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Rwanda Safaris and Tours

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The rwanda safaris feature trips to the different National parks. To the north of the country, the wildlife viewing safari covers the Akagera National park, where Lions have just been reintroduced. Other animals in the Akagera are the Cape Buffalo, Eland, giraffe, Water buck, warthog as well as rare bird species that Inhabit the Akagera Lake and Swamps.

Much further to the north of the Country, towards the Congo and Uganda border, lies the famous Volcanoes National park where Mountain gorillas can be viewed in their natural habitat. Here, there is also a possibility of trekking the endangered Golden Monkeys in the Bamboo forests.

Dian Fossey research center on the kabara meadow pass is also featured in our Rwanda gorilla safaris. Hikers can visit the grave of Dian Fossey and the remains of the Karisoke research center of the 1960s and 70s. The trips into the Volcanoes can also include climbing to the Mountains of Bisoke and Karisimbi where it is possible to see Crater Lakes at the top of these Mountains.

The Lake Kivu is usually a relaxing resort after days of gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes. Tourists are thereafter, occupied by water sports, relaxing by the pools at top lodges or at spas on this beautiful volcanic Lake.


Rwanda’s worst history is showcased at the different genocide memorials throughout the country. Guided tours by survivors, as well as those that participated in the massacres in 1994 retell the events that led to the slaughter of almost 1 million Rwandans.

Towards the border with Burundi, the lush National park of Nyungwe offers trekking experiences to the Mona monkey colonies, chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus monkeys, L hoest monkeys as well as a lovely canopy walk over the Nyungwe forest to see the other primates at tree level.

In Kigali, you are welcome to take a city tour in one of the cleanest cities in Africa, then get to interact with the local population. Alternatively, visit a couple of craft shops and coffee bars, visit the Hotel Rwanda or have a cultural experience by the Batwa before taking  the departure flight.

Otherwise, travel to the Lake Kivu and take the overnight cruise on the Lake to Napoleon Island. Meanwhile, other Rwanda safaris feature a canopy walk through the treetops in the Jungle.

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Rwanda Travel Guide Information

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Rwanda travel guide country information.


Rwanda, a landlocked republic in Equatorial Africa, situated on the eastern rim of the Albertine Rift. At the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and on the watershed between Africa’s two largest river systems. The Nile as well as the Congo river from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Much of the country’s 26,338km2 is impressively mountainous, the highest peak Karisimbi (4,507m) in the volcanic Virunga chain protected by the Parc des Volcans. The largest body of water Lake Kivu, but numerous other lakes dotted around the countryside, notably Burera, Ruhondo, Muhazi and Mugesera. Some with erratic shapes following the contours of the steep mountains that enclose them.

Primarily a subsistence agriculture economy, Rwanda on the other hand produces for export some of the finest tea and coffee in the world. Other industries include sugar, fishing and cut flowers for export. For more information about Economy and investing in Rwanda, please go to the Economy and Investment section of this Web site.

All International flights arriving in Kigali are with SN Brussels, Kenya Airways Ethiopian Airlines, Air Burundi,South African Airways and Rwandair Express.
All international flights arrive at Kigali International Airport,10 Km from central Kigali .There are two flights a day from Nairobi, two per week direct from Brussels and two per week from Johannesburg For information on connections from Nairobi Entebbe then Johannesburg,


A valid passport is mandatory. Visas, required by all visitors except nationals of the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sweden, Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong, cost USD 60 and obtainable on arrival. MONEY:
The unit of currency is the Rwanda franc. The US dollar is the hard currency of preference. It may be impossible to exchange travellers’ cheques away from the capital. However, credit cards only accepted at the major hotels in Kigali.

In addition to the indigenous language of Kinyarwanda, French and English are official languages. French language widely spoken throughout the country. In the capital and other tourist centres, many people speak English.

Good Friday as well as Easter Monday, fall on variable dates, and recognized in Rwanda. Other public holidays are 1 January (New Year’s Day); 7 April (Genocide Memorial Day); 1 May (Labour Day); 1 July (Independence Day); 4 July (National Liberation Day); 1 August (Harvest Festival); 15 August (Assumption Day); 25 September (Republic Day); 1 October (Heroes Day); 1 November (All Saints’ Day) and 25 (Christmas Day).

Rwanda visits possible throughout the year. Gorilla tracking and other forest walks are less demanding during the drier months. The European winter is the best time for birds, as Palaearctic migrants supplement resident species.


Dress codes are informal. Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the Parc des Volcans and Nyungwe. When tracking gorillas on a Rwanda Safari , wear sturdier clothing to protect against stinging nettles, and solid walking shoes. A hat and sunglasses provide protection against the sun, and a waterproof jacket may come in handy in the moist mountains.

Binoculars will greatly enhance game drives and forest walks, as will a good field guide to East African birds. On the other hand, bring a camera and an adequate stock of film. Print film is available but transparency film is not. Toiletries and other essentials available at major stores in the cities.

Rwanda meanwhile, has an excellent cell phone network covering almost the entire country. International phone calls using GSM network. Appropriate SIM cards for the network, therefore available even in remote towns. Cell phone purchases or rented from major shops in Kigali. Most towns of any size have several Internet cafes and computer centres.

All of the major centres have connections with local and luxury bus services. In addition, Air charter services are available anywhere in the country and well advertised.


The fine road network, with little traffic, offers wonderful opportunities for long bicycle trips across the verdant hills and valleys. Mountain biking as well as hiking can be enjoyed on the thousands of kilometres of fine rural trails linking remote villages, criss-crossing the entire country.

Gorilla Permits by and large should be booked ahead of time through the Office Rwandaise du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN).

A certificate of yellow-fever vaccination is required. Much of Rwanda lies at too high an elevation for malaria to be a major concern, but the disease is present and prophylactic drugs are strongly recommended. It is advisable not to drink tap water. Otherwise, bottled mineral water can be bought in all towns. Hospitals are presently located in all major towns.

A combination of tropical location then high altitude ensures that most of Rwanda has a temperate year-round climate. Temperatures rarely stray above 30 degrees Celsius by day or below 15 degrees Celsius at night throughout the year. The exceptions are the chilly upper slopes of the Virunga Mountains, then the hot low-lying Tanzania border area protected in Akagera National Park. Meanwhile, throughout the country, seasonal variations in temperature are relatively insignificant. Most parts of the country receive in excess of 1,000mm of precipitation annually, with the driest months being July to September and the wettest February to May