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Rwanda Safaris

Home of the noble "Gorillas in the Mist," the mountain dwellers studied by zoologist Dian Fossey, Rwanda is a key destination for ape encounters. At Volcanoes National Park, the center of most Rwanda safaris, an arduous uphill hike -- anywhere from one to four hours in length -- is rewarded by a face-to-face meeting with one of the rarest creatures in the world. Six-foot-tall, 600-pound silverbacks, pushed to the edge of extinction, are shielded by jungle greenery and the park's "take only pictures, leave only footprints" policy.

Just 40 people are allowed to enter the park each day. Safari companies include the visitor's permit in the price of their tours, and the application process is handled for you. The waiting list for each "gorilla trek" can be months long and should be considered well in advance of your departure.

Most safaris enter "The Country of 1,000 Hills" through Kigali, the capital. Tour companies often use Kigali as a base for exploration, taking day trips to the park and returning each night for a comfortable hotel stay. More rugged adventures might house participants at Ruhengeri, a market town on the outskirts of the park. Proximity to the gorillas' enclave can offer multiple visits in a single safari, as well as a look at culture outside the bustling capital.

Rwanda, hit hard by war in the early '90s, has reinvented itself in recent years as a destination for ecotourism. In addition to Volcanoes National Park, the soothing waters of Lake Kivu draw visitors in search of wildlife encounters and awe-inspiring mountain scenery.

Rwanda safaris are available year-round, though travelers can be hampered by seasonal rains between February and April and again in October and November. The country sits just south of the equator, but its high altitude keeps temperatures relatively low.

Listed below are all safaris that include Rwanda; click any vacation name for dates and prices. You can narrow your selection with the Safari Search box above.


Following are safaris that take place entirely in Rwanda:

Rwanda Safaris Starts In Total Days Company Quality* From**
Rwanda Gorilla Trek Kigali, Rwanda 3 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda Kigali, Rwanda 4 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Rwanda in the Mist 2015 Kigali, Rwanda 4 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
** Price per person based on double occupancy, not including air, on select dates.



Following are safaris that include Rwanda and one or more additional countries:

Rwanda Safaris Starts In Total Days Company Quality* From**
The Pearl of Africa Kampala, Uganda 8 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
The Pearl of Africa 2015 Kampala, Uganda 8 African Tvl Deluxe Dates and Prices
Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure Kigali, Rwanda 9 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure 2016 Kigali, Rwanda 9 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda Kampala, Uganda 10 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda 2016 Kampala, Uganda 10 G Adventure Budget Dates and Prices
Uganda & Rwanda in Depth Entebbe, Uganda 11 SITA Deluxe Dates and Prices
Uganda & Rwanda in Depth 2015 Entebbe, Uganda 11 SITA 1st Class Dates and Prices
Ultimate Gorilla Photo Safari 2015-2016 Entebbe, Uganda 13 Nat Hab Deluxe Dates and Prices
** Price per person based on double occupancy, not including air, on select dates.
* Key to Quality Ratings

Rwanda safaris are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

Budget = Rwanda safaris typically range from $60 to $250 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = Rwanda safaris typically range from $150 to $500 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Deluxe = Rwanda safaris typically range from $175 to $850 per person, per day, plus airfare.


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