Rwanda is a beautiful East African country supporting a wide diversity of flora and fauna. It offers many activities including hiking, walking Gorilla treks and chimp tracking. There are 170 species of mammals, 670 birds and 400 butterflies.
The focus of holidays to Rwanda tends to be a gorilla safari or gorilla trekking. This is indeed an incredibly special experience, but not the only holiday experience which this country can offer. Rwanda holidays can include some beautiful sightseeing and an interesting insight to the history and culture of this up and coming country. The Virunga Mountains in the north are the most popular destination for of course the amazing experience of trekking the mountain gorillas but there are other treks and cultural activities in this region too.
The most visited park is the Parc National des Volcans which is dominated by the Virunga volcanoes which span the borders of Congo and Uganda too. This park is where Dian Fossey worked in her study of mountain gorilla behaviour.
The main airport is Kigali which is quite centrally placed and has a good range of hotels as well. We recommend spending time in Kigali to learn about the history and culture and experience the vibrant city life.
To the south of the country is the Nyungwe Forest National Park which is home to around 1000 chimps and huge troops of colobus monkey plus some more unusual mammals such as giant forest hogs. There are masses of tree species and butterflies and orchids here too and many forest trails can be hiked. Chimp trekking here though is not guaranteed, it's a bit of a challenge! However, the rainforest experience is beautiful and well worth a few days in the area on its own merits.
To the west is huge Lake Kivu, the Rwanda equivalent of 'the beach'! You can spend a few days here relaxing or mixing with the local fishing communities who live along the shores and wandering the leafy streets of old colonial towns.
So for your tailor made Rwanda Holiday, talk to us for expert advice and ask us a quote.
A gorilla express safari! With one gorilla trek and one golden monkey trek.
Gorillas and other primates, plus little-visited Akagera and Rwandan culture.
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Below you'll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Rwanda. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the "All Places to Stay" button.
Rustic log cabins with lovely views on Lake Kivu, near Kibuye.
A large, luxury hotel, centrally located in Kigali
A friendly lodge located near the Volcanoes park head quarters with lovely views. Ideally situated for Gorilla Trekking.
A luxury lodge on a tea plantation at Nyungwe Forest in southern Rwanda
High quality lodge from which to visit the mountain gorillas.
Virunga Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a stunning location, and has an eco-sensitive design.
5/5 from 11 reviews
Time: GMT +2hrs
Flight time: Various airlines fly to Kigali including Kenya Airways via Nairobi.
Language: Main language is Kinyarwanda but English is widely spoken. Many people also speak French or Swahili.
Visas: Entry visas are issued on arrival, entry fee is $30, to British passport holders.
Health: 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.