Spending time with mountain gorillas is a true bucket list experience! Volcanoes National Park is home to about half the world’s mountain gorilla population, making Rwanda a top choice for a gorilla trekking safari. As for the setting, the country is extremely beautiful with its steep slopes covered in dense tropical rainforest. Don’t limit yourself to gorilla trekking as Rwanda has many other highlights worth exploring; it’s also a safe and welcoming country with friendly people and a growing tourism industry.

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Highlights in Rwanda

  • Gorilla trekking, and experiencing mountain gorillas up close
  • Forest hikes and waterfalls
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Excellent birding

Best time to travel

Dry season(s)

For gorilla trekking, we recommend travelling during one of Rwanda’s two dry seasons: mid-June to September or December to February.

Rainy season(s)

For chimpanzee trekking, the rainy season produces lush greenery so chimps move about less and are easier to track.

The short rainy season – October and November – is great for birding and photography. Rains normally come down in short, heavy bursts.

During the long rains – March to mid-June – gorilla trekking can be tough and muddy.

Travel regions within Rwanda


Formerly known as Shangugu, the town of Cyangugu rests at the southernmost tip of Lake Kivu in Rwanda, overlooking the DRC’s town of Bukavu. There’s not much action in Cyangugu, but it’s a great place to relax for a day or two before (or after) exploring nearby Nyungwe National Park, a…

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Akagera National Park

When peace was restored to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, many returning refugees turned to the forests for their own survival. They used the timber to re-build houses and the savannah was used to feed their livestock, resulting in a loss of biodiversity. But in 2010, African Parks took over the…

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

The Nyungwe Forest is one of Africa’s oldest rainforests and situated in the south-western corner of Rwanda. Spreading over 1000sq, Nyungwe Forest National Park is populated with dense forests of old mahoganies, orchids, and unique epiphytes. It’s a beautiful and magical place!
This mountain region is famous for its chimpanzees as…

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Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda in East Africa. Located almost in the middle of the country, Kigali is home to around 1.1 million people.
Famous for its ‘umuganda’ concept – this is probably the cleanest city you’ll ever visit! On the last Saturday of every month, one person in…

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Volcanoes National Park

Spending time with mountain gorillas is a true bucket list experience! Volcanoes National Park is home to about half the world’s mountain gorillas, making Rwanda a top choice for a gorilla safari. As for the setting, it’s remarkably beautiful; the steep slopes covered in dense tropical rainforest. But don’t limit yourself…

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Gorillas in the Mist in Rwanda

Follow in Diane Fossey’s footsteps! This 4-day gorilla safari is a great add-on for those travelling to East Africa and want to see Rwanda. You will have the option of going on a gorilla trek in the magical Volcanoes National Park or see other primates like the Golden Monkeys. …

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Rwandan Adventure

Explore Rwanda’s rich culture and wildlife in 11 days. Nights are starrier in Rwanda as the lion’s roar in Akagera National Park. Cloudy days, more exciting when trekking for a glimpse of the Silverback Gorilla. Afternoons, more relaxing with One&Only’s spa treatments by the infinity pool.

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