Situated in the heart of the Albertine Rift, Rwanda is one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions, a haven of rainforest endemism with its most celebrated wild mammal being the iconic mountain gorilla of the Virungas Massif. A densely-populated country with a predominantly rural population, Rwanda is known for the trauma of the 1994 genocide, as well as for its courageous recovery to become a stable, well-run and united country.
The Bisate Concession comprises 42 hectares (103 acres); situated on the lower slopes of Bisoke Volcano adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park. Immediately outside the rock wall that marks the park boundary lies densely cultivated farmland (potatoes, wheat, pyrethrum) taking advantage of the rich volcanic soil. This is one of the very best places to trek and view mountain gorillas.
The 100 000-hectare Akagera National Park is situated in eastern Rwanda, bordering Tanzania, and has been managed by African Parks in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board since 2010. It comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains. Intimate Magashi Camp is set on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga – home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles, and (hidden within its wetlands) the secretive sitatunga and shoebill stork.