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

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Enjoy sensational views from Virunga Lodge

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 the world's last remaining mountain gorillas can be found, 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. 

Then, 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 remaining precious mountain gorillas in their unspoiled homes. 

Due to its central location, Rwanda combines beautifully with its east African neighbours. Extend your adventure to Tanzania and Kenya to the see the Great Migration, or round out your luxury trip with a relaxing visit to the sunny shores of Zanzibar. 

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.  

 

Featured Rwanda Trips

 
All our brilliant itineraries can be tailor-made to perfectly suit you, Rwanda may be small, but it has some of the most luxurious trips to offer. If you’re thinking of just doing a short stay to trek with the mountain gorillas consider combining this with the remote beach location of Mafia Island for some proper down time.  

Rwanda has certainly positioned itself to work well in the luxury market with some stunning accommodations available. To get a real feel for everything the country has to offer consider doing the whole country and hit the highlights seeing chimps, gorillas, golden monkeys and if there’s time a new safari destination! If you’re looking for a quick dip in a combine all of East Africa’s bucket list items think about heading across to the Masai Mara or Serengeti for your lifetime safari (perhaps catch the migration!) before finishing of at the coast.  

There’s an itinerary to suit everyone, whether you want to get active hiking the volcanoes or canoeing on the lakes. Or indulge in luxury with sweeping views across Rwanda’s scenes.  

Rwanda Highlights Holiday
Jess Tyers
Jess Tyers Luxury Travel Specialist
Gorillas, Masai Mara & Zanzibar
Eleanor Roberts
Eleanor Roberts Luxury Travel Specialist
Tribes & Treehouses
Rebecca Blakey
Rebecca Blakey Family Travel Specialist

Where to go in Rwanda

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.

Where to stay in Rwanda

Immerse yourself in Rwanda's staggering natural beauty by staying in luxury accommodations surrounded by scenic landscapes. Our fantastic lodge relationships mean you get preferential treatment as a Wayfairer client & access to our excellent rates. 

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