Best wildlife safaris in Rwanda
Having walked since dawn, you're tired but your senses are alive. You hear them grunt before you see them: a group of mountain gorillas, spread through the dense vegetation. The massive silverback isn't far. You look at him - and he stares back, wide-eyed; it's the intense gaze of an intelligent, thinking being.
An encounter with wild mountain gorillas is certainly the best wildlife safari in Rwanda. About half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas live in the Volcanoes National Park - and the wildlife safaris here are probably the best gorilla safaris in Africa.
Made famous by Dian Fossey's work and the film Gorillas in the Mist, the park offers well-organized gorilla safaris in small groups, led by experienced, English-speaking guides. Watching those rare animals, which are actually among the closest relatives to human, is an impressing experience you won't forget. Read more about gorilla trekking safaris and the gorilla groups.
In more general terms, two other national parks also compete to offer travellers the best wildlife safaris in Rwanda. The enormous tropical forests of Nyungwe National Park harbour further endangered species including 13 primates, from silver and golden monkeys to chimpanzees and we can organize guided walking safaris here. For birding and more 'traditional' savannah species, Akagera National Park can also be recommended.
Our pick: the 4 best wildlife safaris in Rwanda
Kinigi GuesthouseThe Kinigi Guesthouse is a convenient base for gorilla trekking, only a 5-minute walk to the park headquarters. The Volcanoes National Park is Africa's best area for gorilla tracking, with more than half of the world's mountain gorillas. More about Kinigi Guesthouse
Nyungwe Forest Lodge|98% (16 reviews)The major attraction in Nyungwe Forest National Park are the primates. Here you can see chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, grey managabe, Ruwenzori colobus monkey, amongst others. There are also over 275 different species of birds and 75 different species of mammals that reside ... More about Nyungwe Forest Lodge
ORTPN Resthouse|74% (7 reviews)The ORTPN Resthouse is a simple but well-located base for exploring the forest of Nyungwe National Park. You can track chimpanzees and Ruwenzori colobus monkeys, as well as getting good sightings of other primates such as the grey mangabey and L'Hoest's monkeys, and many amazing birds... More about ORTPN Resthouse
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge|93% (15 reviews)Sabyino Silverback Lodge offers the chance to visit Rwanda's world famous mountain gorillas without sacrificing any luxuries. The lodge is just outside the Volcanoes National Park and as such is a good base for gorilla trekking. More about Sabyinyo Silverback