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Beyond a Thousand Hills

Beyond a Thousand Hills

John Gunn lives in London, spending much of his time working with social start-ups and entrepreneurs. Fascinated by the unique culture of entrepreneurship he has seen in Rwanda, he partnered up with his sister Cate (a professional photographer) and a Kigali-based social business accelerator (African Entrepreneur Collective) to create a coffee table book that shines a light on Rwanda’s inspiring embrace of enterprise and innovation. Beyond a Thousand Hills boasts over 200 photos and editorial contributions from a range...

Rwanda unwrapped

Rwanda unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel Why visit? Rwanda is still, without a doubt, the best place in the world to go mountain gorilla trekking. Walking in the Virunga Mountains in the shadow of giant, prehistoric plants as the mists clear to reveal a family of gorillas is incomparable. Gorillas aside, Akagera Park and Nyungwe Forest offer excellent safari experiences and the people are some of the warmest and welcoming you could hope to meet. There...

This is Rwanda

This is Rwanda

Here at Travel Africa magazine, we are fascinated by Rwanda. Its story reflects so many of the challenges facing African nations today, yet these are amplified by its small size and extreme pressures. Every young democracy has to go through a big learning curve. Governments, thrust into an unstable environment with considerable responsibilities, need to learn to respect the responsibilities of office. Citizens need to find their voice, in a safe environment. Economic development needs to be encouraged, while...

The return of the rhino

The return of the rhino

The recent reintroduction of black rhino to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park highlights the revival of wildlife tourism in the country and suggests the fight against poaching is being won, reports Jean Afadhali Following the return of rhino to Akagera National Park in Rwanda after a decade of absence, conservation authorities have stepped up efforts to protect one of the world’s most endangered species. The recent translocation of eastern black rhino from South Africa has excited wildlife lovers, conservationists and...

Road to recovery

Road to recovery

Rwanda has undergone a remarkable renaissance since the genocide that shocked the world in 1994. Belise Kariza, of the Rwanda Development Board, tells Laura Griffith-Jones why now is the time to go What was your childhood like? I was brought up in Bujumbura, Burundi, where my parents moved in the 1950s when the Hutus overthrew the Tutsi monarchy. My childhood was happy and normal — it was nothing special. I went to school and I played with...

A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side

There’s more than one must-visit mountainous rainforest in this Land of a Thousand Hills. Robin Griffiths looks beyond Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to discover the incredible biodiversity of the Nyungwe Forest, including its endangered chimpanzee communities It’s barely 6am and I’m awestruck as I stare across the epic landscape of tea plantations and rainforests shrouded in a deep heavy mist, adding a layer of mystery to a day already so full of intrigue. I am in the Nyungwe Forest...

Rwanda – Cinderella makes it to the ball

Rwanda – Cinderella makes it to the ball

There’s something big brewing in little Rwanda. And it’s not a small distraction on the fringes of the main event: it’s taking its place at the heart of the party. Sue Watt went to see for herself The people of Rwanda share a secret that is barely known to the outside world. It’s called Akagera, a little-visited reserve that hugs the country’s northeastern border and is the Cinderella of their three national parks. Not that the others are ugly...

Land of surprises

Land of surprises

It is already two decades since the genocide that rocked Rwanda, and stories of a progressive, friendly and diverse country suggest the country itself has been on quite a journey. So we sent Sue Watt to see what awaits visitors in this mysterious, intriguing country.  (Hint: we didn’t send her for long enough!) If asked to identify the country that has one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, a health insurance system that is the envy of the continent,...

Golden monkeys and silverbacks

Golden monkeys and silverbacks

There’s more to Volcanoes National Park than mountain gorillas, says William Gray Meeting mountain gorillas is the main event at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, but golden monkeys make an impressive warm-up act. Unique to the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, a population of around 3700 of these perky primates inhabits the bamboo forest on the lower slopes of the now dormant peaks. A morning spent tracking golden monkeys before trying your luck with the gorillas has many advantages....

More to give

More to give

Mike Unwin recently travelled to Rwanda to realise a dream – locking eyes with an endangered mountain gorilla – and to answer a nagging question. Would he enjoy an intimate encounter or would he just be a cog in a big tourism wheel? His answer? The great apes don’t disappoint. His surprise? The country has more to offer than he’d ever imagined We hunker down into the sodden undergrowth as the drizzle intensifies. The tree canopy forms such an...

Essential Africa – Rwanda

Essential Africa – Rwanda

Rwanda is a nation reborn. It’s stepped out into the light from a blinding darkness, and has opened its arms to the world. Philip Briggs, co-author of Bradt’s Rwanda guidebook, is here to help you embrace all that is Rwanda Over the past 15 years Rwanda has experienced a remarkable renaissance, becoming a stable democracy and one of Africa’s most economically buoyant and politically enlightened nations. Supported by its world-famous population of mountain gorillas on the slopes of the...

Nyungwe Nziza

Nyungwe Nziza

Well-known for its long-established gorilla-trekking opportunities, Rwanda is now gaining recognition for the other attractions and experiences it offers. This is helped by major regeneration work being undertaken in its other main parks, including Nyungwe Forest, which is striving to become Africa’s prime rainforest reserve. Ben West paid a visit I’d only been in the depths of this lush pocket of southwest Rwanda, the Nyungwe rainforest, for half an hour before I first encountered the chimpanzees. They were lounging...

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