Rwanda Safaris

Rwanda Safaris

Rwanda is best known for being the home of the Mountain Gorillas and lately as one of the most progressive countries in Africa, with a turbulent history and incredible reincarnation. It is a land of great diversity and beauty.

Rwanda: Africa’s easiest gorilla trekking

Tiny Rwanda punches above its weight when it comes to an East Africa safari. Fly into the capital Kigali and, within a matter of hours, you’ll be in the emerald world of the Volcanoes National Park, the rainforest home to several mountain gorilla families. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda combines well with safaris in Uganda.

 A Rwanda Safari Adventure

Africa’s easiest and most accessible gorilla trekking is the main draw card of a Rwandan safari. After arriving at the capital city of Kigali, you are only a few hours’ drive away from the legendary Volcanoes National Park and its habituated but still wild gorilla families.It was on the bamboo-covered slopes of Rwanda’s Virunga Volcanoes that the late Dian Fossey studied the behaviour of the endangered mountain gorilla for 20 years, followed by the filmmakers who shot Gorillas in the Mist. Now small groups of privileged visitors can experience one of the most memorable wildlife encounters on earth – gorilla trekking through the pristine Virungas rainforest.Rarely experienced in isolation, a Rwandan gorilla safari combines well with other East African destinations in Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania but there is more to green and hilly Rwanda than meets the eye: it is also home to the primate-filled Nyungwe Forest National Park where there are chimpanzees and fantastic bird-watching opportunities. Akagera National Park, on the other hand, offers big game viewing in a diverse savannah setting.Lake Kivu is a gorgeous expanse of water surrounded by Rwanda’s gently rolling slopes – in fact, Rwandans call their home ‘the country of a thousand hills’ because of its undulating landscape. Kivu is a great place to enjoy boating, hiking, kayaking and chimp trekking.

LAND OF 1,000 HILLS

RWANDA
Home of The Mountain Gorilla


Current Time in Kigali – Rwanda



Rwanda Destinations Map.

Rwanda Destinations Map.

Small, compact and easy to travel around, friendly Rwanda has dealt with its past tragedies and offers intrepid travellers and wildlife enthusiasts what is usually a hard-to-gain insight into Central African cultures, wildlife and environments. Simply browse our range of popular tour itineraries and recommended accommodation or contact one of our African Safari Experts for assistance with planning a tailor-made Rwandan safari.

 

Our top places to visit in Rwanda:

  • Volcanoes National Parkgorilla treks & bird watching
  • Kigali gateway to the gorillas
  • Lake Kivu – part of Africa’s series of Great Lakes and offers an idyllic shoreside interlude – before or after gorilla trekking – in the quaint town of Gisenyi. Spend your days boating, kayaking and unwinding as you soak up the sun.

BEST TIME TO VISIT RWANDA

If you’re researching when to go to Rwanda then the chances are that it’s for a gorilla trekking adventure. Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season months of June to September. These periods offer by far the easiest hiking conditions and the lowest malaria risk.You can visit Rwanda and trek gorillas outside these optimum times of year but bear in mind that the going will be more difficult in the rain as paths are steep and maybe muddy. It pays to be as fit as possible before you commence your trek.

RECOMMENDED RWANDA SAFARI ITINERARIES

All our tours are born out of a desire to share authentic African Safari experiences. Offering travellers individual journeys, designed to match your interests, tastes and budget, we provide tailor-made tours to Rwanda’s most famous top destinations. Enquire with our team of experts to start planning your safari journey today.
Silverback Gorilla Uganda Gorillas & Chimps Tour

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Golden Monkeys Safari

4 DAYS


Kigali | Parc Nationals Des Volcans (PNV)

From US$1,850 per person
Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda Chimps & Gorillas Safari

7 DAYS


Kigali – Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu & PNV

From US$2,800 per person
Uganda Rwanda Primates Safari, Chimpanzee in Nyungwe, Kibale & Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes, Bwindi Forest

Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Safari Adventure

8 DAYS


Kigali, PNV, Bwindi Forest, Kibale & Entebbe

From US$2,245 per person