Land Of a Thousand Hills

A 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, 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.

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Why Visit


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.

Quick Facts

Peak time
January – May-September & December
Best time to visit
December – March & June – October
Famous for
Mountain Gorillas
Price per day

Why you’ll love it

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

Something to think about

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 20 years 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.

Discover the iconic destinations to Visit

Lake Kivu - Rwanda
Positioned on the western edge of Rwanda, Lake Kivu is a massive expansive of water ringed by verdant hills that offer excellent hiking, chimp trekking, bird watching and canopy walks. It also facilitates kayaking or boating on the l... More
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in the northeast of Rwanda, along the border with Tanzania. The park is named after the Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a number of lakes within the park. It covers... More
Nyungwe Forest National Park
When you are visiting Volcanoes, Gorilla trekking is the area’s unmatched main attraction and the Volcanoes National Park is where to turn in Rwanda to do it. There are, birds and primates like golden monkeys to watch, as famil... More
Kigali City
Looking for that one thing to do, this is the country’s capital city and the entry and exit point for gorilla trekking. You can either fly in from East Africa’s hubs that is Entebbe or Nairobi straight to Kisoro and you GoExp... More
Volcanoes National Park
About a 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali City, in the northwestern part of Rwanda; a beautiful tiny landlocked country in the continent of Africa is one of the most gifted tropical jungles of Africa – Volcanoes National Park. The... More

Where to stay

5 out of 5 star
Ruzizi Tented Lodge
5 out of 5 star
Sabinyo Silverback Lodge
5 out of 5 star
The Bishop's House
5 out of 5 star
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
5 out of 5 star
Bisate Lodge
5 out of 5 star
Kigali Serena Hotel
5 out of 5 star
Magashi Camp
5 out of 5 star
Singita Volcanoes Kwitonda Lodge
5 out of 5 star
One & Only Nyungwe House
5 out of 5 star
Heaven Boutique Hotel

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What to know before you go

Traveling is the most fun thing to do, but it can turn into a nasty affair if you don’t do it right. Proper research and planning is necessary to make it enjoyable & memorable. So, when you get down to plan your next adventure, do your homework before stepping out into an entirely different place, amidst a culture you’ve never experienced before, and people you’ve never met before! Here are various things to know before travel that can make wanderlusting an all the more easy and hassle-free travel for you.

Visas & Passports

Visas & Passports

What to Pack

What can I pack for my safari ?

On flights and land-based tours within East Africa, each passenger is limited to a maximum baggage weight of 33 pounds (15 kilograms). This includes the weight of purses and camera equipment in addition to regular luggage. Luggage restrictions are adhered to very strictly and passengers should pack their bags accordingly. Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles and also on aircraft used throughout East Africa. Dimensions should not exceed 23 inches (58 centimetres) long x 13 inches (33 centimetres) high x 10 inches (25 centimetres) wide.

As a convenience, GoExplore safaris provide each safari guest with a guide who is readily available at the airport by the time of your arrival.
This makes it easier for our guests to feel at home once they arrive because your driver guide will collect and manage your luggage for you.

Packing List

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Note: Many properties provide insect repellent in rooms/tents. However, you may wish to bring your own preferred brand.
Laundry Service is available at most hotels, lodges and camps. Because some laundries in East Africa do not accept any underclothing, be prepared to wash your own smalls. Laundry techniques may not be suitable for delicate and/or synthetic fabrics. But we recommend our guides to advise on whatever might come up.

Getting there

Getting There

Kigali international airport
Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport: A short drive from Kigali, Rwanda’s point of entry is served by a direct flight from Brussels otherwise you’ll be flying in from Entebbe, Nairobi, Lusaka or Johannesburg. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive from Kigali to the gorilla trekking destination of the Volcanoes National Park. Transfers in Rwanda are usually conducted in our GoExplore4X4 vehicles but you can also take a helicopter flight from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Because Rwanda is a small country, the maximum driving distance between major points of interest is about four to five hours long.
In Kigali, one of the most efficient and fun ways of getting around is on the back of a local scooter – it’s a great way to get an authentic taste of the city.

Health & Safety

Healthy & Safety guidelines

Money & Tipping

Money, Tipping & Gratitudes

The question of when and where not to tip can be difficult in a foreign country. We give you a quick guide to tipping destination guides, safari guides and waiters in Uganda/Kenya/Tanzania/Rwanda/Congo.
In Africa, it is normal to tip your driver/ guide at the end of a safari or hike, as well as any cook or porter that accompanies you.

A figure of roughly USD10-20 per day would be a fair benchmark, while decisions regarding tipping rest entirely with you, we suggest some advice and that’s why we say it’s better to check this with your safari company in advance.
I see no reason why you shouldn’t give a bigger or smaller tip based on the quality of service. It’s not essential to tip the guides who take you around in the national parks and other reserves, but it is recommended, and the tip will surely be appreciated by the recipient, assuming the service has been excellent, anything given out is just fine.
In some African countries, it is hard to travel anywhere without being latched onto by a self-appointed guide, who will often expect a tip over and above any agreed fee.

Travel Insurance

Is travel insurance a necessity ?

At GoExplore Safaris we understand that a trip to Africa is a significant investment. It requires time, money and expert advice, and you need to be sure that you’re dealing with a trustworthy company. You don’t just want a great trip, you want complete peace of mind, before, during and after travel.

Money, Tipping & Gratitudes

Is travel insurance a necessity ?