Rwanda is popularly home to mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and the best canopy walk in East Africa. Family travel in Rwanda with kids or youngsters is such a great way of exploring this beautiful land of a thousand hills.
The popular activities in Rwanda which are primate tracking for mountain gorillas and chimpanzee tracking are not friendly to kids since the minimum age group is 15 years.
Best Rwanda tours with kids include wildlife viewing trips in Akagera National Park with game drives and boat cruise experiences.
Here the entire family can see wildlife including the African Big Five which are Lions, Buffaloes, Leopards, Rhinos, and Elephants. Other activities include boat rides on Lake Kivu and a Kigali city walk.
Tips for Family Travel in Rwanda with kids
When traveling with kids on a family safari in Rwanda, be careful and prevent catching malaria. Do not enter malarial areas with children not yet old enough to safely take prophylactic drugs or be able to clearly communicate any malarial symptoms to their parents.
Best time to visit Rwanda
Rwanda can be visited at any time of the year. However, the best time of the year to visit Rwanda is between June – September, and December – February.
During this time, the rains are less and therefore the jungle trails are dry and easy to explore. These months are best for all of the activities however, many tourists visit during this time and therefore you need to book through Acacia safaris early.
The short dry season is from the time of mid-December to early February. The long dry season is from June to September. Both the short and long dry seasons are the best times for gorilla trekking.
June – September: The period between June to September is the longest dry season in Rwanda and the best time to trek gorillas. During this time hiking is easier as the trails are not so muddy and slippery.
There are also few chances of rain pouring during this season of the year but since it is a tropical jungle anything can happen and it can rain. This time is when most tourists come to trek gorillas in Rwanda and permits are in high demand.
December – February: This is the short dry season and also the best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking. This is the best time for travelers who want to see the mountain gorillas and as well go birding. During this time migratory birds are present in Rwanda.
During the dry season, it offers the easiest hiking or walking conditions in the forest. The malaria risk is also low during this time.
Family Travel in Rwanda with Kids can be planned in a short number of days or on extended trips through the country. Do not leave your kids behind when going for a Rwanda trip as they can be involved in kid-friendly activities. You can also plan family safaris in all of our destinations including Uganda wildlife tours, Kenya safaris, and Tanzania tours.