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AfricanMecca Safaris invites you to take part in a wondrous story unfolding deep in the heart of Africa. Rwanda is rising from its tempestuous past to become one of the greatest models for conservation on the planet! Exploring this Central-East African country takes you on a unique safari journey unlike any other on the continent. Massive peaks etched by volcanic activity are painted deep green by flourishing, dense rainforest and encircled by the delicate, soft shapes of clouds. Nestled among these geologic giants are charming, peaceful Hutu and Tutsi villages, where the laughter of joyful children is carried by the breeze, echoing almost endlessly through the valley. Symmetrical hillside patchwork draws the eye to a tea farm in the distance, where workers tend to seedlings that emerge from rich, dark soil. In the higher elevations are protected bamboo forests, home to Rwanda’s mountain gorillas of the Virunga, a species that has captured hearts and minds around the world.

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Scenes such as these are found throughout Rwanda—a testament to the depth of commitment by the country’s people to find a sustainable balance between human need and nature. Spending time amid the country’s people, flora, and fauna is an experience that brings insight. You come to understand that protecting Rwanda’s biodiversity and ecological treasures has an incredibly personal meaning to each and every Rwandan. Conservation and the promotion of nature-travel demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a quality of life that will protect future generations from the genocide that is such a tragic part of the country’s history. Beyond the economic benefits, the efforts of Rwanda’s people protect one of the most important ecological regions on Earth. The Albertine Rift is home to Africa’s largest number of threatened and endemic birds and mammals, including 31 mammals and 35 bird species that exist nowhere else in the world.

Our safaris in Rwanda take you to its unique national parks, which have been set aside for wilderness tours, through collaboration between local communities and government agencies, to preserve and showcase the country’s unparalleled wildlife and habitats. In the rainforests of Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park, you are immersed in an enchanting and tranquil setting that awakens your senses. Listen to a tranquil symphony of rustling leaves, chattering primates, and singing avi-fauna. A deep breath reveals a pungent aroma of undergrowth blended with hints of flowers and wild fruits. You’re surrounded by varied shades of green that drip from every branch and cover almost every inch of soil. Feel your heart beating in anticipation of the wonders that lie around the next corner, or perhaps just through an opening in the dense vegetation.

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Volcanoes National Park is one of the few places in the world where you can witness families of mountain gorillas in their natural habitats, and seeing these intriguing creatures in the wild is one of the most heartwarming vacation experiences that you will have in Africa. You will experience a new fascination with primates after spending time on the gorillas and golden monkeys’ treks in Volcanoes Park, as well as chimpanzees and other primates in Nyungwe. The geology and ecology of Rwanda certainly cater to nature lovers and birdwatchers, but the country also provides ample opportunities for high-adventure holiday experiences. Both Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park feature networks of trails that take you along the beginnings of the Nile River, the highest of the volcanic peaks, above the forest canopy, and even in the footsteps of Rwandan kings. From one-hour leisurely walks to multi-day treks, you will find several trails that accommodate your fitness level, experience, and personal interests.

The diversity of Rwanda’s ecology goes far beyond the rainforests, though. Akagera National Park, a Big 5 destination, offers the classic wildlife safari experience of driving across vast savannah plains, where predator and prey play out a continuous battle for survival. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and other herbivores wander across the grassy landscape looking for the best vegetation and watering holes, while lions, leopards, hyenas and other ferocious hunters are ever-watchful for the chance to capture a young or weak animal. Beyond the savannah are wetlands, swamps, and woodlands, where you will find a host of other wildlife and birds specific to these habitats.

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The beach escape of Lake Kivu reveals yet another of Rwanda’s many facets. Long stretches of golden sandy beach are dotted with hot springs and friendly fishing villages. Here, both land and water offer an abundance of activities, such as fishing, boat tours, cycling, plantation tours, nature walks, watersports like jet skiing, kayaking, sailing and so much more. The lake is free of crocodiles and hippos, so it is also one of the few places on the African continent where you can safely take a refreshing swim.

Wherever you go in the country, you are warmly embraced by the hospitality of the Rwandan people. Openly sharing their cultures and history is an important part of telling their story to the world. During your cultural safari, spend time in a local village to learn about their arts and crafts, traditional medicine, familial roles, forest hunting-gathering techniques of the Batwa, local cuisine, tribal beliefs, and much more!

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The capital city of Kigali is a metropolitan experience offering distinctive restaurants, museum and shrines, community art projects, and historic architecture. Although the genocide that occurred in this Central-East African country may be a difficult subject for some of our guests, a tour of the memorials is a key part of a comprehensive trip through the Rwanda of past, present, and future.

AfricanMecca Safaris is both excited and honored to provide each and every guest with an insightful experience in Rwanda, a country that is rising from a tumultuous past and building an abundant future for Rwandese and the global community alike.

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  • I just returned from a month in Africa, specifically Rwanda & Kenya. I am left breathless with my experience. AfricanMecca Safaris coordinated the entire trip for me and left no detail, nothing for me to do.
    Carol Bobb - Pennsylvania, United States
  • Rwanda was amazing. The accommodations, food, and guides AfricanMecca arranged were great. Raza also helped us through the complicated process of getting permits for gorilla trekking. AfricanMecca is a fantastic company to work with.
    Stephanie Weir - United States
  • Jambo Altaf and Raza! We are back on earth now after our fabulous honeymoon. This is to say THANK YOU so much for organising a week in Kenya that we will never forget.....!
    Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
  • Jambo Raza!!! The safari trip was spectacular! Everything went off without a hitch. We loved the Masai Mara. The migration was awesome. You listened to what I wanted and delivered it perfectly.
    Judi & Chaim Platt - Toronto, Canada
  • I cannot say enough about the quality of AfricanMecca. Their teams in Kenya and Tanzania were top notch. Raza, again thanks to you and your entire organization! We will be repeat customers.
    Dan Kobick - Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers - New York, United States
  • AfricanMecca Safaris offers incredibly knowledgeable and skilled services! Our travel arrangements for 2 months of volunteering with TEACH Rwanda in country were made quickly and economically. Honored to work with Raza!
    Janet Brown - TEACH Rwanda Founder - United States
  • This is to let you know my guests, The Bryant's, had a wonderful time on the trip Samburu, Masai Mara/Kenya, Chobe/Botswana & Victoria Falls/Zambia. Everything was perfect! Thank you..
    Christine Milan - MT Carmel Travel - Connecticut, United States

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When visiting Rwanda, we recommend combining your Kigali visit with a gorilla safari in Volcanoes Park, Nyungwe and Akagera. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Gishwati-Mukura ending with a beach vacation at Lake Kivu or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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