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Bizidanny Tours & Safaris are among the Kigali tour operators recommended in the latest edition of the "Bradt travel guide to Rwanda", and also by some recent visitors to the country:





  Susan Fraker<spfraker1@gmail.comfrom the US


Hi Danny,

Now that I'm home and recovering from jetlag, I want to thank you for our terrific trip to Rwanda.  All three of us had a wonderful time,
especially me, who has always wanted to see the mountain gorillas. I'm sure Simba must have told you about our adventures with the Susa Group.
Speaking of S., he was the best! We so much enjoyed talking to him and traveling with him. I can't imagine a better guide to your country.
Thank you again, many times over, for putting together such a good vacation for us.
All the best, Susan Fraker

I couldn't find a place on Trip Advisor to write a general review of our trip, but I did post the following comments under the Volcanoes National Park attraction. Please feel free to use them on your website.

"I spent 5 days in Rwanda on a trip organized by Bizidanny Tours & Safaris. Our terrific guide was with my two sons (twenty-somethings) and me the entire time. We spent our first night in Kigali, then left early the next morning for Nyungwe Forest. Our guide drove us there and gave us the complete tour enroute. We spent two nights at the spectacular Nyungwe Forest Lodge seeing chimps and monkeys before driving with our guide to National Volcanoes Park for two nights. The gorillas are worth the entire trip. I highly recommend Bizidanny Tours & Safaris. The price was reasonable, and our guide couldn't have been better. Susan NYC"




Jason Allen < jasonballen@gmail.com>   from the US


I just wanted to write and thank you for arranging an unforgettable weekend for me in Rwanda. While it was unfortunately a short trip, I leave with memories that will last me a lifetime.
The itinerary was excellent and gave me exactly what I wanted in a short timeframe. Thanks for accommodating the restrictions on my schedule. I loved visiting the gorillas. The city tour and visit to the genocide memorial also were memorable experiences.
The overall performance for you and your company was excellent. Thanks again for a great trip.



    Melanie Furnell <mel@furnell.com> from the UK


Hello Danny,

We remember our visit to Rwanda with much pleasure and thank you so very much for arranging our trip. Our memories will go on for a long time.

We were very impressed with your beautiful country and can honestly say that our experiences far exceeded our expectations.

We will certainly recommend Bizidanny Tours to any of our friends who might be contemplating a visit to Rwanda.With all good wishes,


David and Melanie Furnell.







   Carles Salles <cjuansalles@yahoo.com> from Spain


Hello Danny
 It’s several months since we flew to Rwanda for our primate tours.We are very grateful for your recommendation to visit Nyungwe forest apart from the mountain gorillas, which were our initial trip intention
In the PNV we enjoyed much our gorilla visit to the Bwenge group, which had 5 adult females with babies, one silverback and a few subadults. Most gorillas were resting or eating a variety of plants, and some mothers were grooming the babies. We were very happy with the peacefulness of these gentle creatures; they appear not to get disturbed by tourist visits.  We are very happy knowing that the mountain gorilla population is growing, that gorillas and these mighty mountains and forest are well protected, that this national park has many people in your country make a living out of, that you are proud of it…we hope we can visit soon with you again, Africa and Rwanda have caused important changes in our life and this is a must for us. We would like to visit again the golden monkeys too, this trekking was very interesting – we could see more of the forest close to Visoke volcano and these monkeys are very funny and nice. 
Danny we are grateful for your advice on this trip and your work on our itinerary and reservations.
            Hugs, Mireia and Carles.








Jenny Pynt <jennypynt@gmail.com> from Australia

Hello Danny,
I would like to thank you  for an absolutely splendid trip to trek the gorillas and the golden monkeys.  My group has returned from their adventure buoyed by the optimism of the Rwandan people and the beauty of their children and  country. We thank you and your staff for a marvelous experience.
Yours sincerely,
Dr Jenny Pynt
Co-Director StuVac Seminars
PS Please feel free to post this to your website.



Heather Awsumb<heatherawsumb@gmail.com>, from the US

dsc4606forweb.jpg?w=300&h=199At the end of August I met up with my friend Wendy – who recently finished a Peace Corps Response project in Malawi – to see the gorillas in Rwanda.

We booked our tour through Bizidanny – recommended to me by a former colleague. I would also recommend them. They were very responsive to emails and everything was well organized.

We stayed at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in Ruhengeri – just a 5 minute drive from park headquarters.


Our guide, Francois, who has worked for 29 years and worked with Dian Fossey

Sunday was our day for tracking. We purchased our permits in February because July/August are supposed to be the high season. We met a woman who was able to get 2 permits just a few weeks before, but I wouldn’t risk it. Plus it costs the same whether you buy early or buy late. We were picked up by our guide from Bizidanny and taken to the Parc National des Volcans headquarters. We milled around the grounds while he joined the other guides to negotiate a place for us in a group. There are only 64 permits sold each day – so 8 groups of 8 people. We told Tarza to get us in a group with an easy or medium hike.

From the park headquarters05_dsc4224forweb.jpg?w=300&h=199we had to drive 20-30 minutes to the trail head. From there we hiked for about 1.5 hours into the forest to find the gorillas. Before I went to Rwanda many people asked me questions along the lines of “Are you guaranteed to see the gorillas?” and I always told people that they are wild animals – so, no – but that I hadn’t heard any stories of people going and not seeing them. I know enough people – either directly or indirectly – who have been so I figured if that was a possibility I would probably have heard about it. Now I know why that doesn’t happen. There are two men with big guns – called trackers – who stay with each of the gorilla groups 24 hrs/7 days a week. They protect them from poachers, watch their health and let the guides from the park know the groups location on a day-to-day basis.

09b_dsc4534forweb.jpg?w=199&h=300Speaking of guide, we were really lucky and got someone who is one of the more famous guides – Francois. He’s worked as a guide for 29 years and even worked with Dian Fossey. He was fantastic. Along the hike he stopped several times to show us the various plants that gorillas eat – often eating them himself! He was also great at making sure that everyone was staying with the group.

When we first approached the gorillas they were all up in the trees. You could see fuzzy black hair through little, tiny holes in the leaves. My first thought was, great, this is not what I was expecting. My second thought was, “I hope those bamboo trees can hold hundreds of pounds of gorilla!” It was a little unnerving for them to be climbing directly overhead. In terms of my expectations, I thought that we’d come across the group sitting in 12_dsc4365forweb.jpg?w=300&h=199a clearing where we’d sit 20 feet away and watch them eat and play for an hour. Our experience was much cooler than that.

After Francois convinced the gorillas to come out of the tree we got to watch them eat and interact with each other. Moving from place to place through the thick forest. If we had been 20 feet away we wouldn’t have been able to see anything. Instead Francois took us within 5 feet of the silverback – Guhonda – the largest silverback in the park. He was ENORMOUS, but totally chill. He mostly just sat on the ground with his arms crossed while we took hundreds of pictures of him. (No, seriously, I took almost 300 pictures in that 1 hour just myself!) There was a baby who came down from the trees and played a little bit. We also saw several females, although they all look the same to me so I lost track of who was who. Altogether I think we saw about 6-7 of the 12 gorillas in the group. (Did you know that gorilla nose prints are all different, like human fingerprints? Not that that’s helpful to me in identifying them.)







Joanna and Tom Colley <joanna.colley@gmail.com>, from the UK




Dear Danny,
We are now back in England and wanted to write to say thank you so much for organising our Rwanda trip for us. We thought Rwanda was an amazing country; it's so green and beautiful and my impression was that there is a real sense of community in the towns and villages. Although obviously it would be impossible to fully understand a country in only six days. We would love to visit again in future and will definitely contact you if we do so and recommend your company to any friends or family who would like to visit Rwanda.With warm regards
Jo and Tom Colley











ELSPETH BEIDAS  <elspethbeidas@hotmail.com>, from the UK






Dear Danny,


I just wanted to email to say thank you for the work that you put into arranging our Rwanda tour for us. We had an absolutely fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed our trip – it was perfect. 

It was great to have the chance to explore your country, and we were impressed by how much we got to see in just two weeks. The scenery was consistently stunning and the wildlife was amazing. Seeing the gorillas in the wild was a highlight that we’ll never forget! 

Hopefully we’ll make it back to Rwanda at some point in the future, but in the meantime we’ll definitely be recommending it as a destination to all our friends and family. And of course we’ll be recommending Bizidanny as the best tour operator to go with!


Many thanks again – murakoze!


Very best wishes,

Elspeth and Matt








Jean-Daniel Macchi <jean-daniel@macchi.name> de Suisse




Cher Monsieur,
de retour en Suisse je tiens par ces lignes à vous dire tout le plaisir que j'ai eu durant le séjour passé dans votre pays, du 5 au 8 juillet. Mon Collègue et moi-même avons particulièrement apprécié le professionnalisme de votre agence. Vos collaborateurs nous ont accompagné avec beaucoup de gentillesse et de compétence.
Notre séjour au Rwanda restera comme un souvenir tout à fait merveilleux. Les logements étaient de bonne qualité et ce que nous avons vu était tout à fait génial. Il est évident que le moment le plus fort fût celui de la rencontre avec les gorilles mais les parcours dans le park d'Akagera étaient également très intéressants. J'étais étonné d'avoir pu voir les animaux d'aussi près. En outre, avec son toit ouvrant, le Land Cruiser était idéal.
Je recommanderai votre agence à mes amis et si j'ai la chance de revenir au Rwanda j'aurais certainement recours à vos services.
Avec mes meilleures salutations.
Jean-Daniel Macchi






Kelly Hepburn Scott <kellyhepburnscott@mac.com>, from Canada


Dear Danny,

I have returned home to Canada with a huge smile on my face!  My trip to Rwanda was an amazing experience...one which I will never forget.  I am still trying to absorb all the wonderful things I saw and experienced during my 4 day tour.
Your quick email responses were appreciated during the planning stages of my trip.  Your advice and recommendations were well received.  As you know, I had concerns regarding my safety, but I am happy to say that they were unfounded.  I felt perfectly safe and well taken care of at all times. 

My city tour of Kigali was very interesting.  I really enjoyed the Genocide Memorial - after doing quite a bit of reading on the genocide I found it informative and deeply moving.  My visit to Imbabazi orphanage was amazing.  I have read about Rosamond Carr and it was like stepping into the story when I met the children, had a tour of the flower gardens, listened to a choir performing there, and even had tea in her beautiful vine-covered home.  The gorilla trek was a once in a lifetime experience.  To be so close to these magnificent animals was surreal. The next day I had my "trek" to Karisoke to visit the grave of Dian Fossey and see where she used to live and study the mountain gorillas.  What breathtaking scenery!
The accommodations at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge were lovely.  Food was very nice and staff very friendly.  Waking up to that amazing view of the volcanoes each day was incredible.  Chez Lando in Kigali was also a good choice of accommodation.  Perfectly clean and comfortable with beautiful gardens and a nice restaurant.

As an Air Canada captain, I have had the opportunity to visit many places in the world.  I can honestly say that this was one of my most memorable trips and Rwanda is a beautiful country.  Thank you to all at Bizidanny Tours who helped make it happen.  I look forward to returning one day soon.
Please do not hesitate to pass on my name and email address to future guests if they would like a reference.


Kelly Hepburn Scott


Marylin Keating  <mkeating@intrahealth.org>, from the US


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"I had the pleasure of making my travel arrangements in Rwanda through Bizidanny tours and safaris and I have no regrets!   Rwanda is a beautiful country with a lot to offer tourists from all over.  I happen to be American and so can share that from my cultural perspective, at first I found it daunting to make arrangements from the US for a future visit to Rwanda.  That being said, Danny is a professional and he has built his well established business on providing well organized, safe, and fun tours.  I feel that I was well taken care of from the beginning to the end of the process.  Rwanda is well worth a destination visit by tourists visiting Africa.  I wholly recommend a trip to see the gorillas, the golden monkeys and Lake Kivu if you have the time.  Thank you Danny for making my Rwandan adventure a wonderful and memorable experience!  I hope to return to your beautiful country and will definitely use Bizidanny tours & safaris for any future tour arrangements in Rwanda."







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Kevin Sherman <kevinsherm@gmail.com> , from the UK


….. Deanna and I really just wanted to thank you for all your help in planning our trip.
Knowing almost no one who had previously visited Rwanda and having
really no idea what to expect ourselves, I'm sure you can understand
our fear and desire to make sure we did everything right.  Rather than
just taking over yourself and assigning us a pre-planned trip, it was
clear that you listened to our thoughts and took each one into consideration.  In your business I'm sure it's easy and more than a
little tempting to re-use itineraries and provide standard responses
to questions, but the obvious personal interest you take in each of
your trips truly does make a difference.  And your policy of
responding to emails within 24 hours really did make things easier
(though I'm sure our rapid fire emails tested that policy from time to
time).  Having a thought or issue come into our minds and knowing we
could get a prompt, personal answer from you made our lives a whole
lot more relaxed.  So thank you.

Overall, we both had unbelievable experiences in
Rwanda.  As I said we
really did not know what to expect, but the trip far exceeded any
expectation we could have had.  The trip itself was a great
combination of seeing the country, understanding the culture, physical
activities, and meeting the people, and all at a great pace -- which
was exactly what we asked for.  Beyond the trip, we can't stop talking
about how impressive a country yours is.  I'm sure it's readily
apparent to you, but for a people to rise from the troubles
Rwanda has
and become what it is today is truly unbelievable.  And quite an
experience for us to have.

So thanks again for giving us the opportunity to explore your country
and making the experience as good as could be."

- Kevin and Deanna




  Deanna Cettomai <deanna.cettomai@gmail.com> , from the UK


"Hi Danny,

…. First, thank you to you for all of your flexibility, responsiveness, and personal attention in planning our trip.  It truly was the perfect combination of physical activities and touristy things (i.e. gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, etc.) and cultural experiences (i.e. genocide memorials, orphanage, etc.).  

I also can't quite put into words what a wonderful and meaningful trip we had.  I know it sounds melodramatic to say it was 'life-changing,' but in many ways, I truly think it was.  I have never been so impressed or learned so much from a group of people.  I feel like I learned a great deal about the atrocities and terrible things humanity is capable of in learning about the unspeakable acts that took place during the genocide, but I also feel I learned even more about the resiliency of the human spirit, the powers of love and forgiveness, and the strength of the Rwandan people to not only persevere but also to move forward in such amazing ways.  I was completely impressed by your country and its people, and I loved every minute of my time in Rwanda.  Thanks again for everything, and please feel free to forward this email and/or my contact info to people looking for references in the future.  It would be my pleasure to provide a reference for Bizidanny Tours." 







Fiona Parry <feparry@googlemail.com> , from the UK

Thank you!

Hi Danny & J.
I am now back in the UK, and I just wanted to thank you for the two tours I did with Bizidanny whilst I was in Rwanda.  The tours really made my trip. Rwanda is such a beautiful country, and I was so struck by how much there is to see and do in such a small place. I will be telling all my friends about the country and recommend Bizidanny to be their guides! 
Thank you for being so responsive in email and on the phone it is what set you apart from the other tour companies!
Best Wishes 




Amy Kindred Bonanno <jbmaxx@nyc.rr.com > , from New York


"Hi Danny - 


Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet you in person while we were in Rwanda - we had a wonderful time - the gorillas were just amazing - and as hard as that trek to the Susa Group was in the end I can honestly claim a big personal achievement  - had we known the difficulty of the climb and had we also known that those silly gorillas would keep going up as we tracked them we probably wouldn't have pushed so hard to do that group - in the end though it was a great experience that we will remember always.


You did a great job planning our trip and we hope to come back again for a second round - there is also much more to see in Rwanda so we will want to spread out the days a bit more and see other things....thanks again and I am sure we will talk again...."







 Zahra Ramji <zeeramji@yahoo.com> , from Canada


"….I am back in Canada after a very exciting journey.  I was sad to leave Rwanda, as I did have a truly terrific time, and I know you are very pleased to hear that.  I wanted to thank you for helping to create such a fantastic experience for me in Rwanda.  ……..

….. I did have a lovely time in Rwanda and would definitely like to come back and visit.  It’s a beautiful country with beautiful people and one that I found very safe and very hospitable.

   Cheers,  Zahra"Nouvelle imageh



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Dana Kazarsky  <danabk414@aol.com> , from the US






We have been back from Rwanda and Kenya almost three weeks now, but I am still dreaming of Africa. Our trip really was wonderful, better than I had expected it to be.

I just wanted to thank you once again for helping to make this trip as special as it was for us. Thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us and for being as open and honest as you were with us about what life in Rwanda has been like for the past 15 years. The ability of Rwandans to move forward, politically, socially, economically and emotionally, given the horror of the genocide, is truly a lesson for us all. Clearly it is not easy for anyone, but the national commitment to creating a brighter, peaceful future, full of hope for your generation, for your children and for your children's children is truly remarkable. It is impossible, as a westerner, to not be awed by Rwanda's efforts to heal.


I hope that you are busy with clients. We thought you were a terrific guide and really appreciated all your help and companionship during our visit to Rwanda.


Best wishes,















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14 ans Après le génocide de 1994, le Rwanda est désormais devenu une destination d’écotourisme digne de ce nom et totalement paisible, contrairement à ce que beaucoup pensent encore : le pays s’est reconstruit, il vibre d’activité, les gens sont souriants et aimables, les routes sont en bon état et sûres…  


14 years after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has become a worthwhile and peaceful ecotourism destination despite what some people still believe: the country has been rebuilt and is a bustle of activity, the people are cheerful and friendly, the roads are in good repair and safe... 



























Les gorilles de montagne, devenus très rares, vivent sur les flancs des volcans de la chaîne Virunga (Rwanda, Congo, Ouganda). 

The rare and endangered mountain gorillas live on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes (Rwanda, Congo, Uganda). 





C’est certainement au Rwanda qu’il est le plus aisé de les voir : dans le parc national des volcans, près de la ville de Ruhengéri, des randonnées sont organisées quotidiennement pour un nombre restreint de personnes.

Rwanda is clearly where it is easiest to see them: in the parc national des volcans, near the town of Ruhengeri, daily tracking is organised for a limited number of people. 





























Les familles de gorilles « habitués » à la présence humaine (et donc moins farouches que ceux qui vivent dans des zones plus inaccessibles ) sont au nombre de 8 à l’heure actuelle et comptent chacune entre 10 et 35 individus.

There are currently 8 "habituated" gorilla families (used to seeing humans, and therefore less shy than those who live in more remote areas). The number of individuals in each of them varies from 10 to over 35!





























L'expédition gorilles commence tôt le matin, (après un solide petit-déjeuner !), au bureau de l’office du tourisme (RDB), à l’entrée du parc, pour l'enregistrement

 The trek to visit the gorillas starts early in the morning (after a full breakfast!) with registration at the offices of the tourist authority (RDB), at the entrance of the park  





Puisque la randonnée commence à plus de 2000m d’altitude, il est bien sûr conseillé de porter des vêtement adéquats : pantalon épais, chaussures de marche, veste imperméable etc… (des gants de jardinage peuvent s’avérer utiles pour agripper la végétation) 


As the tracking starts off at over 2000m, suitable clothing is necessary: thick trousers, sturdy walking shoes, waterproof jacket etc...(wearing garden gloves can also prove useful when grabbing hold of twigs and branches)




























Les visiteurs sont répartis en petits groupes (max 8 personnes) et reçoivent le briefing du guide qui va les mener jusqu’à l’une ou l’autre des familles de gorilles (Amahoro, 13, Sabinyo, Sousa, Umubano...) . Il est très important de respecter les conseils du guide et de suivre ses instructions, pour la sécurité de tous,  humains ou gorilles confondus !



The visitors are organised in small groups (of max 8 people) and are first briefed about gorilla etiquette by the guide who will lead them to one of the famillies of gorillas (Amahoro, 13, Sabinyo, Sousa,Umubano). It is essential to stick to the guide's advice and to follow his instructions, for the safety of all concerned, be they human or gorilla



























Les visiteurs (et les guides) partent alors en 4X4 vers le point de départ de la promenade : les trackers de l’ortpn suivent  les mouvements des différents groupes de gorilles, savent où ils se sont installés pour la nuit, et  reprennent leur surveillance à distance dés l’aube : ils peuvent donc indiquer par radio à leurs collègues guides quels sont les derniers mouvements de la troupe, ce qui permet d’orienter la randonnée sans perte de temps (et d’énergie !).

The visitors (and the guides) then leave by 4X4 and go to the starting point of the trek: as the ortpn trackers follow the movements of the different gorilla groups, they know where they have stopped for the night, and start their distant watch again early in the morning: they can radio their latest whereabouts to the guides who can then lead the walk without waste of time (or energy!)















Encore un dernier briefing avant le véritable départ, les guides distribuent des cannes en bambous (qui s’avèreront très utiles car le terrain peut être escarpé ou boueux), et on y va ! 


One last briefing before the real start, the guides hand out bamboo walking stick (they will prove very handy on the muddy hilly paths!), and we're off !



 Traversée de champs de pyrèthre, puis de forêt de bambou : ascension progressive  (au rythme de la personne la plus lente du groupe !) qui dure en moyenne une heure trente (sauf pour le groupe Sousa, le plus grand -plus de 35 individus- mais aussi le plus éloigné, qui requiert une marche d’au moins trois heures : réservé aux vrais sportifs, donc !).

 Across pyrethrum fields, then up into the bamboo forest: gradual climbing walk (the pace is set by the slowest person in the group!) which takes one and a half hours on average  (except in the case of the Sousa group, which is the largest -more than 35 individuals!-also but the furthest away, and will usually take at least three hours to reach: only for the really fit ones!!!)

















































































Le guide est en contact radio avec les trackers qui l’orientent vers le lieu précis où se trouve la troupe de gorilles ce jour-là. 


The guide is in constant radio contact with the trackers which helps him find the precise spot where the gorillas are on that particular day.



























Une fois arrivés près de la zone où sont les gorilles, les visiteurs déposent leurs sacs à dos, bouteilles d’eau et autres objets inutiles à ce stade, et ne gardent en main que leur appareil photos ou caméra, pour s’approcher doucement, derrière leur guide, en silence ou presque, et se trouver enfin face à face avec leurs cousins ….

Once in the area close to where the gorillas are, the visitors leave their bags, bottles of water and other belongings behind and slowly follow their guide, in near silence, armed only with their cameras, to face their cousins, at last!



















L’effet de cette rencontre est magique et inoubliable : tous sont émerveillés comme des enfants et jouissent à fond de l'évènement,( à une distance de quelques mètres et en respectant les indications du guide, même si souvent les jeunes gorilles s’approchent, curieux et espiègles).

 This encounter is magical and unforgettable: everybody feels spellbound like a child and thoroughly enjoys the event (at a few meters' distance, and following the guide's instructions, even if the nosy and playful younger gorillas often come very close). 




























La famille se compose d’un mâle dominant, reconnaissable à sa stature impressionnante et à son dos argenté (silver-back), de mâles plus jeunes et de femelles entourées de jeunes et portant souvent un bébé dans les bras. 


 In each family, there is a big and unmistakable dominant male: the silver back, surrounded by younger males and females with their young (they often carry a baby in their arms)






















































Les visiteurs passent une heure à observer les gorilles qui mangent des pousses de bambou et se reposent en général à ce moment. Ensuite, chacun repartira de son côté….

 The visitors will spend an hour watching the gorillas who are usually busy eating bamboo shoots or resting at this time, and then each will go his own way again... 






















































Les visiteurs redescendent vers l’endroit où les avait déposés la 4X4, et les gorilles s’enfoncent dans la forêt, à la recherche de bambous encore plus juteux et appétissants …. 

 The visitors go back down to where the 4X4 is waiting for them and the gorillas venture deeper into the forest, always on the look out for juicier and more delicious bamboos....





Pendant le trajet de retour en ville ou à l’hôtel, les touristes sont souvent encore très émus par l’expérience qu’ils viennent de vivre et ont un peu de mal à  revenir à la réalité…. Une bonne douche et on passe à table, et on reparle encore et encore de cette matinée extraordinaire, qu’on n’est vraiment pas près d’oublier…



During the drive back to town or to the hotel, most tourists are still overwhelmed by what they've just experienced and find it a bit difficult to come back down to reality.... After a good shower, over lunch, everybody talks again and again about this incredible morning nobody will ever forget...



























Et si on y retournait demain ?

Why don't we go back again tomorrow?




























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Gorilla Guidelines

  • To minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. If you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, please do not visit the gorillas.
  • Viewing time is limited to one hour.
  • Maximum 8 visitors per group.
  • Spitting in the park is strictly prohibited.
  • Should you need to cough, cover your mouth and turn away from the gorillas.
  • When with the gorillas, keep your voice low.
  • Try not to make rapid movements that may frighten the gorillas.
  • If a gorilla should charge or vocalize at you, do not be alarmed, stand still, look away from the gorilla and follow your guide’s directions.
  • Do not litter.

To enhance your enjoyment:

  • The security of our visitors is our highest priority. There is no need for concern about personal security.
  • The climate in Musanze is changeable and you can generally expect both sun and rainfall during the day.
  • Musanze, at 1,700m above sea level, is generally quite cold, particularly in the evening, so warm clothing is advised.
  • Recommended clothing is long trousers and shirts when in the forest to avoid nettle stings.
  • Steady walking shoes or hiking boots are essential. You may find raingear useful.
  • Bring a water bottle and a small snack although eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden.
  • Photographs are permitted, although you may not use flash.
  • Porters are available to help you carry your daypack for a small charge.
  • Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should walk slowly and drink plenty of water. No one should feel deterred from making this trip.

Gorilla Families

There are seven gorilla families available for tourists with 8 tourists allowed per group:

  • Susa—the largest group with 41 gorillas. This family is the hardest to trek as it tends to range high into the mountains but RDB Tourism & Conservation trackers will know well in advance where the group is located. The group is also well- known for having rare 5 year old twins named Byishimo and Impano.
  • Sabyinyo—Sabyinyo is an easily accessible group led by the powerful silverback Guhonda. There are fewer members within this family than in the other groups however they are equally impressive as a family.?
  • Amahoro—led by the calm and easy going Ubumwe, Amahoro is made up of 17 members and means “peaceful”. To reach Amahoro one must endure a fairly steep climb however the climb is well worth it once in contact with this tranquil group.
  • Group 13—when first habituated this group had only 13 members hence its name. Now the group has approximately 25 members, a very positive sign for conservation and the efforts put forward by RDB Tourism & Conservation to protect the gorillas’ habitat.
  • Kwitonda—this 18-member group is led by Kwitonda which means “humble one” and has two silverbacks and one blackback. Having migrated from DRC, this group tends to range far making it a moderately difficult trek.
  • Umubano—a family of 11, Umubano were originally Amahoro members but broke off after the dominant silverback was challenged by Charles, now the leader of Umubano. When a young silverback challenges the dominant silverback he must steal some females from the existing group in order to form his own family; thus Umubano was formed.
  • Hirwa—this group emerged recently and was formed from different existing families, namely from Group 13 and Sabyinyo. Eventually more gorillas joined. Come witness this family continue to grow

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Ses splendides paysages vallonnés ont, dés l'époque coloniale, valu au Rwanda, petit pays enclavé au centre de l'Afrique, le surnom de Pays des Mille Collines, et plus tard, après l'indépendance, celui de pays des "gorilles dans la brume".

Rwanda, small  landlocked country in the middle of Africa, has been called the Land of a thousand Hills since the colonial days because of its gorgeous rolling landscapes; later on, after independence, it also became known as " gorillas in the mist" country

C'est en effet sur les flancs des volcans Virungas, à l'extrémité nord-ouest du pays que Diane Fossey, la célèbre primatologue américaine passa plusieurs années à étudier et protéger les gorilles de montagne, ces géants paisibles, si proches de l'homme (ils partagent 97% de nos gènes) et que fut tourné, quelques années après sa mort mystérieuse, le film biographique "Gorillas in the mist" (avec Sigourney Weaver).

 Renowned American primatologist Diane Fossey spent several years on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, in the north-eastern corner of the country, studying and protecting the mountain gorillas , those peaceful giants so close to man (they share 97% of our genes!) . Her biography, the movie "Gorillas in the mist" , (featuring Sigourney Weaver) was actually shot in the same area a few years after her mysterious death

En avril 1994, le Rwanda plongea dans l'horreur et devint tristement synonyme de génocide, mais il est parvenu petit à petit à retrouver la paix et la stabilité, et est maintenant devenu une destination d'écotourisme digne de ce nom: vous y découvrirez bien sûr les fameux et inoubliables gorilles de montagne (avec ou sans brume), mais aussi la magnifique savane du Parc de l'Akagera et sa faune, les douces rives du lac Kivu, la forêt primaire de Nyungwe, et bien d'autres mervei!lles


In 1994, horror swept through Rwanda and its name became synonymous with genocide, but from 1995, the country gradually made its way back to peace and stability, and has now become a worthwhile ecotourism destination: you will, of course, not only discover the famous and unforgettable mountain gorillas (with or without the mist), but also the magnificent savannah and fauna of the Akagera National Park, the pleasant shores of lake Kivu, the montane forest of Nyungwe and so much more...






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Discover Rwanda


























A tour of Rwanda

Day 1:  visite de la ville de Kigali 
City tour of Kigali



puis, en  route vers Butare : visite du très beau musée national qui retrace le passé et les traditions du peuple rwandais

 then, off to Butare to see the beautiful national museum presenting the rich history and traditions of the Rwandese people 











et de Nyanza, palais de l'ancien roi du Rwanda, le Mwami.

 and the palace of the former king, the Mwami, at Nyanza




Déjeûner à Butare avant de repartir vers Cyangugu, au bord du Lac Kivu.


Lunch in Butare before setting of towards Cyangugu, on the shores of Lake Kivu









 vues superbes sur le lac et la ville de Bukavu en RDC
magnificent views of the lake and the town of Bukavu, in DRC


Day 2: journée dans la forêt de Nyungwe (forêt tropicale primaire): randonnée guidée à la rencontre de colobes, chimpanzés; découverte de la végétation  particulière: orchidées, lobélies géantes et de nombreuses espèces d'oiseaux, dont le superbe Turaco Bleu

full day guided walking in Nyungwe forest (primary tropical forest)to find colobus, chimps... montane vegetation: orchids, giant lobelias, as well as numerous bird species, like the blue turaco













Plantation de thé de Gisakura
tea plantation at Gisakura


 Day 3:  trajet Cyangugu- Kibuye, par la pittoresque route aux très beaux paysages qui longe le lac Kivu

drive from Cyangugu to Kibuye along  lake Kivu and among lovely scenery




A Kibuye: balades en bateau sur le lac, baignade, farniente.....

 Once in Kibuye: boat trips on the lake, swimming, lazying...  










Day 4 visite de la région et du Memorial du Génocide à Bisesero...
Visit of the area and
Bisesero genocide Memorial...



puis, toujours en longeant le lac, trajet vers Gisenyi, à la frontière avec la RDC

then, drive to Gisenyi, along the lake and towards to border with DRC.       












Day 5 tour de la ville de Gisenyi .    Gisenyi city tour












Lunch at Rubona, fishermen's village

Déjeuner à Rubona, village de pêcheurs







Départ vers Ruhengéri, et Kinigi, à l'entrée du Parc National des Volcans (Virungas).

Off to Ruhengeri and Kinigi, at the entrance of the Parc National des Volcans (Virungas)




Day 6: visite aux gorilles de montagne ! visit to the mountain gorillas! .


























Déjeuner en ville, puis excursion aux lacs (volcaniques) Bulera et Ruhondo
Lunch in town, then excursion to lakes Bulera and Ruhondo  

Day 7 : visite à un autre groupe de gorilles ou aux golden monkeys
visit to different group of gorillas, or to the golden monkeys


Day 8  trajet vers le Parc National de l'Akagéra.(via les plantations de thé de Byumba). 

drive towards Akagera National Park, through the tea plantations of Byumba


























DAY 9 journée de découverte en 4X4 dans le parc

full day game drive in the park
















Day 10:retour à Kigali, visite Gisozi Genocide Memorial
back to Kigali, visit to Gisozi genocide Memorial










et marché de l'artisanat
and handicraft market

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 The canopy walkway is a 200m trail suspended between giant trees, offering a magnificent view of the upper canopy. It is also a good bird-watching area.












The Canopy trail (starting from the Uwinka Visitor Center)is one of the easy Nyungwe treks,  actually covering a distance of 2.1km and taking about one and half hours.

It is also called the Igishigishigi trail, after the majestic giant tree ferns that are numerous in this area.









  The birding is good, there are wildflowers all year round and hikers have a good chance of hearing and even spotting some of the monkeys living in the forest.














  The bridge hangs 57m above the ground, and provides spectacular views of the Uwinka ridge and valley, as well as the forest canopy.








Other recommended Nyungwe trails include:


Buhoro trail (exceptional views, big trees, good birding and pretty wildflowers)

Umuyove trail (waterfalls, birds, flowers and massive trees)

Karamba trail (the best bird walk & fairly easy)

Kamiranzovu marsh (orchids and wetland birds)

Ngabe trail for primates (L'Hoest, silver and colobus monkeys)

Cyamudongo & Uwinka ( chimps)

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We're approaching 19 years since the start of one of the most shocking episodes of recent world history, the Rwandan Genocide

The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre opened in 2004, ten years on from the event, and photography plays a significant role in depicting the events and victims of the genocide. The faces of numerous victims are shown in the centre's displays and photos of slain children have heart-rending impact. Without being overly graphic, photography is used to inform and helps personalise and humanise the impact of the killing spree.


In April 1994 reports of systematic mass murder within Rwanda began to circulate around the world. Little, though, was done to halt the killing. To outsiders the genocide was represented as tribal-based ethnic violence, with the Tutsis the victims. Precisely how many people were actually murdered may never be known; estimates vary between 500,000 and over a million. The number of people killed is widely accepted as being somewhere close to 800,000.

That total, whatever it is, is just part of a violent, painful story. Large numbers of women were raped, in some cases by men known to be infected with HIV. Thousands of people were left maimed. Thousands of children were orphaned.


The subject the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre broaches is clearly emotive. To understand modern Rwanda and how Rwandan people interact with each other today requires knowledge of what happened in that period from April to July 1994.

The centre's displays and audio guide provide information about the tensions preceding the genocide, the events of 1994 and insights to its legacy. Photographs, videos and the stories of people who were there help convey the message. One of the most powerful sections in the centre is called Tomorrow Lost, highlighting the murders of children and providing insights into the personalities of some of the youngsters killed.

The centre deals with the subject matter sensitively and puts the Rwandan genocide into the context of other genocides of the twentieth century.

The goals of the Aegis Trust, the UK based charity that established this memorial in partnership with Kigali's city council, include sharing information about genocides with the aim of preventing further such acts and "the elimination of genocide". The Wasted Lives section of the centre examines other 20th century genocides.

The location of the Kigali Genocide Memorial is significant. The remains of more than a quarter of a million people are buried in the grounds of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. Today concrete covers the mass graves of victims of the 1994 genocide. Some of the victims' names are inscribed into black marble on a wall of remembrance. The memorial's gardens are a place that visitors and survivors can take time to reflect and mourn the loss.


The Genocide Archive of Rwanda is also located at this site. Visitors and scholars can log in at computer stations and read literature relating to the Rwandan Genocide and other episodes of genocide around the globe.

Though the issues raised by the centre are clearly heavy - the genocide wiped out a significant percentage of Rwanda's population, caused millions to flee and traumatised survivors - they are dealt with in a sensitive and informative manner. Seeing and learning about what happened is a first step on a path to understanding a complex topic.

A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial should be on the itinerary of every visitor to Rwanda


21/03/2013 Stuart Foster, Travel features writer and photographer from Sunderland, England,HUFFINGTONPOST , UK

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Rwanda’s location in the Albertine Rift and its dense forests and mountains create a unique and remarkable environment for the ecotourist to enjoy. Though small (about 250km east-west by 150km north-south) it has a bird list of over 700 species and supports the second highest number of Albertine Rift endemics than any other country. Rwanda has seven Important Birding Areas (IBAs) including the three National Parks—Volcanoes, Akagera and Nyungwe, Rugezi Swamp, Akanyaru, Nyabarongo and Cyamudongo.     
The wetlands and lakes of Akagera National Park are home to the elusive Shoebill stork, and is one of the easiest sites in the region where it can be seen.

In addition, Akagera supports a mixture of acacia and papyrus species, including Red-faced Barbet, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Papyrus Gonolek, White-headed, Black and familiar Chats, Carruther's and Tabora Cisticolas, White-winged and Broad-tailed Warblers and Miombo Wren-Warblers. The existing lodge at Akagera is being renovated, but there are plenty of camp sites to stay at while exploring the park. It is a rewarding trip for visiting birders, who will find a supporting cast of large mammals, including hippo, elephant and giraffe.

In the southwest Nyungwe National Park is a vast tract of virgin forest, one of the largest uncut natural forest reserves remaining in Africa and home to more
    than 300 species of birds, 27 of which are regional endemics. Much of the forest is unexplored, with access being extremely difficult, because of the steep high hills and deep valleys. However, an excellent winding tarmac road bisects the forest, following the crest of the
mountains. This road is one of the few places in the world that allows the visitor to look directly into and even down on the rainforest canopy. Along this road you can find most of the Albertine Rift endemics, including Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Archer’s Robin-chat, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, Grauer's Rush, Neumann’s and Grauer's Warbles, Masked Mountain Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit and Strange Weaver, and a full range of Rwenzori double-collared, purple-throated, blue-headed and regal Sunbirds. A speciality is the Red-collared Mountain Babbler, which has its only easily accessible site here, as does Kungwe Apalis. Recent possible sightings of Rockefeller’s Sunbird show that much is left to be discovered, and perhaps even such gems as the Congo Peacock (found only 70km distant in the DR Congo) could exist in the remote dense forest!

There are also good forest tracks for birding based around the Gisakura Guesthouse and the RDB Tourism & Conservation Campsite at Uwinka, where some of the more skulking species can be seen such as the Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Collared Apalis, and Shelley’s and Dusky Crimsonwing.

Other special birds here include White-bellied robin-chat, Doherty’s and Lagden's bush-shrikes, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Great Blue Turaco, Barred long-tailed cuckoo and White-bellied crested flycatcher. At night, Rwenzori Nightjar is not uncommon, Albertine Owlet may be found, and there might be a possibility to see the Congo Bay-owl.

At the Nyarutarama Lake near the Golf Course in Kigali one can spot the African Reed Warbler and Great Sedge Warbler, the Winding Cisticola as well as the Common Waxbill, Grey-backed Fiscal, Tropical Boubou, Red-rumped and Mosque
Swallows, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Great White Pelican, Common Moorhens, Grosbeak Weaver, Grey Heron, Yellow-backed (Black-headed) Weavers, and the Pied Kingfisher.     
When it comes to birding in Rwanda there are so many more birds to discover over the country’s one thousand hills. Ranging from the common to the rare they are a delight to the eye.

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La source du Nil est au Rwanda, dans la forêt de Nyungwe !

The source of the Nile is in Rwanda , in Nyungwe forest !

  Le fleuve le plus long de notre planète, le Nil, prend sa source dans le Lac Victoria (Ouganda, Tanzanie, Kenya) qui à son tour est alimenté par une série de rivières provenant des autres grands lacs d'Afrique.


The longest river on our planet, the Nile , takes it's source in Lake Victoria (Uganda, Tanzania,Kenya ), which is fed by a series of other rivers coming out of the other great african lakes.


Un de ses affluents les plus éloignés est la rivière Ruvyironza au Burundi qui se jette dans la rivière Kagera qui  parcourt 690km, entre autre à travers le Rwanda, avant de se jeter dans le lac Victoria.


One of it's furthest tributaries is the Ruvyironza river, in , which flows into the Kagera river. The Kagera river runs for 690km, (partly through Rwanda), before reaching Lake Victoria .


Il y a quelques mois, une expédition (« Ascend  the Nile », composée d?un britannique et de deux néo-zélandais) est remontée jusqu'à la source d?un autre affluent indirect de la Kagera, la Rukarara, au coeur de la forêt de Nyungwe, au Rwanda,  qui serait donc la source véritable du Nil, dont la longueur déjà impressionnante de 6611km est ainsi prolongée de 107km.


A few months ago, the "Ascend the Nile" expedition , (one Englishman and two New-Zealanders) reached the source of another indirect tributary of the Kagera River, the Rukarara river, in the heart of Nyungwe Forest, in Rwanda, which would therefore be the real source of the Nile, thus increasing its (already impressive ) length of 6611km by another 107km!


La véritable longueur du Nil, de Nyungwe à Alexandrie serait donc de 6718km.


The true length of the Nile from Nyungwe to Alexandria is 6718km (4170 miles)


Pour en savoir plus sur cette expédition, consultez son site www.ascendthenile.co.uk


Read more about the expedition www.ascendthenile.co.uk


La forêt de Nyungwe, au sud -est  du Rwanda couvre un millier de km² et constitue la plus grande zone forestière de montagne intacte de l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est : elle est aussi une des plus anciennes puisqu'elle date d'avant la  dernière ère glaciaire.


Nyungwe forest, in the south-east of , covers 1000km² and is the biggest block of untouched montane forest left  in central and eastern Africa : it is also one of the oldest, as it dates back to before the last ice age.




On y découvre une flore très riche : plus de 200 types d'arbres différents, ainsi que de nombreuses variétés florales, comme l'étrange lobélie géante et diverses espèces d'orchidées.


It's rich flora, with 200 different types of trees and numerous flower varieties, like the strange giant lobelia and many species of orchids make it well worth a visit.


Mais l'attrait principal de Nyungwe sont sans aucun doute ses 13 espèces de primates, dont les chimpanzées, les singes de L'Hoest et les bandes de colobes d'Angola.


But the main attraction of Nyungwe are undoubtably it's 13 species of primates, for instance chimpanzees, L'Hoest monkeys and big groups of Angola colobus.


Nyungwe est aussi un site ornithologique extraordinaire avec ses 300 espèces d?oiseaux, dont une vingtaine se trouvent exclusivement dans les forêt montagneuses du Rift Albertin. Son hôte le plus spectaculaire est sans aucun doute le spectaculaire Grand Touraco Bleu !


Nyungwe is also a birdwatcher's paradise with 300 bird species, some of which are exclusive to the montane forests of the Albertine rift. The Great Blue Turaco  is certainly the most spectacular one!


Un réseau de chemins balisés permet de visiter cette  forêt tropicale  et d'accéder sans difficultés aux différentes cascades tout en  offrant des panoramas magnifiques et une découverte constante.


A network of marked paths to several waterfalls and through breathtaking scenery, makes Nyungwe  a really fascinating  area for tropical forest walking .


Nyungwe est à quelques heures à peine de Kigali, et à +/-30km de Cyangugu, au bord du lac Kivu.


Nyungwe is only a few hours'drive from Kigali and about 30km from Cyangugu, on Lake Kivu .


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