Rwanda, with its beautiful, rolling mountainous landscapes, was best known as Africa’s premier gorilla tracking destination until the tragic events of 1994. However, the country has been peaceful for almost two decades now, and has by its own efforts achieved both reconciliation and reconstruction. Tourism has an important part to play in this recovery. Visitors will find both the best gorilla tracking and a genuine welcome on holidays to Rwanda. It's a tiny country right in the heart of Africa, half the size of Scotland, and surrounded by some massive neighbours – the Congo, Uganda and Tanzania. A country of hills, lakes and rivers, with a rich tapestry of green and fertile landscapes, Rwanda is a delight. See a selection of our tailor-made Rwanda holidays and tours below that include both gorilla trekking and a chance to see more of the striking countryside.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
The highlight of all Rwanda holidays is inevitably meeting the Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Our travel team agree that spending time watching a habituated group of Mountain gorillas is one of life’s most moving wildlife experiences. A recent population census showed the Mountain gorilla population at 880, a 3.7% annual growth rate. Three decades ago it was around 370 individuals, so the stringent conservation measures have truly paid off.
Nyungwe National Park & Beyond
Another outstanding highlight of holidays to Rwanda is spotting the 13 species of primate in Nyungwe National Park and its diverse birdlife. But don't miss beautiful Lake Kivu and its lakeside towns, Butare, the former capital with its famous Intore dancers and important ethnographic museum, Akagera National Park with its excellent birding and Kigali, the capital city.
Built on a hillside, Kigali is a small city without many landmark buildings. The city centre is busy, bustling and colourful, whereas the administrative and government quarter is quieter with wide, shady streets and white-walled villas. Kigali is a remarkably safe town to explore. A city tour can include the powerful Gisozi Genocide Memorial and visiting this site is an extremely moving experience. Other interesting sights include Nyamirambo, the original old part of the city and the Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative. There are a number of good places to stay in the capital including the 5-star Kigali Serena, the Hotel Mille Colline and the convivial Chez Lando.
Tailor-made Rwanda Holidays & Tours
Many people visit Rwanda purely to see the gorillas, and we can arrange this for you, but Rwanda holidays can offer so much more. We have a good range of interesting tours that enable you to see a little more of this scenic country. The main roads are mostly tarmac and you travel with a driver-guide in a four-wheel drive vehicle. We can offer both tailor-made holidays as well as high quality small group tours. Or ask us about a gorilla and beach combination.
Email our Africa team or call us on 020 7666 1250 to speak with one of our travel specialists about their first hand experiences of holidays to Rwanda.