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Rwanda

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Introduction

Rwanda is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla and a fantastic destination for adventure travel. There are believed to be no more than 700 mountain gorillas left in the world today. As such, seeing these rare and captivating primates in their native habitat is the obvious focus for most Rwanda holidays. It's an unforgettable and moving experience that ranks as one of Africa's undisputed travel highlights.

Gorilla treks among the forest-clad slopes of Volcanoes National Park form the basis for tailor-made tours of this tiny, landlocked African country, while on the slopes of Mount Visoke in the Virunga Mountains, world-renowned primatologist Dian Fossey carried out her pioneering studies.

But it's not all about the gorillas, wildlife sightings are abound in any of Rwanda's excellent National Parks. Nyungwe draws in discerning travellers as the prime spot to witness chimpanzees – visitors here can track these chattering chimps by their forest-filling hoots and hollers without the costly price paid for a gorilla tracking permit. Over in Akagera National Park, all the mighty members of the much sought after Big Five can be found which puts this park on the map for most wildlife lovers as it's the only place in Rwanda that such a safari experience can be achieved. Both of these popular parks boast a spectacular array of birdlife and as Rwanda is home to around a third of all the birds found in Africa – more than 500 species – the bird-watching opportunities here are unmatched.

Adventure and wildlife tourism are gradually enabling Rwanda to get back on track, following the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi that ignited in the early 1990s. This culminated in a brutal genocide against the Tutsi, which is commemorated at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in the capital, Kigali.

Rwanda is now a thriving and safe travel destination. All of its major attractions are within easy striking distance of Kigali, a busy city known for its good restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Beyond lies a green and pleasant land of rolling farmland, terraced tea and coffee plantations, and swathes of rainforest. Rwanda's lush landscape has given it the name of Les Pays des Milles Collines – the land of a thousand hills.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
8½ hours

Time zone
GMT +2

Currency
Rwanda franc = 100 centimes

Language
Kinyarwanda, French, Kiswahili and English

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

Top itineraries in Rwanda

Highlights of Rwanda: Gorillas and Chimpanzees

9-day itinerary from £5,495 pp incl. flights

This spectacular itinerary sees you experience the once-in-a-lifetime event of gorilla trekking deep in the jungle. You'll start in Kigali before heading to Nyungwe National Park where you'll track chimpanzee. Then, relax on Lake Kivu before trekking with gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

9-day tailor-made journey from £6,300 pp incl. flights

An encounter with Rwanda's mountain gorilla's is a truly life-changing experience. Trekking through the jungle of the Parc National des Volcans for an audience with these magnificent creatures is something that will certainly live long in the memory.

Best of Uganda and Rwanda

14-day tailor-made journey from £9,725 pp incl. flights

This in-depth 14-day safari takes in the best that Uganda and Rwanda have to offer with several chances to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

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Top places to stay in Rwanda

Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park

Traditional lodge

The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are now well established, with a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Aside fro…

One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda

Contemporary lodge

Opening on 1 October, this spectacular lodge is located within a primeval rainforest and perched atop a working tea planation, offering direct access to Rwanda's fascinating wildlife and culture.

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Contemporary lodge

In the centre of the Volcanoes National Park, the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel is beautifully set in landscaped gardens looking over the undulating mounds of the stunning Virunga volcano range, and just moments from jungles dense with mountain gorillas.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Contemporary lodge

This stunning hotel is the first ever community-owned lodge in Rwanda, perched on the edge of the stunning Parc National Volcanoes, the gateway for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas.

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Where to go in Rwanda

Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves

It was in Rwanda that Africa's very first National Park was founded. Belgian colonialists created Albert National Park in 1925, in an attempt to protect the mountain gorillas that had been discovered on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains just two decades before.

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