Rwanda is an indescribably beautiful and unique destination that is ideal for gorilla and chimpanzee tracking safaris or really any other type of safari as well.
One of Rwanda’s main attractions is the Nyungwe National Park, covering more than a 1000 square kilometres of pristine mountain rainforests. It’s one of the oldest and largest remaining forests in Africa and is the home of thirteen primate species, including habituated chimpanzees and a huge group of about 400 habituated Ruwenzori Black and White colobus monkeys. This national park also has East Africa’s only canopy walk (allowing you to see the forest from more of a monkey’s perspective!) and a village that welcomes visitors to enjoy their unique culture.
Out of the only three places in the world where gorilla tracking is possible, Rwanda is often the favourite. Mountain gorillas are found in the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and gorilla tracking safaris are available throughout the year. Besides this life-changing experience, the park also features the Musanze Caves, the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo and the gravesite of Dian Fossey, a renowned primatologist who studied mountain gorillas for 18 years. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, tracking golden monkeys and learn more about the traditions of the local people at the cultural centres and villages.
The Akagera National Park is a place of many habitats, a wide variety of mammals and over 500 species of birds. Popular animals seen on an Akagera safari include elephant, buffalo, zebra, leopard, side-striped jackal, hyena and lion, a predator recently re-introduced to the park. Lake Ihema offers boating opportunities and the chance to see hippos and crocodiles, and fishing is popular at Lake Shakani.
- Rwanda’s largest airport is the Kigali International Airport
- There are different VISA requirements, but people from several foreign countries can be issued an entry visa upon their arrival that is valid for 30 days.
- Rwanda is a year-round destination, although mid-May to mid-October is considered as the dry season, and a good time to go tracking and hiking. The wet season, however, is more beautiful as everything is a lush green.
- Leave plastic bags at home! In 2006 Rwanda was the first country to ban plastic bags, and their environment is much cleaner for it.
- Rwandan communities come together on the last Saturday of every month to contribute to public projects, and to help build and clean. (Visitors though, are not expected to join in this initiative for a more organized and cleaner country, as well as one with stronger social ties).
- Besides Kinyarwanda (Rwanda’s native tongue), French and English are official languages.
- The residents of Rwanda, in general, are quiet and religious people who dress conservatively. Visitors are recommended to respect their style of living.
Rwanda is the type of place where you can make any of your dreams come true, whether it be to see some of Africa’s Big Five animals, go kayaking on beautiful lakes, track chimpanzees or spend some time with the huge mountain gorillas.
Our options for accommodation will allow you to settle in the very heart of some of Rwanda’s most exciting and beautiful places, therefore please do not hesitate to contact us when you are ready to visit this country that has heaps of potential for amazing holidays.