Destinations Destinations
Kigali, Nyungwe National Park, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Conservation, Trekking, Hiking, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Moderate
Season Season
January - December

Begin in capital Kigali, where you can visit the fascinating Kigali Genocide Centre to learn more about Rwanda’s troubled past and how the country has moved on since 1994. From Kigali, travel to Akagera National Park on the border with Tanzania, where savannah plains offer the chance of a Big Five safari and the wetlands are home to crocodiles, hippos and water birds. After a couple of days exploring the animals, travel to Volcanoes National Park for an exhilarating mountain gorilla trek. Travelling in small groups, you’ll spend an hour watching the world’s largest living primate in its natural habitat. Volcanoes National Park also offers the chance to explore scenic hiking routes, dormant volcanoes and try golden monkey tracking. Complete your Rwandan wildlife experience in the rainforests of Nyungwe National Park, where you can track some of the park’s 500 chimpanzees, as well as seeing waterfalls and more than 100 species of orchid. Transfer back to Kigali and the end of your trip.

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Rwanda's cultural capital

Rwanda’s bustling capital sprawls across several valleys and hillsides, bookended by towering mountains. This surprisingly attractive city has been the centre of Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts since the horrors of 1994’s genocide, and now offers luxury hotels, fine dining and safe streets. Look out for its atmospheric markets, colourful craft shops and the sobering Kigali Genocide Centre.

Experience contemporary Kigali

Experience contemporary Kigali

Spend time in bustling Kigali to experience its markets and nightlife. For a more sober experience, visit the Genocide Museum and Memorials just outside the city.

Big Five safari in Akagera

The savannah plains of Akagera National Park on Rwanda’s border with Tanzania are the perfect place for a Big Five safari. Here, you can see lions, leopards, rhino, buffalo and elephants, but it is the Park’s wetlands that offer the best wildlife watching. Swamp-fringed lakes, created by the Kagera River, are home to crocodiles, hippos and birdlife. Take a boat trip on Lake Ihema to see the animals up close.

Rainforest hikes to see 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. The park also offers scenic hiking trails – look out for the tomb dedicated to primatologist Dian Fossey – canoeing and mountain biking.

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Spend a magical hour in the company of the world's largest living primate at Volcanoes National Park. Your guided trek will take you through the rainforest where you can watch these magical creatures eat, socialise and interact in their natural habitat.

Primates and birdlife in Nyungwe

One of Africa’s oldest rainforests, Nyungwe National Park is home to around 500 chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. Visitors come for chimpanzee treks, but the rainforest also offers some of Africa’s best birdwatching, more than 100 species of orchid and the chance to catch a glimpse of a leopard. Nyungwe has 15 excellent hiking trails, taking in waterfalls, mountain summits and forest walks.

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe

Take a guided tour of the Nyungwe National Park rainforest and learn more about the Park’s 500 chimpanzees. You’ll witness these fascinating primates squawking, eating and playing among the trees.

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