Luxury Rwanda Honeymoons

Rwanda offers an exciting and unique honeymoon destination for adventurous couples. Key attractions include trekking through Volcanoes National Park to witness mountain gorillas, exploring Nyungwe’s captivating forests, and embarking on a safari in Akagera National Park. Many opt to combine Rwanda with Tanzania for a comprehensive experience, starting with gorilla encounters in Volcanoes National Park and then venturing to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Rwanda’s accommodations meet high standards, featuring exclusive options suitable for honeymooners, such as Sabyinyo Lodge and Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park. For those with a larger budget, Kwitonda Lodge and properties from the One and Only portfolio offer luxurious choices.

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Where to Go in Rwanda

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    Akagera National Park

    Although this is the largest national park in Rwanda, it is still relatively new in the safari world. Twenty years ago, this park was on the verge of being lost forever as its fragile ecosystem suffered from the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. There was no – or very little – protection or conservation-focus on the park. That has changed dramatically and today, the park is almost recognizable – in the best way possible. Incredible teams like African Parks have taken control of the park and are constantly monitoring and working on ways to improve the ecosystem and biodiversity. In fact, recently southern white rhinos were successfully translocated from Phinda Reserve in South Africa. Although only a couple of years into the project and monitored constantly, the project was incredibly successful and they are thriving in Akagera National Park. This was the largest single translocation to date. Although in terms of game viewing, this park is not comparable with the likes of other East African destinations (like the Masai Mara or the Serengeti for example), however, this rhino project just goes to show that there is hope and optimism for Akagera National Park.  

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    Volcanoes National Park

    Volcanoes National Park is located in the northwest of the country and is one of the most recognized and renowned parks in Rwanda. The park is named after the chain of dormant volcanoes that form this area. The Virunga Massif is a collection of mountains and ecosystems that spreads across three countries – Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each country has its own name for their part of the Virunga, and the Volcanoes National Park is therefore, the Rwandan part. The landscape of the Volcanoes is simply breathtaking, from with soaring mountains to expansive crater lakes. Although the landscape is enough to warrant a visit here, the main draw to the park is to see the habituated mountain gorillas. These huge and humble animals are endangered, and there are less than 1,000 left in the world today. A guided trek through the forest can take anywhere between 30 minutes and 6 hours (typically 2-4 hours) and when you find the family of habituated gorillas, you are allowed to spend one hour with them. It’s a truly humbling experience and one that is on

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    Kigali

    Although the capital, and the largest city in Rwanda, most people are often surprised by Kigali. It is rated one of Africa’s cleanest cities and the local people certainly take pride in that. With regular cleaning patrols, the streets are kept clean and there is a safe and welcoming feel to the city. There is no denying that Kigali has been through horrific events and, although the genocide of 1994 was less than 30 years ago, the people of Kigali are extremely open and honest about the history of the city. In fact, many local people and guides want to talk about it, because their attitude and optimistic mind-set today reflects so beautifully on Rwanda – and the type of people that Rwandans are. The city is also booming in art and architecture, with spaces like the Kigali Cultural Village emerging for local artisans and tourists alike. From a logistics point of view, you will likely start and finish your stay in Kigali, so we can help book any excursions or accommodation here in the city. 

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    Nyungwe Forest

    Located in the southwest of Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest or Nyungwe National Park is probably one of the best preserved montane rainforests in Africa. It is also one of the oldest on the continent. The forest is rich with flora and fauna and its biodiversity is truly impressive. Inside this lush, green ecosystem are 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee, the golden monkey, the blue monkey and the velvet monkey among others. These can be seen on guided walks or hikes through the forest. Other animal species that can be seen include a variety of antelope (klipspringer, impala, and bushbucks among others), forest hogs and bush pigs, genets, mongoose and larger mammals like buffalo and elephant. There are a collection of beautiful lodges and properties in this densely montane forest and a great park to combine with other Rwanda destinations. 

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    Lake Kivu

    Bordering between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lake Kivu is on the Great African Lakes. Because of its location, it is surrounded by mountains and dormant volcanoes, making this area extremely picturesque. Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda and, at a size of 2,700 km2, it is Africa’s sixth largest lake. There are some popular areas along the lake to relax and spend a couple of days soaking up the African sunshine. For those looking to be more active, there are also activities on the lake like canoeing, as well as bike and hike trails around the lake to use at your leisure. For those who want to spend a few days to relax after your exhilarating Rwanda safari, Lake Kivu could be a good option if you do not want to fly to a beach spot.   

 
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When to Visit Rwanda

Rwanda’s prime time is June to October, ideal for gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, and forest hikes. December to March is also suitable, though the festive season can be busy. For gorilla tracking at Volcanoes National Park, June to October and December to February offer favorable weather. Regardless of when you visit, using a local porter is recommended. Kigali’s international airport is open year-round, with daily flights and pleasant weather. Kigali’s hotels are available throughout the year.

 

Rwanda Honeymoon Q&A

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Gemma

Where is the best destination for a honeymoon in Tanzania?

This completely depends on what sort of honeymoon experience you are looking for. Most honeymoon couples have the mountain gorillas on their bucket list, so Volcanoes National Park is almost always visited. It is also a very accessible park to get to as it is only a 2 to 3-hour drive from Kigali. For honeymoon couples looking to combine other primate experiences, then Nyungwe Forest is a great option. Here you can do activities like hiking, canopy walks, and visiting waterfalls in the forest. There are also plenty of cultural activities you can do, such as visiting local communities and nearby tea plantations. Rwanda is also easy to combine with other destinations, so honeymoon couples can fly into the Serengeti for a safari or Zanzibar for some time on the beach, for example.   

Will our honeymoon in Rwanda be private? 

All of the itineraries we put together are completely customized and private. From the moment you arrive into Kigali, you will be met by a private driver/guide to a nearby airport hotel or continue on to the Volcanoes National Park to start your honeymoon. If you are doing a gorilla or monkey trek, this is on a shared basis. There is a maximum of six people per group, so you will be trekking with other travelers. You will also be accompanied by a professional guide, ranger and several porters. Other activities from the lodges, like community visits, may also be with other guests. All transfers will be on a private basis and we will organize these with our team of dedicated friendly and professional guides and drivers.

Which are the best safari camps for a Rwanda honeymoon?

The accommodation in Rwanda has really excelled over the last couple of years and today, there are several unique and stunning lodges across most national parks. In Bwindi, I’d recommend lodges like Bisate, Kwitonda and One and Only for your Rwanda honeymoon. A more cost-effective option would be Sabyinyo Lodge or Virunga Lodge – both offering fantastic service and attention to detail. The best way to find out what accommodation would be suited for your honeymoon is to speak on the phone, so that I can get a better understanding of what you are looking for and what would work within your budget. A phone call or video call is a great starting point, so get in touch!  

 

Can I combine the beach with a Rwanda honeymoon?

Rwanda is a landlocked country so although you cannot combine the beach inside the country, it is possible to fly to another country to add the beach at the end of your Rwanda trip. A common combination is Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and then Zanzibar Island. Other beach options include the southern coast of Kenya, or Indian Ocean islands like the Seychelles or Mauritius.