When To Go
A temperate and mild climate, most of the country is at high altitude. Main rains are from March to May with lighter rains in October and November. Driest periods are December through early March and June to September but it can rain at any time.
Aptly named “The land of a thousand hills”. Grassy highlands and hills, a massive range of extinct volcanoes, dense forests and breathtaking lake scenery. The Rwandan government has stabilised the country and it is much recovered, making it is an inviting environment for international tourists.
Volcanoes National Park: Flanked by the majestic Virunga Mountains, this is home to several habituated mountain gorillas groups. Great trekking to craters and peaks with spectacular vistas of the Rwandan valleys, Uganda and the Congo. See also troups of golden monkeys and visit burial place of Dian Fossey.
Lake Kivu and Gisenyi: Sparkling lake bordered by steep green hills and cultivations. Stunning drive and boat trip along the lake, with magnificent scenery and tremendous vistas.
Nyungwe Forest: Lush forests and exhilarating waterfall encourages much flora and vast numbers of birds and butterflies. Great trekking. Residence for thirteen species of primate, including habituated chimpanzees.
Kigali: Capital and commercial centre well worth visiting for its informative Genocide Memorial Centre, a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and other genocides around the world.
Akagera National Park: In the north-east, the park has a varied landscape from acacia woodland, papyrus swamps and savannah. Recovering game population and good bird life.