Please find below some useful travel information to help you plan your visit to Rwanda. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.
Equatorial climate (25 - 30°C) but nights can be cold (especially at lodges near the Virungas). Chance of rain in the Virunga region is high so bring rain gear.
In order to minimise human contact with the gorilla groups the Rwandan authorities issue Gorilla Permits – ensuring that a limited number of visitors can observe them each day. These permits are in high demand, so do book early to secure your chosen date/s.
Eco-tourism is nature-based tourism that meets conservation objectives. Gorilla tourism depends largely on the conservation of these magnificent animals. Some rules have been developed to protect the gorillas and the park rangers will brief you before the trekking. Please respect them.
What to Bring with you
With changeable weather conditions and dense forest vegetation it is advisable to take layers of protective clothing. We recommend wearing the following:
And carry a small rucksack with:
Walking sticks are available at the Park headquarters and porters can be hired for approx US$10.
A sealed plastic bag around camera / lenses will help keep them dry on the trek.
Pockets are useful for valuables and spare camera batteries / lenses etc as all other equipment must be left with porters approx 200 metres away from the gorilla groups.
After the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has stabilised. Democratic elections have been held, and Rwanda is one of the most stable and safe African countries.
The recommendations regarding vaccinations and anti-malarial drugs constantly change so please ask your G.P. / medical centre for up-to-date details.
A valid passport and visa is mandatory for many travellers including UK, US and Canadian citizens. Visas can be obtained on arrival and at no charge. For other countries please check with the Consulate in your country.