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An Overview of Rwanda Safaris

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Exodus Safaris is delighted to offer Rwanda Safaris, inviting travelers to explore the stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and vibrant culture of Rwanda. Nestled in the heart of East Africa, Rwanda is renowned for its lush rainforests, mist-covered mountains, and diverse wildlife, including the majestic mountain gorillas. Committed to responsible tourism and conservation, Rwanda Safaris curated by Exodus Safaris provide adventurers with an authentic and sustainable way to experience the natural wonders and cultural heritage of this remarkable African nation.

Getting on a Rwanda Safari with Exodus Safaris promises an unforgettable journey filled with thrilling wildlife encounters and immersive cultural experiences. Led by experienced guides with deep knowledge of the country, participants have the opportunity to track endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, embark on game drives in Akagera National Park to spot the Big Five, and explore the lush forests of Nyungwe National Park, home to chimpanzees and other primates.

From witnessing the breathtaking scenery of Lake Kivu to discovering the vibrant markets of Kigali, Rwanda Safaris offer travelers a chance to connect with nature, immerse themselves in local traditions, and gain insights into the conservation efforts aimed at preserving Rwanda’s natural and cultural heritage. With comfortable accommodations and personalized service, Rwanda Safaris with Exodus Safaris provide an enriching and memorable travel experience that celebrates the wonders of Rwanda.

Why Go on Rwanda Safaris?

What to Do on Rwanda Safari

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience, encountering and observing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest

Explore Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking, immersing yourself in the diverse primate species and lush surroundings.

Birdwatching in Nyungwe

Delight in birdwatching with over 300 bird species in Nyungwe Forest, home to unique and colorful avian inhabitants.

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Akagera National Park Safari

Enjoy a classic safari experience in Akagera National Park, where savannah landscapes host diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, and giraffes.

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Take a thrilling canopy walk through Nyungwe Forest, suspended above the treetops, providing panoramic views and a unique perspective of the forest ecosystem.

Cultural Encounters

Engage with local communities, visiting villages and experiencing Rwandan culture, traditions, and hospitality.

Lake Kivu Exploration

Relax and explore the scenic shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest lake, offering opportunities for boat rides, water activities, and picturesque landscapes.

Genocide Memorial Visit

Pay homage to Rwanda’s history by visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a poignant and educational experience reflecting on the country’s resilience and healing.

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Visit

Visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to learn about the legacy of the renowned primatologist and her impactful work in gorilla conservation.

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When is the best month to travel to Rwanda?

Rwanda in January

  • Weather: Generally warm and dry; temperatures can range from 16°C to 30°C.
  • Wildlife: Ideal time for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Other wildlife viewing is good in Akagera National Park.
  • Events: No major events, but January is great for a gorilla trekking safari.

Rwanda in February

  • Weather: Similar to January, warm and dry with temperatures ranging from 16°C to 30°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking remains a highlight. Good time for birdwatching as migratory birds are present.
  • Events: No major events, but February is perfect for a combination of gorilla trekking and birdwatching.
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Rwanda in March

  • Weather: Beginning of the long rainy season; temperatures range from 16°C to 29°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking is still possible, though trails can be muddy. Wildlife viewing in Akagera is excellent.
  • Events: No major events, but March is great for a wildlife safari in Akagera National Park.
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Rwanda in April

  • Weather: Rainy season; temperatures range from 16°C to 28°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking may be challenging due to the rains. Akagera National Park is lush, offering excellent wildlife viewing.
  • Events: No major events, but April is ideal for a rainforest safari in Nyungwe National Park.

Rwanda in May

  • Weather: Rainy season continues; temperatures range from 16°C to 28°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking may still be challenging. Birdwatching is excellent with the green landscape.
  • Events: No major events, but May is great for birdwatching and nature walks.

Rwanda in June

  • Weather: Rainy season; temperatures range from 15°C to 28°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking is improving. Excellent time for birdwatching and lush landscapes.
  • Events: No major events, but June is perfect for a combination of gorilla trekking and birdwatching.

Rwanda in July

  • Weather: Dry season begins; temperatures range from 14°C to 27°C.
  • Wildlife: Ideal time for gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing. The landscape is still lush from the rainy season.
  • Events: No major events, but July is ideal for an overall wildlife safari.

Rwanda in August

  • Weather: Dry season continues; temperatures range from 14°C to 27°C.
  • Wildlife: Prime time for gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing. The dry season makes it easier to navigate trails.
  • Events: No major events, but August is perfect for a gorilla trekking and big game safari.

Rwanda in September

  • Weather: Dry season; temperatures range from 14°C to 28°C.
  • Wildlife: Excellent time for gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing. Clear skies for photography.
  • Events: No major events, but September is great for an all-around safari experience.

Rwanda in October

  • Weather: Dry season; temperatures range from 15°C to 29°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing are still excellent. Good time for birdwatching.
  • Events: No major events, but October is perfect for a combination of gorilla trekking and birdwatching.

Rwanda in November

  • Weather: Short rainy season begins; temperatures range from 15°C to 28°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing are still possible, though trails may be muddy.
  • Events: No major events, but November is great for a rainforest safari and birdwatching.
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Rwanda in December

  • Weather: Short rainy season continues; temperatures range from 15°C to 28°C.
  • Wildlife: Gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing are still good. Birdwatching is excellent.
  • Events: No major events, but December is ideal for a rainforest safari and birdwatching.
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FAQ About Rwanda Safaris

  •  Rwanda is renowned for its exceptional gorilla trekking experiences in Volcanoes National Park, diverse primate encounters, scenic landscapes, and a commitment to sustainable tourism, making it a unique and enriching safari destination.

  •  The best time is during the dry seasons from June to September and December to February, offering optimal trekking conditions and wildlife sightings. However, Rwanda's mild climate makes it a year-round destination.

  •  Gorilla trekking permits are obtained through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or authorized tour operators. It's advisable to book permits well in advance due to limited availability.

  •  Gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda are priced at a set fee, and as of my last knowledge update in 2022, the cost is $1,500 per person. This fee contributes to conservation efforts and community development.

  •  Yes, Rwanda is considered a safe destination for tourists. The country has made significant strides in security and is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

  •  Besides gorillas, Rwanda offers opportunities to see other primates such as chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest, as well as a variety of wildlife in Akagera National Park, including elephants, lions, zebras, and giraffes.

  •  Absolutely. Rwanda is often combined with neighboring countries like Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya to create comprehensive East African safari itineraries, offering diverse wildlife experiences and landscapes.

Best Accommodations While On Rwanda Safaris

Volcanoes Virunga Lodge

  • Location: Musanze, near Volcanoes National Park.
  • Price: $600 – $900 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: A luxurious eco-lodge offering breathtaking views of the Virunga Volcanoes. The lodge features spacious cottages with en-suite bathrooms, gourmet dining, and various activities such as gorilla trekking and nature walks.

Bisate Lodge

  • Location: Musanze, near Volcanoes National Park.
  • Price: $1,500 – $2,000 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: An exclusive wilderness retreat nestled in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone. Bisate Lodge offers luxurious accommodations in spacious villas, exquisite dining experiences, and guided gorilla treks in the nearby national park.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

  • Location: Musanze, near Volcanoes National Park.
  • Price: $500 – $800 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: Situated at the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge provides cozy cottages with stunning views. Guests can enjoy warm hospitality, delicious meals, and embark on gorilla tracking adventures.
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One&Only Nyungwe House

  • Location: Nyungwe National Park.
  • Price: $800 – $1,200 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: A luxurious retreat nestled within the lush rainforest of Nyungwe National Park. One&Only Nyungwe House offers elegant suites, fine dining options, and guided activities such as chimpanzee trekking and canopy walks.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

  • Location: Nyungwe National Park.
  • Price: $150 – $300 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: Positioned on the hilltop overlooking Nyungwe Forest, this hotel offers comfortable rooms with panoramic views. Guests can enjoy traditional Rwandan cuisine, explore nearby hiking trails, and participate in primate tracking adventures.

Magashi Camp

  • Location: Akagera National Park.
  • Price: $600 – $800 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: A luxury tented camp situated in the heart of Akagera National Park, overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga. Magashi Camp offers exclusive safari experiences, elegant tented accommodations, and thrilling wildlife encounters.

Akagera Game Lodge

  • Location: Akagera National Park.
  • Price: $200 – $400 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: Nestled along the shores of Lake Ihema, Akagera Game Lodge provides comfortable accommodations in a picturesque setting. Guests can enjoy game drives, boat safaris, and birdwatching excursions in the park.

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

  • Location: Musanze, near Volcanoes National Park.
  • Price: $200 – $400 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: A charming boutique hotel located in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains. Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel offers comfortable rooms, warm hospitality, and easy access to gorilla trekking and other activities.

Gorilla Nest Lodge

  • Location: Musanze, near Volcanoes National Park.
  • Price: $300 – $500 per person per night (approximate).
  • Description: Nestled amidst lush gardens, Gorilla Nest Lodge features rustic-chic accommodations with modern amenities. Guests can enjoy Rwandan hospitality, sumptuous meals, and guided gorilla tracking experiences.

Types of Rwanda Safaris

Gorilla Trekking Safaris

The highlight of many Rwanda safaris, gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park offers a unique opportunity to encounter mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Chimpanzee Tracking Safaris

Explore Nyungwe Forest National Park to track and observe chimpanzees, as well as other primates, in one of Africa’s oldest and most diverse forests.

Birdwatching Safaris

Rwanda is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with diverse avian species. Birdwatching safaris often include visits to Nyungwe Forest and Akagera National Park.

Classic Safari in Akagera National Park

Experience a classic safari in Akagera National Park, known for its savannah landscapes and diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, and giraffes.

Cultural Safaris

Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture by visiting local communities, participating in traditional activities, and learning about the country’s history.

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Volcano Hiking Safaris

Embark on hikes to explore Rwanda’s volcanic landscapes, including climbs to the summits of volcanoes like Mount Bisoke.

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Nature and Forest Walk Safaris

Take guided nature walks in various parks to explore ecosystems, encounter smaller wildlife, and appreciate the flora and fauna.

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Boat Safaris in Akagera

Enjoy boat safaris on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park, providing unique wildlife viewing opportunities along the water.

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Cycling Safaris

Explore Rwanda’s landscapes on cycling safaris, combining adventure with wildlife and cultural experiences.

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Golden Monkey Tracking Safaris

In addition to gorillas, track and observe golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, offering a unique primate encounter.

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Everything About the Rwanda Safaris

Introduction to Rwanda Safaris

  • Attend the annual Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony, a celebration that not only names newborn gorillas but also raises awareness and funds for gorilla conservation.
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Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

  • Rwanda is globally renowned for its unparalleled gorilla trekking experiences in the mist-covered Volcanoes National Park, allowing visitors to connect with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest

  • Explore the ancient Nyungwe Forest for captivating chimpanzee tracking, where primates and a plethora of biodiversity thrive in one of Africa’s oldest rainforests.

Scenic Landscapes

  • Rwanda’s landscapes are a patchwork of rolling hills, verdant tea plantations, and the dramatic Virunga Mountains, providing a picturesque backdrop for safari adventures.
  • Akagera National Park’s Savannah Safari
  • Experience classic savannah safari moments in Akagera National Park, home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, giraffes, and antelopes.

Cultural Encounters

  • Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture through village visits, traditional dance performances, and interactions with local communities, fostering a deeper connection with the country.

Lake Kivu Relaxation

  • Discover the tranquility of Lake Kivu, where serene waters and picturesque landscapes offer a relaxing interlude during your safari adventure.
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Genocide Memorial Visit

  • Pay homage to Rwanda’s history and resilience by visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a sobering yet essential stop that provides insight into the country’s journey.
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Diverse Birdwatching

  • Rwanda is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 700 bird species, making it a haven for enthusiasts seeking vibrant and diverse avian life.
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Conservation Success

  • Rwanda’s commitment to conservation is evident, with successful efforts in gorilla protection and community-based initiatives, showcasing the country’s dedication to sustainable tourism.
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Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony

  • Attend the annual Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony, a celebration that not only names newborn gorillas but also raises awareness and funds for gorilla conservation.
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