Rwanda Safaris – Tucked in between the iconic safari destinations of Kenya and Tanzania, Rwanda offers guests some of the best primate tracking on the planet – set against the backdrop of its endless green hills and soaring mountainsides.
Volcanoes National Park
Situated in the far northwest corner of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) protects the steep rainforested slopes of the magnificent Virungas mountain range.
Rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys reside on the slopes of Rwanda’s Virungas, just a 3 hour drive from Kigali International Airport. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorillas is resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas.
Track gorillas all year-round. Peak season for tracking is July and August, but travelling outside this time means it’s easier to arrange permits.
- Home to the rare mountain gorilla, the Virungas volcanoes span Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Parc National des Volcans being the Rwandese element of this ecosystem.
- Roughly half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorillas is resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas.
- Located only 3 hours drive from Kigali Airport, the country’s only international Airport.
- Home to the beautiful golden monkeys
Peak season for gorilla trekking is usually from June to November, although there are great savings to be had traveling in the slighty wetter low season. This is usually April to May and October to November with the wettest month being April.
With over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population, it’s no surprise that the majority of guests visit Rwanda to track and view our highly endangered cousins. Rwanda is superb for primates in general, including the fun-loving Sykes monkey, the Golden monkey and the boisterous chimpanzee in the Nyungwe Forest. Despite a turbulent past, Rwanda is a safe and friendly destination – testament to the resilience of its people. For guests seeking a deeply enriching safari, Rwanda offers an experience that is difficult to find anywhere else.