Rwanda is know as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”. The landlocked country is situated just below the equator and despite being a small country steeped in a traumatic past, Rwanda is a shining light for what Africa can become. It is rich in natural wonders with its many lakes, mountains, forests and pockets savannah woodland. The idyllic Lake Kivu is one of the 20 deepest lakes in the world. Rwanda sits at a high altitude and the steep slopes and volcanic soils showcase an abundance of productive agricultural activities. The country’s three national parks are designated conservation areas and are home to a wide range of mammal and bird species (including 26 Albertine Rift endemics). The flagship Volcanoes National Park contains an estimated one-third of the world’s endangered mountain gorilla population and visitors can see habituated mountain gorilla families here, Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest and the traditional African big game in Akagera make Rwanda a one stop safari destination.

Useful Information

Recommended Travel Experiences in Rwanda:

  • Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in the Nyungwe Forest
  • Swimming and Lazing by the magnificent Lake Kivu
  • Visiting various genocide memorial sites including the Genocide Memorial in Kigali
  • Exploring the food markets of Kigali and other towns


Parks and Reserves

Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Akagera National Park is the oldest park in Rwanda. Due to an effective combination of community engagement and law enforcement, the park’s wildlife and biodiversity is flourishing. It is made…

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s Great Lakes, located on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is situated in the Albertine Rift, and covers a…

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in Rwanda and is one of the world’s most pristine and beautiful rainforests. It is incredibly rich in biodiversity, home to an array of…

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Tours and Trips

Rwanda 12-Day Gorilla and Birding Tour

Rwanda, also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills’, is rich in natural beauty and wildlife diversity. According to Birdlife International, three national parks in Rwanda are classified as…

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Duration: 12 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Rwanda 8-Day Gorilla and Cultural Tour

This safari tour combines adventure and culture to bring you the best of Rwanda. On this tour, you will get a taste of Rwanda’s culture and heritage by visiting the…

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Duration: 8 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Rwanda Double Trek Gorilla Tour

Gorilla trekking in the wild forests of Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is on every nature, safari and wildlife enthusiast's bucket list. This short safari tour, which takes place…

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Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Mountain Gorilla
Colobus Monkey

Key Species

Mountain Gorilla
Colobus Monkey

Ruwenzori Turaco
Black-headed Gonolek
Grey-crowned Crane
White-backed Vulture

African Rock Python
Green Mamba

Giant Tree Fern

Tropical Forest
Subtropical Forest

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 6
Trees: 9
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