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Trek through misty forests to encounter golden monkeys and silverback gorillas in the wild.

A name synonymous with tragedy, Rwanda offers so much more than its reputation. ‘The land of a thousand hills’ is now an up-and-coming leader in conservation and responsible tourism.

Dormant volcanoes, tropical rainforests home to endemic monkey species, Parc National des Volcans, Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Park, and the second biggest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Kivu, Rwanda offers an unparalleled concentration of nature.

Trek through the rainforests to see troops of wild gorillas, adorable native golden monkeys and the growing population of Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park. 

Stay overnight on the eastern shore of Lake Kivu and take a day trip to Napoleon Island; home to thousands of bats. Rent a kayak, swim or even go scuba diving into the secretive depths of Kivu.

Explore Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, with one of our local guides. A trip to Rwanda offers incredible scenery of rainforests, gorillas and volcanoes, and a chance to contribute to conservation and a prosperous future for the people.

Rwanda combines beautifully with many of its neighbours in East Africa. It's well worth considering extensions to your itinerary for a chance to see the great migration of wildebeest and zebra or to finish up on one of Zanzibar's tropical beaches.

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Featured Trips

Explore the country in more detail with our Rwanda Highlights tour, starting in the capital Kigali and then the forests and Lake Kivu. Combine treks through Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans to meet the golden monkeys of the Virunga Mountains, then fly to Mafia island to swim with whale sharks. Discover the incredible sights of East Africa with our Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar trip, taking you from dense jungle to vast savannahs and finally to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

When To Go

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 either between June and September or December and February. Not only is it easier to travel and go trekking through the jungles in the dry season, but there are fewer mosquitoes. In the wet seasons (March-May and October-November), routes through the rainforest can get very muddy and slippery. However during the wet seasons, it is easier to spot chimpanzees and golden monkeys, so if you want the best chance of seeing these apes, then consider visiting in early June or late November, when the rains hopefully let up. 

Where To Go

Start your journey by flying into Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, and visit the bustling local markets to see fresh local fruits, handmade textiles and traditional crafts. Visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre, an informative guide through Rwanda’s turbulent history. Head out to the foothills of the Virunga mountains in Parc National des Volcans, and trek with your local guide in search of mountain gorilla families. Once found, spend an hour observing them in the wild.

Spend the night overlooking Lake Kivu. Take a day trip to Kivu's islands; have lunch on Amahoro island, before visiting the local residents of Bugarama and Nkomo Islands. Head onwards to Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee treks and observe our closest relatives in the wild.

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KIGALI
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LAKE KIVU
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NYUNGWE FOREST
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VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

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Accommodation

Nyungwe House is on the edge of Africa’s largest rainforest; the Nyungwe Forest National Park. It overlooks a working tea plantation, so take a tour of the grounds or taste the freshest tea over breakfast. The stylish 5-star Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is tucked into the hills surrounding arc National des Volcans and the boutique cottages come complete with fireplaces and outdoor decks with scenic views. In the same area is Virunga Lodge, sitting high on a ridge with 360-degree views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Musanze Valley and Lake Bulera. 

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