Rwanda, land of a thousand hills is a small but stunningly beautiful country in the heart of Africa, her dominant feature being the milliard fertile green and beautifully terraced hills scattered all over the countryside. But she is also one of the most popular tourism destinations in Africa. In her north, track the rare Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, or the habituated Golden Monkeys popularly referred to as the little sisters of the gorillas; or enjoy a day long guided hike up one of the volcanoes in this beautiful national park. Tour Ibyi’Iwacu cultural village for a Rwandan cultural experience or join your Guide on a town tour of Ruhengeri including the local market where you meet, mix and mingle with the local people. In the south, Nyungwe rain-forest National Park is a fairytale land nature lover’s paradise with stunning scenery, guided forest hikes down the valleys to beautiful water-falls;Tracking large troops of habituated Angola colobus Monkeys;get your adrenalin pumped on the Canopy Walk, the only one in East and Central Africa; Birding tours with expert guides;Track habituated Chimpanzees in Kyamudongo or enjoy Cultural interaction tours to some of the local tea plantations where you meet and mingle with local people. In Rwanda’s east, the small but incredibly beautiful Akagera National Park is big game country and home of the African Big-5; elephants, newly-introduced lions, rhinos, large herds of buffalo, even the elusive leopard when lucky, and milliard other plains game including eland and hippos and giant Nile crocodilesin Lake Ihema and her many other water bodies. On the gorgeous Lake Kivu, Africa’s 6th largest lake which forms Rwanda’s western border with DR Congo are found the resort towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu, perfect spots for a beach stay, leisure and relaxation as well as guided town tours and diningwhere meet and mingle with local Rwandans as they go about their daily life.Rwanda’s capital Kigali too is a tourism attraction in her own right; a smart African city of over 1million, reputedly the cleanest on the continent with wide boulevards, nice flowered pavements, world class hotels and restaurants and an international airport. Our city tour of Kigali includes her major historical, cultural, economic and political landmarks as well as the Kigali genocide Memorial Centre; obviously a moving experience but of our recent history and really helps put everything else into perspective. As you tour other parts of the city, you will see just how incredible Rwanda’s recovery has been – a true testament to mankind’s resilience in the face of unfathomable odds. We also organize dining out experiences to sample of Rwanda’s nice local restaurants serving a wide range of delicious Rwandan, continental and international dishes that will leave you wanting for me.But by far the most amazing thing about Rwanda is encountering her people, Rwandans themselves, certainly some of the most beautiful, gracious and charming anywhere in the world and hospitable to a fault, their ancient culture repackaged for the 21stcentury and still being practiced; it is they that always leave the longest lasting mark.Rwanda is beautiful and amazing -Ikaze mu Rwanda (welcome to Rwanda); experience the magic of the land of a thousand hills, and a million smiles,here in the heart of Africa. See why they say GOD ROAMS THE WORLD, AND RESTS IN RWANDA!
Arise early for breakfast then at 06.30hrs: transfer to the National Park HQs for your Gorilla Tracking adventure. AfterRead More
Many people do ask whether it is possible to do a second day of gorilla tracking and if yes, whether or not such aRead More
After breakfast transfer to the Park HQs for a Golden Monkeys Tracking experience. The beautiful Golden Monkeys areRead More
In the afternoon, enjoy sightseeing around the Twin Lakes (Burera and Ruhondo), two beautiful crater lakes curved intoRead More
Join your guide on a tour to Ibyi’Iwacu ex-Poachers Village for a Rwandan cultural experience. Situated in KinigiRead More
Join a guide on an exploration hike of the darkMusanze lava Caves which date back 65m years. Armed with a helmet, headlampRead More
As male mountain gorillas mature, the fur on their back turns from black through gray to almost white - much the same way aRead More
You may also opt to relax or go out to mix and mingle with local Rwandans and have fun at lunch, drinks and dinner outings. YourRead More
Nyungwe rain-forest National Park in southern RWANDA is one of the most beautiful and the largest remaining stretch of montaneRead More
Transfer to the park offices for Guided Forest Hike (3hrs ) up and down Nyungwe’s valleys and ridges with a specialist botanistRead More
Transfer to the park headquarters at Uwinka for your guided Colobus Monkeys Tracking excursion visiting with one the habituated.Read More
Transfer to Nyanza, the pre-colonial capital of the Rwandan kingdom and currently the cultural heart of Rwanda. Tour the Royal PalaceRead More
Rwanda’s capital since Independence and the economic center for the last 100 now celebrated as the cleanest and best organized cityRead More
Go out to mix and mingle with Kigali’s local Rwanda crowd on a lunch, drinks or dinner outings. Interesting and popular KigaliRead More
On arrival at the Uwinka Park offices, you will be met by your specialist park guide for a briefing, then hike down the steep slope to theRead More
Arise at dawn with coffee/tea and cookies then at 04.30hrs: transfer to Cyamudongo forest (35kms/1½hrs) with your specialist park/guideRead More
Kigali International Airport is the principal gateway to Rwanda. Many international air carriers fly into the airport including the national carrier Rwandair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, SN Brussels and others. There are land border crossings from Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and DR Congo too.
All non-Rwandan Foreign Non-Residents, except the nationals of a few exempted countries, require a visa to enter Rwanda. Nationals of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mauritius, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda andSingapore are allowed to enter Rwanda without a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days.
Kindly note that some countries’ nationals who were previously exempted from paying Visa Fees are no longer exempted and are now required to pay for Visa Fees however they are allowed to obtain visa upon arrival at Kigali International Airport - affected countries include: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).
Nationals of all African countries not exempt from visa fees shall continue to obtain visa at all points of entry (Kigali International Airport and all border entry points).
All other persons are advised to obtain a Visa from the Rwandan Embassy/High Commission nearest to them before commencing their journey to Rwanda.
Where there is no Rwandan Embassy/High Commissionin their vicinity persons are allowed to apply online at https://www.migration.gov.rw/online_visa/for a special pre-entry facilitation letter. Applicants are required to attach an invitation letter from the persons hosting them while in Rwanda addressed to the Director General, department of immigration. We are the ones that normally write such a letter for guests who need visas.Persons know their application was successful when upon their online submission they receive on their supplied email address a tracking number by which they can make follow up.
They then wait for a Visa Acceptance Letter from the Director General, Rwanda Department of Immigration which they use as the official travel document to Rwanda. This normally takes no more than four working days.Upon arrival at the designated port of entry, visitorspresent their Visa Acceptance Letter, pay the due visa fees and the Visa stamp embossed on their passports.Visas are otherwise not automatically issued at any port of entry unless authorized in advance as above. The Department of Immigration has made this very clear.
NB: As from 01 Jan. 2018 and for most countries’ nationals, it shall no longer be necessary to apply and get authorization for a Rwanda Visa in advance. Do however always reconfirm with your Travel Agent or visit https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=13for the specific requirements about your nationality. @SafariDMC is unable to accept responsibility for denied entry to your destination emanating from wrong travel documents.
A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is a mandatory requirement fo entrance into Rwanda. Anti-Malarial Prophylactics are recommended not mandatory – please consult your physician.