The ‘land of a thousand hills’ is perhaps the ultimate African good news story, having embarked on a remarkable journey of reconciliation and rebirth following the 1994 genocide. The country has now put this chapter firmly behind it and in the process, become an essential wildlife destination – and that’s only one of many reasons to visit.

Rwanda’s unique landscape consists of many small hills, dotted with villages and covered in a patchwork quilt of tea plantations and farm plots. Rwanda is a relatively small country – about the size of Michigan – and its excellent road network means that guided tours can get you to most highlights in just a few hours.


  • Gorilla and golden monkey treks in Volcanoes National Park
  • Spot the Big 5 in Akagera National Park
  • Relax on a working tea plantation in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Enjoy water activites on Lake Kivu
  • Experience life in Kigali with a mix of Rwandan arts, history, and culture
Gateway city: Kigali
Best time to travel: Year-round


The safari itineraries displayed below highlight some of the best lodges and wildlife destinations in Rwanda. These will give you an idea of what is possible and can be further customized to suit your individual travel styles and budget. Connect with one of our Rwanda travel experts for a complimentary trip consultation.


Rwanda’s most famous residents are probably the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. New, luxury safari lodges offer access to the gorillas’ misty mountain kingdom, and you can trek up through the forests for encounters with some of our closest relatives. Meeting our peaceful primate cousins can be a very moving and thrilling experience: the gorillas are not to be missed! Rwanda’s Central African location means that the wildlife here is quite different from other African countries you may have visited. As well as gorillas, there are opportunities to see golden monkeys and many different Rift Valley bird species.


Situated in southwestern Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park is known for its exceptional biodiversity and its wide range of endemic species. The park is composed of lush tracts of rainforest set high up on fertile mountain slopes. It is one of Africa’s most ancient forests and the home of Rwanda’s sole remaining chimpanzee population. Visitors can enjoy spotting colobus monkeys and chimpanzees hiding in the trees and hiking on a well-maintained network of trails passing through lush equatorial rainforest.


Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains. Teeming with plains game, Akagera is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, large crocodiles, the rare sitatunga, and more than 500 bird species. An ambitious conservation project has seen both lions and black rhinos reintroduced to Akagera, Rwanda’s flagship national park and now a Big Five destination.


Experience life in Kigali with a mix of Rwandan arts, history, and culture. Taste local cuisine, browse fabrics at the market, enjoy a milk bar, and make traditional imigongo art painting. Visit a local Rwandan fashion boutique and meet a jewelry designer

To understand more about the history of Rwanda, the Genocide Museum offers a sobering reminder of man’s inhumanity to man – but it is also a testament to the power of forgiveness and the resilience of the human spirit. Emerging into the bright sunlight can be a little discordant at first, but the smiles and laughter of Rwanda’s young population will soon remind you that this dark chapter belongs in the country’s past. As a visitor, you’re helping to build its future.