When I and my colleague visited Rwanda for the first time I didn’t expect what really experienced. Before I visited Rwanda I had this negative perception about Rwanda because of the bad vibe from the media. When one spoke about Rwanda what came into my mind was an area full of tsetse flies, genocide scars, poverty and bushes all over the country. But that is not the truth Rwanda turns out to be a country of peaceful people, a drastically growing national in terms of infrastructure and a wealth of natural biodiversity. We had a 2 day gorilla safari in Rwanda and it was incredibly appealing and very pleasing.
As I touched in Rwanda we first took a Kigali city tour as I visited the genocide memorial centre and almost my eyes got teary as there are heartbreaking photos and remains of genocide of 1994, we also went to the national museum as I got to know more about the Rwanda’s history and tradition. In the evening, we also had a nice local meal and moved around looking at the modern architecture in Kigali.
Early in the morning we headed to the northern part of Rwanda at volcanoes national park. This is where we rediscovered serene nature that is the mountain gorillas and the other biodiversity around. We reached the park at around 7:30 pm then we went for briefing with other tourists who we found at the park. Then we were briefed about the gorilla trekking then we headed to the forested jungles of Virunga ranges with the gorilla patron and our porter who carried our belongings since gorilla trekking is a challenging activity as it takes awhile to reach the gorillas. While we searched for the gorillas we were able to see lots of bird species and also some monkeys and other primates on the canopies of trees.
As we reached the gorillas, I got some goose bumps as I could not believe it that I was seeing a gorilla physically. The gorillas were in a group of 6 and this was led by the silverback the father of the family. We took pictures of gorillas, saw them move around looking for trees branches, leaves and other fruits to feed their young ones. It was really an incredibly meaningful and exciting hour that we spent with gorillas.
I had a wonderful safari in Rwanda as I had a good time with mans closest living relative. I got to know that there are very many creatures in the world that man must see before he/she dies. I felt like I achieved something after tracking the gorilla. I fell in love with nature and animals as it is really exciting to watch in its serene form.
Generally, the country is very beautiful, the local people are so friendly, welcoming and love tourists. Rwanda is a must visit when traveling to Africa. The Country is very safe, and attracts many tourists for gorilla tracking, Chimpanzee tracking, Canopy walk, Bird watching, Historical and cultural museums as well as other primates tracking among others.