There are a handful of places on earth that touch your soul when you visit them and remarkable Rwanda is one of these. It is mystical, beautiful and has so much to offer from gorilla trekking to the big 5. Now more than ever Africa needs it's visitors to return so that the long term sustainability of tourism like Rwanda can continue for generations to come.
Lodges such as Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge have been delighted to receive the company of both overseas and resident visitors back at it's beautiful, community-owned property! This gives much hope to what is to come.
Alongside the re-opening of their lodge, Rwanda's magnificent mountain gorillas are once again being visited, with enhanced precautions and safety measures due to the coronavirus. Guests can enjoy a dramatic and thrilling hour with the gorillas.
What many may not know is that Rwanda is a complete safari destination. Rwanda is uniquely positioned to offer visitors a full safari experience with Akagera National Park which is a true conservation-success story and picturesque 'Big Five' safari park, along with the chimpanzees of Nyungwe Forest National Park and, of course, the gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park. At Tailormade Africa we weave together Rwanda safaris all the time and can help you do the same, to take in the variety of wildlife of this surprisingly diverse country!
Low-season in Rwanda is from November to May, so take advantage of our great special offers which include a further 30% reduction on the cost of a gorilla trek when combining your gorilla trek with at least 2 nights in another national park.
Rwanda is open to international travel. Further good news is that UK nationals are not required to quarantine after a holiday here as it has been added to the travel corridor, recognising Rwanda's excellent response and handling of Covid-19.
Volcanoes National Park in north west Rwanda offers one of the world's most thrilling wildlife experiences, witnessing the endangered mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. The park encompasses five of the eight volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif, namely Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo.
Not only is Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge conveniently located close to the park headquarters, from where you begin your gorilla trekking in Rwanda, but its elevated position within the foothills of the Virungas offers wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is all about making a difference and is Rwanda’s ﬁrst ever community-owned lodge and your stay here will have a direct and meaningful impact towards driving socio-economic activities in local communities neighbouring the park, which ultimately works towards securing the habitat and population of this endangered species.
Akagera National Park provides a very different landscape and scenery to the forested slopes of Volcanoes National Park, with relatively warmer, low-lying classic savannah plains. You can expect wooded areas, pretty lakes and marshland too - all home to a range of plains game and one of Africa's highest hippo densities.
The park is famed for its 'Big Five' sightings with both lion and black rhino having been re-introduced to the park and together with elephant, buffalo and leopard you have a good chance of ticking all the boxes on your wildlife checklist!
For Akagera, we suggest a stay at Magashi Camp (which we love), which overlooks the beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga. Magashi is the only exclusive-use area in Akagera, with good numbers of the elusive leopard! Magashi Camp re-opened at the end of September 2020 and the upgrades are just out of this world.
Nyungwe National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Rwanda. It is one of Africa's oldest rainforests and perhaps the most well-preserved. Rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful, it is incredibly vast and home to 13 primate species including chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys and the L’Hoest’s monkey, which is endemic to the Albertine Rift.
In the forest you can enjoy a range of activities including primate trekking, Nyungwe's canopy walk (suspended 50 meters above the ground and highly recommended!), birding and hiking.
Where to stay? Our pick is One & Only's Nyungwe House which re-opened on the 1st of December 2020. It's a must see!
For more detailed information or to start the planning of your next Rwanda safari, feel free to call our office on +44 1932 361807 (UK & Rest of the world) / 1 844 390 1798 (USA toll free) or pop us an email at email@example.com, and we can help you to plan your bespoke Africa safari holiday – and by doing so, help us to support those most in need on the ground.
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