Home of mountain gorillas, the „gentle giants“. Standing eye to eye with a free-living up to two meters tall „silverback“ and its family in Volcanoes National Park is a true highlight. The grave of the gorilla researcher Dian Fossey can also be found here.
Pure safari! In the diverse landscape of grass, bush and tree savannah as well as swamps, an impressive animal world can be found. This includes lions, leopards, rhinos, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, impalas, antelopes and 400 species of birds.
The mountain rainforest, which has been declared a national park, impresses with its endemic flora and fauna and one of the highest primate densities in the world, including chimpanzees and Ruwenzori colobus monkeys. Another attraction is the treetop trail with a suspension bridge between the treetops.
Rwanda is also known as the „land of a thousand hills“. The imposing plateau with 1,700m, the mountain range in the west with 2,740m and the highest mountain in the country with 4,505m – a true paradise for adventurers! For example, on the 227km long Congo-Nile Trail, whether on foot or by mountain bike.
The Tutsi and Hutu belong to the main ethnic groups of the country, but one can also meet traditional healers and pygmies. Insights into the life of the local people can be gained during village visits or simply at the market. The sad history can be encountered in the genocide museum.
The airport in Kigali is the starting and end point of all connections, whereas Rwanda can only be reached from Europe with a stopover. The tourist infrastructure has been continuously improved in recent years due to growing numbers of visitors. Thus, the number of hotel rooms increased steadily and even some luxury lodges were built. The roads between the main cities of the country are asphalted, but most of the country still has a gravel or earth layer.
Climate and travel season
Due to its location on the equator, Rwanda has a tropical climate with moderate temperatures throughout the year. These vary between 15°C and 27°C, in higher areas it can be significantly colder. The country is characterized by two rainy seasons: the big rainy season in April/May and the small rainy season in November/December. Due to the sometimes large water masses that fall during this time, Rwanda is a very green country for Africa.
The best time to travel stretches along the dry season from June to October, although sporadic, sometimes heavy rain showers must be expected all year round.
Visa and entry
To enter Rwanda, Germans, Austrians and Swiss need a passport and a visa. The passport must be valid for at least six months. The visa can be applied for in advance online at https://www.migration.gov.rw/our-services/visa/visitors-visa/ or on arrival on site. After successful examination of the documents, the applicant receives an „Entry Permit“, which is to be carried in printed form upon entry.
Since the regulations can change at any time, all information are non-binding and without guarantee. Please observe the visa regulations and the current information of the Federal Foreign Office / Federal Ministry European and International Affairs / Federal Department of Foreign Affaires at all times.
Impressions from Rwanda
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