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With its undulating lush green mountains, mist-shrouded forest lands and a chain of seven volcanoes which punctuate Central Africa’s landscape, Rwanda is an intrepid explorers dreamworld. Home to almost a third of the world’s mountain gorillas, Rwanda holidays on an emotional and spellbinding journey you will never forget.

A holiday to Rwanda promises heart-stopping adventure and wonderful wildlife encounters. Take yourself out into the wilderness, gorilla trekking along muddy paths and rugged mountain terrain and come face to face with these majestic, human-like primates. Highland rainforests and lush tea plantations offer a dramatically different setting to that of the wide savannahs of Kenya and Tanzania. While you may not see the Big Five on a Rwanda safari, you will see many bird species that cannot be found elsewhere in Africa, along with chimpanzees and colobus monkeys which can be seen walking amongst the canopies of Nyungwe Forest National Park.

The land of a thousand hills

The Akagera National Park will open doors to even more unusual wildlife with its beautiful scenery, from bushy woodlands and dry savannahs to muddy swamps and low mountains. Here, you can head out on a game drive and cast your eyes upon buffalo, antelope, giraffe, leopards and hyenas. For creatures of the water, take a gentle boat cruise on Lake Ihema where you can catch a glimpse of hippos, crocodiles and many species of waterfowl.

Tour the bustling capital city of Kigali, and walk or drive the Congo Nile trail for spectacular scenery and memories to last a lifetime. For more safari adventures, end your holiday with a trip to the Masai Mara or, for a complete contrast, swap the jungle for Mombasa’s beaches for a spot of relaxation. Whatever your holiday dreams are, call our Destination Specialists today and they will help you put together an unforgettable tailor-made Rwanda holiday.

Destination Highlights

  • Prepare to be left in awe as you witness endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat on a Gorilla trek.
  • See chimps, Colobus Monkeys, Mangabey Monkeys and lots of other unique wildlife on a canopy walk in Nyungwe.
  • Go in search of a wide variety of wildlife on a safari experience in Akagera National Park.
  • Visit the Genocide Memorial to learn of Rwanda’s history or attend a tradiitonal Gorilla Naming Ceremony.

Great sample itineraries


We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Rwanda holiday package. Almost anything is possible so please give us a call to discuss all your options.

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Luxury Gorilla Safaris Rwanda

  • 3 Days
Trekking through the dense rainforest of Rwanda in search of mountain gorilla families is one of the most profound experiences...
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Safari holidays
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Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £6,599 PP
This ten-day itinerary combines the arts and culture of bustling Kigali and the thick bamboo forests of the Rwandan jungle....
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Solo holidays

Explore Rwanda

Time Zone

GMT+ 2

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours; Rwanda Express offer a direct service to Kigali from London Gatwick. Indirect flights are available from UK airports on Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Air France and KLM via their hubs.

Currency

Rwandan Franc (RWF)

Visa Information

British citizens need to obtain a visa for Rwanda.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Info

Special vaccines are required for travel to Rwanda.

Best time to visit Rwanda

Although it's regarded as a year-round destination, the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season months of June to September.

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"Take some time to visit Iby'iwacu Cultural Centre and learn how the people of this land respect the wildlife and discourage poaching. You’ll have a chance to try your hand at some old-time activities as well as watch a spectacular performance from the community’s drummers and dancers. Be sure to try the Banana Beer whilst you’re there"

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Robert, Destination Specialist

"If you have the time, include some extra days visiting the Volcanoes and trek to Dian Fossey’s Tomb or Golden Monkey trekking." 

Robert
Destination Specialist
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"Rwanda is continuing to work really hard on their animal conservation. The population of the Mountain Gorilla has almost doubled in the last 20 years, Black Rhino and Lion have recently returned to Akagera National Park, part of our Roaming Rwanda Tour, making it home to all the Big 5."

Val
Destination Specialist

Local Cuisine

Rwandan cuisine consists of staple dishes and simple meals that are not too spicy and prepared using locally grown ingredients.

Fresh Fish

Rwanda is perfectly situated for excellent fresh fish, with Nile perch being the most popular. You will find it in many menus, grilled, or on brochettes is how most locals eat it. However, some restaurants deep fry it with different garnishes inside, served steaming hot with onions.

Sambusa

A sambusa is the African equivalent of an Indian samosa. There are many different styles of sambusa, usually containing a mixture of meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Meat and onion sambusas can be found nearly everywhere. Vegetarians will love the spicy potato and vegetable sambusas, normally filled with peas and carrots.

Ugali

Ugali is a staple starch cornmeal made with maize flour, usually served as a white stiff porridge, good for dipping in stews or making into a makeshift spoon when you eat with your hands.

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