RWANDA

 

Rwanda has long been seen as the premiere destination for gorilla tracking, but today more than ever there are dozens of reasons to extend your stay, starting with the 13 species of primates and East Africa’s only canopy walk, all to be found in the dense rainforests of Nyungwe Forest National Park. Still, it’s hardly a surprise that Rwanda developed its reputation for Gorillas; experts estimate that there are only 780 mountain gorillas still in existence anywhere on earth, and one third of these majestic creatures can be found in Volcanoes National Park alone. With the recent re-introduction of lions to Akagera National Park in the east, Rwanda has truly come into its own as a full-fledged safari destination, and to top it all off, it’s not even a day’s drive between each of these world-class attractions.

Why Rwanda

  • Gorilla Trekking – Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 780 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique and unbeatable experience.
  • Primate Tracking – Chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus monkeys and the endangered golden monkey.
  • Birding – Rwanda is amongst Africa’s most exciting birding destinations.
  • Within this relatively small and compact country, there are over 1450 bird species, of which 27 are Albertine Rift endemics.
  • Congo Nile Trail – Lose time along the lake in Rwanda’s wildest corner.
  • Cultural experiences – Centuries of music, dance, history and hospitality are awaiting you in Rwanda.
  • Delve into some natural and cultural lore at the Musanze Caves.
  • Safaris – Experience a classic African Safari in beautiful Akagera National Park.

Some ideas of adventures to Rwanda…

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THE MUTANDA – 7 NIGHTS – RWANDA & UGANDA

 

This is the perfect one week adventure visiting both Rwanda and Uganda.  After 2  nights at Lake Kivu we head to the Volcanoes National Park to visit a troop of Golden Monkeys. Hereafter we cross the border to Uganda where we will spend 3 nights at the beautiful Lake Mutanda which will include a day […]

THE MUBARE – 5 NIGHTS – RWANDA & UGANDA

 

Visit both Rwanda & Uganda on this 5-night/6-day adventure with a Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south-western part of Uganda where your accommodation is located on the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Mutanda. Other highlights are spending a morning in the Virunga mountain range in Rwanda to see Golden Monkeys and having […]

SNEAK PEEK – RWANDA

FACTS


Area :
 Rwanda is a landlocked East African country. Its green, mountainous landscape has earned it the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills.” The renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Bordering Congo and Uganda, the park encompasses 4,507m Mt. Karisimbi and four other forested volcanoes. Kigali, the nation’s sprawling capital, has vibrant restaurants and nightlife.

Population : 11.78 million

Language : Kinyarwanda, English, French

Capital : Kigali

Currency : Rwandan franc

WEATHER

Climate : Rwanda can be visited and enjoyed any time of the year. Temperatures average around 24°C (75°F), except for in the higher mountain areas where it ranges from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 60°F)


Dry Season :
The dry season which lasts from mid-May to mid-October, is the best time to track, hike and mountain climb, however, it is not as “green” as the wet season, which spans the other half of the year.

Wet Season : Mid-October to mid-May.
The Northeast has a lot more rain due to the volcanoes being covered in rainforest. Karisimbi (the highest peak in Rwanda at 2,507 meters) is usually covered with snow.

When to go :

Gorilla Trekking – this is during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or over the long dry season months of June to September. These periods offer by far the easiest hiking conditions and the lowest malaria risk.

Chimpanzee trekking – In Nyungwe during the two rainy seasons – mid-February to early June and mid-September to mid-December – as the apes are easier to locate. Food is harder to find in the dry season and the chimp families often range far into the forest interior.

GETTING TO RWANDA


Rwanda’s International Airports :
 The main airport in Rwanda is Kigali International Airport. It is located 10 km East of central Rwanda.

Getting to Rwanda : Kigali currently receives direct flights from Nairobi, Entebbe, Bujumbura, Addis Ababa, Kilimanjaro, Brazaville, Douala, Libreville, Mombasa, Mwanza, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dar es Salaam, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Juba, Lagos, Lusaka, Doha and Dubai.

POINTS OF INTEREST


Kigali :
 This attractive city and its central location makes it a great base from which to explore the rest of the country. Built across several of Rwanda’s thousand hills, Kigali is a modern and scrupulously clean city with many fine cafes, bars and restaurants as well as markets and handicrafts shops.

Nyungwe Forest : This forest covers some 1000 km² in the southwest of Rwanda and is an area of huge biodiversity.

Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. A sundowner cruise on the Chobe riverfront allows up close and personal viewing of elephants at play amongst hippos, crocs and beautiful birds.

Tsodilo Hills, probably the highest point in Botswana, has over 3000 ancient San rock paintings and has been proclaimed a World Heritage site.

The Makgadikgadi Game Reserve and the salt pans offer a complete contrasting destination to any other within Botswana. The now flowing Boteti River, combined with the surrounding scrubland and the starkness of the vast salt pans – at times lined with the zebra and wildebeest migrations – should certainly be considered when putting a safari together for those looking for something “off the beaten track.”

Makgadikgadi Game Reserve Nxai Pan National Park The – Nxai pan is a hidden gem for Botswana. For the client looking for perfect peace and solitude it is perfect. The area is a little Eden during the rainy season where springbok, Kalahari black mained lion, elephant and giraffe, to name but a few, descend on the park.

At the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park,a bi-national Peace Park created on ancient animal migration routes between Botswana and South Africa, one may spot rare brown hyenas .

The Moremi Game  Reserve is renowned as one of the most beautiful reserves within Africa and offers an abundance of both wildlife and birdlife. Unique delta scenery combined with Mopane forests and open flood plains, Moremi is a favourite amongst guides and tourists alike. The reserve can be separated into four areas: South GateXaxanaka and 3rd BridgeNorthgate or Khwai and Chiefs Island.