Rwanda

Though small by African standards, Rwanda is perfectly located as a wildlife destination, lying at the point where East Africa’s expansive grasslands evolve into wooded hills and mountains. The result is the epithet of the Land of a Thousand Hills, and a variety of endemic plant and animal species almost unique to this welcoming and forward-looking nation – not least the mountain gorilla and 670 different species of bird.

It’s to the mountains of the west that most visitors to Rwanda focus their attention, with Volcanoes National Park one of only a handful of spots on Earth where it’s possible to encounter mountain gorillas. It is estimated to be home to a third of the world population of these majestic, intelligent, and highly-endangered creatures.

At the southern end of Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest National Park protects the largest expanse of forest left in the country, and is an important home to more than a dozen primate species including the chimpanzee.

But it would be remiss to visit Rwanda and not explore its urban landscapes too. Kigali, the capital, lies amid lush rolling hills, and is one of the continent’s most pleasant cities. Both clean and safe, its bustling streets have an atmosphere of quiet confidence and an ever-growing number of important cultural and historical attractions.

Tours

Gorilla Trekking

Trekking through the African rainforest to see the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the most breathtaking, mesmerizing, and unforgettable experiences one can have.  With a population of just 880 individuals, mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered animals in the world.

Lodges and Tented Camps

Safari lodges are fully permanent accommodation built out of stone, wood, thatch, bricks, mortar or a combination of all.  Tented Camps are generally considered the best for a true safari experience. All lodges and tented camps feature real beds and private, en-suite bathroom facilities.

Travel Information

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Rwanda are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type F”…

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Banking

CurrencyRwanda Franc (RWF) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of RWF 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of RWF100, 50, 20,…

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Cuisine

Food is generally safe to eat if well-cooked and hot. If in doubt, veer towards larger restaurants in cities and those aimed at tourists, which will have…

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Climate

Despite its proximity to the equator, due to the high altitude of most of the country, Rwanda has a temperate climate with temperatures seldom climbing…

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Transport

Akagera Aviation (+250 788 308 382 / +250 252 580 234) provides helicopter flights all over the country. Rwandair flies internally to the southeastern…

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Dress

Lightweight cotton or linen clothing is recommended for most of the year with warmer clothes for cooler upland evenings. Rainwear is advisable especially…

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Regions

Kigali

Rwanda’s capital and biggest city stretches across undulating lush hills surrounded by towering mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1850 metres above sea…

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Situated in southwestern Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park is known for its exceptional biodiversity and its wide range of endemic species. The park is composed…

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Volcanoes National Park

Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Visitors flock…

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Reviews

Caroline (2015)

I just wanted to write to say thank you for organising this trip for me. I got back to Johannesburg last night and I was…

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