Rwanda is a remarkable country, with warm hospitality and wonderful people. Home to a third of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorilla, gorilla- trekking is its largest draw.
One of 10 remaining families of mountain gorilla can be found on the slopes of the Virunga mountains in the Volcanoes National Park. This unique experience affords you the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey.
Flights in and out of the country are through Kigali, the capital and heart of Rwanda. It is a modern city, clean and safe, and within easy reach of the country’s cultural and natural treasures. Take a Kigali City Tour and visit the Genocide Memorial commemorating the lives of 250 000 Tutsis killed by the Hutus in 1994.
Learn about the rich biodiversity of Nyungwe, the largest protected mountain forest in Africa and home to the one-and-only canopy walkway in East Africa. Journey through the majestic rainforest, trailing the energetic chimpanzee while exploring the beautiful hills.
Akagera National Park is located in the north-eastern region of Rwanda and is home to the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo). Enjoy guided day- and night-safaris or experience forest-fringed lakes on a boat ride. This area is also rich in a wide array of birdlife.
Visit the picturesque, characterful town of Kibuye on Lake Kivu, or the bustling market town of Gisenyi. This is the perfect place to relax after gorilla-trekking, as it is only an hour’s drive from The Volcanoes National Park. Kayaking on the deep emerald green waters while admiring your mountainous surrounds is a great way to spend a day.
Best Time to Visit: December to February or June to September
Time Difference: GMT + 2hrs
Flight Duration: 8 hrs 30 mins
Fly To: Kigali
Best Time to Visit
Gorilla-Trekking: December to February and June to September
Chimpanzee-Trekking: March to May and October to November
Rwanda is dominated by a tropical rainforest climate that brings high temperatures all year round as well as rainfall. In saying this, there are slight variations in the amount of rainfall, defined by the wet and dry seasons. The best times of year to trek gorilla are the dry seasons (December to February or June to September) as the tours are more enjoyable with less chance of rain. The wet seasons (March to May and October to November) bring good conditions for finding food, which makes locating the chimpanzee a little easier.
For current information, visa requirements and any travel related advice, please refer to the The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.