Rwanda

Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi shone the limelight on Rwanda as a popular possibility for gay travellers. After their visit, they raved about their life-changing experience with the endangered mountain gorillas. Now you can experience it too.

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GET WILD IN RWANDA'S RAINFORESTS

One of the rarest and most memorable moments is meeting the gentle gaze of the endangered mountain gorilla in their natural rainforest habitat. 

Finding their refuge in the verdant, steep slopes of Rwanda's mountains, gorilla or chimpanzee trekking is a humbling and empowering experience, all at once. And although you'll be getting your boots dirty out there, you'll return to the lap of luxury at the world-class accommodation options available to you. 

Even though being gay is not illegal in the country, it's still a controversial topic among locals, and public displays of affection should be limited when out in public. If you want adventure and leisure in one luxury holiday, Rwanda is for you.

Our Most Popular Rwanda Tour

Nature's Finest: Gorilla Trekking and Great Migration Tour

14 Days in East Africa

Seeing gorillas in their natural habitat AND the Great Migration? In one trip? Yes, it is possible! Naturally, we had to group the two most memorable ...

Starting from $9,600 per person sharing

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All Your Burning Questions Answered

How Gay-Friendly Is Rwanda?

Although homosexuality is not illegal in Rwanda, it is still considered a taboo topic and frowned upon. Rwanda is, however, a signatory of the United Nations' statement that aims to condem violence against homosexuals, one of only a few African countries who did. Locals might still experience discrimination, but as a tourist you are exempt in designated tourist areas.

Is Rwanda Safe for Gay Couples?

You should limit the lovey-dovey stuff for when you get to your accommodation, but homosexuality is not illegal in the country. We therefore suggest that you just be conscious of this when moving among locals, but tourist areas are very welcoming to gay travellers.

Which Gay-Friendly Destinations Should I Pair with Rwanda?

Since you are already in East Africa, why not add a Big 5 safari experience in Tanzania or Kenya? If you time your trip correctly, you can catch Mother Nature's biggest show, the Great Migration. If you're lusting after an island getaway, the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles are a short flight away. We ALWAYS recommend that you add South Africa to your itinerary! As the most gay-friendly country in all of Africa, it is not to be missed. And once you are there, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls are a hop, skip and jump away.

What Are The Best Gay-Friendly Experiences in Rwanda?

Well, if you're in Rwanda, you are going gorilla trekking, that's for sure! There are alsoo cultural tours if you want to delve deeper into the country's history and heritage. With all the bountiful landscapes, hiking is also on the cards if it tickles your fancy. If adventure is what you want, there are opportunities to go ziplining, on canopy walks through the forests, safari drives, and more.

What Are The Gay-Friendly Accommodation Options in Rwanda?

You think you have to rough it when travelling to East Africa? Think again. Rwanda is home to some very impressive accommodation options. For example, Bisate Ldoge, which is built in a natural amphitheatre of an old volcano. These Forest Villas will impress even the most discerning of travellers! If you want something more classic, there are various Hotels and Boutique Hotels to pick from. Did we mention that they are all gay-friendly? Of course they are!

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