Why Rwanda holidays and gorilla safaris are truly unique

Nestled just south of the equator, Rwanda is commonly known as ‘Le Pays des Milles Collines’ or ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ and mystifies with its undulating luscious mountains and chain of seven volcanoes that punctuate Central Africa’s landscape. Although primarily known for its gorilla trekking and safaris, offering one of the most emotional and spellbinding wildlife experiences known to man, Rwanda holidays offer much more to the intrepid traveller from tracking chimpanzees to climbing volcanic peaks. 

With mountain gorillas being a critically endangered species it is essential every effort is made to secure their future. Eco tourism is a vital part of a successful drive towards saving both the gorillas and their habitat.

EVERYDAY RWANDA & SAFARI COMBOS

Aside from the primate world, Lake Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda, where the towns of Kibuye and Gisenyi afford terrific lake views. This idyllic lake is also home to some of the best inland beaches on the continent, remote island communities, and ample activities such as canoeing and windsurfing on offer. With the widely documented problems of 1994 and the Tutsi genocide firmly in the past, Rwanda is a prosperous country and tourism has played a vital role in its recovery, which is evidenced in the heart-warming reception you will receive from throughout the country.

Due to its relatively small size, we recommend Rwanda to those who wish to enjoy a 'short, sharp' gorilla tracking safari. With quicker transfers than similar countries, such as Uganda, it is possible to gain a much better overview i a much shorter time. 

If you have time, Rwanda works well combined with neighbouring Uganda, or alternatively the big game destinations of Kenya and Tanzania.

THE WORLD OF THE FOREST PRIMATES

Rwanda offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in Africa, be it the dramatic Virunga volcanoes bordering Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo or the forest of Nyungwe, one of the largest montane forests in Central Africa, home to chimpanzees and large groups of Colobus monkeys. Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) is located in northwest Rwanda and is an area of thickly vegetated rainforest and bamboo providing shelter to endangered golden monkeys and approximately one third of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. It is also where primatologist Dian Fossey carried out her seminal work, and which was her adopted home and place of rest. Dian expressed the feeling of coming face-to-face with silverback mountain gorillas as "The expression in his eyes was unfathomable. Spellbound I returned his gaze - a gaze that seemed to combine elements of enquiry and acceptance." It is an experience only those who have lived can fully understand. 

Deep within the thickets of Nyungwe lies another gripping wildlife encounter. Here chimpanzees crash noisily through the forests, and witnessing these distant relatives and their human-like behaviour is another highlight of any Rwanda holiday. 

Conservation plays an important role in local tourism and there is a strong ethos of preservation of rare primates; it is rewarding to know that you are reinforcing the good work of the local organisations by contributing to park fees and permits.

our client rwanda holiday reviews

  • Hope was an excellent guide. He made everyone feel very comfortable and safe and he was quite knowledgeable. I enjoyed everything about this trip.

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    5 out of 5
  • The pre-trip service and information I received was excellent. I enjoyed everything about this trip. Obviously the gorillas were the highlight and were totally amazing but I enjoyed the entire experience. All guides were very good and knowledgeable…

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    5 out of 5
  • We cannot say enough positive things about our experience …He [our guide] was knowledgeable, personable, thoughtful, funny, kind and easy to be with. He had lots of information, but did not overwhelm us by talking and talking and talking. It was a good balance of giving information and having quiet time for us to just 'take in' the experience of a different culture.

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    5 out of 5
  • They were all brilliant but would like to mention Charles our guide. He is very exceptional and i think without him it would have not been so great. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable and went out of his way more than expected. I feel that because of his background he made us understand the history and future of Rwanda very clear.

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    4 out of 5
  • The managers of Silverback lodge (Nelis and Trace) are some the best we have ever encountered in 20 years -- always attentive, professional and accommodating. Fantastic!!!!! The facilities will be 'excellent' once renovated in April -- a bit tired (paint rubbing off on socks in room, etc).

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    4 out of 5
  • All guides were very good and knowledgeable, but I think the guide in Nyungwe conveyed a sense of enjoying his job. V generous 'hours' with gorillas. Would like to mention Charles our guide. He is very exceptional…

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    4 out of 5
  • This was our third trip with NWS and we come back because: 1. You listen to clients, get to understand them and then propose itineraries 2. We totally trust your judgement in terms of where to go, when to go and how to get the best experience 3. You deliver at every stage so we do not have to worry about anything and can just relax and enjoy the planning, booking and then the trip itself.

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    5 out of 5
  • Our driver Joe was absolutely brilliant. He was so welcoming and friendly. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. He made our trip so enjoyable and we cannot rate him highly enough. Stella who met us from the airport was brilliant. She was so welcoming and went to endless effort to retrieve my suitcase which had been lost.

    TAILORMADE RWANDA GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI

    4 out of 5
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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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