Best Time to Go

June and September

High Season

between June and September

Best Know for

wildlife living in volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.

About Rwanda.

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest, and sweeping plains.

Despite a turbulent past, Rwanda is a safe and friendly destination – a testament to the resilience of its people. For guests seeking a deeply enriching safari, Rwanda offers an experience that is difficult to find anywhere else.

Rwanda’s unique environment and kind, welcoming people provide one-of-a-kind experiences. This is a country characterized by its impressive biodiversity, volcanoes, and highland rainforests that are home to the gorillas. Rarely experienced in isolation, a Rwanda gorilla trekking safari combines well with other East African destinations such as Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania.

There is more to green and hilly Rwanda than meets the eye: it is also home to the primate-filled Nyungwe Forest National Park, where boisterous chimpanzees frolic and the skies are filled with a myriad of birds. And in low-lying eastern Rwanda, Akagera National Park offers big game viewing in a diverse savannah setting with safari heavyweights including lions and elephants. 

When is the Best Time to Visit Rwanda?

The best time to visit Rwanda is during the dry season of June to September. This is also the best time of year to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda as these periods offer the best hiking conditions and the lowest risk of malaria.

You can trek to see mountain gorillas and visit Rwanda outside of these optimum times of year, but bear in mind that it may be more difficult due to rainfall as well as steep and muddy hiking paths. You must be in relatively good shape before you commence your trek as you will be hiking to the mountain gorillas in the dense, tropical jungles of Rwanda.

With over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population, it’s no surprise that the majority of guests visit Rwanda to track and view our highly endangered cousins. Rwanda is superb for primates in general, including the fun-loving Sykes monkey, the Golden monkey and the boisterous chimpanzee in the Nyungwe Forest.

Everything you need to know about the

Best National Parks in Rwanda.

Tucked in between the iconic safari destinations of Kenya and Tanzania, Rwanda offers guests some of the best primate tracking on the planet – set against the backdrop of its endless green hills and soaring mountainsides.

FAQS about Rwanda Safaris

Yes, Rwanda is a very safe country to visit. Aside from petty crime that one will experience the world over, Rwanda is considered one of the safest countries to visit in Africa. It is also one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Solo travellers can rest assured that they will be well looked after on their travels.

Rwanda welcomes all people. While the rest of the world is blocking people out, Rwanda is opening its doors. Travellers do not need to apply for a visa; they are issued upon arrival at the airport. If you’re a fellow African traveller, your visa is valid for 90 days and if you’re an international guest, your visa is valid from between 30 to 60 days, more than enough time to experience the best that Rwanda has to offer. Visas for internationals only cost about $30 (as of 2018).

A visa is required to enter Rwanda, except if you’re from one of the visa-exempt countries. You can apply for a Rwanda E-visa online here. A visa-on-arrival facility is also available at Kigali International Airport (KGL).

Visitors should also have a passport, with a minimum validity of 6 months beyond the date of departure from Rwanda.

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for a Rwanda Safari Tour. But, we advise that you consult with a medical professional for the latest recommendations. Especially in the case of malaria precautions. You should also pack a few anti-malaria pills and an insect repellent.

The national language of Rwanda is Kinyarwanda and is the first language of many individuals in the country. Though there are some other languages also spoken in Rwanda. They include Swahili, French, and English.

The Dry Season (from June to September and December to February) is regarded as the perfect time for a Rwanda Safari Tour. The temperature in this season is pleasant and there are fewer chances of rain. The gorilla trekking trails are also at their best in these months.