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Coming face to face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling experience, something hard to explain to people but once you've done it once you'll be drawn back for more. Rwanda offers luxury accommodation, quality guiding and life-changing experiences.Contact Peter
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Why we love Rwanda
The latest insight from our time spent exploring Rwanda.
Two decades after the brutal 1994 genocide ripped Rwanda in two, the country is now a beacon of hope and optimism in central Africa. This small and extremely beautiful country is a delight to visit; it has truly undergone a renaissance in its recent history. Characterised by its lush green mountains, covered in terraced farmland and shrouded in equatorial jungles, it is easy to see why Rwanda is nicknamed the Land of a Thousand Hills.
Scenery & Trekking
The beautiful hillsides outside of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, can guide you towards the country’s brightest star, Volcanoes National Park, where you have the opportunity to trek to see golden monkeys and rare mountain gorillas through bamboo forests, all in the shadow of the awe-inspiring Virunga volcanoes. An experience on many bucket lists, spending time with the mountain gorillas is an unforgettable wildlife moment, and worth every penny of the expensive permits required to trek into the volcanoes.
Rural Rwanda is teeming with birdlife and is covered in tea plantations, patchworks of banana and maize crop as well as shimmering lakes and rivers. While many travellers who visit Rwanda focus on primates, the extraordinary scenery more than complements any trip.
Whatever experience you are looking for, our experts are ready to help…
How to Explore Rwanda
These itineraries cover routes and places that are particularly popular with our guests and are designed to inspire. Every single trip we create is tailor-made and highly personalised to meet your specific requirements.
Gorillas and Safari
- Start in the Masai Mara which is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas, then explore Rwanda, including gorilla tracking and finish in the Serengeti, Tanzania’s oldest park which was created to preserve the path of the world’s largest migration circuit.
- From £....
- Masai Mara, Rwanda and Serengeti
Explore East Africa
- This itinerary incorporates three of East Africa's most sought after regions, the mountainous rain forests of Volcano National Park and Bwindi National Park together, the Serengeti National Park and the beautiful Islands of Zanzibar or the Seychelles.
- From £6,900 per person...
- Serengeti, Rwanda and Zanzibar or Seychelles
Uganda and Rwanda
- On this 6-day tour of Rwanda and Uganda you will have the opportunity to experience ancient Batwa culture, climb a volcano, track golden monkeys, and track the majestic mountain gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda
- From £5,000 per person....
- Rwanda and Uganda
Out and out rwanda
- This is the perfect opportunity to experience the endangeered mountain gorillas and encounter the local community.
- From £4,000 per person...
- Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park
Ultimate primate experience
- Track mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and hike through Nyungwe Forest to search for chimpanzees.
- From £8,000 per person for 10 days
- Nyungwe Forest and Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla's and Zanzibar
- Take part in Gorilla trekking and explore Rwandas beautiful scenery, finish this trip relaxing in Zanzibar on white sand beaches and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean
- From £4,500 for 10 days
- Rwanda and Zanzibar
The volcanic range of the Virungas is home to Volcanoes National Park and Rwanda's famous mountain gorillas and is only about 3 hours drive from Kigali, or a short but spectacular helicopter flight. With around 250 gorillas split across roughly 10 families, these magical animals are carefully protected and only about 50 people a day are allowed to trek to see them. Those lucky enough to spend time with these awe-inspiring animals have described the experience as intensely emotional and we couldn’t agree more. Our expert consultant Peter Fisher recommends purchasing two permits to visit these easily-accessible creatures – the first, to take enough pictures to capture these majestic creatures and, the second, to just sit quietly and observe these hugely powerful animals in their natural habitat. While you explore Volcanoes National Park you will be able to enjoy spectacular birdlife (there are over 350 bird species) as well as visiting Dian Fossey’s grave, where you can learn all about her fascinating work and the narrative behind the memorable film, Gorillas in the Mist.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Covering over 1000 square kms, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity. Home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal. This majestic rainforest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in. Hiking or even biking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe offers.
Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes and possibly the continents most beautiful. More like an inland sea running along the Congolese-Rwandan border for 100km, it is one of the deepest bodies of freshwater in the world. Terraced hillsides and lakeside villages give a glimpse of rural life while the picturesque town of Kibuye offers visitors a chance to take a boat excursion along the shores or enjoy a swim. There are no crocodiles or hippos in the lake and very few fish too (only 30 species) which experts have put down to the volcanic activity in the area.
Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, creeps up four of the emerald ridges that give the country its nickname, "the land of a thousand hills", before sinking into the mist-filled valleys between. Kigali is the ideal base before exploring the rest of Rwanda. The centre of Kigali is bursting with energy and colour, mirroring the country’s forward-looking approach. Appreciating the need to learn from history, a visit to the intensely moving Genocide Memorial Centre calls for a deeper reflection of Rwanda’s troubled past and is an important stop on any visit to the country. From Kigali, most of the places we’d recommend visiting are accessible by car and True Luxury Travel have established close relationships with a number of excellent guides in these areas who will accompany you throughout a Rwandan safari.
Where To Stay in Rwanda
Explore some of our highly recommended lodges within our Rwanda Collection.