Rwanda is a rainforest haven and one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions but, of course, its most celebrated wild mammal is the iconic, critically endangered mountain gorilla.
Affectionately known as, “Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda offers a uniquely comprehensive experience, from rainforest and imposing volcanic peaks to East Africa styled safari, having outstanding scenic savannah dotted with floodplains.
Rwanda’s absolute highlight is access to gorilla trekking and spending time with the highly-endangered mountain gorillas. Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where you can currently do this – the other two being Uganda and the Congo.
The gorilla trekking caters for many individual levels of fitness and can be tailored to your needs. Some stunning and exciting new accommodations are now available, with some still in progress, and visitors are guaranteed unspoilt wilderness, pure luxury and exceptionally high chances of seeing the protected mountain gorilla. While not guaranteed, the mountain gorilla troops are monitored for their protection; therefore, their whereabouts are generally known and shared by conservation guards.
There are only about 800 mountain gorillas left in the world, making them one of the most endangered animals on the planet. Rwanda is home to more than half of these gorillas. Trekking to see these magnificent creatures is an unforgettable experience and one that’s high on many safari-goers bucket lists.
Rwanda safari gorilla tours are operated in Volcanoes National Park in the northwest of Rwanda near the borders of Uganda and the DRC. The park is home to five of the eight volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif – a chain of volcanoes that extends across all three countries.
Rwanda is a country of contrasts, with lush green mountains, pristine lakes and beautiful valleys. The Volcanoes National Park is particularly scenic, with its volcanoes, lava flows and crater lakes.
A safari in Rwanda is an unforgettable African safari experience. With its unique wildlife, stunning landscapes and rich culture, Rwanda is a safari destination not to be missed.
Rwanda's main airport in the capital city of Kigali offers easy daily connections into East African countries of Tanzania and Kenya for visitors wishing to combine their highly-engaging gorilla safari with the Great Migration, Zanzibar or some of the other well-known and top national parks for wildlife viewing. Safari Guru understands the best connections and safari offerings to combine Bisate Lodge or One & Only Gorilla's Nest with well-suited luxury camp creating a well-rounded and rewarding safari experience.
It exceeded our expectations. Not just the gorillas. The people. The trackers. The guide. The bishops house. The food. The coffee. The genocide museum. How Rwanda rebuilt itself under this government after such awful events in 1994, only 25 years ago. And it was all super well organised. So thank you.
- Sofie Piessens, Australia
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