Rwanda Travel, Tours, Gap Year & Volunteering
Known as the “land of a thousand hills”, Rwanda is a tiny landlocked country in the heart of East Africa with exotic wildlife and incredible landscapes. Rwanda is rich in nature and animals and is unlike many countries in the world.
Adventure Tours, Safaris, Gap Year Trips & Volunteer Programs in Rwanda
Rwanda Travel Guide
Travel to Rwanda with One World 365 and search our amazing activities and trips perfect if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year. View travel advice on our guide including tips for places to go, the best packages available and get information about costs, accommodation, transport, health and safety and how to visit Rwanda on a budget.
- Capital: Kigali (population 1,000,000 approx)
- Currency: Rwandan Franc (RWF)
- Population: 9,040,000 (approx)
- Language: Kinyarwanda + French + English + local languages
- International Dailing Code: +250
- Area: 26,330 km2
Top Reasons to Travel to Rwanda
There are so many reasons why you should book a trip to travel to Rwanda including:
- See mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
- Meet friendly local people
- See incredible biodiversity and landscapes
- Get a totally authentic experience
Weather & Best Time to Visit Rwanda
- Dry season are generally from July to September and December to January
- Rainy seasons is generally between April and May and October and November
- Summer is usually the most popular time to visit (from June to September) so book everything in advance is you plan to visit during this period
- You can go gorilla trekking all year round
Travelling & Backpacking in Rwanda
If you would like to travel to Rwanda get inspired and search ideas today. Rwanda is at the center of the Albertine Rift, where deep volcanic forces are pressing the continental plates apart, you'll discover a world of exquisite beauty and unsurpassed biodiversity. One of the main attractions is the amazing wildlife including mountain gorillas. In the capital of Rwanda, Kigali you can walk around and learn more about the brutal history of the country by visiting the Genocide Memorial Centre - this will be the cultural holiday of your life where you will learn about the country and resilient people.
Best Places to Visit in Rwanda
- Akagera National Park
- Lake Kivu
- Nyungwe Forest National Park
- Parc National Des Volcans
Rwanda Gap Year
Thinking about planning a gap year in Rwanda? We list programs for students, graduates, career breaks and people looking for a new exciting experience. One of the main attractions for taking a gap year in Rwanda is to get close to mountain gorillas and chimps which were made famous by the film Gorillas in the Mist. You can come face to face with these endanged animals on a gap year tour in either Rwanda or Uganda. This will be an experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life especially if you have always wanted to visit this continent and see exotic wildlife - you will really love this experience.
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
Accommodation: Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location and you might also be camping.
Group Sizes: Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
Transport: On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van.
Rwanda Wildlife Tours
One of the most popular reasons to visit is to see exotic wildlife. These trips are incredible! You will get to see exotic wild animals like elephants and orangutans and get photos and memories to last a memory.
Gorilla Watching Tours in Rwanda
Rwanda was made famous by the 1998 film Gorillas in the Mist which gave an insight into the research Dian Fossey did to learn about, help and protect these engangered animals. There are only around 600 gorillas still in the wild and you can visit them on a tours in Rwanda, this experience will stay with you forever. By visiting the Parc National Des Volcans where the mountain gorillas live you will get to understand more about these animals and see the efforts being made to protect them.
Volunteer in Rwanda
Our website is the ultimate package for volunteering in Africa, you will get to make a social impact whilst enjoying the nature, natural beauty and culture of the country. This will be an eye opening educational experience for you too, we find it hard to believe you have ever visited a country like this before! You can expect local people to be very friendly and open to you, people are keen to move on with their lives and improve the country after the harrowing 1994 genocide in the country.
By volunteering in Rwanda you will be able to explore this destination and experience the warm welcome of local people. This will be a thrilling sensation of traveling and being able to give back and help local people who has suffered so much in the past. Apply and enable yourself to truly experience the diversity of this special destination. You will also get to share this incredible experience with other people, most organisations offer group programs so you will be working with locally employed staff which helps boost the local economy and also international participants from all around the world.
Location of Projects
Placements can be joined in places like the capital Kigali, Gitarma and also more rural locations where help is needed most. You might also like to view our Uganda volunteer or Tanzania volunteer pages.
Community Development Programs
Shockingly 45% of people in Rwanda live below the poverty line and much work is needed to help, and because of the genocide around 80% of the population is below the aged of 35! There are water and food shortages, and because of a changing climate agriculture is being affected which many people depend on for work.
Education, teaching, training, feeding, building and construction programs are available to join all year round. Large international charities like VSO and also local non-profits and NGO's have been working to improve life for people in Rwanda over the past decade. There are also placements avilable for medical professionals to join, so if you work in healthcare e.g. doctor, nurse, dentist etc you can help local people. Around 250,000+ people are thought to be infected with HIV and Aids and medical assistance is desperately needed.
Teaching Programs in Rwanda
There are skilled placements for teachers and professionals who have the skills to help advance the country, education is key to building a bettter future and you could help train local teachers or actually work in classrooms. Joining a volunteer teaching project in Rwanda will be one of the most rewarding and worthwhile experiences of your life, you will be able to work with smiley happy children and be able to make a small impact on their lives. Creativity is welcomed and if you are already working in this area this will be a benefit. You could be placed at a school, community centre, orphanage or outreach project.
Conservation & Wildlife Projects
Work with the environment and help animals or help farmers and local communities build facilities to help grow crops and get clean water.
What to Expect
Days can are hot and humid, this country is sunny almost all year round! You will usually work around 4-8 hours per day 5 days per week with weekends ane evenings off.
Some cultural exchanges also include a home stay where you can live with a local family and enjoy good-humored hospitality. There are also shared housing available where you will live with other international participants.
No previous experience is required for general placements unless working in a skilled area e.g. medicine and healthcare. You must be able to work as part of a team, have a strong interest in development and be open to living in rustic conditions. Usual minimum age limit is 18 years old
How to Book
Sign up for a new voyage and view our featured organisations in Rwanda today who will put you on the path to a really remarkable experience. Some of the best volunteer organiations charge a sign up fee, on these placements you usually get a structured experience including
- Airport pick-up and transfer to project
- All food and accommodation
- Training materials and science equipment
- Pre-departure support and services
- Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques
- 24-hour in-country support
There are also free and low cost opportunities with local NGO's but you might want to make a donation to help projects operate.