The country of the almost extinct mountain gorilla

A mountainous landscape of marshes, plateaus and magnificent animals. Nestled between the borders of Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country is divided into the north by magnificent volcanic peaks.

Official name Rwanda/ Republic of Rwanda
Official language Rwanda, English and French
Capital City Kigali.
Religion Catholic, Protestant, Adventist church, Muslim etc.
Time zone GMT+2
Currency RWF(Rwandan Francs.)
  • Travelers venture into this dynamic landscape to meet the highly threatened, charismatic and majestic mountain gorilla. Dedicated zoologist and conservationist Dian Fossey did his lifelong job studying and protecting these wonderful creatures.

  • The Virunga mountain range rises and Lake Kivu explores the Congo Nile route that stretches along this stunning coastline.

  • The raw biodiversity of nature and conservation, Akagera National Park is at the forefront of a lion relocation project and thriving success. The mountain peaks of Mount Nyiragongo, Africa’s most active volcano, are astonishing and complemented by the warm smiles of the people of Rwanda.

  • Christianity is the main religion in the country, Kinyarwanda is the main language spoken with French and English, the official language of the country.


Rwanda has a temperate climate due to its high altitude, this small mountainous country rarely sees temperatures rising above 25 degrees.

With the country just two degrees south of the equator, Rwanda is a popular destination to visit year-round. In general, the best times to travel are in the dry season between June and September. During this time, there is hardly any rainfall, the days are comfortable and the nights are clear.

In the wet season, most days there are heavy rains and the strange alternative day experiences sunny weather. Gorilla trekking can be done all year round and hiking is an adventure in the rainy season. The driest months tend to be a popular time to track these magnificent animals.

Seasons to travel

Precipitation begins to decrease as the dry season begins, January brings moderate temperatures and seasonal rains increase again in February.

The long rainy season begins with April the rainiest month of the year and Mayo brings consistent rainfall throughout the day.

The long drought season has begun rains are decreasing and the days are clear. The climate is warmer and is the recommended time to visit Rwanda.

This is the beginning of the short rainy season, during the day the weather is warm and humid.

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Rwanda Highlights

A third of Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas live in Rwanda, while other primate species such as the chimpanzee live in Nyungwe National Park, known to be one of the largest mountain forests in the world.

Southwest Rwanda

Intriguing diversity, the oldest mountain forest in Africa in Nyungwe National Park. Considered by scientists to be a place within Africa that hosted wildlife species during the ice age.

Nyungwe Forest has a decades-old history, the densely covered mountains offer a variety of habitats and adventures. Located in the southwest corner of Rwanda, the national park is home to 400 species of chimpanzees and one of the only canoded walks in East Africa. The walk is approximately 200 meters long and offers a great experience looking towards the surface of the forest or just next to these stunning trees.

There is a wide range of hiking trails and for the avid birdwatcher there are more than 280 species of birds that can be found. Endangered species include the Madagascar pond heron, grauer marsh warbler and red-collar babbling.

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