– It was a tribal war by the Hutu against the Tutsi People. The memorials not only are a place of mourning and remembrance but places of triumph over evil that being so visible all over the new Rwanda where people are no longer Tutsi, Hutu or Twa but Rwandans.  “Never Again.”

9. Relax at the Lake Kivu

In a landlocked nation, Lake Kivu gives you another reason to visit the Land of a Thousand Hills. Come, relax and chill out after volcano climbs, gorilla and chimpanzee treks across Rwanda in a place of scenic loveliness and enjoyable beaches where you can be instead of just do while on safari in Rwanda. Spend a few days along Lake Kivu’s sandy beaches, enjoying its tropical islands, maybe some fishing, boating, nature walks but mostly relaxing under the tropical sun along Lake Kivu.

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