Nairobi in Kenya would be your entry point into East
Africa from outside of Africa. From here you can get a flight
to Kigali in
Rwanda. Airlines that service this route include
Air Burundi, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airlines and South African
Land & water
Main entry points into Rwanda from other African
countries include Burundi (Butare/Kayanza), Tanzania (Rusumo) and Uganda
When to Go
Avoid the rains which fall from March to May and visit Rwanda during
the dry season which ranges from May to September. It is easier to
track mountain gorillas when it is dry.
Highlights not to Miss
Parc National Des Volcans
This national park offers the best location to track the captivating
mountain gorilla in Africa. It is along the border with Congo and Uganda.
There is a chain of seven volcanoes and the highest one being Karisimbi
of more than 4 500 m. The slopes of these volcanoes are covered in bamboo
and rainforest vegetation and where you will find the gorillas.
A visit to these fascinating animals is a must for every traveler to Africa.
The experience is unforgettable but getting there through these forests and to
the volcanoes is not for the feint hearted but rather the curios that will go
Nyungwe Forest National Park
One of the leading attractions in Rwanda and one of the largest protected
mountain rainforests in Africa, covering 970 sq km with superb scenery
overlooking the forest and Lake Kivu. You can view the volcanoes of the
Parc National Des Volconoes from here. Here you can view large groups
of black and white Angolan colobus monkeys with up to 400 in a troop.
Other primates include the chimpanzees and you can go on hikes through
the forest, which boasts about 270 species of trees, other mammals and