Rwanda “The Land of a Thousand Hills” much of the country’s 26 338 km² is impressively mountainous the highest peak being Mount Karisimbi at 4 507 m (14,870 ft) in the volcanic Virunga chain protected by “Parc National des Volcans” best known for its wealth of primates and hundreds of rare forest birds. Rwanda is a small landlocked country in Equatorial Africa, situated on the Eastern rim of the Albertine Rift a Western arm of the Great Rift Valley. Rwanda lies on the East African plateau, with the divide between the water systems of the two Africa’s great rivers: The Nile and Congo passing in a north-south direction through the western part of the country. Bordering Uganda in the North, Tanzania in the East, Burundi in the South, and D.R.Congo ex. Zaire to its West and Northwest. To the West of the divide, the land drops sharply to Lac Kivu the largest body of water surrounded by beautiful hillside not far is the volcanic active mountain Nyiragongo. There are other numerous lakes around the country, notably Burera, Ihema, Ruhondo, Muhazi, Akagera and Mugeserain. Too the East, the land falls gradually across the central plateau – its grassy highlands are the core areas of settlement of Rwanda’s population.