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Rwanda

About Rwanda

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.

Interesting things to do in Rwanda

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, you can track Golden Monkeys or visit the Diana Fossey Museum while in the Parc National Des Volcans.

Chimpanzee and 13 different species of primates can be tracked in the Nyungwe National Park, which is also home to over 285 bird species. Enjoy the canopy walk which, suspended 50m over this forest, is one of a kind or hiking on one of the hundreds of hiking trails.

Kick back on the sandy beaches of Lake Kivu, one of the largest lakes in Africa. Go kayaking on the lake, mountain biking or hiking on one of the six off-the-beaten-path stages of the spectacular Congo Nile Trail.

Akagera National Park is home to the Akagera River, recorded to be one of the sources of the Nile River. It includes a range of lakes, all of which combine to form one of the largest wetlands in Central Africa, as well as some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa.   View the enormous range of wildlife, including the “Big Five”, and more on guided game drives, walks and boating trips. The Park also boasts almost 500 species of birds, including the spectacular shoebill.

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk

Experiences

  • 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

Wildlife

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

Seasons

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

In The Know

    • 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

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

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