Visiting Rwanda is a full experience on its own, you will learn about this gripping country’s culture and history as well as encounter some of the most endangered wildlife on earth.
The land locked country, located between Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home of the rare mountain gorillas but also the chimpanzees and the golden monkeys.
The capital of Rwanda, located right in the center of the country is where your trip around Rwanda starts and ends. 4hours away, at its most, from all the highlights of the country, the vibrant and safe city deserves a night or two to be fully explored. One of the unmissable museum to visit is the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a moving and inspiring visit but much needed to remember and understand the tragedy Rwanda went through a couple of decades ago.
The Volcanoes NP region is where the main attraction of the country is happening; the gorilla trekking, it is home of 10 habituated gorilla families or a total number of about 380 mountain gorillas. The treks in Volcanoes NP can be very challenging as some groups live deep in the forest, requiring a few hours trekking, but so rewarding and overwhelming once you come face-to-face with one of the gorillas. Definitely one of the most memorable wildlife encounters on earth.
Akagera is the only BIG 5 National Park in Rwanda and is located only 3 hours away from Kigali. With only three lodges available within the park, the safaris are never over crowded.
The park focuses on game drives but also boat trips and sunset safaris. It also offers a “behind the scene” tour for those interested to learn more about the conservancy and to find out on how a national park is run.
Nyungwe Forest NP
Located in the western Great Right Valley, Nyungwe is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. Rich in biodiversity, you can spot up to 13 species of primates, including the chimpanzees swinging from a tree to another one whether on a trek or from the canopy walk.
Rwandan francs but also US Dollars and EUROs are accepted
When to go
Visiting Rwanda is best during the dry season months; December to February and June to September.
Rwanda is a small country but has much to offer, Lake Kivu is the perfect place for leisure, as are the numerous tea plantations around the country.