Small, compact and mountainous, Rwanda is primate paradise, including Mountain Gorillas.
Rwanda is now firmly on the map for a stimulating adventure safari. It is small, so it’s easy to get around, despite the hilly terrain. (Not for nothing is Rwanda called ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’!) Good tar roads wind through fertile hillsides terraced with coffee-plantations. Indeed, most places are within three hours drive from Kigali, the capital. So, from a practical point of view, this means you can combine some gorilla trekking in Rwanda with a safari in neighbouring Tanzania. But it also makes for a great ‘stand-alone’ destination.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
The rare promise of seeing some of the last wild population of mountain gorillas is the lure for most visitors. The charismatic Great Apes live in the high-altitude rainforest of the Volcanoes massif. This protected area is home to over half of the estimated population of around 1000 mountain gorillas. There are 12 habituated mountain gorilla groups in the Volcanoes National Park. So this is one of the best places for a clear sighting on a gorilla trekking tour.
Unexpected treats on a Rwanda Safari Tour
One or two days of gorilla trekking is likely to be the highlight of your Rwanda safari. Other ‘must sees’ include the ancient high-altitude forest of Nyungwe National Park and Akagera National Park.
How to get there & get around
Rwanda is well-connected to the Serengeti and Kenya (Nairobi), but also to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lusaka (Zambia) and Harare (Zimbabwe). So it is now very easy to combine a safari either East or Southern Africa with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Most people combine it with Kenya or Tanzania because of the shorter flight connections. But South Africa is also on the cards, if you wish….
Madelyn NieuwoudtAfrica Travel Specialist
Why you may love it
- View Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat.
- Primate abundance, including chimpanzee, Ruwenzori colobus & golden monkeys.
- Dian Fossey Research Centre, the renowned primatologist featured in Gorillas in the Mist.
- Scenic beauty, the 'country of a thousand hills'.
- Rich in culture & history.
Where to go in Rwanda
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When to visit Rwanda
December to March
Gorillas at their best in Rwanda
April to May
Long rains in Rwanda
June to Mid-September
Best time to visit Rwanda
Mid-September to November
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Rwanda was inspiring"Rwanda has a temperate climate, charming people and a developing tourism industry which clearly places great emphasis on the safety and comfort of it’s clients. Our experiences of the wildlife will stay with us for many years. If you wish to see the best of Africa – visit this fascinating, beautiful country. At all destinations, accommodation, food and support services were as good as we’d hoped for." Mr David, USA
Country intrigued us"We went to Rwanda thinking Gorillas and nothing else really. I was greatly mistaken as the country intrigued us. We loved it!!! The Gorillas were still the highlight. Had one swing round my leg closely followed by his twin brother (6 years old). Massive silverback and group of about 17 individuals. We were the only 2 people visiting this family so we felt privileged. We hiked for about a hour and a half before we found them. Wonderful experience!! The Musanzi caves was interesting too." Mr Dennis Lee
- EnvironmentNo plastic bags allowed in the country
- PowerFirst country ever to have a female majority parliament