For many people, a trip to Rwanda means a visit to the Mountain Gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, famous for its portrayal in ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ and former home to acclaimed primatologist Dian Fossey. Gorilla tracking in the misty Virunga Mountains is a wonderful experience that many people want to cross off their ‘bucket list’ and it never disappoints. Rwanda has wonderful transport infrastructure so it is possible to fly in for a long weekend with the Gorillas, but there is far more to this country than this.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a forest lodge on the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Welcoming and relaxing, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a perfect base for trekking into the Virunga Mountains in search of the mountain gorillas.
A honeymoon is a special once in a lifetime experience and nothing says once in a lifetime like a trip to see the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. While probably not everyone’s first choice for a honeymoon, Rwanda offers a wonderful blend of scenery and luxury that many people had no idea could even exist. When you think of eating a private candlelit dinner overlooking shining lakes which reflect the clear, star-filled skies, it isn’t a fantasy; it’s the reality of Rwanda.
Imagine Africa client Cherry Dalton and her husband John travelled to see the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda. Here she describes how the country has moved on from its recent troubled past and the magic of her ‘Attenborough moment’ with the majestic silverbacks.
Spotting the majestic mountain gorilla in its natural habitat is on the A-list of wildlife encounters. Whilst tracking the mighty silverbacks requires patience and stamina, coming face to face with a gorilla is a real privilege to cherish on any trip to Uganda or Rwanda. From the rugged rainforests of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the woolly green slopes of Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans; gorilla territory is unapologetically remote. Trekking can therefore be quite demanding, lasting up to five hours and reaching high altitudes, yet a glimpse of these magnificent creatures in the wild is an unparalleled thrill for even the most seasoned safari aficionado.
When to go to Rwanda
Rwanda lies between the Congo Basin and the Great Rift Valley and its biodiversity is unsurpassed in Africa. The number one thing to do in Rwanda is definitely gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, so here we've put together a guide with the best time for this.
The Dry Seasons - December to February and June to September
The weather is generally good, with temperatures going up to 29 degrees Celsius during the day.
This is also the best time for gorilla tours since there is a minimal chance of rain during the trek.
We still suggest your waterproof clothing even during these drier months, as this Equatorial climate is very unpredictable.
The Wet Seasons - March to May and October to November
In Rwanda, there are two rainy seasons, the first from January to April and the second from October to mid-December. In between the two rainy seasons is a short dry season characterized mostly by sunshine and some light clouds.
The rainy season is characterised by frequent showers, but this is the best time to go to Rwanda for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe, as food is easy to find and chimps are easy to locate.