Universal Ventures Rwanda invites you to take part in a wondrous story unfolding deep in the heart of Africa. Rwanda is rising from its tempestuous past to become one of the greatest models for conservation on the planet! Exploring this Central-East African country takes you on a unique safari journey unlike any other on the continent. Massive peaks etched by volcanic activity are painted deep green by flourishing, dense rainforest and encircled by the delicate, soft shapes of clouds.
In the higher elevations are protected bamboo forests, home to Rwanda’s mountain gorillas of the Virunga, a species that has captured hearts and minds around the world.
Scenes such as these are found throughout Rwanda—a testament to the depth of commitment by the country’s people to find a sustainable balance between human need and nature. Spending time amid the country’s people, flora, and fauna is an experience that brings insight. You come to understand that protecting Rwanda’s biodiversity and ecological treasures has an incredibly personal meaning to each and every Rwandan.
Our safaris in Rwanda take you to its unique national parks, which have been set aside for wilderness tours, through collaboration between local communities and government agencies, to preserve and showcase the country’s unparalleled wildlife and habitats. In the rainforests of Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park, you are immersed in an enchanting and tranquil setting that awakens your senses. Listen to a tranquil symphony of rustling leaves, chattering primates, and singing avi-fauna.
A deep breath reveals a pungent aroma of undergrowth blended with hints of flowers and wild fruits. You’re surrounded by varied shades of green that drip from every branch and cover almost every inch of soil. Feel your heart beating in anticipation of the wonders that lie around the next corner, or perhaps just through an opening in the dense vegetation.
Volcanoes National Park is one of the few places in the world where you can witness families of mountain gorillas in their natural habitats, and seeing these intriguing creatures in the wild is one of the most heartwarming vacation experiences that you will have in Africa. You will experience a new fascination with primates after spending time on the gorillas and golden monkeys’ treks in Volcanoes Park, as well as chimpanzees and other primates in Nyungwe.
The geology and ecology of Rwanda certainly cater to nature lovers and birdwatchers, but the country also provides ample opportunities for high-adventure holiday experiences. Both Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park feature networks of trails that take you along the beginnings of the Nile River, the highest of the volcanic peaks, above the forest canopy, and even in the footsteps of Rwandan kings. From one-hour leisurely walks to multi-day treks, you will find several trails that accommodate your fitness level, experience, and personal interests.
The diversity of Rwanda’s ecology goes far beyond the rainforests, though. Akagera National Park, a Big 5 destination, offers the classic wildlife safari experience of driving across vast savannah plains, where predator and prey play out a continuous battle for survival. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and other herbivores wander across the grassy landscape looking for the best vegetation and watering holes, while lions, leopards, hyenas and other ferocious hunters are ever-watchful for the chance to capture a young or weak animal. Beyond the savannah are wetlands, swamps, and woodlands, where you will find a host of other wildlife and birds specific to these habitats.
The beach adventure of Lake Kivu reveals yet another of Rwanda’s many facets. Long stretches of golden sandy beach are dotted with hot springs and friendly fishing villages. Here, both land and water offer an abundance of activities, such as fishing, boat tours, cycling, plantation tours, nature walks, watersports like jet skiing, kayaking, sailing and so much more. The lake is free of crocodiles and hippos, so it is also one of the few places on the African continent where you can safely take a refreshing swim.
Wherever you go in the country, you are warmly embraced by the hospitality of the Rwandan people. Openly sharing their cultures and history is an important part of telling their story to the world. During your cultural safari in Rwanda, spend time in a local village to learn about their arts and crafts, traditional medicine, familial roles, forest hunting-gathering techniques of the Batwa, local cuisine, tribal beliefs, and much more!
The capital city of Kigali is a metropolitan experience offering distinctive restaurants, museum and shrines, community art projects, and historic architecture. Although the genocide that occurred in this Central-East African country may be a difficult subject for some of our guests, a tour of the memorials is a key part of a comprehensive trip through the Rwanda of past, present, and future.