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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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 offering one of the rarest and most sought-after safari opportunities: a chance to visit 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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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 and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories.Today, we’re taking a look at Kwita Izina, an annual tradition in Rwanda to name newborn mountain 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 initiated the first Kwita Izina, a now annual tradition of naming the baby mountain gorillas born during the […]

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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 that is in the process of being rehabilitated. 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’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda and the incredible country that has 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 a vast […]

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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 – 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 and where legendary zoologist Dian Fossey spent 20 years studying the primates. For the lucky few who are fortunate enough to snag one of the few tracking permits dispersed by the Rwandan government […]

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Lake Kivu, Rwanda's Best-Kept Secret

Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s Best-Kept Secret

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today we are taking a look at Lake Kivu, one of Rwanda’s best kept secrets. Lake Kivu is one of the African great lakes and one of Rwanda’s best kept secrets. It’s part of a string of freshwater lakes in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Shifting rifts in the volcanic area contribute to the significant depth of Lake Kivu, which is the world’s 18th deepest lake. […]

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