Rwanda is a verdant, landlocked country in East Africa known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” for its fertile rolling landscape. A luxury safari and gorilla trekking destination, many of our luxury holidays in Rwanda feature the spellbinding Volcanoes National Park, which is home to half of the world’s gorillas still living in the wild. These amazing animals are greatly endangered and a visit to the park will leave an impression on any traveller fortunate enough to witness them.
Our Africa Specialists here in OROKO have visited this wonderful destination many times, so can recommend the best lodges and camps as well as unique experiences that will enhance your Rwanda luxury holidays. Our first-hand knowledge and long-standing relationships with iconic African lodges mean that we can provide excellent value. OROKO are also committed to working with ‘conservation first’ suppliers who practise sustainable tourism as we plan our luxury holidays in Rwanda.
POCKET GUIDE TO RWANDA
Housing five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains and home to the mighty mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park is a must on any gorilla trekking adventure. Dian Fossey greatly described the immense volcanoes; “old volcanoes towering almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest”. Battle through dense jungle vegetation until you arrive face-to-face with a mighty silverback or baby gorilla. Visitors can also embark on guided forest walks in search of golden monkeys.
Positioned along the border with Tanzania is Central Africa’s largest protected wetland, Akagera National Park. Explore the plains on exhilarating game drives and the teeming waters on boat safaris. Encounter wonderful scenes of nature, like birds landing on the backs of snoozing hippo, lions basking in the afternoon sun and the rare sitatunga antelope racing through the wetlands escaping the jaws of its predator. The park is the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda.
Greatly endangered, Rwanda’s gorillas will leave a lasting impression on any traveller fortunate enough to witness them. Many of us have familiarised ourselves with the wonders of gorilla and chimpanzee through the outstanding productions of David Attenborough and the works of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey but coming face-to-face with these mighty creatures is an incomparable experience. On sustainable tours, follow expert guides on once-in-a-lifetime journeys, contributing to eco-tourism and conservation efforts to bring these primates back from the brink of extinction.
Best time to travel
The best time to experience Rwanda luxury holidays are during the short dry season from January to February and the long dry season, from June to October. The dry seasons make for perfect conditions for gorilla tracking, with jungle trails that are less slippery and less muddy and forest vegetation that is less thick. Although by nature, the rainforest is very wet and rain is often impossible to avoid, the dry season increases visitors’ chances of a more comfortable and successful trek.