Animals and Wildlife of Rwanda – A Traveller’s Guide
Rwanda offers plenty of opportunities to see amazing wildlife in a number of national parks, forests, mountains, rivers, and lakeland areas. Akagera National Park is the destination of choice for ‘big five’ wildlife, which includes lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos, and elephants. Virunga mountains and Nyungwe Forest are equally popular.
The country is perhaps best known for its abundance of gorillas and chimpanzees. The mountainous areas of Virunga in the north are prime locations for gorilla trekking, while Nyungwe Forest in the south is the place to head to for views of chimpanzees. Leopards are rare in Rwanda, and there are no cheetahs.
Rwanda is commonly explored alongside other major African safari destinations, including Kenya and Tanzania. Many people visiting the region plan their adventure around a series of stop-offs. The flight connections between these areas are relatively stress-free, frequent, and competitively priced, even in peak season.
Rwanda is fortunate to have a wide range of wildlife, but some species are more common than others. Below, we outline the abundance of animals in the country:
An abundance of wildlife can be seen throughout the year in Rwanda. If you are seeking gorillas, you can travel any time to see these magnificent creatures. The Wet Season, especially between the months of October and February, is the best period for spotting chimpanzees. They are commonplace in Nyungwe Forest. Meanwhile, Akagera National Park is a safe bet for a mixture of wildlife. Visit during the peak of the dry season during June to September to find buffalo, zebra, hippo, giraffe, and elephant. The wettest time of the year from March to May should ideally be avoided.
Rwanda is among the most popular destinations in Africa for gorilla and chimpanzee trekking. The north of the country contains the mountainous Virunga region, where thousands of endangered mountain gorillas reside. Although not the easiest of treks, the reward is well worth the effort to see these magnificent primates in the wild. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest is equally popular with tourists and provides ample opportunity for photographs, particularly at the start of the wet season.
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