Rwanda is a lush, scenic landscape of majestic mountains, nowhere more so than the Virunga volcanoes in the North-West; home to the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas.

"Don’t just go ape! Seeing the mountain gorillas is, for many, a dream come true. But why let the dream end there? A trip to Rwanda combines perfectly with a full-on ‘big five’ safari in the astounding Maasai Mara."

Even without gorillas, Rwanda is a stunning destination. Lake Kivu, for example, has sublime inland beaches and perfect coves for discovery by canoe. The South-Western Parc National Nyungwe Forest is an epic rainforest; the largest in the region. And the people are welcoming and warm, belying the horrific events here in the 1990s.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Kigali

  • Time Difference

    GMT +2

  • Best Time to Visit

    May-Sep

  • Currency

    Rwanda Franc

Rwanda

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Choose from the cream of Rwanda's finest hotels

  • Bisate Lodge by Wilderness Safaris Kinigi

    Set on the Albertine Rift, and next to the renowned Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge is the best spot in all of Rwanda for a holistic gorilla experience, with treks to seek out the equally rare golden monkey, and a visit to Dian Fossey’s grave and research centre.

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  • One&Only Nyungwe House Gisakura, Nyamasheke Nyungwe Forest Reserve

    Surrounded by rainforest, nestled among mountains, One&Only Nyungwe House is a haven of creature-comforts and an exclusive window into Rwanda’s fascinating wildlife, with incredible tailored moments like bird-watching, wild chimpanzee tracking and more.

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  • Virunga Lodge Volcanoes National Park

    Set on a stunning hillside, magnificent Virunga Lodge boasts panoramic vistas of the Virunga Volcanoes and beautiful lakes. Spend your days tracking primates, hiking volcanoes, and taking scenic walks through the surrounding picturesque villages.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Gorillas in Your Midst

    Gorillas in Your Midst

    The trek through the dense forest on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes can take between two to six hours. However your reward is an unforgettable hour watching a gorilla troop play, eat, groom and relax.

  2. Village Life

    Village Life

    Travelling through Rwanda provides a fascinating insight into daily village life. Often located in beautiful countryside, a village visit is an absolute highlight where a warm and enthusiastic welcome is guaranteed.

  3. Flora & Fauna

    Flora & Fauna

    Rwanda is home to Africa’s first national park, Virunga, which was created back in 1925. While its primates will be at the top of your must-see list, the country’s montane forests also contain over 700 spectacular bird species.