Rwanda Safaris and Tours – (Top Gorilla trekking Safaris Rwanda, Wildlife tours in Rwanda, Golden Monkey tracking & Best Time to Visit Rwanda)

Our Rwanda Safaris; include both Short Rwanda Safaris and Long Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda therefore. Rwanda is located in the eastern part of Africa. The country is commonly known as “the land of thousand Hills”.

Rwanda is relatively a small country thus an advantage to shorter distances and less tiresome to Rwanda safari tours. Despite the country being small, Rwanda offers great affordable African safaris and tours making your trip memorable and a lifetime experience.

The country is among the few destinations known to host the rare mountain gorillas. Rwanda gorilla safari is a unique Rwanda safari tour exploring you to Volcanoes national park for Mountain gorilla trekking and Golden monkey trekking activities. The park is home to Mountain gorillas roaming in the Virunga conservation area. Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in D.R. Congo share the conservation area

Besides Rwanda gorilla safaris to volcanoes national park, Rwanda is endowed with a variety of attractions and activities such as Akagera National park for wildlife safaris, Nyungwe forest national park for chimp tracking activities.

More onto attractions and activities, Rwanda safari introduces you to a Kigali city tour. As you explore Rwanda, you will visit places like Genocide memorial monuments, Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, Lake Kivu, Gisenyi trails, Caplaki Crafts Village, local markets, and Hotel des Mille Collines among others. Besides tourism and being a landlocked country, Rwanda is rich in culture, hills, mountains, and numerous rivers and a conducive peaceful and organized quiet Environment.

Popular Rwanda Safari Tours

RWANDA GORILLA SAFARI

5 days Rwanda gorilla safari is all about trekking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park, Parc National des Volcans in French. Touring Kigali city, and taking a ride on Lake Kivu in a canoe. more

8 DAYS RWANDA SAFARI

This 8 Days Rwanda safari takes you to Rwanda’s hotspots; Nyungwe Forest prominent for chimpanzee trekking, Parc Nationale des Volcans (PNV) well-known for gorilla tracking/trekking

1 Day Akagera National Park

This is one of the shortest wildlife safaris in Africa anyone can do. It starts in Kiaglai City then proceeds to Agakera national park for a game drive and boat cruise on Lake Ihema after lunch.

10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour

Your 10 days Rwanda gorilla tour takes you to Volcanoes National Park-a home to a section of mountain gorillas, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Rwanda genocide sites

Rwanda Gorilla And Chimp Trekking Safari

Reserve the 5 days Rwanda gorilla and chimp trekking safari and strike your imaginations with the two great apes; the endangered mountain gorillas in the pristine jungles of Volcanoes

Rwanda Gorilla And Wildlife Tour

The 6 days Rwanda gorilla and wildlife tour involves exploring Volcanoes National Park while on mountain gorilla trekking and Akagera National Park on a wildlife tour. This package

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

A Rwanda gorilla safari takes you to volcanoes national park (Parc Nationale Des Volcans), for mountain gorilla trekking safaris and golden monkey trekking activities.

The activity involves entering into the thick tropical rain forests of Volcanoes national park in search of mountain gorillas. The activity is done in the presence of an armed and expert game ranger Guide.

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Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Volcanoes national park is the smallest National Park at 160 square Kilometers, located in the Northwestern part of Rwanda. The park is nearing the borders of D.R. Congo and Uganda. The park is 105Kms west of Kigali city.

Mountain gorillas are the prime attraction in Volcanoes national park with gorilla trekking happening all year round. The park is a setting for the famous “Gorillas in the Mist” a movie about Dian Fossey’s work in conservation of the gorillas.

Volcanoes National Park is a haven of the famous and unique critically endangered mountain Gorillas. Gorilla trekking/tracking is the most and main activity done in the park. Gorilla tracking involves hiking into thick forests and mountains in search of the rarest primates.

The process requires a physically fit person on a Rwanda safari or else hiring potters to carry you through the forest following gorilla trails.

These gentle giants are usually live in groups with a silver-back or black-back as the leader of every family and trackers are supposed to be in a group of not more than 8 and have only one hour to spend with any of these mountain gorilla groups once traced, visiting this park will bring you face to face with these giant apes.

Besides the mountain Gorillas, other attractions include over 75 species of mammals like Elephants, Buffaloes and Giant forest Hogs, Bushbucks and spotted hyenas among others.

The park is also a home of over 180 species of birds whereby over 26 species are endemic to Virunga and Rwenzori mountains. Besides the wildlife species, other attractions include Dian Fossey grave, Mount Karisimbi, and Mount Bisoke.

A visit to the Land of a thousand Hills offers you fantastic Rwanda safaris in the Volcanoes national park. The Park is home to over 9 habituated gorilla families existing in different locations of the park.

However, the park initially had 10 habituated mountain gorilla families but their number reduced after Hirwa gorilla family migrating to Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. The following are the mountain gorilla groups currently in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

  1. Amahoro gorilla group – Amahoro means “peaceful” and is led by the calm Ubumwe. The group mainly resides uphill which requires you to endure a steep climb to eventually come into its territory but as always, the climb is worth it.
  2. Sabyinyo gorilla group is lead by Guhonda, named after one of the volcanoes – Mt Sabyinyo. The members within this family are generally fewer but it’s an impressive family. This group is closest to the park headquarters if you are wary of tracking long distances; this is the group to request if available.
  3. Kwitonda gorilla group; it is led by silverback Kwitonda and the name is translated “humble one”. This gorilla group migrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo and settled ‘permanently’ in Rwanda. It is moderately difficult to trek because it ranges far in the upper slopes of Mt Muhabura.
  4. Group 13 / Agashya gorilla group had only 13 members during habituation hence its name. Currently, it has a membership of approximately 25 members and is led by silverback Agashya that explains the name change.
  5. Umubano gorilla group; is led by silverback Charles who broke off from the Amahoro gorilla group with some females to form Umubano. The name Umubano is translated ‘living together’.
  6. Uganda gorilla group was named after its unique behavior of roaming from place to place around the Karisimbi area, come ready to hike this volcano as you follow this gorilla group.
  7. Susa (A) gorilla group; is the largest Gorilla group in the park with 41 gorillas and is the group, which was studied by Dian Fossey. The group is known for having the rare twins named Byishimo and Pompano. This family ranges in the high mountains making it difficult to trek, but rewards you with its size on sighting it.
  8. Karisimbi / Susa – B gorilla group split from the original Susa (A) group and has 2 silverbacks. This group is one of the hardest to trek, residing on the upper slopes of Mt Karisimbi. It is best for seasoned hikers who enjoy the hiking experience as much as sighting the gorillas.
  9. Titus gorilla group was named after silverback Titus which was born during the days of Dian Fossey’s research at Karisoke.
  10. Bwenge gorilla group; it was formed by silverback Bwenge after breaking away with females from other groups. Bwenge is translated ‘Wisdom’. The group occupies mainly the slopes between Karisimbi and Bisoke mountains.

Birds of Volcanoes National Park – On Rwanda Safari Choose Bird Watching tours

Volcanoes national park is home to over 200 bird species with a number of Albertine rift endemics for bird-watching safaris. Birding is the next best thing to do in this park after mountain gorilla tracking and golden monkey trekking.

Some of the species to look out for include, Grauer’s rush warbler, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori double –collared Sunbird, handsome francolin, strange weaver, dusky crimson-wing, collared Apalis, red-faced woodland warbler and Archer’s round-robin.

A Rwanda Tour takes you for Golden monkey trekking as an activity in Volcanoes national park Rwanda

Golden monkey trekking activities are also done in Volcanoes national park every day in the early morning much like gorilla trekking. You are expected to arrive at the briefing place at the park headquarters as early as 7 am for briefing about how to behave and relate with these creatures in the wild. You will then be divided into two groups if you are many and start your trek led by the experienced and jolly ranger guides.

Golden Monkey trekking
Golden Monkey trekking on a Rwanda tour

Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated troops that are open for Rwanda safari tours. The total number of individuals from both is 80 habituated for Africa tours. Golden monkeys live mostly in the bamboo vegetations, unlike the mountain gorillas.

They are active, which makes the trekking very engaging and interesting but can be difficult. You will be following after them as they hope from one area to another looking for food and therefore you need to be fit.

Gorilla trekking guidelines for Rwanda Safaris

  • Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas.
  • If you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, please do not visit the gorillas.
  • Should you need to cough, cover your mouth and turn away from the Gorillas.
  • Viewing time is limited to one hour,
  • Maximum 8 visitors per day per group. When with the gorillas, keep your voice low.
  • Try not to make rapid movements that may frighten the gorillas.
  • If a gorilla should charge or vocalize at you, do not be alarmed, stand still, look away from the gorilla, and follow your guide’s directions.
  • Spitting in the park is strictly prohibited
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke in the presence of gorillas

What to Bring on your Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts
  • Sun hut
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Flash fewer cameras

Rwanda Wildlife Safaris

A Rwanda Wildlife safari introduces you to Akagera national park for a variety of wildlife activities. The park offers numerous activities like Game drives, cultural encounters, spotting a variety of bird species and boat cruises on Lake Ihema among others.

Akagera National Park is located in the Southeastern part of Rwanda at the border with Tanzania. It covers an area of about 1,122 square kilometers; it is located around 135 km from Kigali town.

The fascinating attractions that are worth visiting in this park include a network of lakes such as Lake Ihema.

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Wildlife Viewing on a Rwanda Safari

This savanna park is widely known for wildlife safaris because of the variety of wildlife species which include Savanna elephants, buffaloes, and antelope species like waterbucks, topi, Oribis, roan antelope, elands among others. In this marvelous National Park, zebras, giraffes, leopards, and hyenas are also spotted on any Rwanda safaris.

The park hosts over 525 species of birds have been recorded in this Park and they include the shoebill stork, over 44 species of raptor, Albertine Rift endemic species like Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco among others.

Nyungwe Forest National Park is located on the Southwestern edge of Rwanda, bordered by Burundi in the South and DRC in the West with a total area of 1,020 square kilometers. It was established in 2004 to diversify Rwanda’s tourism from over-relying on gorilla tourism.

The Park has over 75 species of mammals inhabited including over 13 primate species such as the Chimpanzees (over 400 in this Park), Black and white colobus monkeys. The park is a home of over 300 species of birds out of which over 16 species are Albertine Rift endemics.

Tourists on a Rwanda safari this park will be accustomed to activities like the fascinating canopy walk, bird watching safaris, primate safaris.

Several hiking trails in Nyungwe forest include the Ngabwe trail, Bigugu trail, Kamiranzovu marsh trail, and Isumo waterfall trail, Source of the River Nile trail, Karamba birding trail, Imbaraga trail, Rukuzi trail and irebero trail among others. Primate safaris and bird watching are also done in this park.

6 Best Rwanda Safari Itineraries

RWANDA GORILLA SAFARI 8 DAYS RWANDA SAFARI
1 Day Akagera National Park 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour
Rwanda Gorilla And Chimp Trekking Safari Rwanda Gorilla And Wildlife Tour

On a Rwanda Tour – Kigali City Tour

Kigali city is a gateway to most attractions that is to say mountain gorillas, chimpanzees among others in National Parks, Kigali was declared Africa’s most beautiful city by the United Nations, it is one of the cleanest and safest places for Africa safaris. The favorable climatic changes of the city make a relaxing place for travelers.

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Kigali City Skyline on a Rwanda Safari

Kigali city tour offers extraction of the legendary backgrounds of Kigali and the history of Rwanda as a whole. Anyone on this city tour can visit the Kandt House museum (oldest building), the first modern building on which the city was first founded.

Other sites to visit include Inema Arts center, Ivuka Arts Center, Museum of National History, The Presidential Museum (where the death of the former Rwandan President sparkled the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Memorial Center, the statehouse museum and the Miyo Art Gallery. 5-D movies in the Kigali multiplex cinema.

Best Lodges For Rwanda Safaris (Safari Lodges in Rwanda)

Rwiza village

The lodge is perched on a hillside sloping down to the lake (there’s a pontoon for swimming pool), offer guests with a chance to unplug in 10 cocoon-like, a-framed chalets built from materials. They are set amid beautifully landscaped gardens, with the added bonus of breathtaking views. The attached restaurant concocts delicious vegetarian specialties

Cormoran lodge

This lodge is outside the town along a very rough road, this stunner of the lodge melds rock, lake, and wood into a truly memorable place to stay, the rooms which are all free-standing and spaced throughout landscaped grounds tumbling to the lakeshore, luxurious tree houses on stilts and are built entirely out of logs and beach pebbles.

Bisate

This lodge is strategically located with incredible volcano views from the Terrance, the architect-designed look, best described as ethnic chic, is stunning. Rooms are supremely comfortable with massive windows and lovely furnishings made of local materials

Virunga lodge

This one of the stunningly situated places in the region, the Virunga Lodge is nested on the ridge above Burera and Ruhondo lakes, offers incredible views across to the Virunga volcanoes, and is one of the finest lodges in Rwanda. Accommodation is in stone chalets decorated with local crafts and hardwoods furnishings, through this place is definitely more bush chic than opulent

Palm Garden Lodge

This lodge is home to nine boutique-quality rooms decorated with well-chosen furnishings and antiques. Most rooms come with partial lake views. The whole place oozes style and carefree charm. It has spaces to sit back on a sun lounger on the garden and gaze down at the lake.

Other lodges and hotels include five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Ubumwe Grande Hotel, 5 Swiss Hotel, Green Page Garden suites, hotel des Mille Collines, the Manor Hotel, Gloria Hotel, Urban city Blue Hotel.

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Best Time To Visit Rwanda

The best time to visit Rwanda is throughout the year. This is often the long time of year and has good conditions for Rwanda gorilla safaris and wildlife safaris. There are four seasons to think about once preparing for an African safari in Rwanda. However, the weather in Rwanda is fairly temperate and favors travel year spherical.

Its compact size, proximity to the equator and high altitude supply a contemporary highland feel and consistent temperature. The common daytime temperature is around 30°C or 86°F, Kigali capital city enjoys a median temperature of 21°C or 70°F which enables you to do gorilla trekking all year spherical in Rwanda. However, you need to grips in mind that the rainier months will create gorilla trekking on your Rwanda safari a bit hard due to muddy conditions.

More Info on Your Rwanda Safari Tour

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s beautiful scenery, and heat, friendly individuals supply distinctive experiences in one in every of the foremost exceptional countries within the world. The country is blessed with extraordinary multifariousness (biodiversity), with unimaginable life living throughout its Volcanoes, elevation timberland and sweeping plains.

The country is located a few degrees south of the equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda is in Africa’s Great Lakes region and its topography is dominated by mountains in the west and the Savannah in the east.

The country is extremely small and there is one thing that the country is known for is gorilla trekking and the country being the cleanest country in east Africa without any litter on the streets of the country. The country has a very unique city in the heart of Rwanda; Kigali is a gorgeous city with great weather. While in this city you can get a taste of history by visiting the genocide memorials and learn about the turbulent past of the country.

The country has got a variety of different attractions that are eye-catching and these include gorillas; a very unique experience when you can get inches away from Gorillas is something that you can’t put a price on, national parks; A Rwanda tourist attraction list would not be right without adding the list of national parks in the country.

The country is a host to a great variety of animals aside from gorillas including chimpanzees and a variety of birds as well. Some of its popular parks are Akagera and Nyungwe national parks. Apart from National parks and gorillas, the country has also a got lake like Lake Kivu which is part of the Great Rift Valley; the lake is the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is a great relaxing region where tourists can go and relax, the place is extremely picturesque.

Rwanda Safaris

RWANDA GORILLA SAFARI

5 days Rwanda gorilla safari is all about trekking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park, Parc National des Volcans in French. Touring Kigali city, and taking a ride on Lake Kivu in a canoe. more

8 DAYS RWANDA SAFARI

This 8 Days Rwanda safari takes you to Rwanda’s hotspots; Nyungwe Forest prominent for chimpanzee trekking, Parc Nationale des Volcans (PNV) well-known for gorilla tracking/trekking

1 Day Akagera National Park

This is one of the shortest wildlife safaris in Africa anyone can do. It starts in Kiaglai City then proceeds to Agakera national park for a game drive and boat cruise on Lake Ihema after lunch.

10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour

Your 10 days Rwanda gorilla tour takes you to Volcanoes National Park-a home to a section of mountain gorillas, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Rwanda genocide sites

Rwanda Gorilla And Chimp Trekking Safari

Reserve the 5 days Rwanda gorilla and chimp trekking safari and strike your imaginations with the two great apes; the endangered mountain gorillas in the pristine jungles of Volcanoes

Rwanda Gorilla And Wildlife Tour

The 6 days Rwanda gorilla and wildlife tour involves exploring Volcanoes National Park while on mountain gorilla trekking and Akagera National Park on a wildlife tour. This package

 

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