Rwanda

Rwanda is called 'Land of a Thousand Hills'. The number of tourists visiting Rwanda is growing year by year because Rwanda has much to offer! A Combination of Bamboo Forests, Tropical Jungles, Volcanoes and Savannahs. Rwanda is home to the famous Mountain Gorillas, Chimps, 11 other monkey species and also Lions, Elephants and Giraffes.

See our Tours below. It is possible to book one of our Standard Tours or to join one of our Group Tours (with guaranteed departures). You can make your own selection of destinations and highlights in our tours using the check boxes on the left. Accommodations can be Lodges/Hotels/Tented Camps or Camping with your own tent.

You can also Design your own Tour or go to the Group Tours  

Tours

Tours Rwanda

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Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda
 Group Tour Uganda Rwanda

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - RWANDA & UGANDA

Enjoy the exclusive experience of photographing Mountain Gorillas from up close. This trip is guided by BBC presenter and professional photographer Trai Anfield

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Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the highlights of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 13 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda (21 days) Best of Uganda (21 days) Best of Uganda (21 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

BEST OF UGANDA (21 DAYS)

Our 21-day trip brings you the best of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days)
 Uganda

WESTERN UGANDA (10 DAYS)

Our 10-day trip brings you the highlights of Western Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI (4 DAYS)

Our 4-day trip brings you the highlight of Uganda: Tracking the Mountain Gorillas!
Spend one hour with our very close relatives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Uganda Northern Circuit including Kidepo Valley (12 days) Uganda Northern Circuit including Kidepo Valley (12 days) Uganda Northern Circuit including Kidepo Valley (12 days)
 Uganda

UGANDA NORTHERN CIRCUIT INCLUDING KIDEPO VALLEY (12 DAYS)

Our 12-day trip brings you the Northern Circuit of Uganda: This remote area is seldom visited by tourists. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and, leopard) in a beautiful and unspoiled and unique landscape.

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Hiking the Rwenzori (10 days) Hiking the Rwenzori (10 days) Hiking the Rwenzori (10 days)
 Uganda

HIKING THE RWENZORI (10 DAYS)

This 10 day trip (8 days on the Rwenzori Mountains) brings you the Mountains of the Moon, the Rwenzori Mountains.

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Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days)
 Uganda

BIRDING THROUGH UGANDA (22 DAYS)

Our 22-day trip brings you the best of the birdlife in Uganda.
Uganda has a variety of landscapes and over 1000 bird species! This trip brings you to the most important birding sites in Uganda. Habitats to be seen: Forest, Lowland jungle, Swamps, Canals and Lakes, Mountains and Savannahs.

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Gorillas in the Mist (3 days) Gorillas in the Mist (3 days) Gorillas in the Mist (3 days)
 Rwanda

GORILLAS IN THE MIST (3 DAYS)

Our 3 day trip brings you the Gorillas in the Mist, the Mountain Gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is where Dian Fossey (16/12/1932 - 26/12/1985) studied her gorillas. The movie Gorilla`s in the mist (1988) with Sigourney Weaver was also filmed here.

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Primates of Rwanda (8 days) Primates of Rwanda (8 days) Primates of Rwanda (8 days)
 Rwanda

PRIMATES OF RWANDA (8 DAYS)

Our 8 day trip brings you the Primates of Rwanda: Expect to see up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!
This trip specifically includes the most important and well known Forested national parks of Rwanda: Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park

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Best of Rwanda (14 days) Best of Rwanda (14 days) Best of Rwanda (14 days)
 Group Tour Rwanda

BEST OF RWANDA (14 DAYS)

Our 14-day trip brings you the best of Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Highlights of the Northern Circuit (8 days) Highlights of the Northern Circuit (8 days) Highlights of the Northern Circuit (8 days)
 Group Tour Tanzania

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT (8 DAYS)

Our 8-day Africa wildlife safari specifically includes four national parks of the Northern Circuit: the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park.

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Best of the Northern Circuit (10 days) Best of the Northern Circuit (10 days) Best of the Northern Circuit (10 days)
 Tanzania

BEST OF THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT (10 DAYS)

Our 10-day Africa wildlife safari brings you the best of Tanzania. Expect to see the animals of the savannah (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and leopard) and beautiful landscapes.

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Complete Northern Circuit (14 days) Complete Northern Circuit (14 days) Complete Northern Circuit (14 days)
 Tanzania

COMPLETE NORTHERN CIRCUIT (14 DAYS)

Our 14-day Africa wildlife safari includes the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National park, Arusha National Park, Mkomazi National Park and Lake Natron with Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano.

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Northern Circuit (7 days) Northern Circuit (7 days) Northern Circuit (7 days)
 Tanzania

NORTHERN CIRCUIT (7 DAYS)

Our 7-day Africa wildlife safari specifically includes the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

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Best of the Southern Circuit (14 days) Best of the Southern Circuit (14 days) Best of the Southern Circuit (14 days)
 Group Tour Tanzania

BEST OF THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT (14 DAYS)

Our 14-day Southern Circuit safari includes all the national parks of the Southern Circuit: Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Saadani National Park.

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Safari Southern Circuit (7 days) Safari Southern Circuit (7 days) Safari Southern Circuit (7 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SOUTHERN CIRCUIT (7 DAYS)

Our 7-day Southern Circuit safari includes 3 national parks of the Southern Circuit: Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park and Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

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Safari Southern Circuit (6 days) Safari Southern Circuit (6 days) Safari Southern Circuit (6 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SOUTHERN CIRCUIT (6 DAYS)

Our 6-day Southern Circuit safari includes two national parks of the Southern Circuit: Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.
Tanzania`s Southern Circuit is still wild and unspoilt, the real Africa, with more lions than tourists.

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Safari Selous Game Reserve (5 days) Safari Selous Game Reserve (5 days) Safari Selous Game Reserve (5 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SELOUS GAME RESERVE (5 DAYS)

Our 5-day Southern Circuit safari includes Selous Game Reserve, Selous is still wild and unspoilt, the real Africa, with more lions than tourists.

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Safari Saadani (4 days) Safari Saadani (4 days) Safari Saadani (4 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SAADANI (4 DAYS)

Our 4-day Southern Circuit safari includes Saadani National Park.
During this trip you can relax on the beautiful
and private beaches of Saadani National Park,
go for game drives or do a magnificent boat trip.

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Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days)
 Uganda Rwanda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA & RWANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days)
 Group Tour Uganda Rwanda

BEST OF UGANDA & RWANDA (21 DAYS)

This trip specifically includes the most important and well known national parks of Uganda and Rwanda: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

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Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda

PRIMATES OF EAST AFRICA (18  DAYS)

Our 18-day trip brings you the primates of Uganda and Rwanda: You can see up to 20 primate species, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the rare golden monkeys, dent`s monkeys, black and white colobus, red colobus, mona monkey, and Angolan colobus monkeys.

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Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days)
 Uganda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA & TANZANIA (17 DAYS)

Our 17 days trip brings you the best of Uganda and Tanzania;
where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the
big 5 and the other big game on the savannahs and up to 15
primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days) Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days) Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days)
 Rwanda Tanzania

BEST OF RWANDA & TANZANIA (14 DAYS)

Our 14 days trip brings you the best of Rwanda and Tanzania;
where the savannah meet the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5
and the other big game on the savannahs and up to 14 primate species, including gorillas and chimpanzees!!!

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Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA, RWANDA & TANZANIA (18  DAYS)

Our 18 days trip brings the best of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania;
where savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5 and
the other big game on the savannahs and up to 17 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!

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Kilimanjaro Machame Route (6 days) Kilimanjaro Machame Route (6 days) Kilimanjaro Machame Route (6 days)
 Group Tour Tanzania

KILIMANJARO MACHAME ROUTE (6 DAYS)

Machame is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro.
For this route, you don`t need any mountain climbing skills, but you must be fit.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route (7 days) Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route (7 days) Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route (7 days)
 Tanzania

KILIMANJARO LEMOSHO ROUTE (7 DAYS)

Lemosho route is a little used, unspoiled, remote and beautiful Route. The second part of the route is similar to the Machame and Shira route On the first day you are accompanied by an armed ranger, because you can have encounters with buffalo, elephant and other big animals.

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Kilimanjaro Marangu Route (5 days) Kilimanjaro Marangu Route (5 days) Kilimanjaro Marangu Route (5 days)
 Tanzania

KILIMANJARO MARANGU ROUTE (5 DAYS)

The Marangu Route (also known as the Coca Cola route) is the most popular route, partly because it is the least expensive route.
For this route, you don`t need any mountain climbing skills, but you must be fit.

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Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (6 days) Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (6 days) Kilimanjaro Rongai Route (6 days)
 Tanzania

KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE (6 DAYS)

The Rongai Route is one of the easiest ascents to the peak.
It has a well-defined path, which has been well set out and where most obstacles have been modified to make it friendly.

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Kilimanjaro Shira Route (7 days) Kilimanjaro Shira Route (7 days) Kilimanjaro Shira Route (7 days)
 Tanzania

KILIMANJARO SHIRA ROUTE (7 DAYS)

Shira Plateau Route is a little used, unspoiled, remote and a beautiful way up to Shira Plateau.
On the first day you will drive by car and only need to walk the last part to Simba Camp.

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Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route (6 days) Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route (6 days) Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route (6 days)
 Tanzania

KILIMANJARO UMBWE ROUTE (6 DAYS)

The Umbwe Route is the most direct (and for that reason also the hardest) route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, through the Southern Glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Western Breach of Kibo.

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Mount Meru Trekking (4 days) Mount Meru Trekking (4 days) Mount Meru Trekking (4 days)
 Tanzania

MOUNT MERU TREKKING (4 DAYS)

Mount Meru is the smaller brother of Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching 4.565m (14,977ft). This volcano is very scenic and during the trekking a lot of wildlife can be seen. Whole Mount Meru lies within Arusha National Park.

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Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI - FLY IN (4 DAYS)

Our 4 day Fly In brings you the highlight of Uganda: Tracking the Mountain Gorillas! Spend one hour with our very close relatives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (3 days) Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (3 days) Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (3 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (3 DAYS)

Our 3-day Fly In safari brings you Queen Elizabeth National Park. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge.

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Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days) Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days) Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

BWINDI & QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (6 DAYS)

Our 6 day Fly In safari brings you the highlights of Uganda: Gorilla tracking, Chimp tracking, the tree climbing lions of Ishasha and a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
This trip specifically includes 2 of the most well known national parks of Uganda: Bwindi National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days) Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days) Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

QUEEN ELIZABETH & KIBALE FOREST - FLY IN (5 DAYS)

Our 5-day Fly In safari brings you Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and chimpanzees and up to 12 primate species in Kibale Forest.

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Murchison Falls National Park - Fly In (4 days) Murchison Falls National Park - Fly In (4 days) Murchison Falls National Park - Fly In (4 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (4 DAYS)

Our 4-day Fly In safari brings you the highlights of Murchison Falls National Park. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and primate species, including chimps!!!

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Kidepo Valley National Park - Fly In (4 days) Kidepo Valley National Park - Fly In (4 days) Kidepo Valley National Park - Fly In (4 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (4 DAYS)

Our 4 day Fly In safari brings you the Kidepo Valley National Park: This remote area is seldom visited by tourists. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and, leopard) in a beautiful, unspoiled and unique landscape.

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Zanzibar, Casa del Mar (6 days) Zanzibar, Casa del Mar (6 days)
 Tanzania

ZANZIBAR, CASA DEL MAR (6 DAYS)

Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25 to 50 km off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba.

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Zanzibar, Spice Island (6 days) Zanzibar, Spice Island (6 days)
 Tanzania

ZANZIBAR, SPICE ISLAND (6 DAYS)

Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25 to 50 km off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba.

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Zanzibar, Karafuu Beach Resort (6 days) Zanzibar, Karafuu Beach Resort (6 days)
 Tanzania

ZANZIBAR, KARAFUU BEACH RESORT (6 DAYS)

Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25 to 50 km off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, sometimes informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba.

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Kampala City Tour (daytour) Kampala City Tour (daytour) Kampala City Tour (daytour)
 Uganda

KAMPALA CITY TOUR (DAYTOUR)

Kampala is an interesting city, originally built on 7 hills (just like Rome). Nowadays there are over 24 hills and over 1,2 million people. Kampala is a pleasant city and remarkably safe. It has many restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cinemas and other modern facilities.

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Birding in and around Kampala (daytour) Birding in and around Kampala (daytour) Birding in and around Kampala (daytour)
 Uganda

BIRDING IN AND AROUND KAMPALA (DAYTOUR)

One of Kampalaís best kept secrets is Kampala is a great destination for birding! Come and see this for yourself. Birders should be able to see up to 30 bird species in one day.

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Ngamba Island and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (daytour) Ngamba Island and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (daytour) Ngamba Island and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (daytour)
 Uganda

NGAMBA ISLAND AND UGANDA WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTRE (DAYTOUR)

Visit Ngamba Island and see how the Chimps are taken care of. Here live Chimps who are dependent on humans and who canít live in the wild. You can come close to them, and maybe even feed them. You will also visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Here you can see many animals living in a natural setting which reflects the ecosystems in which they live.

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Safari through Arusha National Park (daytour) Safari through Arusha National Park (daytour) Safari through Arusha National Park (daytour)
 Tanzania

SAFARI THROUGH ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK (DAYTOUR)

Our day trip through Arusha National Park will show you the beauty of this park, lying on the slopes of Mount Meru. Walk with an armed ranger and come close to the wildlife. In the afternoon drive with a safari vehicle until late evening.

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Birding Safari in Arusha National Park (daytour) Birding Safari in Arusha National Park (daytour) Birding Safari in Arusha National Park (daytour)
 Tanzania

BIRDING SAFARI IN ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK (DAYTOUR)

Our day tour brings you to Arusha National Park,on the slopes of Mount Meru. Arusha National Park is in the Ngurodoto Crater. This crater is about 2 kilometers wide and about 100 metres deep with forested walls and Momella Lakes (well known for their wading birds).

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Cultural Tourism in Arusha (daytour) Cultural Tourism in Arusha (daytour) Cultural Tourism in Arusha (daytour)
 Tanzania

CULTURAL TOURISM IN ARUSHA (DAYTOUR)

Experience Cultural Arusha!
Visit some local villages and see how people live here. You will learn how coffee is made and you will also visit a school.

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Mabamba Swamp and the Botanical Gardens (daytour) Mabamba Swamp and the Botanical Gardens (daytour) Mabamba Swamp and the Botanical Gardens (daytour)
 Uganda

MABAMBA SWAMP AND THE BOTANICAL GARDENS (DAYTOUR)

Today you will see a lot of birds, since Kampala is a great destination for birding! Visit Mabamba Swamp, where you can canoe and look for the elusive Shoebill Stork. After lunch you go to the Botanical Gardens, where you can spot all kinds of birds and many monkeys. The original movie Tarzan is recorded here!

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Highlights

Highlights Rwanda

Wildlife and Nature

      

Things to See and to Do

  • Climbing the Virunga Volcanoes in the Volcanoes National Park.
     
  • Hiking / Trekking through the jungle of Nyungwe Forest, with it's beautiful waterfalls and fantastic scenery.
     
  • Visit Diane Fossey's grave (Diane Fossey's Tomb) next to the gorilla graveyard, Karisoke Research Centre.
     
  • Visit Kigali, Rwanda's attractive capitol, with the Genocide Memorial, museums and craftcenters.
     
  • Visit the National Museum in Butare (Huye).

      

Meet the Local People

  • Visit local tribes, enjoy a typical African church ceremony or spend an afternoon with a local family.
     
  • Visit the pygmies and experience their unique culture.

      

About

About Rwanda

Rwanda is often called ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’. Rwanda is a small, land-locked country on the eastern rim of the Albertine Rift Valley, part of the Great Rift Valley. Rwanda is experiencing a tourism rebound after falling of the map after the genocide in 1994. The country now has many international visitors and is regarded as a safe place for tourists. Getting around is very easy, because the distances are relatively small and the paved roads are generally in good condition. Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

Come and see for yourself, Rwanda has a lot to offer: Five volcanoes in a row and the biggest concentration of mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, vast tropical rainforest in Nyungwe Forest, with Chimpanzees, large troops of Angolan Colobus Monkeys, Mona Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, Patas Monkeys and Blue Monkeys.

Great Savannas in Akagera National park with the large animals like Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Leopards, Giraffes, Zebras, Hyenas, Warthogs, Hippos and Crocodiles and a stunning scenery at Gisenyi on lake Kivu. Kigali is the vibrant capital, which is slowly regaining its former reputation of its great nightlife. Kigali’s international airport serves domestic and several international destinations. Kigali is also home to the National Genocide Memorial.

Western and central Rwanda has steep mountains and lies at elevations between 1500 and 2500 meters above sea level. The Virunga Volcanoes give a lot of hiking opportunities through beautiful scenery. The steep mountains only give way in the eastern part of the country, nearby the Tanzanian border. The lower lying terrain is part of the Lake Victoria Basin, with the Kagera River. Much of this ecosystem is protected within the Akagera National Park.

Rwanda is a tropical country and much of it lies on the African plateau. This gives Rwanda a nice tropical climate, with temperatures averaging between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius during the day and between 11 and 17 degrees Celsius at night. The rainy seasons are from March to May and October to December.

The official languages of Rwanda are French and Kinyarwandais, but English is also widely spoken. And nowadays English is getting more and more popular. The currency is the Rwandan Franc (RFr). The land is 26.338 sq. kilometers, with a population of 8 million.

Photos

Photos Rwanda

Wildlife and Birds

Wildlife and Birds Rwanda

East Africa is the best place in the world to watch wildlife. Large animals are more abundant, diverse and visible than anywhere else in the world. East Africa is also one of the best places in the world for birdwatching. It's not unusual for birdwatchers to see 500 or more species in one trip.

Wildlife
There are more then 100 mammal species in East Africa: Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Monkeys, Zebras, Warthogs, Bushpigs, Giant Forest Hogs, Hippos and more then 40 antelope species, such as Kudus, Topis, Waterbucks, Hartebeests, Uganda Kobs, Oribis, Bushbucks, Elands, Impalas, Roan Antelopes, and Gazelles. Other species include Nile Crocodiles, Nile Monitors, other lizards and snakes, Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and 15 monkey species.

Birds
There are over a thousand bird species, which makes East Africa a birder's paradise. Species include: Shoebill Stork, Saddle Billed Stork, Pelicans, Herons, African Fish Eagle, Bateleur, Long Crested Eagle, Vultures, Owls, Grey Crowned Crane, Great Blue Turaco, Rwenzori Turaco, Hornbills, Honey birds, Sunbirds, Weavers and the African Finfoot.

Watching Wildlife
All these species are visible in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. And in the western part of Uganda and in Rwanda, there's an unique combination of the savanna animals from East Africa and the forest animals of West Africa. Species such as Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Black-and-White Colobus, Red Colobus, L'Hoest's Monkeys, Brazza's Monkeys, Patas Monkeys, Red-Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Forest Elephants and Forest Buffaloes.

Local people

Local people Rwanda

Rwanda is very colorful and has many different tribes of local people. The best known are the Hutu’s, Tutsi’s and Pygmies.

Meet the local people and spend an afternoon with them, have a meal together, visit a school or a typical African Church Ceremony, or visit one of the projects. Kazinga Tours supports the local people and encourages clients to visit one of their programs and give them support.

During a trip with Kazinga Tours, there are many opportunities to visit the local people. Our driver can take you there or just make a stop on the way to visit a market, a church or a school.

Rwanda made a remarkable come back after the 1994 genocide. The country is built up in a good and modern way and the dividing between Hutu’s and Tutsi’s is no longer there. For people willing to see that part of the Rwandan history there are memorial centers in the bigger towns. The best know is in Kigali.

Travel info

Travel info Rwanda

Health Rwanda

A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!

Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):

  • Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

For Malaria you need to take tablets,  Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).

Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.

On arrival

On arrival on the airport our guide will be there waiting for you. During safari we use custom made safari vehicles, custom made for an optimal view of the wildlife. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.

Visa Rwanda

For Rwanda the visa procedure is very different and very strict. When you are visiting Rwanda you must take these steps.

First go to this webpage: https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=203. You are now on the website of the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration. Here you find the necessary information about the ‘Class V-1(s) Single Entry Visa-Online Visa’ which is suitable for most people who travel to Rwanda for holiday purposes. Please read the information on the website carefully.

Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa (USD 30) upon arrival without prior application.

On this webpage you will see a link to the online application form through which you can apply for the visa you need. Fill this form in its entirety. You will be asked to mention your entry point. Normally we use entry point number 5 (Cyanika) when you are coming from South-Western Uganda. This is the border crossing near Volcanoes National Park. When arriving in Kigali by plane, you will use entry point number 1 (Kigali International Airport). You are also requested to attach an invitation letter. This letter will be send to you by your Kazinga Tours contact person. When you send the form you will immediately receive a tracking code. This code helps you to keep track on how far your application has progressed. You can check its status from this webpage: https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=27. The Rwandan authorities will send you a letter in the email after they have approved your application (please check you SPAM folder too). Print this letter and bring it with you when you arrive at the overland border or at Kigali International Airport. You need this letter to be allowed to purchase the entree visa there. It is your own responsibility to arrange your visa(s) correctly and in time, but if anything is unclear of course we will be glad to assist you.


Note:  This information is subject to change! Always consult the Rwandan embassy in your country if you are not sure.

Note: The Rwanda website is offline every now and then, if so, please try again later.

Money

In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise to bring some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.

Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.

Currency Rwanda

The unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.

AMREF Flying Doctors


We advise you to apply for a Flying Doctors membership. The membership provides a quick and reliable air evacuation and medical care if needed.

AMREF Flying Doctors offers 2 covers (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia).

Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.

Language in Rwanda

The official languages of Rwanda are French and English, the local language is Kinyarwanda.

Climate Rwanda

Rwanda is a tropical country, with higher temperatures at lower altitudes (Akagera).

Areas around Nyungwe, Lake Kivu and Volcanoes National Park are generally cooler.

When to visit Rwanda

Rwanda can be visited at any time throughout the year. But please keep in mind that mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy seasons (March - May and October - November).

For birders the rainy season is considered to be the best time to visit Rwanda.

Rainy season means it rains more often, but not every day and not the whole day.

What to wear Rwanda

Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes (areas around Volcanoes National Park and the Virungas), so carry a couple of sweaters too.

Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks.

When you are doing gorilla tracking some gardeners gloves are handy because of the thick vegetation and thorns.

Do not forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a waterproof jacket. During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies).

If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders. We also advise you not to wear purple clothes. Rwanda has “adopted” purple as the official color of mourning after the Genocide of 1994.

What to bring

A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.

To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.

Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.

A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful

Electricity Rwanda

We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. The system used in Rwanda is the Western European system. In most lodges it is possible to charge your batteries.

Driving Rwanda

Driving in Rwanda is on the right-hand side.

Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to travel with a 4x4 vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide, rather than self-drive.

All our guides are well trained in "Defensive Driving".

Stopover Points

Please mind that washrooms along the road are sometimes not to European standards, for example squatting toilets, no flushing toilets or no toilet paper available. Like the locals say: T.I.A. This Is Africa.

Facilities and accommodations

Bathroom facilities and accommodations can be more basic when traveling on a medium to low budget. In the eco lodges mind that the water reserves are limited and in most cases there are no sockets in the room, but you can always charge your devices at the reception.

Tipping

Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides, drivers and carriers should always be tipped. Indication: for carriers USD 1-3 and for your driver/guide USD 5-15 per day, depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.

Further information Rwanda

The Bradt Travel Guide is the most detailed guidebook for Rwanda. The Lonely Planet produces another guidebook (Lonely Planet East Africa). For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.