This is Africa's serene and most nearby, 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 mythical Volcanoes National Park and its familiar but still wild gorilla families.

Mountain gorillas' behaviors in Rwanda and the Virunga Volcanoes were studied by the late Dian Fossey for 20 years, trailed by the filmmakers who shot Gorillas in the Mist. Now small groups of private visitors can experience one of the most remarkable wildlife encounters on earth - gorilla trekking through the unspoiled Virunga's rainforest.

A gorilla safari in Rwanda cuffs well with other East African destinations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Also, home to the primate-chimpanzees and birds in Nyungwe Forest National Park, without forgetting Akagera National Park which gives an opportunity for game viewing in a distinct savannah setting.

Lake Kivu is one other great destination in Rwanda to enjoy boating on lake kivu, hiking, kayaking and chimp trekking, Lake Kivu is a dazzling expanse of water enclosed by Rwanda's gradually rolling slopes. This is where the slogan name 'the country of a thousand hills' came from because of its rolling countryside.

Ultimately Rwanda offers what is frequently a hard-to-gain insight into, wildlife and environments and Central African cultures contingent of the past heartbreaks it had gone through about 20years back. Kindly browse our variety of popular expeditions and safari itineraries applauded lodging or talk to one of our African Safari Travel Experts for help with planning a Bespoke Rwandan safari.



Despite the fact that Rwanda is a small country, it is gifted with excellent wildlife destinations ranging from montane rainforests to green savannahs, however by being small, it has made getting between places fast and simple.

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Rwanda

Virunga National Park

Rwanda

Virunga National Park is one of the most biologically diverse protected areas on the planet. Half of all the biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa can be.....

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Volcanoes National Park

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Volcanoes National Park is 160 square kilometers in size; it is the oldest national park in Africa, established in 1929 as the Albert National Park. .....

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Akagera National Park

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Akagera National Park was founded in 1934, and then in 1997 much of the park was re-allocated as farms; reducing the size from 2,500 square meters to .....

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Nyungwe Forest

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The Nyungwe Forest National Park, in the southwest corner of Rwanda, is a vast untouched tropical rainforest, with a high dense canopy. This rainfores.....

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Kigali City

Rwanda

Rwanda is often called the land of the thousand hills. While visiting this country, everywhere you look you will see the beautiful green hills. In Rwa.....

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When to visit Rwanda

Rwanda's Best time to visit chances are that it's for a gorilla trekking journey. Though it's considered a full year-round activity, the finest time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek safari is during the diminutive dry season from May to September. or over the long dry season months of Late November to early February These periods offer by far the easiest hiking conditions. However, if you are visiting Rwanda outside these finest times of year for gorilla trekking is very probable but one has to endure in mind that it might be puzzling because of the heavy rain pour as footpaths are extreme and maybe muddy.

However, the best time to go to Rwanda for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe is during the two rainy seasons - mid-February to early June and mid-September to mid-December - the opposite of Gorilla trekking as the apes are simpler to discover.

Despite the fact that Rwanda is a small country, it is gifted with excellent wildlife destinations ranging from montane rainforests to green savannahs, however by being small, it has made getting between places fast and simple.

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Our travel consultants have visited almost all safari lodges and their experiences. But given safari is such a magical experience, whenever we can, we keep going back to make sure that the experience is the same over time. We have stayed at too many beautiful lodges to count, but like anything, we have favourites based on experience and service! So these are the recommended safari lodges, tried and tested by yours us.

Our Recommended Rwanda Lodges & Hotels

KIGALI SERENA HOTEL

From: USD $ 195 Per night
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Located on a mesmerizing boulevard in the mind of Kigali, Rwanda, in a secure location just a five-minute walk from the centre, lies Kigali Serena Hotel. A uniq.....
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BISATE LODGE

From: USD $ 800 Per night
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Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, combines the bucket-list gorilla trek with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership. Bi.....
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SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE

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Kwitonda Lodge Singita is honored to be opening Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in late 2019 in Rwanda, an extraordinarily beautiful, small country where more t.....
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VOLCANOES VIRUNGA LODGE

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The magnificent Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges. The lodge is perched high on .....
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THE BISHOPS HOUSE

From: USD $ 356 Per night
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The Bishop's House is located in the Northern Province of Rwanda in a town called Musanze; Well known as the gateway to the Volcanoes National Park which is hom.....
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SABYINYO SILVERBACK LODGE

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The lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virunga’s, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic o.....
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ONE & ONLY NYUNGWE HOUSE

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Alongside ancient rainforest, within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, one&only nyungwe house offers an exclusive window to Africa’s fascina.....
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RUZIZI TENTED LODGE

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LAKE KIVU SERENA HOTEL

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["If you daydream about climbing, hiking and trekking in the African highlands bush, Rwanda is the preeminent destination for your outdoor vacation.","The best place in the world to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat","The Cultural People Of Rwanda. The three cultures of Rwanda once clashed, largely over socio-economic differences, but today the Tutsi, Hutu, and Twa people represent a common commitment to the betterment of all Rwandan people.","Home to over 1,000 recorded species of birds. this is a birder's paradise","Historical Sites. Delving into the tumultuous history of Rwanda is difficult for many guests; yet, seeing the genocide memorial sites first-hand provides valuable insight into the transformative journey of the Rwandan people"]

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