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Rwanda

One of only three countries in which the mountain gorilla can be found

  • Companies:

    670 operators
  • Capital:

    Kigali
  • Population:

    11 million
  • Currency:

    Rwandan Franc
  • Total area:

    26,338 km² (10,169 miles²)
  • Wildlife:

    26 animals listed
  • Languages:

    English, French, ...
  • Airports:

    Kigali (KGL)

Voltage and plug type

Type C (220V)

Type C (220V)

Type J (220V)

Type J (220V)

Recommended vaccinations

Tetanus MMR Hepatitis B
Hepatitis A

Rwanda map

About Rwanda

Located in eastern/central Africa, Rwanda is the ninth smallest country in Africa and is located only a few degrees below the equator. Tiny Rwanda has suffered a difficult past and tourism is now slowly and steadily growing since the end of horrific genocide in 1993. Rwanda consists of many hills and mountains and the lowest point in the country is at 950m or 3117ft. Five of Rwanda’s mountains are volcanoes, which provide stunning backdrops to the lush, green hills and vegetation. Its climate is classified as a temperate tropical highland and has two rainy seasons roughly between the months of March and May and again between the months of October and November. Rwanda is home to Nyungwe Forest, which is home to thirteen species of monkeys. In fact, over 25% of Africa’s monkey species are found in this one park.

Volcanoes National Park, also called Parc des Volcans, is part of the Virunga (Birunga) Conservation area and is the highlight for many visitors. This park is home to over half the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Rwanda’s verdant, stunning backdrops and lush vegetation also make for excellent photo opportunities and many safari visitors select Rwanda for its photogenic scenery. Rwanda also offers a range of lodging options from very high end luxury lodges to more basic accommodation.

The gorillas are endangered and highly susceptible to human illnesses. To help protect and preserve the mammals, the number of daily tourists allowed within close range of the animals is severely restricted and day passes are steeply priced. The journey to reach the habitat of the mountain gorilla includes hiking through steep terrain which is often quite wet and slippery. It also required walking through very dense foliage, including large amounts of stinging nettles. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately and ensure all limbs are well-protected. A safari in Rwanda is very different to a safari in neighboring Kenya or Tanzania, as one is required to be in good enough shape to walk for at least four hours to where the animals are located. It is for this reason that Rwanda is recommended for those who are physically able to handle the trekking conditions of the parks and who are free from any contagious illnesses. Those who meet the aforementioned requirements will be rewarded with an intimate safari experience.

Gorilla Tour Booking Safaris

Safari tour operator

24 reviews

Yascore 90

Since:
Mar 2015

Gorilla Tour Booking Safaris is a Travel Company based in Kampala, Uganda (East Africa) specializing in Customized Safaris and Tours. We deliver memorable adventures with expert guidance. Our tour ... read more

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  • 0 photos
  • 19 tour packages
Yascore 90

Since:
Mar 2015

All Gorilla Trips

Safari tour operator

3 reviews

Yascore 88

Since:
Aug 2012

All Gorilla Trips is a locally owned Uganda Tour company specializing in Uganda Gorilla tours and Rwanda Gorilla Tours. Experience a Uganda safari and gorilla tracking & trekking with our exper... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 3 tour packages
Yascore 88

Since:
Aug 2012

2 reviews

Yascore 88

Since:
Oct 2003

Asyanut Safaris and Travel is a destination Management Company based in Kampala Uganda. We specialize in tailor made safaris for all over Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania... read more

More reviews:
  • 2 photos
  • 6 tour packages
Yascore 88

Since:
Oct 2003

Soin Africa Safaris

Safari tour operator

12 reviews

Yascore 87

Since:
Sep 2009

We offer safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda with our fully qualified guides. We are built on the belief that the key to creating a superb holiday is uncompromised attention to details, e... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 22 tour packages
Yascore 87

Since:
Sep 2009

Harmony Safari Expeditions

Safari tour operator

4 reviews

Yascore 86

Since:
May 2016

We provide an unrivalled choice of quality escorted tour packages to E.Africa packed with exciting daily sightseeing highlights and features. Our safari offers a variety of activities in Rwanda, Ug... read more

More reviews:
  • 1 photo
  • 20 tour packages
Yascore 86

Since:
May 2016

Katona Tours and Travel

Safari tour operator

9 reviews

Yascore 86

Since:
Dec 2013

Book Uganda Gorilla safaris, wildlife Tours and Budget Safaris to Africa with Katona Tours and Travel that is one of Africa's finest tour company, organizing safaris in the East Africa. Buy gorilla... read more

More reviews:
  • 0 photos
  • 3 tour packages
Yascore 86

Since:
Dec 2013

eTrip Africa

Safari tour operator

17 reviews

Yascore 84

Since:
Aug 2012

E-Trip Africa is the newest division of Worldwide Travel Group LLC, a registered tour operator based in the United States. Founded to provide a responsible alternative for traveling in Africa, E-T... read more

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  • 6 photos
  • 2 tour packages
Yascore 84

Since:
Aug 2012

Real Africa Safaris

Safari tour operator

1 review

Yascore 84

Since:
Jul 2005

We are East African Safari Experts offering tailor-made private safaris, small group tours and incentive trips throughout Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. For the most enthralling safari experie... read more

More reviews:
  • 3 photos
  • 3 tour packages
Yascore 84

Since:
Jul 2005

GoExplore Safaris

Safari tour operator

9 reviews

Yascore 83

Since:
Jul 2017

GoExplore Safaris & Tours has emerged as one of the leading tour operators in East Africa. It is a commonly-used phrase, but we have a culture that genuinely aims to "exceed expectations" and our c... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 10 tour packages
Yascore 83

Since:
Jul 2017

Tanzania Serengeti Adventure

Safari tour operator

10 reviews

Yascore 83

Since:
Dec 1990

We are proud to be one of the pioneering and reputable safari companies in Tanzania with over 25 years of experience in creating guaranteed and tailor-made expeditions throughout East Africa – Tanz... read more

More reviews:
  • 1 photo
  • 10 tour packages
Yascore 83

Since:
Dec 1990

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