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Rwanda safaris/Rwanda tours such as Rwanda gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda trips, wildlife safaris in Rwanda to top Rwanda safari parks plus community cultural tours, are one of the greatest African travels of the present tours! Your Rwanda safari will majorly entail peculiar experiences like Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park game viewing, and primate tracking adventures at Nyungwe National Park.

Rwanda safaris/Rwanda tours such as Rwanda gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda trips, wildlife safaris in Rwanda to top Rwanda safari parks plus community cultural tours, are one of the greatest African travels of the present tours!

Your Rwanda safari will majorly entail peculiar experiences like Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park game viewing, and primate tracking adventures at Nyungwe National Park.

Famously known as the “land of a thousand hills”, the country is part and parcel of the beautiful Virunga rainforests that cover Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dian Fossey, a primatologist who studied and protected the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda confirmed Rwanda’s ambiance when she said that you can shiver more than you sweat while in the Virunga region.

The Virunga mountains sector in particular is home to the famous Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are more than 350 Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to track on a Rwanda safari. Other amazing touristic aspects of Rwanda on a Rwanda safari include the presence of over 189 mammal species, over 700 bird species, friendly cultures, the beautiful biodiverse vegetation that create amazing scenery, and so much more that will leave you in awe!

Even though the 1994 Rwanda genocide between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes caused a lot of wildlife species to perish, the country recovered from the effects of these wars and the tourism industry blossomed more than ever.

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Rwanda Gorilla Family

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This has been the recent theme in promoting this beautiful country and its wonderful nature to the outside world. This is a worthwhile move as Rwanda abounds with a rich range of attractions and there is a lot to experience from the time you step into the country till you leave.

The four national parks in Rwanda where you can enjoy such peculiar experiences on your Rwanda safari include Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, and Gishwati Mukuru National Park.

Rwanda vacations are also good for historical adventures and cultural tours. Meet the Rwanda genocide memorial sites and the rich culture that defines the Rwandese and their ways.

More so, the well-developed infrastructure with good transportation services and amazing accommodation is a bonus to the beautiful tours in Rwanda, the great land of a thousand hills.

It is therefore an amazing experience to visit Rwanda and explore the beauty that it provides during Rwanda safaris. Book with your ideal and trustworthy Rwanda tour operator today to experience among many things a Gorilla tour and the wild African beauty of Rwanda!

Below are the various types of Rwanda safaris.

Types Of Rwanda Safaris | Safari Activities During Your Rwanda Safaris

The various types of Rwanda safaris that you will experience while on your Rwanda trip include the following.

  1. Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari
  2. Other primate safaris
  3. Wildlife tours
  4. Birdwatching safaris
  5. Cultural tours
  6. City tour

Read below to know what to expect on your Rwanda safari tour.

  • Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris

A Gorilla tour is the highlight of any safari to Rwanda. In the country, you will find these primates only in Volcanoes National Park which holds about 350 of them.

A Volcanoes National Park safari for Rwanda Gorilla trekking is a worthwhile Rwanda trip as you get to experience the thrill and awe of spending one hour with these gentle giants.

During this one hour, you will likewise watch the daily lives of these Gorillas in their natural habitat for example their feeding patterns.

You will be able to participate in tracking or habituating one of the Rwanda Gorilla families depending on what you prefer to experience while on your Rwanda safari.

The experience is however quite strenuous for those who do not have normal physical fitness since the park is hilly. Therefore, we advise that you have some exercises as a way to prepare for your Gorilla trek before coming for your Rwanda safari.

However, you will forget all the trekking struggles upon setting eyes on a Gorilla family and enjoying the moment of being close to these gentle giants.

More so, at the park headquarters, a ranger guide will instruct you on some Gorilla trekking rules and regulations to follow during your Rwanda safari and some of them include;

  • Keeping a 7-meter distance while with these gentle giants.
  • Spending one hour with the Gorillas.
  • Avoiding to use of flash photography as they may get the attention of the primates.
  • Coughing or sneezing under your elbow to avoid spreading any airborne diseases to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.

You can also visit the grave of Diane Fossey who was buried near her Gorilla friends in Volcanoes National Park for a more rewarding, authentic, and memorable tour to Rwanda while on your Rwanda safari.

  • Other Primate Safaris

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Rwanda is also a destination to experience the sight of other primates much more easily. The country protects the endangered Golden Monkeys which are in Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati Forest.

Chimpanzees are common in Nyungwe Forest National Park for Chimpanzee tracking tours. However, fewer populations for Chimpanzee trekking can also be seen in Gishwati Forest during your Rwanda safaris. You can hence visit either destination for your Chimpanzee tracking or Chimpanzee trekking safaris.

Other primates in Rwanda include Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Owl-faced Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Dent’s Monkeys, L’Hoests Monkey, Olive Baboons, and Bush babies.

  • Wildlife Safari To Rwanda

Rwanda Wildlife Safaris

Rwanda is another ideal destination to explore the wildlife of Africa. You will experience a memorable game drive at the Akagera National Park which has all the big five animals of Africa. These big five for wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park are the Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, Elephants, and Rhinos.

Other captivating animal species to see on a safari to Rwanda in Akagera National Park include Giraffes, Zebras, various Antelopes, and the African Golden Cat among many others.

Therefore Rwanda is among the best spots for wildlife enthusiasts to do wildlife viewing of both the carnivores and herbivores of Africa in Akagera National Park on their Rwanda safaris.

  • Hiking Safaris In Rwanda

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One of the reasons Rwanda is referred to as the “land of a thousand hills” is because of the various hills and even mountains that this beautiful country possesses.

Some of these areas have facilitated hiking adventures for various tourists on Rwanda vacations.

The best hiking destinations on your Rwanda safari include Mount Karisimbi standing at a height of 4,507m and Mount Bisoke which stands at 3,700m.

While on these summits, you will awe at the amazing views from the tops and also enjoy watching the beautiful crater lake on Mount Bisoke. Lake Ngezi is another crater lake that is on the side of Mount Bisoke and it looks over the Mount Sabyinyo slopes.

  • Birding Watching Safaris In Rwanda

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7 Days Gorilla Safari Rwanda, Chimpanzee trekking & Birding

Rwanda keeps over 700 bird species with 29 Albertine Rift Endemics. Akagera National Park and Nyungwe National Park are the top destinations for your birding tours in Rwanda.

However, you can also do birding in the Gorilla famous Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu (located between Congo to the West and Eastern Rwanda side), and Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.

Some top birds to see while on your Rwanda safaris include;-

  • Francolins
  • Red-Faced Woodland Warbler
  • Bare-Faced Go-Away Bird
  • Dusky Crimson Wing
  • Red-Faced Woodland Warbler
  • Archer’s Ground Robin
  • Dusky Turtle Love
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Rwenzori Double-Collared Sunbird
  • Cultural And Community Tours In Rwanda

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Rwanda is a rich cultural land embracing a unique African heritage and atleast an amazing cultural village in some towns. You will find unique people with unique cultures and ways everywhere during your Rwanda safari, even around parks like Akagera National Park. However, for amazing cultural experiences among the Rwandese for example in a cultural village, endeavor to visit any of the following cultural destinations to have a richer experience during your Rwanda safaris.

  1. a) Ibyíwacu Cultural Village
  2. b) Ethnographic Museum in Butare
  3. c) The King’s palace in Nyanza
  4. d) Rwanda Genocide Memorial sites; the Genocide memorial will allow you to learn about the history of the wars between the Hutu and Tutsi that took place in 1994.
  5. e) Bugesera reconciliation village

You can also take part in various sports like cycling, cricket, golf, and the marathon and also visit the Gorilla Guardian Village and the King’s palaces.

  • Canopy Walks In Rwanda

This adventure activity on Rwanda safaris occurs in Nyungwe National Park. It involves travelers walking on a suspended bridge that is 70m high and 160m long.

The experience on Rwanda safaris allows you to have an extensive view of the amazing Montane rainforest and some other beautiful wildlife like orchids, birds, and butterflies.

Where To Visit In Rwanda | Tourist Places To Safari In Rwanda

You will explore the wonders in the four national parks, other protected areas, cities, and monuments on your safari to Rwanda. However, the major places to see the beautiful nature and enjoy wildlife viewing in Rwanda on your Rwanda safaris are in the Rwanda parks which include;

  1. a) Volcanoes National Park
  2. b) Akagera National Park
  3. c) Nyungwe National Park
  4. d) Gishwati Mukuru National Park

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda Safaris

The rich green rainforest of the Volcanoes National Park spreads throughout the Virunga region, protecting the Mountain Gorillas, an endangered primate species.

Dian Fossey, a primatologist and conservationist through her center called the Karisoke Research Centre, researched these Mountain Gorillas here during her tour to Rwanda from 1967 until she died in 1985. Her work did a great job for Rwanda’s tourism as she made these gentle giants famous in the outside world. Thus, this made the country famous for Rwanda trips to see the amazing Gorillas.

As her established Karisoke Research Centre helped to protect these primates, it also prevented poaching in the lands and the natural habitat of the primates. However, the instabilities between the Hutu and Tutsi in 1994 brought a lot of poachers but the Rwandan authorities undertook strict measures to protect the wildlife against the poachers and successfully restored the wildlife

Additionally, there are over 300 Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda with 14 habituated Gorilla family groups that you can trek while on your Rwanda safaris.

Therefore, these many Gorilla families also make Volcanoes an ideal destination to do your Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.

Located in the North Western part of the country, the beautiful Volcanoes National Park likewise comprises ancient volcanoes that rise about 15,000 feet, making it the coldest park in Rwanda. Some of these volcanoes include

  1. a) Mount Karisimbi
  2. b) Mount Bisoke
  3. c) Mount Gahinga
  4. d) Mountain Muhabura
  5. e) Mount Sabyinyo

On a safari in Rwanda, it is best to hike Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke while hiking Mount Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo is best done from Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Apart from the Mountain Gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is also a natural habitat for other wildlife such as Golden Monkeys, Hyenas, Elephants, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, and over 180 bird species.

Akagera National Park Rwanda Safaris

Akagera National Park in Eastern Rwanda is the largest Rwanda national park, covering an area of 1,122 square kilometers, and was established in 1934. The Akagera National Park is in a low-lying landscape found in Eastern Rwanda and it is fairly warm, having savannahs, woodlands, lakes, swamps, and montane forests.

Some of the water bodies in Akagera National Park include River Akagera, Lake Ihema(a crater lake), and Lake Shakani.

During the Rwanda Genocide wars, Rwanda lost a lot of wild animals in Akagera National Park and even after the wars, the refugees who settled around the park poisoned over 300 Lions.

Once, Akagera National Park protected the highest number of wild dogs, but the Colonialists killed many of them as they were found to be a threat.

However, the Akagera National Park currently protects a lot of animals including all the big five animals of Africa. Other wildlife in the pack includes various Antelopes, Zebras, Hippos, Crocodiles, and over 425 bird species.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe National Park preserves one of the oldest, most diverse, and most beautiful rainforests in Africa. The park which sits on Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Burundi border was gazzeted a national park in 2004.

This scenic park offers amazing views of Lake Kivu and the wild vegetation of bamboo trees, bogs, and grasslands on a Rwanda safari, hence favourable for Chimpanzee tracking tours. The scenic Lake Kivu is likewise a beautiful spot for your birding safaris as it protects very many bird species that you can see on your Rwanda safari.

The park is an ideal destination to view the different primate species of Rwanda on your Rwanda safari for example the,

1.     Chimpanzees

2.     Baboons

3.     Red-Tailed Monkeys

4.     Golden Monkeys

5.     Grey Cheeked Mangabeys

6.     Black and White Colobus Monkeys

 

7.     Silver Monkeys

8.     Vervet Monkeys

9.     Angola Colobus

10. Dent’s Mona Monkey

11. Hamlyn’s Monkeys

More so, this park is also home to over 280 bird species and 85 mammal species including the above-listed primate species. Thus, another great destination for your Rwanda safaris.

Gishwati-Mukuru National Park Rwanda Safaris

This park was gazzeted in 2015 when the Gishwati and the Mukura forests were joined together.

Gazetting the park protected it from extinction when post-1994 genocide individuals settled in the forests. A few of the Chimpanzees and other wildlife like the L’hoest Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, and Golden Monkeys were also preserved. Hence, you can visit this destination for chimp trekking/Chimpanzee tracking and other primate safaris.

There is also a great number of birds in the park for bird-watching enthusiasts of the park.

Another place for a Rwanda trip is Kigali which is the capital city.

Kigali City Tours/Kigali City Rwanda Safaris

Kigali recent traveler reviews reveal the beautiful tours in Rwanda that travelers receive in the capital city of Rwanda. This is among the most beautiful, clean, and organized cities in East Africa.

With a friendly culture and loving people, you will definitely enjoy the beauty that Kigali has to offer during your city tour. You can visit the Kigali cultural village on your city tour to discover the work of different artisans and vendors selling their goods.

Apart from a city tour, other beautiful towns and cities with at least a cultural village for Rwanda tours include;

  1. Rubavu
  2. Musanze
  3. Karongi
  4. Rusizi
  5. Nyanza
  6. Kibeho
  7. Huye

Things To See On Your Rwanda Safaris | Tourist Attractions In Rwanda

Various safari activities can make up your memorable Rwanda tours and some of them include

  1. Rwanda Gorillas
  2. Golden Monkey and other primates
  3. Wild animals and birds
  4. Virunga Mountains
  5. National parks for example Akagera National Park and Volcanoes National Park
  6. Cultures and communities
  7. Kigali City and other towns

What Is The Best Month To Visit Rwanda? | What Is The Best Time Of The Year To See The Gorillas In Rwanda? | What Is The Best Time Of The Year To Safari In Rwanda?

June and September are the best months to visit Rwanda as they are the dry season. In this season it is easy to trek primates and do a wildlife tour through game drives. However, sometimes it will rain even in the dry season but it will not be as heavy as it is in the wet season.

However, this is the high season when lodges are most times full and the Gorilla permits are booked in advance.

How Much Is A Gorilla Safari In Rwanda? | How Much Does It Cost To Go Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda? | How Much Does It Cost To See Gorillas In Rwanda?

To answer the important questions “How much does it cost to visit the Gorillas in Rwanda?” or “How much is a 1 days Gorilla trek in Rwanda”, below is the categorized price for Gorilla permits for Rwanda Gorilla tracking.

Visitor CategoryGorilla permit fee(USD)
Foreign nonresident$ 1500
Rwandan foreign resident$ 500
Rwandan citizen$ 200
East African citizen$ 200
African citizens or foreign residents living in other African countries$ 500

Is Uganda or Rwanda Better to See Gorillas? | Is Rwanda Or Uganda Better for Gorillas? | Is It Better to See Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda? | Is Uganda or Rwanda Better for Gorilla Trekking?

Gorilla trekking in Uganda vs Rwanda; Both Uganda and Rwanda tours are special and memorable for your Gorilla trekking and other Rwanda trips to Africa. However, each destination has its strengths that may align with your interests hence allowing you to choose the best destination.

For example, Uganda has two Gorilla trekking destinations which are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. More so, Bwindi impenetrable forest holds almost half of the Mountain Gorilla population in the world.

Additionally, Gorilla trekking in Uganda in both Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga is way cheaper than a Rwanda Gorilla trekking experience. Also, the Gorilla trekking tracks in Uganda are at a relatively low altitude making the experience less strenuous.

Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda on the other hand is easier to access from Kigali through a quite better infrastructure, which makes you easily access the destination for trekking Gorillas.

Top Rwanda Tour Operators for Your Rwanda Safaris

Prime Safaris And Tours Ltd (Gorilla Safari Rwanda) is the best Rwanda tour operators that you can book with for your Rwanda safaris and holidays.

Best Rwanda Safari Packages for Your Rwanda Safaris

Below, we look at the best packages for your Rwanda safaris and tours.

2 days Rwanda trip- Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

3 days Rwanda tour- Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

5 days Rwanda tour- Gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park and Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest.

6 days primate safari- Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, and Golden Monkey Tracking.

10 days Rwanda safari- Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, and wildlife safari in Akagera National Park.

12 days Rwanda safari- Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking (Chimpanzee tracking), and wildlife safari in Akagera National Park.

Where To Stay During Your Rwanda Safaris

Rwanda has various lodges ranging from luxury, midrange, and budget from where you can stay on your Rwanda safaris.

Luxury safari lodges in Rwanda include; Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge, One&Only Nyungwe House, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Singita Kwintonda Lodge, Magashi Camp, and Ruzizi Tented Lodge. Others are Lake Kivu Serena and Akagera Game Lodge.

Midrange lodges in Rwanda are; Amakoro Songa Lodge. Byiza Lodge Rwanda, Best View Hotel, Faraja Hotel Rwanda, Classic Lodge Rwanda, and Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel among others.

Budget lodges in Rwanda include; East Africa Amazon Guest House, New Silver Hotel, Eden Condo Hotel, Akagera Rhino Lodge, and Virunga Hotel Rwanda.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rwanda Safaris

  1. Is Rwanda Good for Safari? | Can You Do A Safari In Rwanda?

Rwanda is a unique spectacular country for tours and safaris in Africa. The beautiful ancient biodiverse forest of Rwanda is among the best places to go for Gorilla walking, enjoy a canopy walk, and hike one of the Virunga Mountains on your Rwanda safaris.

  1. Is Rwanda Good for Tourists?

Yes, Rwanda is good for tourists because of the different tourist attractions in the country to marvel at.

For example, there are the peculiar Mountain Gorillas for a Gorilla trekking adventure, other primate species, and wild animals. More so, there are also birds, beautiful cultures, and an amazing range of thousand hills where you can do your canopy walk tours during your Rwanda safaris.

  1. Is Rwanda Cheap to Travel To? | Is It Cheap To Travel In Rwanda?

Rwanda trips are fairly cheap. This is partly because there are fewer tourist destinations in the country compared to other East African countries like Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

The small size of the country also makes transport a bit cheaper for travelers on their Rwanda vacations and Rwanda safaris.

  1. How Many Days Do You Need In Rwanda?

A fulfilling tour to Rwanda should take at least 4 days to one week in which you can choose to do Rwanda Gorilla trekking, mountain hiking, cultural tours, bird watching, scenic tours, or a canopy walk. A two-day Gorilla trek safari will also give you a better Rwanda trip and wider knowledge during your tours.

  1. How Safe Is Rwanda for Travelers?

A tour to Rwanda is very safe. Rwanda is among the safest countries to visit in Africa. This clean and organized country through the concerned authorities ensures great security to both travelers and Rwandan residents in different places during their Rwanda safaris.

  1. Is Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda Worth It?

Rwanda Gorilla trekking is worth it! It is an amazing experience to view some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world when you visit Rwanda and contribute to their conservation.

  1. How Difficult Is Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda?

Rwanda Gorilla trekking is a bit strenuous since Volcanoes National Park is quite hilly. Therefore, one of the ways you can prepare for your Gorilla tour is by ensuring that you are physically fit and mentally ready for the occasion on your Rwanda safaris.

  1. Is Rwanda Known for Gorillas?

Yes, Rwanda is known for the presence of Mountain Gorillas that live in the Virunga Mountains. However, apart from the Gorilla tour, other aspects also make Rwanda a famous destination for example the 1994 genocide between the Hutu and Tutsi, and the presence of other peculiar primate species like the Golden Monkeys and Chimpanzees for Chimpanzee tracking.

  1. What Can You Pack and Carry for Your Rwanda Safaris?

The following necessities will be helpful on your safari to Rwanda.

  • A Camera for taking photos or videos during your Rwanda vacations.
  • Pair of Binoculars for birding and watching distant wildlife on your Rwanda safaris.
  • An insect repellant will protect you from insect bites during your Rwanda safaris.
  • Sunscreen lotion will help to protect your skin from the heat of the sun during your Rwanda safaris.
  • A snack and water bottle will come in handy during your safari activities like Gorilla trekking where you may spend a fairly long time tracking the Mountain Gorillas.
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho and waterproof back bag: this will also help in case it rains. Your belongings like gadgets will be protected and safe from the rain.
  1. How Should You Dress for Your Rwanda Safaris?

Long-sleeved trousers and shirts, garden gloves, a hat or cap, sunglasses, and strong, sturdy trekking shoes will all make your Rwanda trips much more comfortable by protecting you from the weather conditions and giving you easier movement.

  1. How Much Is Going to Rwanda from Uganda?

Rwanda trips from Uganda begin from about $300. However, the charges for your tour to Rwanda will likewise greatly depend on the means of transport used.

  1. Do I Need a Passport to Travel from Uganda to Rwanda?

All residents of Rwanda, Uganda, or Kenya can move within the countries with their national identity cards. However, other citizens need a passport and visa for their tours in Rwanda.

Visit Rwanda for exclusive Rwanda vacations into the beauty that this country offers. Experience the unique primate tracking tours in Volcanoes National Park, cultural tours, wildlife viewing in Akagera National Park, bird watching tours and so much more when you explore Rwanda safaris. Inquire and book with us your Rwanda safaris today for amazing Rwanda safari packages and explorations!

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