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Meet the mountain gorillas

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

The Uganda Hills

The complete East Africa experience

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

$ 11,494

£ 9,236

R 149,681

10,893

per person

13 days
Chimpanzee

Primates and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial 

$ 6,406

£ 5,148

R 83,422

6,071

per person

11 days
Gorillas

Rwanda gorillas and the migration, both sides of the Mara River

Enjoy two of Africa's most magnificent wildlife experiences – mountain gorillas and the Great Migration – on one unforgettable safari

$ 7,988

£ 6,419

R 104,024

7,570

per person

11 days
Elephant Herd

Best of Africa safari

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

$ 14,390

£ 11,563

R 187,394

13,637

per person

16 days
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Veruschka Nel says

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

When is the best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park?

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.

When is the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek?

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.

When is the best time to visit Volcanoes National Park?

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.

What are the highlights when visiting Rwanda?

The highlight of the Rwandan experience is arguably getting to have a glimpse of the endangered and famed mountain gorillas. However Rwanda also has some amazingly green areas and boasts forests and a vast array of bird life. Many people… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What shots should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

Which is a more recommended country to go gorilla trekking, Uganda or Rwanda?

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.

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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…

Billy

from South Africa

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