Boasting beautiful scenery, Rwanda is blessed with mountainous rainforest, tea and coffee plantations, plus incredible wildlife. It is a country that has transformed itself into one of Africa’s most stable nations after its turbulent history, a true testament to the determination of the Rwandan people, who continue to pave a way for a promising and dynamic future. The main highlight for visitors is the opportunity to observe one of the twelve habituated groups of the magnificent and critically endangered Mountain Gorilla, roaming within the Rwandan section of the Volcanoes National Park. This tiny nation has a big heart, an endearing charm and stunning landscapes to discover.
Volcanoes National Park
Discover the striking Rwandan section of the Virungas Mountain Range. The luscious green Virungas comprises five volcanoes, and is among the most spectacular national parks in Africa. A true highlight of the park is the famous Mountain Gorilla, the peaks an optimum spot for a clear sighting. Find yourself just a few metres from a stately Silverback, or observe a group of young primates at play – these are experiences that will last a lifetime. Gorilla treks may last up to five hours (with a strictly limited period of one hour actually observing the gorillas) and are suitable for visitors aged fifteen years old and above. Please note that the terrain may be strenuous and muddy underfoot, and that permits to see the Mountain Gorillas are limited. Note: gorilla-viewing permits cost from $1,500 (US) per person and are in high demand. We recommend booking well in advance.
Although the magnificent gorillas steal the show, they also share the Volcanoes National Park with the charming, cheeky and rare Golden Monkey - again a permit is required in advance. Further local attractions include guided birding and nature walks, meeting with experts, tea and coffee tastings, plus enriching community village visits.
One of Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Kivu, lies on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is a spectacular sight to behold. Approximately 90 km (56 miles) long and 50 km (31 miles) at its widest, this vast stretch of fresh water is a beautiful glistening oasis, perfect for budding photographers to capture the magnificent landscape that surrounds it. Don’t forget to pack your swimming gear as you can swim in crystalline waters or explore deserted islands on a pirogue.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Please note that gorilla-viewing permits cost from $1,500 (US) per person and are in high demand. We recommend booking well in advance.
There are two distinct rainy seasons, between March and May and October to November, making the best time to visit between June and September.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Rwanda.
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Entebbe and Nairobi.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Via Qatar with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester.
Onward connecting flights with Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Rwandair Express and Air Uganda from Entebbe to Kigali. Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express from Nairobi to Kigali.
From London Heathrow to Entebbe and Nairobi: 8 hours, 25 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Entebbe to Kigali: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
From Nairobi to Kigali: 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
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