Rwanda Safaris 2020/21 – Complete guide for Rwanda Wildlife Tours, Kigali City Tour, and Gorilla Trekking Safaris
Rwanda safaris allow tourists to explore the “land of a thousand hills” while offering an interesting and unforgettable experience in exploring the beauty of Rwandan cultures, stunning Cities, extraordinary history and rich biodiversity.
There is no perfect way to discover the beauty of Rwanda most popular destinations including National Parks (Volcanoes, Akagera national park, Nyungwe Forest and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks), Genocide Memorial centers (Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, Gisenyi, Nyamata, Murambi, Nyarubuye, Nyanza and Ntarama genocide memorial Centers), Lake Kivu, Kigali City, Tea, and Coffee Plantations and the Virunga volcanoes than through Rwanda safaris.
Mountain gorilla trekking is the main activity for Rwanda safaris because the land of a thousand hills is one of the few places where tourists get the chance to meet face to face with the giant apes in their natural habitat and this is within the north-western corner of the country.
There are currently 10 habituated Gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park the only gorilla trekking destination in the country and these include Agashya (Group 13), Amahoro, Bwenge, Hirwa, Kwitonda, Susa A, Susa B (Karisimbi), Sabyinyo, Ugenda and Umubano. With the available 10 habituated Gorilla groups, 80 gorilla permits are issued by the Rwanda Development Board per day at $1500 each.
Other popular tourist activities during Rwanda safaris are chimpanzee trekking, golden monkey tracking, wildlife viewing, cultural tours, volcano climbing, nature walks/hiking and birding.
Popular Rwanda Safari Tours:
Rwanda safaris with wildlife viewing as an activity lead tourists to Akagera National Park in Eastern Rwanda for the chance to see the lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, Rhinos, Kobs, Defassa waterbucks, Common elands, Topis, Oribis, warthogs, Nile Crocodiles, Hippos and Rothschild giraffes.
Rwanda tours also include Chimpanzee trekking within Nyungwe Forest National Park, birding safaris through the different Important Birding Areas, tours of Lake Kivu, coffee and tea plantations, cultural tours leading to the Iby’Iwacu cultural village as well as the genocide memorial sites and many others.
Rwanda safaris don’t only focus on natural attractions but also built Cities hence tour of Kigali City, one of Africa’s cleanest and safest Cities.
Best Time to go on a Rwanda Tour
Rwanda safari tours are conducted all year round but the dry season in the months of January, February, June, July, August, September, and December are the best for most activities for Rwanda safaris. Activities such as Mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey gravesite hike, chimpanzee tracking, game viewing, volcano climbing, and cultural tours are perfect during the drier months because roads, hiking trails, and forest floors are less muddy and slippery hence making these activities easier.
The wet months from March, to May as well as October and November are avoided for a number of reasons including the fact that forest floors, hiking trails and roads to and within Parks for most activities are muddy and slippery hence making the activities more difficult. However, these months are good for birding because it’s the breeding season for birds and also migratory bird species are common.
What to Pack for Rwanda Safaris
The land of a thousand hills generally experiences a temperate tropical highland climate characterized by cool temperatures and relatively high rainfall and because of this, packing right for Rwanda safaris is as crucial as choosing the most interesting activities to participate in.
Your packing list for Rwanda safaris should have travel documents, cellphone, safari pants, gardening gloves, short and long-sleeved shirts, pair/s of shorts, toiletries, first aid kit, waterproof hiking boots, sandals, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, insect repellent and pair of binoculars among others.
Where to stay during Rwanda safaris
The places to stay during Rwanda safaris include Safari Lodges, Guesthouses, Hotels, Tented Camps and depend on the destinations you have visited-be it Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest, Akagera National Parks, Lake Kivu, Kigali City and many others.
The best places to stay during Rwanda safaris are Bisate Lodge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Magashi Camp, Hotel Des Mille Collines, Kigali Serena Hotel, Virunga Lodge, One&Only Nyungwe House, The Bishop’s House, Ruzizi Tented Lodge, and many others.