The best wildlife encounters in Rwanda

Your comprehensive guide to finding Rwanda’s most intriguing wildlife including gorillas, chameleons and rhinos.

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Akagera National Park

Home to elephant, buffalo and hippo as well as numerous antelope and bird species, this national park is Rwanda’s only savannah reserve. Named after the river that runs along its eastern boundary, Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s counterpart to the famous savannah reserves of Kenya, Tanzania and the like. In contrast to the rest of…

Lake Kivu

As well as boasting a number of delightful beach resorts, this beautiful lake is also a great place to cycle the Congo–Nile trail. Running along the Congolese border for 90km, the 2,370km² Lake Kivu is one of a string of ‘inland seas’ that submerge much of the Albertine Rift floor as it runs southward from…

National Museum of Rwanda

The top cultural site of Rwanda’s second city, this collection of exhibits provides a rich insight into Rwandan history and traditional cultures. If you’re in Huye, do allow time to visit this beautifully presented collection of exhibits on Rwandan history and culture. As you approach Huye on the Kigali road, you’ll see its colourful fence…

Nyungwe Forest National Park

With a wealth of endemic birds and primates including the charismatic chimpanzee, this national park inhabits the largest montane forest in East Africa. The largest remaining tract of montane rainforest in eastern Africa, Nyungwe extends for 1,015km² over the mountainous southwest of Rwanda, forming a contiguous forest block with Burundi’s 400km² Kibira National Park. The…

Rukari Palace Museum

Nyanza’s main tourist attraction, this ancient hilltop palace marks the site of the old Mwami’s (King’s) home. This is the top touristic reason for visiting Nyanza, situated on a hilltop about 2km southwest of the centre, and signposted. The traditional ancient palace of the Mwami has been reconstructed, together with some other buildings, 3–4km away…

Volcanoes National Park

This immensely scenic and ecologically diverse chain of free-standing mountains is an excellent spot to track gorillas. The 160km² Volcanoes National Park protects the Rwandan sector of the Virunga Mountains, a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes that straddle the Ugandan and Congolese borders and protect more than half the global population of…

Kigali

Although bustling, colourful and noisy, this capital is much safer and cleaner than most of Africa’s others, with plenty of tree-lined streets inviting you to take a stroll. The low-key but attractive Rwandan capital city of Kigali stands in the centre of the country, where it straggles over several hills and valleys, spanning altitudes of…

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