Wildlife & Animals – Rwanda
Most people come to Rwanda for gorilla trekking, but many smaller primates can be seen as well, including habituated golden monkeys. Other species to look out for are l'Hoest's monkey, red-tailed monkey and Rwenzori colobus. Rwanda has one savannah reserve where most safari animals can be seen.
While gorillas can be tracked in the Virunga mountains, chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest is another highlight. Akagera National Park is a Big Five destination; elephant and buffalo are common, but lion and rhino sightings are a bit more hit-and-miss. Although leopard is very shy, you might be lucky to spot one early morning or late afternoon. There is no cheetah in the country.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Gorilla trekking is available throughout the year and sightings are pretty much guaranteed. Chimpanzee trekking is a bit more difficult – the best time is from October to February, part of the Wet season. The Dry Season, from June to September, is best for general wildlife viewing in Akagera National Park. The wettest months, from March to May, are best avoided.