Rwanda is a small enclosed republic on the equator in Africa and lies between its two largest rivers: the Nile and the Congo. Rwanda is called “land of a thousand hills” because of its geography. Rwanda’s climate is ideal for the mountain gorillas that live around the Virunga volcanoes.
The most important parks in Rwanda are Nyungwe Forest, Akagera National Park and Lake Kivu. Nyungwe Forest is known for its large troops colobo monkeys and rich variety of wild orchids. Akagera National Park is a savannah park with elephants, hippos and crocodiles and Lake Kivu is a beautiful inland lake with a large variety of birds.
Since 1999, the political and social stability have returned to Rwanda, making it a popular place to spot mountain gorillas.
Best time of year to visit the gorillas in Rwanda?
You can visit the gorillas year-round, and because of the rainforest climate, it can rain any day of the year, so there is not any time of year to particularly avoid travel here. April and May are the rainiest months, so most people avoid travel at these times.
Rwanda is a beautiful country. Our trips in Rwanda are mainly focussed on trekking to areas where you will find the impressive and endangered gorillas. A popular choice is to combine your trip in Rwanda with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania.
Wild Times specializes in organizing tailor-made safaris. Guided by your ideas and preferences we create an itinerary that suits you and your travel companions best! To give you an idea of the possibilities you will find some example safaris below, though it goes without saying that organizing tailor-made safaris is what we do best. Call us for advice or request a safari proposal here.
This four day safari brings you within touching distance of Rwanda’s famous gorillas. It contains one gorilla tracking and is extendable by one day should you wish to stay longer. You will be accompanied by a driver and a guide at all times bringing you from Kigali to the Virunga Mountains.
To be face to face with a gorilla is an unforgettable moment. Their fingers are as big as our hands and their hands weigh almost ten pounds. A gorilla safari is a must for travelers who are interested in primates and wildlife. The forest of Nyungwe is also teeming with other primates, so here you have the chance to spot chimps at close range.
Lake Kivu is one of the major lakes in the Great Lakes region in Africa and lies on the border with Rwanda and Congo. Nearby volcanic activity takes place which makes it extremely fertile and the mountains that surround Lake Kivu provide a spectacular backdrop during your safari in Rwanda. There are three major cities in this region. Gisenyi, on the north side of Lake Kivu, is an old colonial beach resort. Kibuye is the most beautiful city of the three, and in August you can witness the annual migration of the kite, the impressive raptor. Cyangugu, was an important trading point of Lake Kivu and still has that atmosphere.
Akagera National Park is located in the northeast of Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. The greatest charm of Akagera is its mountainous environment, which provides unique views of lakes and marshes. Lots of wildlife can be admired in Akagera, along with a gorilla trek you can make a traditional safari here and you will have a chance to see elephants, crocodiles and lions on the way.
Safaris are available in all shapes and sizes. Wild Times would like you to enjoy an authentic safari experience. Therefore, our preference goes to small-scale accommodation and game drives in open Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. Apart from great itineraries, it is also possible to include the following activities to your safari in Rwanda.
A game walk in Rwanda is fascinating and suitable for the adventurous traveler. Doing a game walk in Rwanda is a very special experience because you get to enjoy the African nature and its wildlife to the fullest. During a game walk safari in Rwanda you get within touching distance of the wild life, while under protection of armed and experienced rangers.
A honeymoon in Rwanda is ideal for adventurous lovebirds. If you want to celebrate your honeymoon by getting face to face with the impressive gorilla, Rwanda is your best choice. All of our honeymoon itineraries are tailor-made to ensure your honeymoon in Rwanda fits your wishes and you get the honeymoon you have dreamed of.
Best time to travel
Best time to travel
The best game viewing months in Rwanda are during the dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can’t avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.
Overview of Rwanda’s average temperatures and precipitation: