Rwanda

An Adventure into the Land of a Thousand Hills

The Republic of Rwanda is by far one of the most fascinating safari destinations in the African continent. For most, the main highlight is the easily accessible gorilla tracking activities, and while this is an undeniably wonderful experience, there is so much more to the country that is well worth spending a few extra days to experience as well.

Where is Rwanda?

Rwanda is located in the central-eastern part of Africa and is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda,  Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Despite being landlocked country, it boasts numerous lakes and a temperate to subtropical climate. The country also features sweeping grasslands and mountainous landscapes, which has earned it the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Kigali, the nation’s sprawling capital, has great infrastructure and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Top Safari Destinations in Rwanda

How to Get There/ Ease of Travel

Very few airlines have direct flights to Rwanda, so the best way is to fly into its neighbouring countries and then connect to the Gregoire Kayibanda Airport in Kigali. Kenya Airways, British Airways, and South African Airways are some of the most popular carriers. Once you land in Kigali, your local tour operator should take over the rest of your transport and logistics concerns. Then again, there are tour agencies that include the international trip in their packages.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • A valid passport
  • Yellow fever certificate of vaccination is MANDATORY for travelers coming from Yellow Fever endemic countries within the last 24 days.
  • Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Rwanda for less than 90 days of tourism.
  • Travellers leaving Rwanda are expected to pay a departure tax of US$20.

POSSIBLE TOURISM BARRIERS

  • Expensive gorilla trekking permits.
  • Primate trekking permits are not flexible. If you want to change the date, you have to purchase a new one.
  • Hit-or-miss chimpanzee tracking.
  • Lack of budget accommodation options in the wild. Most lodges are available in town.

WHY RWANDA OVER THE OTHER AFRICAN SAFARI DESTINATIONS?

Though not quite as popular as the iconic safari destinations of Kenya and Tanzania, Rwanda offers some of the best primate tracking on earth. The best part is that you get to do so against a stunning backdrop of endless green hills and soaring mountainsides. Despite its turbulent past, Rwanda is a safe and friendly destination today – a glowing testament to the resilience of its people.

 

So if you seek a deeply enriching and tranquil safari, Rwanda offers an experience that is difficult to find anywhere else. There’s also a wide variety of accommodation options, whether for the new couple on their honeymoon or the family group looking for some unique bonding experiences. The country is relatively inexpensive to visit too, with an average of 50$ per day, which will cover your transport, meals, and lodging.

Best Time to Go

You can visit Rwanda and enjoy its best offerings year round. However, the best time to visit for gorilla tracking is from mid-December to early February or June to September. What are you waiting for? Book your trip today!