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Rwanda Holiday Destinations

Known as 'the land of a thousand hills', Rwanda is a small country of picturesque and varied landscapes which provide a home for Africa's last remaining mountain gorillas.

Places to Visit

  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Akagera National park
  • Lake Kivu in Gisenyi and Kibuye
  • Kigali City
  • Cultural sites
  • Nyungwe National Park
  • Musanze caves
  • Muhazi
  • Karongi

Activities to do

  • Big 5 Wildlife safaris
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • Trekking/hiking/mountain climbing
  • Nyungwe Canopy Walk
  • Visit to the Beach
  • Congo Nile Trail
  • Visit to genocide memorial centres
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Birding Safaris
  • Adventurous Self Drive Tours

Why Travel to Rwanda

Here's Why

In the north of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is extraordinarily beautiful and most famous for its brilliant gorilla tracking tours, often the highlight of any Rwanda safari. The park is home to the magnificent Virunga Volcanic Mountains, whose dense high-altitude forests protect about half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.

Traditional safari game-viewing is especially good in Akagera National Park, in eastern Rwanda. Akagera is a mixture of woodland, open grassland and papyrus swamps. It boasts healthy populations of lion, leopard, plains game, hippo, giraffe, elephant, as well as many bird species. While it doesn't rival East Africa's much more famous safari parks, a few nights in Akagera following or preceding a gorilla safari in Volcanoes NP can make for a fantastic safari package.

In southern Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park contains the largest remaining single tract of montane forest in Africa and is home to a phenomenal number of birds and primates, including chimpanzees, the Ruwenzori colobus monkey and the endangered golden monkey.

Lake Kivu, on the other hand, offers quite a contrast to the large National Parks, and can be an excellent finish to any trip around Rwanda; beautiful beaches, jutting peninsulas and an archipelago of islands, busy with traders and local fishermen in their dugout canoes, can be found here. Life around Lake Kivu is lively, and visitors can if they choose get a real feel for Rwandan culture.

Rwanda works well as a standalone safari destination or as an extension to a safari in Kenya or Tanzania (it is only a short flight from Nairobi). Whether you choose to visit Rwanda in isolation or as part of a broader itinerary, we do recommend that you take the time to explore this often-ignored African country. Tourism to Rwanda has dropped since the tragedy of the early 1990s, but visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the spirit of reconciliation which now exists in the country.

Costs for gorilla permits in Rwanda:

US$ 1500 per person for all visitors

EXCLUSIVE VISITS

US$ 15,000 for personalized & exclusive mountain gorilla visits for a targeted Gorilla family
US$ 30,000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days (Behind the scenes).

SPECIAL DISCOUNT PACKAGES

30% discount (US$ 1,050) for combined trips within National Parks in Rwanda (Gorilla Trekking, Akagera and/or Nyungwe National Park) for at least 3 days during the months of November-May,
15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference delegates who stay pre & post MICE events to see gorillas

GORILLA FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

US$ 5,000 for 3 consecutive days for Mountain Gorilla filming and professional photography,
US$ 12,000 for Mountain Gorilla filming and photography per crew per day (maximum 8 people).

The fees are inclusive of park entry fees.