One of Africa's last-known tourist destinations, tiny Rwanda gets a fraction of the visitors of neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania -- but not for long. Tucked just below Uganda, it sits on the Albertine Rift which divides the Congo and Nile water catchment areas. This makes it one of Africa's most biodiverse regions. And unlike many other African countries, you can drive across it in a matter of hours. The result? A host of exceptional wildlife experiences within very close proximity.

Many people know about mountain gorillas, and Rwanda is one of the best places to see them. But there's also the Akagera National Park, home to all the big five. And Nyungwe Forest, a unique ecosystem where you can spot chimps, trek to waterfalls and cross a 70-metre high walking suspension bridge. Once you've had your fill of adventure, you can relax on the shores of spectacular Lake Kivu. It's one of Africa's most picturesque lakes with hardly a tourist around. For now.

Gorilla trekking

How and where to see gorillas in the wild

Before Sir David Attenborough’s landmark TV programme, Life On Earth, gorillas were seen largely in a negative light, based on King Kong and cheap B-movie monsters. At one point, a survey of the world’s most feared animals featured gorillas alongside sharks and spiders. Seeing this popular TV personality interacting with friendly gorillas changed all more

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Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Up close with the elusive mountain gorilla
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Gorillas and the Big Five

Safaris and gorilla trekking in Rwanda
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Rwanda’s complete wildlife experience

Gorillas, chimpanzees and the Big Five
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  • Kigali


    Rwanda’s bustling capital sprawls across several valleys and hillsides, bookended by towering mountains...
  • Nyungwe National Park

    Nyungwe National Park

    One of Africa’s oldest rainforests, Nyungwe National Park is home to around 500 chimpanzees and 12 other primate species...
  • Akagera National Park

    Akagera National Park

    The savannah plains of Akagera National Park on Rwanda’s border with Tanzania are the perfect place for a Big Five safari...
  • Karisoke Research Camp

  • Volcanoes National Park

    Volcanoes National Park

    The home of Rwanda's mountain gorillas
    Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda and named for the chain of dormant volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura), Volcanoes National Park is home to endangered mountain gorillas, rare golden monkeys and more than 200 bird species...
  • Gishwati-Makura National Park

    Gishwati-Makura National Park

    Rwanda’s newest national park, Gishwati-Mukura was gazetted in 2016 to protect a pair of relict forest blocks on the Rift Valley escarpment above Lake Kivu...

Places to go in Rwanda

Rwanda Tours

Rwanda, Uganda

Best Of Uganda Game Viewing Safari

12 daysFrom $5,450
Rwanda, Uganda

Uganda and Rwanda Scheduled Safari

8 days exploring the national parks of Uganda and Rwanda

8 daysFrom $4,245
Kigali, Volcanoes National Park

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tracking

Tracking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

3 daysFrom $2,600
Kigali, Nyungwe National Park, Volcanoes National Park

8 Days Epic Rwanda Safari Adventure

Explore Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Park

8 daysFrom $4,300
Kigali, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park

6 Days Rwanda Discovery

Explore Akagera and Volcanoes National Park

6 daysFrom $4,150
East Africa, Central Africa

3 Days Nyiragongo Hiking Adventure

Summit an active volcano

3 daysFrom $1,300

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Governors' Camp Collection

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Volcanoes National Park

Red Rocks Initiative

Community-lead conservation & tourism in Rwanda

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa

Rwanda Eco Company & Safaris

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Natural World Kenya Safaris

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