Incredible Things to Do in Rwanda
Explore many high-action adrenaline and off-the-beaten track adventures in Rwanda, including: Gorilla Trekking, Congo Nile Trail, and canoeing safaris on Lake Kivu. Rwanda is the smallest country in the Great Rift Valley where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge.
Rwanda is one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations in Africa. The country is known to be the home of the almost once extinct primate species, the endangered mountain gorillas.
Mountain Gorillas cannot be found elsewhere except in the Virunga massif that are shared by three countries, Rwanda, Uganda and D.R. Congo. Rwanda is also rich in other attractions like wildlife, birds, other primates and the rich of Banyarwanda culture. Every sort of traveller is welcome to the “Land of a thousand hills”.
Attractions in Rwanda
Besides the Kigali city tour and the relaxation on Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s attractions can be found in different national parks i.e. Akagera National Park in Eastern Rwanda near Tanzanian border known for wildlife game viewing. Volcanoes National Park located in Northwestern Rwanda encompassing 5 of the 8 Virunga mountains, it is popular for Mountain gorilla trekking. Nyungwe National Park known for primates (chimpanzee and colobus monkey trekking) and forest birds, it is situated in southwestern Rwanda, partly adjoining with the Burundi border.
Tourist Activities in Volcanoes National Park
Among the activities found in Volcanoes National Park, gorilla trekking tops the list, then golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey grave, and Volcano mountain climbing like Bisoke, karisimbi, outside the park. You can also visit the twin lakes of Rubondo and Bulera, or enjoy the cultural dance of Ibwacu cultural group.
Tourist Activities in Nyungwe National Park
In Nyungwe National Park, visitors can enjoy activities like chimpanzee tracking, nature walks/ bird watching, canopy walk where you will be able to view the dense forest from the top, the walk stretches to 200 feet above the ground extending to 90m in length. Primates in Nyungwe include; blue monkey, golden monkeys, L’host monkeys, chimpanzees, owl-faced monkeys, crowned monkeys and red-tailed monkeys among others. Some the Bird species found in Nyungwe forest include; the blue headed Sunbird, the Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, the Red-Throated Alethe, Red-Breasted Sparrow Hawk, White Headed Wood Hoopoe, Collared Apalis, Green Pigeons, Ross’s Turaco, Mountain Masked Apalis, Ruwenzori Batis, Great Blue Turaco, the Paradise Flycatcher Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, and the Gigantic Forest Hornbill.
Tourist Activities in Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is known for wildlife; among the wildlife found in this park include elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas, and many antelopes such as Topis, Oribis, water-buck, bushbucks, and roan antelope. There is also boat rides on Lake Ihema the biggest lake in this park, the boat rewards visitors with many hippos, birds of different kinds and not forgetting the scenery.
Accommodations Facilities in Rwanda
The country has good accommodation in each and every tourism destination ranging from budget to luxury. In Volcanoes, there lodges like, Mountain Gorilla view lodge, la Palme and hotel Muhabura. In Nyungwe National Park, there is Nyungwe forest lodge, Gisakura and many more around Gisenyi. In Akagera National Park. There is Akagera game lodge, Ruzizi tented camp and many other camps around for budge
Why visit Rwanda?
Rwanda is indeed a haven for wonderful animals neighboring Uganda, Tanzania Congo and Burundi. The country’s many flora and fauna are listed as endangered. Fragile as they are, these wonderful creatures need our intervention and support in the conservation effort for the environment to ensure that they will co-exists with us humans. By visiting Rwanda for tourism, you are directly supporting the conservation measures and the local communities around to reduce the risk of poaching.
Rwanda has many attractions and due to its back history. It is growing at a very fast rate. Once you come to Rwanda you will wonder how faster it has recovered from the tragedy of 1994. There are many genocide memorial sites that exhibits what happened. Like the Nyamata genocide memorial, Murambi, Gisozi, Ntarama and many more. Thousands of people lost their lives most especially the Tusti.
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