with gorilla tracking in the DRCby Philip Briggs and Janice Booth
Publication Date: 03rd Nov 2023
Rwanda travel guide. Travel and holiday advice features Kigali accommodation and highlights, gorilla tracking and wildlife. Also includes guides, tour operators, itineraries, canoe excursions, national parks such as Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest, Akagera, Gishwati Makura, Lake Kivu and Virunga, Kigali Genocide Memorial, DRC excursions, political history.
About this book
Now into its eighth edition and written by Philip Briggs, the world’s leading author of African guidebooks, Bradt’s Rwanda has been the go-to guide for visitors to the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ for more than 20 years. Still the only standalone guide in English to this increasingly popular destination, it remains in a class of its own for in-depth information. With fresh research into developments across the country, Bradt’s Rwanda includes expanded coverage of Gishwati Makura National Park, which opened to tourism in 2021, and up-to-date details of rapidly modernising Kigali, considered Africa’s cleanest city.
Rwanda continues to change and develop at an unprecedented pace – no country has a higher proportion of female parliamentarians – and there’s hardly a more accessible part of Africa. It’s no less intriguing for the convenience, however, and Rwanda’s superlative natural attractions constantly improve, with growing animal populations, as in Akagera National Park, where Africa’s Big Five (rhino, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo) can be seen.
This new edition also includes extensive maps and natural history information, details of kayak and canoe excursions on Lake Kivu and the Mukungwa River complement advice about staying on tea plantations at Sorwathe or Gisovu. It contains everything you need to know about tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park (workplace of primatologist Dian Fossey of Gorillas in the Mist fame) and chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park (East Africa’s largest surviving montane forest, harbouring numerous endemic birds and primates) and Gishwati Makura (which is also the only location for the rare golden monkey outside the Virunga mountains). Also covered are Nyanza, with its hilltop Rukari Palace Museum; and the National/Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda, the top cultural site in Huye (Butare). A chapter on nearby cities and national parks provides key necessary information to take an excursion into neighbouring DRC, including how to see lowland gorillas.
As not only the most in-depth guide available in English, but also the guide with the longest history in the country itself, Bradt’s Rwanda is the indispensable companion for visitors including wildlife enthusiasts and Africa aficionados.
About the Author
Philip Briggs (philipbriggs.com) has been exploring the highways, byways and backwaters of Africa since 1986, when he spent several months backpacking on a shoestring from Nairobi to Cape Town. He is the world’s leading author of guidebooks to African countries, with more than 30 years’ experience. During the 1990s, he wrote a series of pioneering Bradt travel guides to countries that were then – and in some cases still are – otherwise practically uncharted by the travel industry. These include the first dedicated guidebooks to Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Ghana, new editions of which have been published regularly ever since. He has written many articles about Rwanda, contributed to two national tourist brochures, and worked on a government tourist database. His other Bradt guides cover Somaliland, Suriname, The Gambia, Sri Lanka, East African wildlife and safaris. When not travelling, he lives in the sleepy South African village of Wilderness.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Chapter 1 Background Information
Chapter 2 Practical Information
Chapter 3 Kigali
Chapter 4 Around Kigali
Chapter 5 Musanze (Ruhengeri) and Surrounds
Chapter 6 Volcanoes National Park
Chapter 7 Lake Kivu and the Congo Nile Trail
Chapter 8 Nyungwe Forest National Park
Chapter 9 Huye (Butare) and Nyanza
Chapter 10 Akagera National Park