Rwanda was a country that really surprised us and delighted us. You can find all of our Rwanda posts by following this link:

As for our route, it’s described in the map below. We flew into the capital, spent 5 nights there, and then left for a gorilla trek in the northwestern corner of the country:

Our route through Rwanda

Our route through Rwanda. We arrived in Kigali at around midnight on Sunday July 31st (technically early morning August 1st), stayed for 5 nights, and then drove to Musanze.

Here are some of our best pictures from Rwanda (mostly gorilla and monkey pictures!):

Central Kigali

Central Kigali, as seen from a hill on the city's northwestern edge.

Gorilla crossing a dry riverbed

Female or male juvenile gorilla crossing a dry riverbed, with Robin in the foreground.


Munyinya, a large silverback whose name means "Mr. Lucky".

Peaceful gorilla

Peaceful gorilla.

Gorillas live here!

Gorillas live here!

Gorillas and our group

Gorillas and our trekking group.

I see you!

I see you!

African Crane

African Crane at our hotel in Musanze.

Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey in the Parc National des Volcans.

Golden Monkey on a bamboo stalk

Golden Monkey on a bamboo stalk.

Rwandan Golden Monkey

Rwandan Golden Monkey in Parc National des Volcans.


  • Kigali is a modern, well-run metropolis with great hotels, restaurants, and decent infrastructure. It’s also pretty safe, and walking around at night in the central business/tourist districts is considered normal (but be vigilant anyway).
  • Visit the Genocide Museum. It’s a real eye-opening experience, and you’ll learn many interesting things.

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