Why travel to Rwanda?
Rwanda offers the most accessible mountain gorilla trekking in the world, and more.
With breathtaking scenery, a thriving capital city and three national parks featuring an impressive variety of species, Rwanda is worth a lengthy safari.
Two decades after the genocide in which more than a million people lost their lives, the Rwandan people have achieved true reconciliation, lasting peace and economic growth, which is an outstanding achievement.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda does combine easily with your traditional Kenyan and Tanzanian safari, but it’s also worth considering spending more time on a Rwanda holiday and discovering its many treasures.
We recommend visiting Volcanoes National Park for mountain gorilla trekking, Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking, and Akagera National Park for savannah wildlife viewing.
And with almost 700 bird species and 25 shared Albertine Rift endemics, Rwanda is a must for bird-watchers.
When to go to Rwanda?
The most popular time to travel to Rwanda is during the dry seasons from June to September and December to January.
Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking is more comfortable during those times, as visibility is best and paths are dry. These times are also good for bird-watching, but ardent bird- watchers will probably achieve more species during the wetter months from March to May when the birds are more active.
We do not recommend visiting Rwanda during the second week of April, which is a time of genocide remembrance.
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