Rwanda, a small landlocked country located in the heart of East Africa, is emerging as a top destination for safari enthusiasts. While it may be known for its tragic history, Rwanda has made remarkable progress in recent years and is now renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and unique safari experiences. From the lush rainforests of Volcanoes National Park to the expansive savannas of Akagera National Park, Rwanda offers a safari experience like no other.
One of the main attractions in Rwanda is the opportunity to observe the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Volcanoes National Park, part of the Virunga Massif, is home to more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. Trekking through the dense forests, visitors have the chance to encounter these incredible creatures up close, witnessing their playful interactions and observing their fascinating behaviour. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who are fortunate enough to witness it.
In addition to gorilla trekking, Rwanda offers other primate encounters. Nyungwe Forest National Park, located in the southwestern part of the country, is a haven for chimpanzees and other primates. Guided walks through the forest allow visitors to spot these intelligent creatures swinging through the trees, as well as a variety of other wildlife, including colourful birds and butterflies. Nyungwe Forest is also home to a network of hiking trails, leading visitors to stunning waterfalls, scenic viewpoints, and the opportunity to explore one of Africa’s oldest rainforests.
For those seeking a more traditional safari experience, Akagera National Park is a must-visit destination. Situated in the east of Rwanda, along the border with Tanzania, Akagera is a vast savanna ecosystem teeming with wildlife. Here, visitors can embark on thrilling game drives, encountering a diverse range of animals such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, and various antelope species. The park is also known for its rich birdlife, with over 500 species recorded, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.
One of the unique aspects of Rwanda’s safari experience is the country’s commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism. After the devastation caused by the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the government and local communities have worked tirelessly to protect their wildlife and natural resources. This dedication is evident in the successful conservation efforts that have led to the recovery of gorilla populations and the reintroduction of lions to Akagera National Park after a 15-year absence. Visitors can take pride in knowing that their safari experience contributes to the long-term conservation and development of Rwanda’s natural heritage.
Beyond its wildlife, Rwanda offers a rich cultural experience. The capital city, Kigali, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan hub, showcasing the country’s resilience and progress. Visitors can explore the Genocide Memorial, which provides a poignant reminder of Rwanda’s past while celebrating its path towards reconciliation and unity. The city also offers a thriving arts and crafts scene, where visitors can purchase traditional Rwandan handicrafts, including vibrant textiles, pottery, and wood carvings.
What’s Typically Included
- Accommodation, all meals (at most camps) & local beverages
- All domestic transfers to and from Kigali.
- All domestic transfers between camps.
- Daily activities, expert guiding, & VAT.
- (Exclusions: gorilla permit fees (USD 1500 per person, per permit – subject to change),Premium brand drinks, gratuities, and fully comprehensive travel insurance.)
Embark on a transformative journey through the heart of Rwanda's breathtaking landscapes. Witness majestic gorillas, traverse lush mountains, and encounter vibrant wildlife at four luxurious lodges. From awe-inspiring sunrises to intimate moments under starlit skies, this 7-night Remarkable Rwanda Safari promises an unforgettable adventure, creating lifelong memories as you rediscover the wonders of nature together.
Savannah Safari & Gorilla Trekking
Embark on an extraordinary journey through untamed beauty. Lose yourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Savannah Safari, where majestic creatures roam freely. Then, venture deep into the heart of Rwanda, where mystical encounters with gentle giants await. Bisate Lodge and Magashi Lodge beckon you to a world of luxury amidst nature's grandeur. Surrender to the wild.
These itineraries are fully customizable. To change or learn more about any of our itineraries, please enquire with us.
The official currency of Rwanda is the Rwandan franc (RWF). It is denoted by the symbol “FRw” or “RF”. The Rwandan franc is subdivided into 100 smaller units called centimes, although centime coins are no longer in circulation. Banknotes are available in denominations of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 francs. It’s important to note that the Rwandan franc is not widely accepted outside of Rwanda, so it’s advisable to exchange any leftover currency before leaving the country.
When visiting Rwanda, it is advisable to carry some local currency for day-to-day expenses, although major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger establishments. USD, Euros and UK Pounds are also typically accepted.
In Rwanda, the power sockets used are Type C and Type J.
Type C sockets are the standard Europlug sockets, which have two round pins and are commonly used in many European countries. Type J sockets, on the other hand, have three round pins in a triangular pattern and are predominantly used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, but they can also be found in Rwanda.
If you’re traveling to Rwanda from a country that uses a different type of socket, such as Type A or Type G, you will need a travel adapter to plug in your electronic devices. Travel adapters allow you to connect your devices to the local power outlets by converting the shape and/or voltage of the plug. It’s important to check the voltage compatibility of your devices as well, as Rwanda operates on a 220-volt supply at 50 Hz.
When packing for a safari in Rwanda, it’s important to keep in mind that you should pack lightly and prioritize essential items. Here’s a suggested packing list:
- Lightweight, breathable, and neutral-colored clothing (avoid bright colors)
- Long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect against insects and the sun
- A lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho
- Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- Socks and underwear
- A wide-brimmed hat or cap to protect from the sun
2. Accessories and Gear:
- Binoculars for wildlife viewing
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Sunscreen with a high SPF
- Lightweight daypack for carrying essentials during game drives and walks
- Travel adapter and charger for electronics
3. Medications and Personal Items:
- Prescription medications (if applicable)
- Basic first aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic cream, and any necessary medications
- Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
- Travel-sized towel or handkerchief
- Travel insurance documents
- Passport and necessary travel documents
- Cash and/or credit cards
Remember to check the specific requirements and recommendations of your safari tour operator or accommodation, as they may have additional suggestions based on the activities and locations you’ll be visiting. Additionally, consider any specific weather conditions or seasonal variations during your travel dates.
Due to the typically wet and rainy nature of the forests, we recommend that you bring warm, protective attire, along with comfortable walking or hiking boots. Additionally, don’t forget to pack a hat, as well as a lightweight parka or raincoat.
In Rwanda, the official languages are Kinyarwanda, French, and English. Kinyarwanda is the most widely spoken language in the country and is used by the majority of the population as their first language. French was historically the dominant foreign language in Rwanda and is still widely spoken, particularly in business, government, and education sectors. English has been gaining prominence in recent years and is increasingly used in official settings and as a medium of instruction in schools. Additionally, Swahili is also spoken by a small portion of the population, primarily in border regions and urban areas.
A visa is required to enter Rwanda, and it is available on arrival. Thirty-day tourist visas are free for citizens of member states of the Commonwealth, the African Union, and the Francophone countries.
Please follow this link to be sure of your countries visa requirements to enter Rwanda- https://www.migration.gov.rw/visa/visitors-visa
Although a yellow fever vaccination is not mandatory for visiting Rwanda, it is necessary if you plan to travel to Kenya and Uganda as per Rwanda’s entry requirements. It is advisable to consult your travel clinic prior to your travel.
Although Bisate is situated at a higher elevation and is not in a malaria-risk area, it is important to note that there are other regions in Rwanda, such as Magashi in Akagera National Park, where the risk of malaria exists. We strongly recommend that our guests consult their medical practitioner or travel clinic for guidance on malaria prevention. It is advisable to do this several weeks before your departure, as certain medications require a lead time before your arrival in Rwanda.