Rwanda offers eco-conscious adventures that will take you off the beaten track in one of Africa’s most biodiverse and interesting countries. Small yet mighty, this jaw-droppingly beautiful country has turned a significant corner on its fraught and complex past. It’s especially suited to those travelling with teens (the minimum age for gorilla and chimp trekking is 15 years).
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Where to Go in Rwanda
Landlocked and extraordinarily beautiful, the “Land of a Thousand Hills” is home to around a third of the world’s last-remaining mountain gorillas. Follow in the footsteps of the primatologist Dian Fossey at the Volcanoes National Park or by trekking to the summit of one of the Virunga volcanoes. Sitting amongst these greatest of apes is perhaps the ultimate wildlife experience.
For Rwanda’s answer to an African safari, head to Akagera National Park. Tucked away in the northeast of the country, its vast savannah plains are home to the Big Five, hippo pods and Nile crocodiles – experience them all with game drives, boat trips and helicopter tours.
The Nyungwe National Park has the only treetop walkway in East Africa, offering an exhilarating perspective on one of Africa’s oldest rainforests. It’s teeming with wildlife, including 13 primate species, and has 100 varieties of orchids.
From the vibrant capital Kigali to the bougainvillaea-fringed shores of Lake Kivu, “Remarkable Rwanda” is an awe-inspiring destination. The friendliness of its people and the warmth of its culture ensure memories of your trip will stay with you long after you’ve left.
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When to go
Peak temperatures rarely exceed 30°C in the daytime, although it’s much cooler in the evenings.
RwandAir offers direct flights four times a week from London Heathrow to Kigali with a flight time of approximately 9 hours. Alternatively, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir and Qatar also offer indirect flights.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/rwanda
Time Zone: GMT+2
Capital City: Kigali