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Rwanda has the largest remaining single tract of montane forest anywhere in East and Central Africa. It boasts three national parks, including Volcanoes NP, home to the mountain gorillas - arguably one of the top animal sighting privileges in the world.

Our Take

Although never forgotten, the tiny landlocked country of Rwanda has come a long way since the genocide-ridden days of the 1990s. Today the Rwandans are a united nation, full of open smiles and genuine warmth, and are keen to show their gem of a country to anyone who’s thinking of a Rwanda safari.

And with vast tracts of unspoilt, luscious vegetation, spectacular sightings of iconic mountain gorillas in the mist, dense jungle forest and a healthy dose of culture and promise in Kigali, there’s plenty to show off and a lot more than first meets the eye.

We love:
To catch a glimpse of a family of mountain gorillas has to be one of the most memorable wildlife experiences.
Key locations:
Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Lake Kivu, Kigali.
Key experiences:
Gorilla tracking, volcano hiking, exploring Lake Kivu by kayak, the exhilarating canopy walkway above Nyungwe, scenic helipcopter flights.

Best time to visit 

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January falls during Rwanda's short dry season, a great time for gorilla trekking as terrain is dry and forests are navigable.

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The last month of the short dry season, weather is warm and pleasant. February a great month to combine Rwanda with a Kenya or Tanzania safari beach holiday.

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The rains arrive and with them the best time to spot chimpanzees; the ripening fruit bring them to the lower reaches of the forest canopy.

25°C

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The peak of the 'long rains'. Terrain is wet and slippy and relentless rains make trekking tougher. Chimpanzee sightings are at their best.

25°C

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The rains ease as May progresses. Parks are verdant and forest flourish. Gorilla treks can be shorter in distance, as they tend to stick to the lower slopes, but expect muddy conditions underfoot.

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The start of the long dry season - the peak time for gorilla trekking. Conditions are firmer underfoot and whilst there might be short showers, temperatures are warmer and sunshine hours longer.

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Arguably the best month to visit Rwanda. Forests are accessible and weather is warm and dry. Due to it's popularity, gorilla permits should be booked well in advance.

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Like July, conditions are dry and terrain is firm underfoot, making August another ideal, and popular, month. Wildlife in Akagera National Park begins to concentrate around waterholes.

27°C

90MM

The last month of the long dry season. Whilst the rains increase as the month progresses, September is still a great month for gorilla trekking.

26°C

110MM

The start of the short rains; bursts of heavy showers clear quickly. Slightly tougher trekking conditions. Landscapes are verdant and birdlife plentiful.

25°C

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The short rains continue; forests are vivid and green. Although trekking is tougher, you may spot youngsters sporting frizzy locks whilst parents shelter from the showers.

25°C

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The end of the short rains and the beginning of the short dry season. An excellent month for trekking as terrain dries up and paths are more navigable.

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