What to See in Rwanda for First Time Travelers?
Apparently, Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas have enchanted many travelers from all over the world, which promotes Rwanda as a promising adventure destination. Usually, 5-8 days will be enough to discover this vibrant country at ease. After a cultural and historical tour in Kigali, it is unmissable to have the Africa's captivating wilderness experience - gorilla trekking safaris in the Volcanoes National Park. The chimpanzee and golden monkey tracking, birding and canopy walks in the Nyungwe National Park are also unforgettable experiences. You will have a chance to interact with those magnificent creatures and take memorable pictures. Treat yourself to a boat cruise on the Lake Kivu, enjoy the great wildlife viewing in the Akagera National Park, or have a community cultural tour, all above have been highlighted in our Rwanda tours.
Canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park
Kigali Genocide Memorial
What is the Best Time to Visit Rwanda?
Located south of the equator, Rwanda has relatively high altitude which provides it warm and pleasant tropical highland climate throughout the year, but also experiences persistent rainy season from March to May. Generally, the best time for a Rwanda trip is the long dry season from June to mid-September, and also a short dry season from December to February. In the bustling capital city of Kigali, the average daily temperature is around 21°C (70°F).
Is a Tourist Visa Required for Rwanda Tours?
Nationals of most countries need a tourist visa to enter Rwanda. E-visa can be applied online before departure, or the application can be submitted at the Rwandan diplomatic mission beforehand. A visa on arrival is available as well at the Kigali International Airport and all land borders for all world nationals. It is advisable to consult the visa policy details with the Rwanda Directorate of Immigration and Emigration before planning your Rwanda tours.
How Do l Get to and Travel around Rwanda?
The major cities for international flights are Kigali, Kamembe and Butare. Normally visitors fly into the capital Kigali International Airport (KGL), where RwandAir, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines are servicing. Helicopter transfers are available as well within Rwanda, but the fares are frequently high.
Taxis only operate in the large towns. Railway service is not developed in Rwanda, so the popular public transport is shared minibuses. Travelling around the country by car is the most convenient way as there is a well-surfaced road network linking the major towns. However, some countryside roads are often unsurfaced especially in the rainy season. During your safari adventures, we will customize your desired Rwanda trip and arrange a private 4x4s and off-road car with an expert driver guide.
A local market in Rwanda
Where can I Encounter Gorillas? Is Going on a Gorilla Trekking Safari Dangerous?
For close up and unforgettable gorilla viewing, The Volcanoes National Park with almost half of the world's wild gorilla population is where you need to be. Your tours to Rwanda can be overwhelmingly fascinating with a guided gorilla trek, but spending up an hour to interact with mountain gorillas can be dangerous. While our experienced guide will provide you with accurate safety information, and the park guide will brief the restrictions in the beginning of the safari adventure, and train you on how to react to gorilla's behavior properly. They will always ensure the travelers' safety. If you listen to the guide carefully and adhere to the rules, there should be no problem.
What are the Gratuity Guidelines for a Rwanda Safari?
Tipping is voluntary in Rwanda. If you receive good service and would like to show your personal appreciation, you might tip USD10 per day to your private guide and USD10 per trek to your tracker or park guide.