Why is Rwanda called the Switzerland of Africa?

Considered the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ due to its breathtaking mountainous landscapes, Rwanda is also home to the formidable mountain gorilla. Mountain gorillas can be found in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and certain areas of Uganda


Trekking Mountain Gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda makes an excellent add-on to a Tanzanian or Kenyan safari, as the brief trek is easy to fit into a full itinerary. A gorilla visit can entail anything from an hour to several hours trekking through the forest, led by experienced trackers, ending with one full hour observing these incredible animals.


Situated in northwestern Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is one of the country’s most popular destinations. The rainforests of the 5 Virunga Volcanoes are the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla. The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere. Famous for the research base of Dian Fossey, the late American primatologist,  and, subsequently, as the setting for the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, the park continues to uphold its reputation as a destination for unrivaled wildlife encounters.