Virunga Primates & Mafia Island
Track mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Rwanda followed by great scuba diving and snorkelling on Mafia Island.
Situated in central Africa, Rwanda is a country of astounding natural beauty. Known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, its majestic mountain ranges are blanketed in lush tropical rainforests.
The rolling scenery is accentuated with vast glimmering lakes and striking dormant volcanoes, most famously the Virunga volcanoes, where you'll find the world's last remaining mountain gorillas hidden deep in the bamboo forests.
Renowned for its unparalleled concentration of incredible nature and wildlife, Rwanda has three protected national parks, Akagera Parc, National des Volcans, and Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Here you can trek through rainforests to find native golden monkeys, a growing population of chimpanzees, and rare troops of mountain gorillas and silverbacks.
Descend from the mountains to discover Lake Kivu, the second biggest freshwater lake in the world and one of the African Great Lakes.
Boasting some of the best inland beaches in Africa, Lake Kivu offers swimming, kayaking and even scuba diving below the mystical depths. You can stay overnight on the eastern shore and take a day trip to Napoleon Island, home to thousands of bats.
Explore Kigali, Rwanda's picturesque capital city. Surrounded by rolling hills and lined with leafy boulevards, Kigali is one of Africa's safest and cleanest cities.
A name synonymous with a horrific past, Rwanda has made leaps and bounds towards a dynamic future. Today the country is an upcoming leader in environmental conservation and responsible tourism.
A trip to Rwanda offers the chance to contribute to conservation and a prosperous future, while experiencing the breathtaking privilege of meeting the last precious mountain gorillas in their unspoiled homes.
Due to its central location, Rwanda combines beautifully with its east African neighbours. Extend your trip to Tanzania and Kenya to the see the Great Migration, or round out your luxury holiday with a relaxing visit to the sunny shores of Zanzibar.
Wayfairer’s range of luxury Rwanda itineraries are designed to suit a range of different travellers and holiday types, and can be customised to create your perfect Rwanda holiday. Our Rwanda Highlights holiday takes you to the gems of the country, starting in the capital of Kigali before venturing to Lake Kivu and the tropical rainforests of Nyungwe and Volcano National Park.
Our Virunga Primates & Mafia Island holiday will have you trekking to see mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in the wild, before flying to Mafia Island to swim with whale sharks. Our Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar holiday takes you through the highlights of east Africa, from dense jungle and vast savannahs, to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.
Being so close to the equator, Rwanda has two distinct dry seasons and two rainy seasons. Plan your trip to avoid the rain by visiting between June and September or December and February. Travelling and trekking are far easier in the dry seasons, and there are fewer mosquitoes.
The wet seasons run from March to May and October to November, causing rainforest paths to become very muddy and slippery. However, it is easier to spot chimpanzees and golden monkeys during the wet season, so if you want the best chance for seeing these primates, consider visiting in early June or late November when the rains are easing.
Begin your journey by flying into Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. Explore the bustling local markets for fresh local fruits, handmade textiles and traditional crafts. Visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre, a fantastic tribute and informative guide through Rwanda's horrific past.
Head out to the foothills of the Virunga mountains in Parc National des Volcans. You'll trek with your local guide in search of families of mountain gorillas and once you spot them you'll spend an unforgettable hour observing them in the wild. Stay beside Lake Kivu and take day trips to the surrounding island. You can have lunch on Amahoro Island then visit the local residents of Bugarama and Nkomo Islands. Venture to Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee treks and observe our closest relatives in the wild.
Immerse yourself in Rwanda's staggering natural beauty by staying in luxury accommodations surrounded by scenic landscapes. The gorgeous 5-star Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is tucked into the hills surrounding arc National des Volcans and the boutique cottages have cosy fireplaces and outdoor decks with stunning views. Virunga Lodge is situated high on a ridge, offering 360-degree views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Musanze Valley and Lake Bulera. Nyungwe House is nestled on edge of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, Africa’s largest rainforest. The luxury lodge overlooks a working tea plantation, so you can enjoy the freshest brew over breakfast and take a tour to see how the tea is made.