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Wildlife holidays in Rwanda with Naturetrek
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Wildlife holidays in Rwanda

Tell me about Rwanda …

In colonial times, the spectacular beauty of Rwanda’s rolling, mountainous landscape earned it the title ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’. Following independence, this small Central African nation leapt to fame as the land of ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, adopted home of Dian Fossey and the most important refuge for the rare Mountain Gorilla.

As recently as the late 1980s, Rwanda was a popular holiday destination. Gorilla-tracking in the Virungas was the country’s premier attraction, supplemented by game-viewing in Akagera National Park, the incredible biodiversity of the Nyungwe Forest and the beauty of Lake Kivu. Then came 1994 and the appalling genocide that caused Rwanda to leap from the glossy travel supplements to front page news.

While the Rwandans will never forget the terrible period of suffering in the 1990s, they are a resilient people who have rebuilt their lives and their country over the past decade and are now poised to restore their homeland to its rightful place among the world’s finest wildlife destinations.

Our Rwanda specialist recommends...

"If you have always wanted to see the Mountain Gorillas then our ‘Rwanda’s Forests & Mountains’ tour is for you. As well as the Mountain Gorillas we also go in search of Chimpanzees and a wealth of other animal and birdlife."

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

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Whats special about its wildlife?

  • Awe-inspiring Mountain Gorillas
  • Elephants of Akagera & primates of Nyungwe
  • Rwanda is one of Africas top bird watching destinations & is home to an incredible 670 species

Naturetrek tour to Rwanda

Rwanda remains a wildlife paradise, despite all that it has been through. It is a truly welcoming country whose attractions are complemented by simple but comfortable facilities, good food and a rich cultural heritage.
Naturetrek offers a mammal and bird watching holiday to the forests and mountains of Rwanda. Among the wealth of animal and bird life the country has to offer, the tour highlights could include Mountain Gorilla and Shoebill Stork.


Cliff Waller was an excellent tour leader. He was good with people, very knowledgeable on the country and wildlife. The two drivers, William and Theo, were excellent. You couldnt fault them and they certainly contributed to the enjoyment of the trip.
Special mention, and possible medal, for Cliff Waller for working so hard to make sure the trip met everyone's interests.
From my perspective, this was a truly superb holiday - combining the beauty of the countrys natural landscapes, an introduction to the people, and the highlight of the apes, both chimpanzees and gorillas. A superb holiday with memories that will last a lifetime - particularly the eye to eye contact with the gentle Mountain Gorilla.