Move through the Alps of Africa

The Virunga's stalwart population of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringe) is perhaps Rwanda’s most compelling attraction. No one who has ever encountered the gorillas in their lush, mountain-slope homeland has ever forgotten the electric, deeply touching experience. Our forays in peaceful search of the gorillas, and our time spent with them, are the highlights of our journeys to this small, gorgeous country.

Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda by GeoEx

“That African Switzerland,” Negley Farson called Rwanda. At first blush, it might seem the famed foreign correspondent was getting a little carried away. But Switzerland and Rwanda, as dissimilar as they might appear, share a couple of important traits: both are peaceful (Rwanda only lately, to be sure), and both are home to some surpassingly beautiful landscapes, most especially of course, mountains. And while Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes lack the Alps’ snowy majesty, their fabulous jungle greenery put them in the same league (they’re generally not as skyscrapery as the Alps, but their highpoint, Mount Karisimbi is 95 feet higher than the 14,692-foot Matterhorn).

Sample Itineraries

Gorillas of Rwanda's Virunga Volcanoes

  • Track gorillas & colobus monkeys
  • Hike amid archetypal jungle volcanoes
  • Explore local markets & culture
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