Rwanda - At a Glance

Known as the ‘Land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda is emerging from its troubled past and is welcoming to travelers. There’s breath-taking scenery to be found here, from the Nyungwe Forest to Lake Kivu, and of course tracking the magnificent mountain gorillas is a highlight. Moreover, golden monkeys and chimpanzees are to be seen as well. Make your stay memorable and fulfilling by helping teach teenagers who are eager to lift themselves out of poverty.

Ways you can help

Highlights

    • Leaving a legacy by teaching English, maths or music to teenagers eager to lift themselves out of poverty
    • Spending a spellbinding hour with mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
    • Spotting chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest
    • Chilling out on Lake Kivu
    • Spectacular scenery
    • Charming Kigali
    • Harrowing but essential genocide memorials
    • Encountering wildlife in Akagera National Park
    • Eco-luxury lodges

Sample Pricing

The price for a 10 day trip to Rwanda costs from $9,890 (£7,993, €9,378) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. Flights are excluded, but we can arrange these for you.

Eco-luxury Hotels

Nyungwe Forest Lodge - Nyungwe Forest

The edges of the Nyungwe rain forest open out into a scenic tea plantation, and this high end lodge sits discreetly in this setting. The rooms have a bright and modern feel, and there’s a welcoming loung...

Useful Information

Flight Time from
UK
11 hours
Flight Time from
New York
18 hours
Flight Time from
San Francisco
20.5 hours
Time Zone
GMT +3 hours
When to Visit
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Did you know

  • Rwanda, in east-central Africa, is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi.
  • The original inhabitants of Rwanda were the Twa, a Pygmy people who now make up only 1% of the population.
  • Rwanda, which became a part of German East Africa in 1890, was first visited by European explorers in 1854. During World War I, it was occupied in 1916 by Belgian troops.
  • Rwandans view education as the only way for a hopeful future for their children, and parents are concerned about their children’s education.
  • While the government has introduced free education at the primary level, most parents cannot provide the materials for children to go to school, including writing paper and school uniforms.
  • Rwandans enjoy storytelling, weaving and basketry. Skill and expressiveness displayed in basket weaving indicate a family’s social status. The pygmy Twa are traditional potters.
  • Rwandan musical instruments include homemade xylophones, stringed instruments and drums; singing and dancing accompany ceremonies associated with birth, marriage, death, harvest and hunting.
  • Soccer (called football) is Rwanda’s most popular sport. Basketball and volleyball are also becoming increasingly popular.
  • Rwandans eat bananas, legumes, sweet potatoes, maize, cassava and potatoes.

Testimonial

"Wow! What a country! Rwanda really deserves to have many more tourists - everything is amazing: the people are so welcoming and wonderful, the scenery is spectacular, and of course the gorillas were a Bucket List experience!Seeing chimpanzees was really cool too, but the highlight was spending time with the youth: they were so inspiring; it made us even more enthused to teach them, and in the downtime, boy can they ever dance! So much fun!

Martha - traveled with her husband Michael to Rwanda, from the USA

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