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, rain forest, 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.
The once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking safari 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 its 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.
Volcanoes National Park Rwanda aka Parc National De Volcans part of the magnificent Virunga Mountains and the best place for mountain gorilla tracking in the World. Being Africa’s oldest park, it offers extraordinary experience in the African wilderness. Tracking the mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park remains one of the most moving and life-changing experiences.
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 will also be contributing to significant conservation efforts.
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.