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A landscape of rolling hills sweeping through the verdant countryside, dramatic volcanoes and shimmering lakes plays host to the famous mountain gorillas that characterise this beautiful country’s resilience.
Acknowledged as one of the world’s finest emerging destinations for adventure and wildlife holidays, Rwanda has much to offer to the intrepid traveller, not least the chance to witness what Sir David Attenborough has called “one of the most exciting encounters of my life”…walking with mountain gorillas in the wild. Witnessing up-close the grandeur of these magnificent primates is without doubt one of the main draws for visitors to Rwanda, but it’s not just the gorillas that make this one of Africa’s newest hotspots for tourism. Visitors to this safe and welcoming country will find 3 beautiful National Parks filled with various species of wildlife including 13 different types of primates, the “Big 5”, and an abundance of birdlife. With a spectacular and diverse landscape of volcanoes, rainforests, rivers and lakes this thriving country is just waiting to be explored.
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Top 5 reasons to visit Rwanda
- The mountain gorillas! Rwanda is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and a trip to see these fascinating primates in the wild is a truly unforgettable experience
- The chance to see other primates including chimpanzees and the elusive golden monkey, as well as “The Big 5” and over 600 species of birds
- Beautiful National Parks and endless adventure options including hiking, kayaking and canopy walks
- Stunning landscapes including the spectacular Volcanoes National Park which is set amongst the Virunga mountains
- With its troubled history now firmly in the past, and being relatively new to the tourism scene, Rwanda is now the safest and cleanest country in East Africa
Despite its small size, Rwanda is well connected to the rest of the world, with regular direct flights available to Kigali International Airport from a wide range of European and international cities. Owing to its increasing popularity airlines are offering direct flight routes from more and more origin cities, including a recently introduced direct flight from London Gatwick operated by RwandAir. Rwanda is also very well connected to many major transport hubs throughout Africa and is easily accessible by air from the majority of its neighbouring countries. Many people choose to visit Rwanda and neighbouring Uganda in one trip and there are numerous reputable coach companies who provide road connections between these bordering countries.
There is a high risk of malaria in Rwanda and so you should visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before travelling to ascertain which vaccinations and preventative measures will be required.
The availability of medical facilities in Rwanda can be limited, and in the case of serious accident or illness, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. You must ensure that you have an adequate travel health insurance policy and accessible funds that will cover the initial outlay costs of any medical treatment or repatriation costs.
Further details on current health requirements can be found on this link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/rwanda/health
All visitors to Rwanda are required to obtain a visa for entry. This can be obtained upon arrival at the airport at a cost of £20/$30 and will be valid for 30 days. The payment can be made in cash or by Visa/Mastercard. Payment by card at land border crossings may not be available so we recommend bringing cash if you are entering Rwanda by road. If you prefer, you can purchase your visa before you travel by using this website: https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=2
More information on visas and entry requirements for UK citizens is available on this link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/rwanda/entry-requirements. For all other nationalities please consult your country’s foreign travel advice departments.
Rwanda’s major pulls for wildlife enthusiasts are spread between three beautiful National Parks, including the spectacular Volcanoes National Park which is home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorilla sanctuary and the Dian Fossey Foundation. In Nyungwe National Park in the impressive hills of southwest Rwanda you will find 13 different species of primates including chimpanzees and black-and-white colobus monkeys living amongst the rainforest, whilst in Akagera National Park you can get an authentic game viewing experience with access to up-close encounters with a wide variety of animals including lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalos, leopards, giraffes and Africa’s highest concentration of hippos.
Boasting a bird list of over 600 species, Rwanda contains the highest concentration of birds per square kilometer in Africa and offers many highlights for birding enthusiasts including many of the Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Rwanda’s relatively small size makes it easy to cover a full range of habitats but the key area for most birding trips is the vast Afromontane forest of Nyungwe National Park which has been recognised by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area and is likely to bring you sightings of many species including Grauer's and Neumann's warblers, red-collared mountain-babblers and the Albertine owlet amongst many others. A visit to Akagera National Park may also result in sightings of the distinctive shoebill stork, whilst in Volcanoes National Park you will have the chance to see the 17 endemic species which have been spotted here.
Rwanda is the 4th smallest country in mainland Africa which makes it easy to discover all that this beautiful country has to offer without the need for internal flights. Rwanda’s 3 major National Parks are all within easy driving distance of each other and as part of a small group tour with dedicated guides and transport you can enjoy relaxing drives through the country’s scenic landscapes in between. In Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park the main way to get around is on foot, with gorilla and chimp trekking being a popular choice and hikes and nature walks bringing you up close to the impressive wildlife that abounds. In Akagera National Park there are many options for game drives in special 4x4 vehicles, and boat safaris through the park’s 8 beautiful lakes are another popular choice.
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Before you embark on your Rwanda trip, it’s always worth getting visa advice relevant to your destination. Do you need a visa? How long can you stay? Be sure to check before you go to save disappointment.The information avialable via the 'VISA' link is for UK passport Holders Only. If you are a Non UK Passport Holder Please Check with your National Government office.
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