"The Land of a Thousand Hills", Rwanda is a green undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations.
It offers visitors a one of a kind journey as it home to one third of the world's remaining Mountain Gorillas, one third of Africa's birds species, several species of primates, volcanoes, game reserves, resorts and islands on the expansive Lake Kivu, graceful dancers, artistic crafts and friendly people.Read More...
Parc de Volcans
The lodges are situated a few minutes from the main entrance to the National Park where there are eight families of gorilla living on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes that you can trek to see. In addition, optional activities include trekking to see the golden monkeys, escorted walks and mountain biking, and a trek to the Dian Fossey Research Camp.
Akagera National Park
Located in the far east of Rwanda over looking beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga, it comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa. Open plains, woodlands, lakes and grassy low mountains, the park teems with game.
One of the African Great Lakes and the largest in Rwanda, it is also the sixth largest lake in Africa. Lake Kivu’s emerald green waters are surrounded by mountains, part of Africa’s Rift Valley covering a surface area of 2,700 km2.
One of the oldest rain forests in Africa and rich in biodiversity this mountainous region is home to a huge amount of wildlife where visitors can enjoy guided chimpanzees tracking. The forest is also home to 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift.
Pretty tree lined streets and immaculate squares, Kigali is a safe city to stroll with friendly locals happy to help where needed. No visit is complete without visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial which honours the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994.
Rwanda can be visited at any time of year with the dry season from May to October. It rains more frequently and heavily in the northeast, where the volcanoes are covered by dense rainforest.
Currency Rwandan Franc
Language The national language is Kinyarwanda, but the majority of Rwandans speak at least one international language. People in the tourism industry, will usually be able to speak French and English.
Why we love it A visit to Rwanda is not complete without tracking the famous mountain gorillas, but though this is an undeniably wonderful experience there is a great deal more to the country and it is well worth spending a few extra days to experience it all. A couple of days of gorilla tracking is ideal and can easily be combined with some time in Kigali, relaxing along the shores of Lake Kivu or chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest.
Weather There is little fluctuation in temperature throughout the year, with daytime temperatures between 25C and 30C. The “long rains” last from mid-February to early June whilst the “short rains” last from mid-September to mid-December. The rainfall is heaviest from March to May, especially over the mountains.
Health* Please contact your General Practitioner for advice regarding the recommended vaccination programme for travellers to this region.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.
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