Rwanda Holidays

Just a few degrees south of the equator, Rwanda is a jewel of a land, from the deep emerald of its forests to the brilliant sapphire of its lakes.

Known as the land of a thousand hills, for wherever you look you will find hills, mountains and volcanoes towering above, it is also the place where Dian Fossey fought off poachers and politicians to save the deeply endangered African Mountain Gorilla. Now it is a country in recovery from the genocide which near devastated it, but its tourism and hospitality industry is already giving it a whole new lease of life.

Most visitors come to see the gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans and with the number of permits to view these gentle giants strictly limited these need to be arranged well in advance. The gorillas are a magnificent sight and one never forgotten, while the Parc itself is a dramatic chain of seven volcanoes which provide a border with both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Aside from the gorillas, other primates can be tracked in the Nyungwe National Park, or time can be spent relaxing on the beaches of Lake Kivu.

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Our Rwanda Holiday Packages Include:

  • Track the mountain gorilla
  • Visit the genocide memorials
  • Take a boat trip on Lake Kivu
  • Spot chimps in Nyungwe
  • Trek to Dian Fossey’s grave


  • Dry Season – June to September (short dry season December to February)
  • Green Season – March to May (short green season October to November)


  • Famous African Mountain Gorilla, Grey crowned crane in Ruhengeri, Chimpanzees

Fast facts

  • Capital – Kigali
  • Currency – Rwandan Franc
  • Point of Entry – Kigali
  • Airlines – Kenya Airways via Nairobi
  • Flying Time – 80 minutes from Nairobi
  • Time Zone – GMT +2
  • Visa on arrival
  • Medical Requirements – Malaria prophylaxis & Yellow Fever vaccination recommended 

When to go

  • Gorilla-tracking is possible year-round but is most comfortable from June until September
  • Spotting the chimps in Nyungwe is easiest in the rain season
  • The driest months for the beach at Lake Kivu are June, July & August

Insider tips

  • Take a memory stick when tracking the gorillas - you will take hundreds of photos
  • Rwanda is perfect for those short of time; gorilla viewing can be completed within 24 hours of entering the country
  • Don’t be afraid to take an evening stroll in Kigali; it is one of Africa’s safest cities
  • Be prepared to walk to find the gorillas – it can take up-to seven hours to locate them
  • However, in the green season the bamboo goes much lower down so you won't have to trek as far to catch a glimpse of them.
  • Do consider nearby Lake Kivu for an easy, post-gorilla beach break
Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine...
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Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

Five-star elegance is offered at this international hotel located in the heart of the Rwandan capital’s ambassadorial and commercial area.With a choice of luxury rooms and suites it is the ideal place to begin or finish a visit to this magical country of lakes, volcanoes and the glorious Mountain Gorilla. Guests can relax on the wide sundeck ...
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Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

A beach hotel in the heart of a landlocked country.White sand edges the shores of Lake Kivu, Africa’s sixth largest lake, making it an ideal playground for those wishing to relax and recharge their batteries.Set in extensive and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens the hotel sports 72 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, tennis courts, panor...
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Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge will be closing for refurbishment starting from 1st February 2017. The Lodge will not be taking on any bookings for 2017 beyond January.Located on a tea plantation, this private game lodge is built on the edge of the Nyungwe closed canopy rain forest – which is home to thirteen species of primate, including chim...
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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The excitement is palpable throughout the lodge which is ideally placed from which to trek to find the magnificent Mountain Gorilla.Only minutes from the gates of the Parc National where the treks begin, it provides great creature comforts as well as some of the most spectacular views in central Africa – the Virunga chain of volcanoes which s...
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Virunga Lodge

Virunga Lodge

This stunning eco-luxury lodge sits on a hillside overlooking Ruhondo and Bulera Lakes as well as the Virunga volcanoes.Remote and magnificent, the location is one of the most authentic in Africa and ideal for trekking the great Mountain Gorilla.Accommodation is in eight spacious stone cottages, each with a large patio which overlooks the lodge&rsq...
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A Voyage Through Rwanda

A Voyage Through Rwanda

Days: 11 | From: £4,490 per person based on two sharing
Rwanda is comparatively small when you think of how impressively large Africa is. But don't let this fool you. Hugged on all sides of by other African nations it’s packed with a punch and delivers on every level. Witness the monkeys and olive baboons to scenic drives through national ...
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Rwanda Discovery

Rwanda Discovery

Days: 12 | From: £4,860 per person based on two sharing
This is the ultimate voyage to discover the unique and beautiful Rwanda. From Chimpanzee and Gorilla treks to relaxing by the shores at Lake Kivu, this adventure will give you the 360 view to Rwanda with nothing spared. So don't forget to pack your hiking boots and swimwear you are off on a...
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Simply Rwanda

Simply Rwanda

Days: 7 | From: £7,240 per person based on two people sharing
This is the ultimate voyage to discover the unique and beautiful mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Starting in the modern and cosmopolitan capital of Kigali, you will then be transferred to the ultra-luxurious Bisate Lodge to begin your gorilla trekking adventure. This is a once in a lifetime holiday tha...
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Ultimate Safari & Gorillas

Ultimate Safari & Gorillas

Days: 10 | From: £10,650 per person based on two people sharing
This 10 day itinerary combines two once in a lifetime experiences; gorilla trekking in Rwanda's Volcano National Park and incredible game viewing in Tanzania's world famous Serengeti National Park.  All of this while staying at some truly luxurious accommodation will ensure that your tr...
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Making A Connection published Monday 4th December 2017
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