Entries tagged: Rwanda

African Safari Experiences - The Top 5

African Safari Experiences – The Top 5

Africa offers so many unique choices for your next African safari.  You can kick back on the beach after searching for the Big Five. Or trek through mist-laden forests to see the gorillas. No matter your choice, we have you covered in our list of African safari experiences you cannot miss.

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Primate Safari by Ker & Downey

Primate Safari by Ker & Downey

What is special about this Primate Safari ? This custom 16-day adventure by Ker & Downey is the ultimate primate safari, pairing the apes of Rwanda with the chimpanzees of Tanzania’s Rubondo Island and Mahale Mountains.

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Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas in the Mist

Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas in the Mist

Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas in the Mist is a four-night itinerary. It offers one of the rarest and most sought-after safari opportunities:  visiting the habituated mountain gorillas of northwestern Rwanda. Add this experience to any custom African safari with Ker & Downey.

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Giving Back in Rwanda with the OmniPeace Foundation

Giving Back in Rwanda with the OmniPeace Foundation

When you speak to Mary Fanaro, founder of the OmniPeace Foundation, it is easy to get swept up in her passion for Rwanda. Her dedication has inspired a whole slew of celebrities to support her schools in Africa—nine total that educate close to 3,000 children. We caught up with Mary to find out why she feels a pull to this part of the world.

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In the Moment: Rwanda Trekking in Photographs

In the Moment: Rwanda Trekking in Photographs

A Rwanda Trek with John Harbison On a Ker & Downey-curated luxury Rwanda trek through steaming jungles, travelers John and Renata Harbison took amazing gorilla photographs in the wild. They share the experience in their own words. Photography by John Harbison

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Kwita Izina - Rwanda's Annual Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony

Kwita Izina – Rwanda’s Annual Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda. This incredible country has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today, we’re looking at Kwita Izina, an annual tradition in Rwanda to name baby gorillas.  In Rwanda there is a long-held tradition of naming a newly born baby soon after its birth. In 2005, the Government of Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board, and several conservation partners started the first Kwita Izina. It is now an annual tradition of naming the baby mountain gorillas born during the year. It’s […]

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Akagera National Park - Home to Rwanda's Lions

Akagera National Park – Home to Rwanda’s Lions

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling in Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Akagera National Park and its recent release of seven lions is another one of the country’s great successes!  Yesterday we looked at the Gishwati-Mukura National Park and the strides Rwanda is making towards conservation and regeneration of the rain forest. Today we’re taking a look at another national park in the process of rehabilitation. Akagera National Park Akagera National Park was once one of the […]

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Nyungwe Forest - A Primate Sanctuary

Nyungwe Forest – A Primate Sanctuary

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We are taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda. This incredible country has undeniably become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today – Nyungwe Forest, a must-do for a primate safari. A visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park is a must for anyone looking for a well-rounded primate safari. The forest shelters over 25 percent of Africa’s primate species in its lush forest canopies. Believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, its 370 square miles of mountainous rain forest, lush grassland, and swamps create habitats […]

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Regenerating the Gishwati Forest

Regenerating the Gishwati Forest

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling in Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Among its great successes – establishing the Gishwati Forest and Mukura Forest as a joint national park. The Gishwati Forest was once part of a large system of rain forests that stretched through the middle of Africa, connecting the rain-forests of the Congo and Nyungwe Forest. It was a thriving and rich biodiverse area and a remarkable habitat for wildlife. After the terrors of the genocide […]

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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda. Today, it’s all about Rwanda gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park – the country’s biggest tourism draw. Each year Rwanda draws thousands of visitors to Volcanoes National Park to see the gorillas at home in the mountains. The park is home to half of the world’s wild gorilla population. It is also where legendary primatologist Dian Fossey spent 20 years studying these gorillas. For the lucky few who are fortunate to snag one of the tracking permits dispersed by […]

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