Welcome to Rwanda; The land of hills. For years Rwanda Safaris have earned a special reputation for their popular tourist attractions along with the best Gorilla trekking in the world.
Our Rwanda Safari will take you to its unique national parks, set aside for Excellent African Safaris, through collaboration between local communities and government agencies, to showcase and preserve the country’s unparalleled wildlife and habitats.
Here is a Rwanda Travel Guide for you to help plan the best Rwanda Safari.
Excellent African Safaris Top Recommendations
- Hike to the Volcanoes National Park for gorilla tracking
- Trip to the Genocide Memorial, Craft markets and Kimironko Local market
- Visit at Nyamirambo Women’s Centre in Kigali for a 360 cultural experience
- Spot hippos, buffalo, and elephants in Akagera National Park
- Nyungwe Forest trekking to spot chimpanzees, golden monkeys in the backdrop of epic mountain scenery and fern-fringed waterfalls
- Witness families of mountain gorillas in their natural habitats in Volcanoes National Park.
- Enjoy a top chance of beach escape in Lake Kivu.
Rwanda Safari Tours Tips
You’ll need to issue a permit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Because of such high demand, we advise to book it in advance. Excellent Africa Safaris can do this for you.
Best Time to go on Rwanda Safaris
The high altitude of Rwanda invites a pleasant tropical highland climate, albeit also with plenty of rain. Although Rwanda is good for year-round activity, the Best time to Visit Rwanda is during the short dry season from mid-December to February or the long dry season from June to September.
Getting around during Rwanda Safaris
There is no rail service. There are several internal flights in Kigali. Also, the central minibus station in Kigali has a swamp of minibuses otherwise rent a car if you want.
International Airports in Rwanda
Kigali International Airport (KGL) is just 13km from the city.
Rwanda Destinations; Food & Drink
Thanks to its Belgian colonizers, Rwanda has a lot of western-influenced restaurants serving the most delicious chicken, steak, or fish.
Must-Try: goat kebabs, bean and meat stews, chapati, matoke (plantain) and ugali (maize porridge), Sweet, milky tea.
Alcoholic beverages: beer and waragi, a clear, millet-based Ugandan spirit.
Health & Safety in Rwanda
Check you are up to date with vaccinations and measurements against malaria prophylaxis. Avoid drinking tap water. Rwanda is pretty safe, hassle-free, and friendly.
To experience the best of Rwanda Safari Tours, visit Excellent African Safaris today. Our Rwanda Travel Guide will help you plan your tailor-made holiday.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, Rwanda is the safest country in Africa. Even though the country has seen its fair share of violence and bloodshed but now the country is back on its feet again. Crime is relatively low, and locals are welcoming, friendly and hospitable. However, to avoid pickpockets and petty crime, you must be cautious and vigilant all the time.
You can track mountain gorillas throughout the year in Uganda and Rwanda. However, June to October is the best time for gorilla trekking. This is the dry season of Rwanda which allows perfect conditions for trekking.
A gorilla permit is a card/ document issued by the Rwanda development board to allow you to spend an hour with the mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park. Currently, the cost of a gorilla permit can come up to 1500$ to 1700$ including permit, private transport, English-speaking guide, accommodation, and meals.
We always advise our clients to book a permit at least 3 months in advance. Due to high demand especially in the peak season, the permits tend to sell out quickly. Contact Excellent African Safaris for more information.
Rwanda is considered one of the safest countries in the world. All tourists are escorted by armed rangers while tracking the gorillas.
For gorilla trekking, you’ve to hike through difficult terrain, water bodies, thick vegetation, hills, and valleys. The activity can possess some initial challenges but, in the end, it’ll be rewarding.
Rwanda is a much smaller country in comparison to Uganda. Uganda has more Gorilla Families and habituated gorillas group. Also, the permits are more easily available.