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RWANDA DESTINATIONS

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda & Uganda is one of the most exhilarating safari tours and moving experiences you can have with Origins Safaris. You can get so close to these giant primates, observing them observing you. Their human-like movements, innate dignity and social interaction create a unique connection within each of us.

Rwanda is a highly populous and extremely scenic and mountainous little country in central Africa. Unfortunately best known for the 1994 genocide, the country has tried very hard to move on and the shadow cast is no longer so overwhelming.

The main reasons to come here is to visit the mountain gorillas to the north of the country. There is also a good deal of very pretty mountain and lake scenery, plus the opportunity to see chimpanzees in the south

Seasons

Seasonality in Rwanda

There is no great seasonal variation in Rwanda, other than slightly lower rainfall in Jun/Jul. Apart from that it might be worth trying to avoid peak visitor numbers in Aug and Dec/Jan.

Which month you actually decide to visit Rwanda will usually be determined by external factors such as conditions in other areas of Africa with which you are looking to combine, or your own availability for travel.

Weather

Wherever and whenever you travel to Rwanda, you will most likely encounter a significant amount of rainfall, although you will also see plenty of sunshine and certainly experience high temperatures.

Rwanda is dominated by a tropical rainforest climate, which is characterised by high temperatures year round.

Rainfall is reliable year round, but does rise slightly between Mar/May and Oct/Nov. There is a slightly dry season centred on Jun/Jul, but showers can still be expected. At all times of year rain tends to falls in short bursts and is very quickly dried out by the hot tropical sun.

Visitor traffic

As usual visitor number peak during Jul/Sep, centred on the most busy period during the first two weeks in August, then again on the week immediately overlying Christmas and New Year.

These periods may be worth avoiding, although in truth, nowhere gets very busy.

Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Public transport in Namibia is geared towards the needs of the local populace, and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Namibia’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.

It is easy to travel around Namibia by car, and a 2WD vehicle is perfectly adaquate for most journeys. However, long distances, poor mobile phone coverage outside of main towns and infrequent petrol stations that only accept cash mean that planning ahead is vital.

There are major airlines that fly into Windhoek and Swakopmund. Other destinations are reachable by car or charter flight.

Namibians drive on the left and all signposts are in English. Seat belts must be worn at all times and talking in a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The general speed limit is 120km/h on tarred roads outside of towns and 100km/h on gravel roads. In built up areas, the speed limit is 60km/h.

WHAT TO BRING TO WEAR ?

Whichever family group you visit, you may have to walk a long distance in steep, muddy conditions, possibly in heavy rain.

Sturdy shoes are essential, proper high-ankled walking boots are preferable

gaiters or long socks are a good idea in order that you can tuck in your pants/trousers

Pants/trousers should be thick in order to protect from insects and stinging nettles

A long sleeved over-shirt is useful against the morning chill, insects and stinging nettles

Gardening gloves can be very useful when climbing steep slopes

A poncho or other waterproof jacket may be worthwhile

 

Sunscreen

A hat

At least two litres of bottled water

Sufficient covers to protect you camera gear from the elements

Binoculars are optional, but especially useful for birders

The gorillas are thoroughly used to people, so it makes little difference whether you wear bright or muted colours, although out of respect for your fellow travellers you really should make the effort to wear appropriate clothes for the forest ... bright and inappropriately dressed people can really mess up photos and videos.

INTERNATIONAL AIR FLIGHTS TO RWANDA

There are many international airliners flying to Rwanda direct or via Uganda to cater for your travel needs to Rwanda.

The biggest Airliners to Rwanda currently (2012) are; Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Rwanda air

Other airlines flying to Rwanda

  • KLM
  • South African Airways
  • Precision Air
  • Kenya Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Air France
  • US Airways

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