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Rwanda: Luxury & Private Safaris
Rwanda is a lush green country known as the “land of a thousand hills.” Life bursts from the seams here and you get the feeling you could drop a seed and watch it sprout from where it fell, full of natural energy and vitality. .
Comprised of mountains, hills, rainforests, twisting roads and rural villages, this once war-ravaged land is a small, but densely populated country and home to one of the most incredible animals one could encounter, the mountain gorilla.
While Rwanda has traditionally not been thought of as a classic Big 5 safari destination, it’s four national parks are inhabited by an abundance of animals and birdlife. Akagera offers a robust big game experience in a gorgeous lakeside setting, while Nyungwe and Gishwati will round out primate viewing with the challenge of trekking chimpanzees. The once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience is the main reason for visiting Rwanda, but the friendly locals, interesting villages, good hiking, and stunning scenery make creates a uniquely diverse experience. Rwanda is a destination for active, engaged travelers, happy to pay for the exclusive privilege of observing the great apes in their natural habitat. With it’s easy access to the rest of Africa, Rwanda can be a good add-on to a traditional safari or can be a stand alone destination for a shorter stint to Africa.
A Rwanda safari is an excellent destination for photographers. There is something about Rwanda’s humidity and lighting that brings a mystical quality to your photos and you leave with impressive proof of your time in the forests.
In recent years, Rwanda has adopted a tourism model with a focus on high end tourism to support conservation and communities. Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park was a pioneer in bringing the luxury safari lodge concept to Rwanda and has now been joined by several other truly exceptional lodges across the region as well as in other parks.
Rwanda offers world class service and accommodation standards, with the accompanying price tag. That being said, with this destination you may be paying a premium for beautiful lodges, and exclusive, unique experiences, but it’s also important to keep in perspective that you’ll also be contributing to significant conservation efforts.
Is Rwanda the right destination for you?
Rwanda is a terrific destination for those who are eager to see primates; the most popular being the gorillas, chimpanzees, and golden monkeys. With favorite activities including hiking and trekking through the forest looking for apes, this country is suited for active travelers.
Rwanda is densely populated but very safe, making it the perfect place for travelers who want to interact with local people. Engaging with locals can be one of the most rewarding aspects of visiting Rwanda and something we highly recommend.
Travelers should know that Rwanda’s tourism board is focused on growing accommodations and experiences at an exclusive level to maximize the countries small footprint and bring in sustainable tourism revenue with minimal impact on wildlife and communities.
Rwanda can stand on it’s own, but traditionally it’s been an add-on to a longer traditional safari. Kigali is easily accessed from East and Southern Africa and as the country is relatively small, you don’t have huge distances to travel to make a visit worthwhile.
When to visit Rwanda?
Rwanda is truly a year round destination. The ideal time to visit is during the dry seasons of June to mid-September or December to February. The dry season has light cloud coverage which helps to regulate the temperatures, although you may experience some rain. March to May is Rwanda’s long rainy season which can make for a wet gorilla trek, however rain is always a possibility, regardless of season, while trekking in Volcanoes or Nyungwe.