Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda
Rwanda, with its rolling mountainous landscapes, lakes and volcanoes was always known for the 'Gorillas in the Mist', as the home of Dian Fossey and as Africa's premier gorilla tracking destination. Recently, Rwanda, has sadly been known for the terrible genocide in 1994 but what most people do not know is that Rwanda has been peaceful and stable since 1995 and the country is now firmly back on its feet; stable and promoting tourism in one of the continent's most beautiful countries. I visited Rwanda in the early nineties having travelled all through East and Central Africa and thought it the most beautiful country I had visited. When I started Farside Africa tourism was still very slow in this central African country but now with the building of new hotels and lodges throughout Rwanda and the popularity of seeing the gorillas, tourism in Rwanda is growing and it is well worth a visit.
This newly opened quality lodge is located close to the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. It is nestled under a grove of trees, with all the rooms surrounding a large courtyard. There are comfortable, nicely appointed rooms with en-suite chalets with modern bathrooms and hot water. It has a spacious restaurant with large bar and reception area and friendly service. On a clear day the views across to the volcanoes and surrounding hills are spectacular.
PNV Virunga Lodge is a brand new lodge opened in December 2003. Set on a stunning hillside overlooking the Virunga volcanoes and Lake Ruhondo and Lake Bulera, this is a breathtaking place.
Mount Gahinga Rest Camp nestles in the shadow of the dramatic Virunga volcanoes, on the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.. On the edge of Mgahinga National Park, the Camp is the ideal place for the discerning visitor to stay while gorilla tracking, climbing a volcano, going birding, swimming in the emerald waters of Lake Mutanda or just taking in one of the most breathtaking landscapes of Africa. There are nine thatched bandas and three tents all ensuite.