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Rwanda

  • A gorilla looking out into the jungle

Untamed and mysterious, the sulky rainforests of Rwanda are a wildlife wonderland, where golden monkeys peak out from behind dense leaves, bushbuck scarper at the slightest of sounds and gorillas take over the mountains.

Untamed and mysterious, the sulky rainforests of Rwanda are a wildlife wonderland, where golden monkeys peak out from behind dense leaves, bushbuck scarper at the slightest of sounds and gorillas take over the mountains.

One of Africa’s smallest countries seems to be the one that packs the biggest punch – both in exclusivity and nature. The first National Park to be created in Africa is here, rising to fame through the work of renowned primatologist Dian Fossey who studied the gorillas that have laid claim to the hillsides.

Everyone comes for the experience of seeing the resident primates, so what really matters is the decision on which lovely lodging to dwell in. And between the environmental escapes, there’s some eye-opening history to be absorbed in too.

A lioness laying in a tree looking at the camera
A close up of a gorilla
Suspended bridge walkway
A lioness laying in a tree looking at the camera
A close up of a gorilla
Suspended bridge walkway
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    On the agenda
    in 2024

    With the turning over of new leaves and travel plans in the pipeline, we invite you to delve beyond the destination and into the marvelous moments to be had on meaningful journeys that will make your year.
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    Featuring...
    One&Only Gorilla's Nest

    With eucalyptus trees as camouflage, the traditional wooden Rwandan lodges of the One&Only troop aren’t shy when it comes to welcoming interlopers to their wild and wonderful home.

In pursuit of...

Close up shot of a baby gorilla
… the wilder extended family

A far cry from the bushland and dry deserts usually associated with a safari, Rwanda instead steps forward with misty mountains and waves of tea plantations that host a plethora of primates. Gorilla treks are the main attraction, heading deep into the forest to quietly observe one of the eight families as they go about their business in the troop. But there’s a sideshow of other relatives that deserve equal attention; the monochrome colobus monkeys are inquisitive enough to come see who their visitors are, the call of the shy mountain monkey echoes through the trees, and cheeky chimps swing from branches in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it display.

Dian Fossey, primatologist and conservationist
“I shall never forget my first encounter with gorillas. Sound preceded sight. Odour preceded sound… The air was suddenly rent by a high-pitched series of screams followed by the rhythmic rondo of sharp pok-pok chestbeats from a great silverbacked male….”
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A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in Rwanda, from the bio-rich forests of Nyungwe to the history and eco-efforts of Kigali.

  • A big mountain with a cloud covering the top
    Volcanoes National Park

    Home to around half the world’s population of gorillas, the park sits within the mountainous Virunga Massif, a dramatically stunning landscape encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes – the peaks reaching towards 5,000m. The ancient rainforest plays host to eight habituated family groups with further opportunities to view golden monkeys, elephants and bushbuck.

  • View of Rwanda neighborhood
    Kigali

    Very much ahead of the curve in its eco-efforts, Kigali has the pleasure of being one of the cleanest cities in the world.There’s a big sense of community with residents coming out every Sunday to clean their patch of street. A bond that is explored through an eye-opening tour of the city and its museums.

  • A herd of zebras and antelopes
    Akagera National Park

    Rwanda isn’t completely void of game viewing opportunities. Along the border of Tanzania sits Akagera National Park, a protected area that’s home to the whole cast of safari favourites including lions, zebra, giraffes, elephants and a whole lot of birds.

  • a bird sitting on a tree branch
    Nyungwe National Park

    Said to have stayed green even through the Ice Age, this ancient forest is rich in biodiversity, from its 13 species of primate to the 280 species of birds. This is the place to be completely enveloped in nature, so much so that it can be hard to get up the inclination to leave. 

  • A large lake surrounded by green trees and vegetation
    Lake Kivu

    Another superlative, Lake Kivu is the largest lake in the country and the sixth largest on the continent. Although the dense forests are a sight to behold, this wider, flatter expanse makes for a change of scenery, with beaches encircling the water just begging to be picnicked upon for an hour of two.

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Its essence...

ENIGMATIC
RAW
MOVING
Destination essentials
  • Jun - Sep
    PEAK GORILLA VIEWING
  • Mar - May
    LONG RAINS
  • Oct - Dec
    SHORT RAINS
SEASON
  • 10hrs 10min
    LHR - BRU - KGL
Flight
  • +2hrs
    GMT
Time difference
  • RWF
    RWANDAN FRANC
  • Kinyarwanda
    OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Currency / Language
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Africa

A land of colour and contrasts. Deep red skies, dazzling white sands and clear blue waters; chic cities and thrilling safari encounters – Africa stirs the senses and the soul.

  • A cheetah laying in the foreground with a safari car behind
    Botswana

    You’ve never felt as remote as in Botswana, with its placid lagoons, eco-diverse island game reserve and the lunar-like salt flats of Makadikadi Basin.

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  • An African landscape with two natives walking
    Kenya

    Bright red shukas, the savannah’s most notable characters, and a landscape of flat plains that billow into hills, Kenya is archetypal Africa.

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  • Baobabs trees lining dirt road in Madagascar on cloudy day
    Madagascar

    Unspoilt and uncrowded, Madagascar is the land of the ‘blue safari’ – where snorkelling, diving and sailing in the warm turquoise waters is only paused for a bit of lemur spotting.

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  • View of old buildings, trees and mountains
    Morocco

    Arabia’s mystical allure and Africa’s vibrancy converge in Morocco, refusing to give in to Western ways and instead delivering a splendid culture contrast that’s sure to stay rooted in traveller’s minds forever.  

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  • A view of a boat from between trees
    Mozambique

    A country still with some growing to do, these lesser-trodden coastlines that often act as an add-on to a South African safari are a rare find of authenticity-meets-blissfully-beachy break.

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  • Sandy dunes in a desert next to the sea
    Namibia

    Ethereal expanses of dunes merge into wild, coastal wilderness in this sun-baked land, casting the spooky spell of the sands that’s all too exciting and easy to succumb to.

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  • A panoramic view of cape town at sunset
    South Africa

    The ‘Rainbow Nation’ that earnt her stripes in a cacophony of languages, three buzzing cities, and everything from safaris to Winelands in-between; it’s not just a colourful diversity, but the sheer joy for surprises that keeps familiar feet coming back for more.

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  • A small herd of zebra grazing grass
    Tanzania

    Tanzania is a Great Migration, the volcanic peaks watching over herds as they cross vast plains and indented craters, eyed intensely by the climbing lions from their treetop perches; but this book holds more than just its front cover.

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  • Big river waterfall during dark
    Zambia

    There may be no need for the classic beige suit, but the boots are essential in this home of the iconic walking safari that encapsulates the memory of 70s treks gone by.

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  • A sail boat at waters edge
    Zanzibar

    The archipelago of Zanzibar is somewhat of a wildcard, but with its bohemian vibe, mellow pace and decidedly quieter yet still sugar-white sands, it gives the Maldives a run for its money.

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  • an elephant with tusks walking in tall grass
    Zimbabwe

    Bringing off-the-beaten-track safari experiences that’re just as active as its dramatic Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is no stranger to a thrilling escapade.    

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