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.
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. Akagera offers the big-five safari. Nyungwe and the Gishwati in the west of the country is the home of many primates, including chimp troops, tea and coffee plantations and breathtaking views. Lake Kivu is part of Africa's Great Rift Valley, with scenic views of mountains and the beautifully impressive lake at every turn.
A safari in Rwanda is an unforgettable African experience. With its unique wildlife, stunning landscapes and rich culture, Rwanda is a 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 some of our favourite lodges, Bisate Lodge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge or One&Only Gorilla's Nest, with other well-suited luxury camps such as Magashi Camp and/or One&Only Nyungwe House creating a well-rounded and rewarding safari experience.
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 an estimated 1050 mountain gorillas left in the world, making them one of the most critically 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 and treks 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.
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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