TRAVEL FACTS

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested -

GET­TING THERE

The most di­rect route to Rwanda is to fly to Dubai with Qan­tas or Emi­rates and con­nect on a RwandAir flight to Ki­gali. Or you can fly via Dubai and Kenya or via South Africa. •

Qan­tas: qan­tas.com.au •

Emi­rates: emi­rates.com •

RwandAir: rwandair.com •

South African Air­ways: fly­SAA.com

GET­TING AROUND

You may find the best way to get around Rwanda is to hire a car and driver. Not only will it en­able you to make the most of your time in Ki­gali and around Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park it’s the only way to get around out­side the city other than by lo­cal bus.

WHEN TO GO

Rwanda is vir­tu­ally on the Equa­tor so the main vari­a­tion is that there’s the prin­ci­pal wet sea­son in March and a sec­ondary one in Novem­ber. We went in early Novem­ber and al­though we had fine weather on our go­rilla morn­ings, there was rain each af­ter­noon. An ad­van­tage of this low sea­son is that the go­rilla fam­i­lies tend to be found eat­ing new bam­boo closer to the edge of the park so there’s less hik­ing.

WHERE TO STAY & EAT

The best ac­com­mo­da­tion near the go­ril­las is Bisate Lodge, which com­bines glo­ri­ous lo­cal design with ex­cep­tional ser­vice. There’s a range of ho­tel op­tions at all lev­els in Ki­gali. We chose the Hô­tel des Mille Collines be­cause it was the ba­sis for Ho­tel Rwanda. It’s probably about 3.5 star but has a great break­fast buf­fet. The nearby Heaven Restau­rant of­fers su­perb healthy food with won­der­ful views from the out­door pa­tio – and it’s set to open a bou­tique ho­tel next door. FUR­THER INFORMATION

Re­mark­able Rwanda: rwanda­tourism.com

• Wilder­ness Sa­faris:

wilder­ness-sa­faris.com/camps/bisate-lodge •

Ki­gali Geno­cide Memo­rial: kgm.rw

Heaven Restau­rant: heav­en­r­wanda.com

• Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park:

vol­ca­noes­na­tion­al­parkr­wanda.com

Aber­crom­bie & Kent:

aber­crom­biekent.com.au

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