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Rockjumper Wildlife Tours: Destination: Rwanda

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Rwanda is the fourth smallest country on the African continent, at only 10,169 sq. miles. Despite its small size, it is home to a staggering 12,012,589 people, putting Rwanda on the map as one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It lies just south of the Equator in Central East Africa and is a landlocked country of beautiful plateaus, rolling hills, grasslands and an abundance of adjacent small, cultivated farms giving the landscape a quilt like appearance.
 
Rwanda has seen more than its fair share of hardship, brought on by a civil war that lasted for almost a hundred days, while the western world stood by, watching an estimated 1 000 000 people, infants to elders being massacred in a fashion unbecoming of a civilized race. The bloodshed continued for several years after in the form of revenge killings and went down in history as one of the most brutal genocides ever recorded. A countless number of people fled the borders into neighbouring countries, seeking refuge from the terror that has befallen their own country.
 

Time has passed and healed many of the wounds and nightmares and looking at Rwanda today, it is almost impossible to marry the past with the present. People co-exist happily in a seemingly normal society, moving forward with their lives. Rwanda’s zero litter policy, no plastic bags policy and a government enforced cleaning day on the last Saturday of every month leaves many a tourist absolutely speechless at the country’s cleanliness. Rwanda has risen from the dark hole that haunts its past and has transformed itself into a model country from which many a first world country around the world can draw inspiration.
 

The northern province of Rwanda is volcano country and forms part of the Great Rift Valley. This is also Mountain Gorilla Country, housing an estimated 315 individuals of the existing 910 Mountain Gorillas left in the world. Not able to survive in captivity, the lush green forests and bamboo cladded volcano slopes of the Virungas is the last stronghold for this species. The dense underbrush and ferns covering large areas of the jungle floor with patches of low-lying mist and vines draping from the tallest trees gives the forest a very mythical appearance.
 

The storm of emotions you feel when locking eyes with a large Silverback Mountain Gorilla within such close proximity, is something no person can ever rightfully put into words. At first you are overwhelmed with anxiety telling you to run and then in no time this anxious feeling turns into an indescribable emotional attachment to this large creature with its calm demeanour. They are truly the Gentle Giants of the Virungas. A morning spent with these distant relatives of ours, is an emotional experience that has left many a human eye filled with tears of deep appreciation and a heart longing to return, this is a life changing experience indeed.

Destination Tours

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Safari I 2019 Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Safari I 2019
19 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
COST: TBA
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Safari II 2019 Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Safari II 2019
11 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
COST: TBA
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I want to thank all of you at Rockjumper who worked to give me and my six friends the trip of a lifetime! The trip was perfectly planned; we saw a wonderful array of sights in perfect settings and lodgings all throughout the thirteen days. Logistically, everything worked like clockwork and it took all the stress out of traveling.

But without a doubt, what made the trip so incredibly special was our tour guide/leader, Rainer Summers. He not only lead us to the sights, through airports and into the bush but he managed to keep us all together, without losing anyone for more than five minutes – and I can assure you: that was not an easy task. (We really are not senile – just a bit independent).

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But most of all, Rainer was delightful to be with. He was fun and his wit and sense of humor made him a great companion. He is a tremendous asset to your organization. We all would like to return to Africa and Rockjumper’s tours but we will want to have no one but Rainer with us!!! We cannot envision a tour leader who could top this experience.

So, thank you for arranging the tour and a special thanks for choosing Rainer to be our guide. It was a magnificent experience and a week later, I am still wishing I was in Africa!

Sincerely,
LH

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