Rwanda

A small African country of exceptional beauty and wildlife, Rwanda has shrugged off its tragic past and is now a country reborn: it has one of the highest proportions of women in government, national tree-planting days and has even outlawed plastic shopping bags.

Rwanda, known as The Land of a Thousand Hills, offers the natural history traveller a great deal, including classic savannah, conical volcanoes, tranquil lakes, terraced valleys and the largest area of montane rainforest in east Africa.

Often the main reason visitors come to Rwanda, the endangered mountain gorilla can be reliably see and tops an impressive list of over a dozen primates including chimpanzee, golden monkey, colobus monkey and bush baby, making Rwanda one of Africa’s prime primate hotspots.

Rwanda certainly has plenty to offer in its own right and also combines very well with Tanzania if one wants a classic big game safari experience as well.

Rwanda Wildlife Holiday Ideas

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Featured Accommodation

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

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Northern Rwanda
Sits in a clearing with impressive views towards the high peaks of the Virunga M...

Cormoran Lodge

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Western Rwanda
Stylish property overlooking beautiful Lake Kivu in Kibuye...

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

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Southern Rwanda
Five-star luxury hotel set in a lush tea plantation not far from the entrance to...

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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Northern Rwanda
Lavish lodge in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains with outstanding views to...

Gisakura Guest House

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Southern Rwanda
Guesthouse adjacent to a lush tea plantation just outside the Nyungwe Forest Nat...

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

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Western Rwanda
Four-star property with modern facilities that still retains an intimate ambienc...

Destination Map

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Rwanda: -1.940278, 29.873888

Best Time To Visit Rwanda

Rwanda’s location (120km south of the equator, in the Tropic of Capricorn) together with its high altitude give most of the country a year-round temperate climate that is moist by African standards. Temperatures generally stay between 30C (day) and 15C (night). The Virunga mountains in the north may be cooler and Akagera’s savannah hotter. Rainy seasons are March to May and October to December.

Travel Info

Flight Time
11 Hours from London to Kigali (via Nairobi)

Time Zone
GMT +2

Best visited
January to January

Language Spoken
French & English

Population
11.78 million

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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With the rest of East Africa on your doorstep, it’s tempting to just tag a few days’ Rwanda gorilla watching on to a traditional safari – but there is so much here to warrant a longer stay. The volcanoes and farming terraces rival those of Asia; Lake Kivu has a languid beauty rivalling the great lakes of Europe; Nyungwe has some of the best primate trekking in the world; and Kigali is one of the world’s greenest and most pleasant cities. Extend your trip and venture beyond the gorillas – you won’t regret it.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Rwanda please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

I am sorry for taking so long to let you know my thoughts on my tour of Rwanda in August. It was such an amazing experience that I had to write a journal of it while everything was still fresh in my mind. There was so much to say that it took a while and of course having to go back to work and come down to earth again! Janice Booth is an excellent tour leader and I appreciated the background information she sent me beforehand so making it even more interesting. I learned and gained so much. We were fortunate to locate the Sabinyo group [of gorillas] quite quickly and the hour with them was an exhilarating experience… Hopefully Reef and Rainforest will do another trip there again sometime. I will certainly recommend it to friends.

Mrs S M - Suffolk