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Home to rolling green hills, volcanoes, gorillas and other primates, a third of Africa's bird species and friendly people
Rwanda is a tiny country but it has two giant attractions: the endangered mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, and the 1994 genocide memorial in Kigali. For a wider primate experience, you can combine gorillas with chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park or a visit to see the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park.
During the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the Hutus killed almost a million Tutsi people in just three months. Kigali's genocide memorial in Kigali provides a window on this genocide, as well as those of Albania, German-occupied Europe, German South-West Africa (Namibia), Bosnia and Ethiopia. It's a moving reminder of human cruelty and the shocking lack of reaction from the international community.
Popular Rwanda safaris
These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration
per person16 days
See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial
per person11 days
Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas
per person13 days
Enjoy two of Africa's most magnificent wildlife experiences – mountain gorillas and the Great Migration – on one unforgettable safari
per person11 days
At present the permits for trekking to see mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park are more expensive than on the Ugandan side – US$750 per person per hour on the Rwandan side year round and US$600 per person per hour on the Ugandan side, with a reduction in permit fees for the Ugandan low season of April, May and November.
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There are only about 880 mountain gorillas left today, all of them in the conservation areas of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga Mountains and Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Your visit will help to continue to protect them for future generations. Akagera National Park is a fairly new wildlife destination but an exciting one.
An important population of sitatunga lives in the papyrus swamps along with other rarities such as the shoebill and other endemic bird species. There are 482 bird species in Agakera, making it a haven for bird enthusiasts. It's also important as the only park in Rwanda that protects both savannah and plains. It's easy to combine a visit to Rwanda with time in Uganda, particularly to see chimpanzees on the Ugandan side. Thanks to daily flights from Kigali to Serengeti in Tanzania, you can also take in the Great Migration, Ngorogoro Crater, Kilimanjaro and the islands of Zanzibar.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rwanda
The best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southern Rwanda is during the drier months of June to August or December to January. Even though June to August or December to January are categorically referred to as drier months… go there.
The best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the long dry season of June to September or during the short dry season of mid-December to early-February. These seasons offer easier hiking conditions. go there.
During the drier season, periods between December to early March and June to September - the excellent weather makes it easier to spot the wildlife and trek gorillas. go there.
Trekking for gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda is very similar and provides a same kind of life changing experience. However Uganda has more gorillas so there will be a better chance of not being disappointed as you will are likely of a sighting… go there.
Reviews on our Rwanda safaris
Discover Africa planned our safari to East Africa and we were certainly in the right areas at the right time, our itinerary was well designed to maximize time with the migration and related sightings - logistics ran smoothly and all in all…
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Volcanoes National Park is situated in Rwanda - and is also home to other wildlifes such as golden monkey, spotted hyena, buffaloes, elephants and bushbuck. Other actives in the park includes - Musanze Caves, Buhanga Ecopark, iby’iwacu… read more
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