Rwanda would already be one of the world’s most popular destinations if it wasn’t so difficult to get to. This is changing however. You can now fly to Kigali from Amsterdam or Brussels. Combining Rwanda with a Kenya, Tanzania or South Africa safari is now possible with a direct flight. Getting around is a dream. Rwanda’s roads are better than in most European countries and the country is small, so you can experience a lot in only a week. Consider flying between Volcanoes and Nyungwe national parks - it’s fast and the views are insane.
Climate & seasons
Traditionally, the best times to visit are the dry seasons from January to March and June to September. However, the climate is no longer so clear cut. Located only a few degrees south of the equator, Rwanda is warm and humid for most of the year. We usually recommend avoiding April and May, when intense rains make wildlife experiences more difficult. Some lodges close during these months as well.
Where to go
All trips start and end in the small capital city Kigali, where the well-known Kigali Serena and upcoming Retreat are your best accommodation options. Volcanoes National Park in the northwest is your base for gorilla trekking, with Bisate Lodge, Singita Kwitonda and One&Only Gorillas Nest all highly recommended. Nyungwe National Park, with its One&Only lodge, is the best destination in Africa if you love primates. At Akagera National Park they’ve reintroduced big mammal species that were once abundant here - Magashi Camp is low-key, five-star savannah camp.
What to do
Gorilla trekking more than exceeds its hype - spending an hour with a wild mountain gorilla troop, without any fences or barriers, will give you goosebumps for years to come. Some visitors fly in for two to three days, the minimum required to go gorilla trekking. We recommend staying longer. Walk with chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. Do a classic big-five safari in the revitalised Akagera National Park. Connect with Rwanda’s history at the moving genocide memorials. And go gorilla trekking twice - it’s worth it.