Rwanda - encounter endangered gorillas

The ultimate 'off the beaten track' holiday experience, guaranteed to bring out the adventurer in you, it's time to experience a Rwanda safari.

Mountain Gorilla Rwanda Volcanoes Gorilla trekking

Rwanda Safari Highlights

  • Unique Cultural experience
  • Luxury Lodges
  • Abundance of Mountain Gorillas
  • Magnificent scenery
  • Untamed beauty
  • Adventure

A country of contrasts where you will lose yourself in a world of towering mountains, rainforests and unique wildlife.

Hike through the bamboo and dense jungle of the Volcanoes National Park to discover mountain gorillas - a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won't forget, not only for your encounter with the gorillas but for the majestic peaks of the Virunga volcanoes.

The gorillas of Volcanoes National Park were made famous by zoologist Dian Fossey - of Gorillas in Mist fame - who tackled poaching head on. Yet the gorillas are still critically endangered, so the chance to see them in the wild is a very moving experience that will never forgotten.

For a special encounter, watch chimpanzees swing between the branches of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, the Amazon of Africa. Their fascinating social structure is absorbing, and eerily mirrors our own - you won't want to miss a second of their cheeky interactions.

But chimpanzees are only 1 of the 13 primate species found in Nyungwe Forest, including the black and white colobus monkeys found in groups of up to 400 individuals, which is almost 10 times the maximum group size recorded anywhere else.

Also at Nungwe, scale East Africa's highest canopy walk suspended 50 metres above the forest and see 240 tree species, 140 orchid species, hundreds of butterflies and 275 bird species including giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrowhawks.

There are plenty of ways to explore the varied landscapes of Rwanda whether you game drive through the savannah-like plains of Akagera National Park, kayak in Lake Kivu, climb the misty Virunga Volcanoes or simply relax on lakeshore beaches.

Contact our Rwanda safari specialists for a tailor-made itinerary today.

Quick Facts

  • Arrival airports: Kigali
  • Time difference: EST +6 hours
  • Travel time: approx. 17 hours from New York
  • Visas: Required for United States citizens

When to visit Rwanda?

When to visit Rwanda?
Month Rating
Jan Best Less rain and warm days. Good for gorilla trekking
Feb Best Mostly dry, warm days. Pleasant for gorilla trekking
Mar Good Start of the 'long rain' season
Apr Good Wettest month of the year
May Good Persistent, heavy rainfall
Jun Best Light rains but a good month for gorilla trekking
Jul Best Dryer month but still some rain. Good for Gorilla trekking
Aug Best Dryer month but still some rain. Good for Gorilla trekking
Sep Best Dryer month but still some rain. Good for Gorilla trekking
Oct Best Dryer month but still some rain. Good for Gorilla trekking
Nov Good High levels of rainfall
Dec Good Less rain and warm days. Good for gorilla trekking
Best Good Mixed

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Read what our previous clients thought of their Rwanda Holiday

Holiday to Kenya & Rwanda

Malcolm Holland & Susan North

No complaints. Excellent service.

28/12/2017 Read full trip review

Holiday to Rwanda

Susan Campbell & John McKinney

Lodging was all top-notch. Itinerary was excellent. Gorillas, golden monkeys and chimps all well worth the fee. Glad we got to see more of Rwanda, since it's a fascinating country. Only negative was the boat trip across Lake Kivu. Lost power several times and weren't dropped off where we expected to be. Also, though the guides were good, they weren't great. Very accommodating…

01/11/2016 Read full trip review

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