They’re black, they’re hairy, and they shy from civilisation in depths of the jungle – they are the last of the world’s great mountain gorillas.

For 18 years, Dian Fossey studied the majestic mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Thanks to her efforts to protect them, the country has secured a modest population who live among the rare and elusive Rwandan wildlife. Today, gorilla sightings are no less magical, no less exclusive, than they were in Fossey’s time. As Rwanda slowly recovers from its own holocaust in the 90s, there’s no better place to view these threatened but spectacular primates. 

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Rwanda travel FAQs

All nationalities require a visa in advance to visit Rwanda. You must apply for this visa online at 


You'll need to apply for an Entry Visa on their website (Services tab, Visa) which should take approx 2-5 days to come through. You must print this Entry Facility out to present at the border.


Nationals of Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden and Singapore are not required to pre-register, however must pay the visa fee upon arrival at the border post.


The visa costs approx US$60 payable on the border, with the exception of national from Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden and Singapore for whom the visa fee is US$30. 


If you are asked to provide an address in Rwanda on your visa form, please use the address below - 

Centre Pastoral Notre Dame De Fatima

Avenue de la Nutrition

Ruhengeri, Rwanda


Supporting Documents may also be required - the embassy will contact you if they require these.


Note: Rwanda is constantly updating its visa information; therefore we recommended that you check the website carefully for the latest up to date information