Travel in Rwanda

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Located in the heart of central Africa, Rwanda is a fascinating little country that shares borders with Burundi to the south, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Uganda to the north and Tanzania to the east. But is Rwanda a safe country to visit? Yes and you can now say, without exaggeration, that it's one of the safest countries in Africa. The genocide and civil war that ravaged the country in 1994 are well and truly in the past. The Rwandan people, who are magnanimous and enthusiastic, emerged from these dark times with a need and a desire to open their doors. A warm welcome in a stunningly beautiful country now awaits. Whilst hiking fans will love its forests, lakes and hills, Rwanda is in fact best known as home to one of the last colonies of mountain gorillas.
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Guide to travelling in Rwanda

Rwanda, also called the 'land of a thousand hills', is in the Great Lakes region of Africa - and for a good reason too! Its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west is defined by the huge Lake Kivu, a turquoise paradise and one of the few lakes in Africa where it is possible to swim. The resort towns of Kibuye and Cyangugu Gysenyi benefit from magnificent views of the lake. Then there’s the Volcanoes National Park on the north western border, home to one of the last colonies of mountain gorillas. Once you've got your permit and a guide in tow, you can set off on an expedition to meet these amazing creatures. Two other national parks well worth a visit are Akagera to the east and Nyungwe to the south. The first is an animal and bird shelter, a stretch of savannah where you can also spot antelopes, zebras, hippos, hyenas, buffalo and giraffes in breath-taking settings. Nyungwe Park, which borders Burundi, is a forest reserve home to some incredible plant life, including orchids and thousand year-old trees. River Rukarara, considered to be one of the sources of the Nile, flows through it.

When to go in Rwanda?

Rwanda has two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. A first rainy season stretches from February to May and is followed by a dry season from June to August. Then, the rain starts again from September to December, whilst January is dry. The best period to visit Rwanda is therefore between June and August, as well as January.
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Traveller reviews of their trip to Rwanda

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A stunning country clearly undergoing renewal and regeneration after the genocide. Our party all felt a greater focus could be given to the genocide memorials an we requested stops at various memorials every day. These locations were sympathetically done, and we must continue to remember these events. I will recommend Rwanda to everybody, utterly captivating country with beautiful people and gorillas!
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Lake Ontarian
It was a six day mini-tour of three National Parks in Uganda. It met my need to sample more of the country before starting a one-month volunteer role in SW Uganda. I wanted to see a sampling of wildlife, landscapes and culture. I had no interest in luxury, I just wanted to feel a bit better informed about Uganda and to feel more experienced.
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I had a fabulous trip to Rwanda. I had no idea what to expect and I must say that I was impressed by how well organised and clean the country is. The main roads are in perfect condition. People are extremely welcoming and friendly.
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