Things to do in Rwanda
Rwanda is best known for the opportunities of seeing mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild. Nature and wildlife encounters are the key reason most travellers come, but often the cultural aspects of Rwanda make just as big an impact on visitors.
When to go to Rwanda
The best time to visit Rwanda is in the dry seasons from about mid-December to mid- February and then from June to September. You can go in other months, and birders will appreciate the months of November to March for the migrant species swelling the numbers of resident birds, but travel and trekking is more difficult then. However, note that chimp trekking tends to be more successful in the rainy months.Read more
Places to go in Rwanda
Read about the highlights of this incredible country in our short summary guides to the main places to go.View more
Volcanoes National Park
Beautiful and biodiverse, Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga Mountains is home to endangered mountain gorillas.
Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest freshwater lake, is a landscape of gorgeous views and emerald green waters surrounded by mountains.
This remote, beautiful and pristine forest in Rwanda's southwest is rich in biodiversity and has misty hills, lush rainforest scenery and incredible hiking trails.
Akagera National Park
Taking its name from the Akagera River, this scenic national park has forest-fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, rolling hills, savannah plains and great wildlife.
Places we love to stay in Rwanda
Here you’ll find a small collection of our favourite places to stay in Rwanda, though as an independent tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays, we actually sell a much wider choice of Rwandan properties than we show.View more
Facts and information
Various airlines fly to Kigali including Kenya Airways via Nairobi.
Main language is Kinyarwanda but English is widely spoken. Many people also speak French or Swahili.
Entry visas are issued on arrival, entry fee is $30, to British passport holders.
Rwanda is a malarial country but the risk is low as most of the country is at high altitude. The following vaccinations are recommended: Hepatitis A & B, Polio, Tetanus & Typhoid. Yellow fever vaccinations is compulsory. Seek advise from your GP.
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Uganda gorilla treks
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Wonderful wildlife encounters
With World Wildlife Day this Sunday, March 3, it only seemed natural to look at some of the magical encounters Tribes’ travellers have enjoyed with wildlife.