Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

Tracking Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains is an outstanding wildlife experience, unquestionably one of Africa's safari highlights

A quarter of a century after the genocide and civil war, Rwanda is a country transformed into one of the safest and progressive on the continent

While Mountain Gorillas are definitely the top draw here, they are not the sole attraction

Volcanoes National Park in north west Rwanda is home to the largest population of Mountain Gorillas on the planet and has gained an international reputation for being the place to see them. With ten habituated groups the likelihood of encountering a family is extremely high and the very act of purchasing your permit irrefutably aids the chances of survival for this critically endagered iconic Great Ape.

Many visitors to Rwanda choose to only visit for the Gorillas - treating it as an add-on to a Serengeti or Kenyan safari, which is certainly possible given Rwanda's excellent infrastructure and air links, the Gorilla habitat is a two hour drive from the international airport. However, Rwanda is a fascinating country, a rising star on the safari scene with allure beyond the Gorillas.

In the east Akagera, containing Rwanda's only savannah, along with central Africa's largest protected wetlands, is emphatically worth visiting. Amongst Africa's prettiest savannah reserves with swamp-fringed lakes, vast plains and rolling hills, it is also an ongoing conservation triumph with the recent reintroduction of lion and Black Rhino (2015 & 2017 respectively). With an estimated population of 12,000 large mammals and 482 bird species recorded, a comfy lakeshore tented camp, all an easy couple of hour's drive from Kigali - Akagera deserves a detour. 

Nyungwe Forest in the deep south is more of a mission to get to but for those that make the effort the rewards are arguably even greater. Nyungwe is simply magnificent. The largest remaining tract of montane rainforest in eastern Africa is home to nearly a quarter of all primate species in Africa, including Chimpanzees. The 130km network of paths and a suspended canopy walk allow unfettered access deep in to the forest and the Chimps can generally be tracked at short notice.  

There was no way that I could explain to dogs, friends or parents my compelling need to return to Africa to launch a long-term study of the gorillas. Some may call it destiny and others may call it dismaying. I call it the sudden turn of events in my life fortuitous”

- Dian Fossey

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BEST TIME TO GO TO RWANDA

There are two annual rainy seasons, the major one lasts from June to September and the lesser rains from mid-September to mid-December

If Gorilla trekking is your primary objective this can be undertaken at any time of year and because the Gorilla's live in a rainforest (as the Chimps do in Nyungwe) it can, by definition, rain at any time - although that said it is likely to be much less slippery underfoot in the dry season.

Should you be planning to visit Rwanda in combination with another wildlife area in the region we'd suggest talking through the permutations of this with us.    

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GREAT APES IN RWANDA

Highlights:

SEE AFRICA'S GREAT APES IN THEIR NATURAL MONTANE HABITAT - TREK IN TO THE VIRUNGA MOUNTAINS

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THE MORE YOU LEARN ABOUT THE DIGNITY OF THE GORILLA, THE MORE YOU WANT TO AVOID PEOPLE.”

- DIAN FOSSEY

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RWANDA'S HIGHLIGHTS

Parc Nationale des Volcans

Roughly half of the world wild population of Mountain Gorillas are resident on the Rwandan slopes

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RWANDA'S HIGHLIGHTS

KIGALI

Rwanda's attractive capital spread across several hills and valleys

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"All aspects of the itinerary went smoothly and according to schedule. The recommended camps offered different activities (including game drives, mokolo, sundowner) and wildlife based on their locations, terrains and environments. Unique at each camp was the viewing of the big five (except rhino), mammals, birds and diversities that we saw. Number of days recommended were ideal for each locations. All the staff and services at these lodges were efficient and provided great services including the varieties of meals.

The hotel at Victoria Fall was comfortable and service excellent. For this part, we arranged the activities on our own and that worked out well."

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"Excellent guide / organiser for hike in the Atlas mountains, who was both highly efficient and well informed. Lunches and campsites were well chosen and food delicious. When not under canvas the Riads/hotels were comfortable and interesting and transport worked a treat."

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"Vanessa helped us select a safari lodge and arranged private transfers to and from the airport for our recent visit to South Africa. Everything went perfectly smoothly, and everyone we met along the way took care of us. We were surprised by pre- and post-trip goodies from Natural High as well! Natural High was a recommendation from a colleague that I’m grateful to have received, and I would definitely use them again for my next safari experience."

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"Very well organised holiday in Morocco with excellent local guides and agents. From the hustle and bustle of ancient Marrakesh to an exciting trek in the magnificent scenery of the High Atlas Mountains to the charming peaceful old trading port of Essaouira. A real flavour of a very diverse country and its peoples.
Natural High provided a terrific and seamless service throughout."

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the trekiing in the high atlas with a fabulous gide Oulaid wad exceptional.

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Whilst not cheap, the company facilitated access to a variety of extra-ordinary travel experiences, which would not be available with many other companies.
A hugely rewarding holiday."

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"We have used Natural High for many years now and their service and attention to detail is excellent. From trekking in Nepal and climbing Kilimanjaro to safaris in Tanzania and Zambia, we have always had a fantastic experience. They really tailor-make the trip to suit the individual and by now they know what kind of experiences we like and ensure that it meets our needs perfectly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Natural High."

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"Holiday was seamless. Venues excellent. Flights excellent. Guide Leonard really amazing so knowledgable really made trip. We had a wide age range from 82 years to 12 years and there was always something for everyone. Staff at lodge really interesting and such good ambassadors for Tanzania and the wider region.
Only issue was hotel in Zanzibar was mediocre!"

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"We were interested in a Botswana safari in which wildlife viewing took precedence over luxury, but did wish to be reasonably comfortable. Rod Tether made excellent suggestions re timing of safari, and lodges in Livingstone and the Okavango Delta. He organized the trip in all its’ details; it went flawlessly- truly a trip of a lifetime. Superb organization."

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