Rwanda safari and tours
Rwanda the land of a thousand hills is a land locked country in East Africa, close to Central Africa. It is home to plenty of wildlife including the mountain gorillas. Mountain gorilla tracking is one of the most popular activities, however there is a lot more to do including, wildlife safaris, cultural tours, city tours, Mountain hiking and cycling and so much more. You can chose to join our private, group, or even luxury safari to Rwanda.
Below are some of the most famous and popular Rwanda Tours. We list some of the best Rwanda safari holidays for 2023/ 2024, to include gorillas, wildlife, and cultural trips, with free price quotations.
Yes, we all agree that in 1994, Rwanda was faced with a genocide in which over a million people died. Today Rwanda is a vibrant and the fastest growing economy in Africa. All countries, have a history but the present is what matters, and Rwanda is now united with people who are welcoming to their visitors be it for Business or for Rwanda safaris.
Places to visit while on a Rwanda safaris
The most famous park for Rwanda safari holidays is the Volcanoes national park in the north-western part of the country. The park is frequented because of its residents the mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the most sought after activity in the country. However there are other parks that tourist can consider visiting and these are Akagera National park in the east and Nyungwe National park in the South.
Nyungwe forest National Park is known to be the oldest tropical forest in Africa. Nyungwe park is home to a great number of primates including chimpanzees and the black and white colobus monkeys.
Contrast to Nyungwe, Akagera national park is the only park in Rwanda where one can do safaris, with opportunities of viewing animals in a jeep. Despite the low numbers of animals compared to Kenya, Akagera offers excellent sceneries that are worth the 2 hour drive from Kigali.
Mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda is the ultimate wildlife experience that a person visiting the land of a thousand hills shouldn’t miss out on.
Mountain gorillas currently are 1,000 in number as of the census that took place in 2017 and these are divided between three countries, that is Rwanda, Uganda and DR.Congo. Rwanda is known to be home to part of these mountain gorillas and there are about 15 Gorilla Family’s to visit per day.
The existence of over 1000 individual gorillas, is the proof of Africa’s greatest conservation stories that has been aided by tourism. This is in relation to the time when Dian Fossey first made the world aware of the existences of these great giant primates. In the 1960’s there were only 250 mountain gorillas left.
Mountain gorilla trekking permits aren’t cheap at all, but the experience is worth every coin. In Rwanda today gorilla trekking permits costs USD 1,500 per person. Part of the proceeds go back to the local communities that protect the forests and home of these gentle giants. Below are some of the sample Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris.
Sample Rwanda safaris
Frequently Asked Questions.
What is the best time to visit Rwanda ?
Safaris in Rwanda are possible anytime of the year. Although the most popular time of travel for gorilla trekking safaris is during the long dry season. This is between June and September and the short dry season is between December and February. Rwanda receives rains during March and May and during October and November.
For those intending to track gorillas during the drier months of the year. We recommend you book your Rwanda tour months in advance to ensure that you have gorilla permits.
Do I need a Visa to Visit Rwanda ?
Rwanda visas can be obtained online or at the point of entry that is at airports and borders on arrival. We encourage our clients to apply for the visas online so as to save some time at the boarder. There are different types of visas to include; the tourist single entry visa, or multiple entry etc. We recommend our clients to obtain the single entry visa that costs USD 50 only if they are visiting Rwanda.
However, if you are proceeding to other countries like the Uganda and Kenya, we recommend that they obtain the East African Tourists Visa that costs USD 100. With the bilateral relations that countries have, of course there are a number of country’s exempt from paying visa fees.
To obtain a visa, you require a valid travel document for at-least 6 months validity. You also need a certificate of immunisation against any epidemic disease at a time.
How do I get around in Rwanda?
Rwanda currently has excellent roads that have replaced the dirt old roads. It also has airstrips for those who would wish to fly from one place to another. Charter flights are readily available to connect you to all major national parks including the mountain gorilla park.
Notably, the best way to Rwanda’s countryside is by using 4 wheel drives with a driver. Getting around on self-drive is complicated. We recommend that you leave the driving to our specialists and relax and enjoy the countryside.
Where to stay while on tour in Rwanda?
Rwanda has a great number of hotels and lodge that can accommodate, you and your friends or Family. There are quite a number of them in the city and also closer to the national parks. This country has a great number of luxury hotels and lodges. However, basic and moderate facilities are available for those with a budget for their Rwanda safari holiday.
Rwanda has positioned itself as a luxury destination, and therefore there are quite a number of new luxury 5 star facilities that one can consider staying at whilst on a luxury Rwanda safaris.
Is Rwanda good for Safari?
Yes, Rwanda is excellent for safaris, because it is one of the countries, where you can see the Big four animals that is Lions, Elephants, Leopards and buffaloes. In addition to the most sought after animals, you can also get an opportunity to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.
Unlike other wildlife destination countries, Rwanda spark that is Akagera , Nyungwe and volcanoes national park are not congested. These parks still give you the authentic feel of being in the wilderness.
What is the cost of a Rwanda Safari ?
Prices of a Rwanda Safari are dependant on the activities your are doing and also the number of days you are spending in Rwanda. However, for those doing a longer trip or a trip with gorilla tracking, the price starts from USD 1500 , because of the gorilla tracking permit prices.
Rwanda trips can be from 1 Day to as many days as you desire and the cost for sure will vary according to what is included in the fees, and the number of people, in your party too. We tailor our Rwanda tours to the clients requirements and we do offer, free price quotations for our Rwanda tours, therefore do not hesitate to inquire or send us an email.
What is the Cost of Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda?
Rwanda gorilla tracking permit, costs USD, 1500 and if you want to track a particular gorilla family privately, then the fee is USD 15,000. Each Gorilla family can be tracked by 8 people, from the same or different companies.
Is gorilla tracking in Rwanda worth the price. ?
Yes, gorilla trekking experience, is one of the experiences, that is hard to explain no matter the times you do it. Each time is different and the price is worth it a thousand times. More so, part of the proceeds of the gorilla permit fees, go back to the communities, to help them in their sustainable development projects.
Can you touch the gorillas in Rwanda?
Unfortunately, No. You can be as close as 7 metres, and if you are lucky you and the little ones come closer to you and touch you, then that is the closest you will get to touching them. Mountain gorillas are close to humans and therefore, can easily catch any infectious disease of any kind, that is why we keep a distance, although close.
How many days do I need to see gorillas in Rwanda?
In Rwanda, you need at-least 1 full free day to see the gorillas. However ,we recommend that you do the 3 days gorilla tracking tour, because it is not rushed or anything of that sort. Most noteworthy, if you in Kigali for business, you can do the 1 day gorilla trek, or the 2 days gorilla tracking safari. These two tours are rushed, although work it.