Tourist Attractions in Rwanda : Rwanda is one of the most remarkable adventurous countries in the entire world? This is because Rwanda is beautiful and a clean country that refers to as a land of thousand hills and has different scenic landscape, unique cultures, it’s history, bio -diversity of wildlife species, fabulous Rwanda national parks and superb attracting adventure sights of ancient days as well as discovering various tourist attractions in Rwanda.
Rwanda is one of the enchanting countries in East Africa and Africa at large thus offering exotic combinations of so many natural wonders that is truly attractive and rewarding. Rwanda’s tourist attraction varies from intriguing wildlife, colorful inhabitant, beautiful scenery, Hiking Volcanoes, go for Kigali city tour and enjoy beach life on its largest watershed of Lake Kivu among others to visit while on safari.
Below are the major tourists’ attractions to see while on Rwanda Safaris as include;
Volcanoes National Park
This is the most visited national park on Rwanda Safaris which can be accessed within 2 hours drive from Kigali to main destination. The park is situated northwestern Rwanda bordering Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. More so, Volcanoes National Park is part of Virunga Mountain Ranges a home to the World’s endangered mountain Gorillas of which 5 out of 8 Virunga Volcanoes are found in the park. More still, it is a home to the rare Golden monkeys, various bird species and visiting a historic connection to the American primatologist Diane Fossey whose grave yard is located in between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke near at her established Karisoke Research Centre. Karisoke Research Centre was built by Diane Fossey and was set up to carryout her Gorilla studies from.
Undoubtedly, Gorilla trekking experience is one of the best-done activities in the park which can be carried out in one of the 10 habituated Mountain Gorilla Groups that tourists encounter with.
Besides doing gorilla trekking, tourists here can engage in others activities like Volcanoes Hikes, Bird watching, Diane Fossey Tomb Hike, Golden Monkey tracking, and after park activities. You can go engage in Cave exploration especially the Musanze caves, Cultural encounters around the park – visiting the Ibyi’wachu Cultural Village, Visiting Lake Kivu for a Boat Ride, go for Musanze City Tour among others.
Lake Kivu is one of the famous tourist attractions in Rwanda where you can go and have cool relaxation along fresh waters of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is surrounded by different resort towns with measured beaches like Gisenyi and Kibuye. There are many water sport activities such as Kayaking at Lake Kivu. Hiking some of the steep hills as you enjoy the local community, picnicking, coffee and tea plantation tours and Cycling on the Congo Nile Trail among others.
The resort is surrounded with beautiful hotels, spacious restaurant and waterside sandy beaches for visitors who wish to have a little rest and relaxation.
Nyungwe National Park
The park is located in remoteness in southwestern Rwanda bordered by Burundi to the south and Lake Kivu and DR. Congo to the west. The park is comprised of mountain rainforest home to various primate species especially chimpanzees, Owl faced and colobus monkeys, hundreds of Birds species, numerous hiking trails for nature lovers, beautiful waterfalls as well as Canopy walk which is not found in any of another Rwanda National Park. You can choose to do tea plantation along outside the park gates that surrounds the area. Visiting the park, you will be filled with great memories.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Grounds
This Genocide Memorial site is one of the major outstanding attractions to do on Rwanda City Tour, located in Kigali capital city in Gisozi just ten minutes’ drive from the Centre of the town. Kigali Genocide Memorial Grounds acts as the final resting place for thousands of victims of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi.
The museum features exhibitions of video testimonies from Genocide survivors and rescuers, perpetrator testimonies ‘’Kwibuka’’, archival photography of victims hanged on walls, colonial documents, maps, identification records, foreign serial and propaganda publications and you can visit the Museum for educative, personal and research purposes to get to know more information about the horrific incident through events as well as historical implications of the Genocide.
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park lies in Eastern Rwanda bordered with Tanzania, however, is a hidden game park characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains and savannah which are habitant to the big5 mammals in Rwanda like Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffalo and Eastern Black Rhinoceros. More so, the park offers visitor’s wildlife viewing opportunities through Game drives that rewards with gainful view of animals like Common Antelope species, Zebras, Giraffes, Hippos, some primates and different bird species among others. You can opt to do a boat cruise along Lake Ihema where you expect to see number of hippos and crocodiles.
King’s Palace Museum
A visit to Nyungwe National Park will allow you also a visit to King’s palace Museum which lies in Nyanza Town along the road to Nyungwe. From Kigali capital city to Nyungwe National Park takes about 2 hours drives.
A visit to King’s Palace, you will be interested in knowing more about Rwanda culture and colonial and traditional rulership of kings of Rwanda that starts from showcases like star attraction right from the Museum. You will have a great look to their large curved horns, the replica of a King’s Palace from the 15th century, the royal hut and fresh milk hut, how unmarried virgin girl and boys are respectively. Visit the colonia style home that was once for the royal residence of King Mutara 111 Rudahigwa in the late 20 century which features portraits of the different reigning kings and queens along the interior design that blends Rwandan patterns with European style furniture among other memorable historical site to visit.
Tourist Attractions in Rwanda : Ethnographic Museum
The ethnographic Museum once known as the National Museum of Rwanda that lies in Butare ‘’Huye town’’ which was built with help of the Belgian government in 1989. This Rwanda historical site is also a perfect source of information about the historical cultural of the country and the region.
This museum is one of the most visited museums in the country that make up the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda that displays one of the remarkable Africa’s finest ethnographic collections.
Tourist Attractions in Rwanda : Kigali City
Kigali City is famously known as the cleanest city in Africa and besides being the cleanest it has got a lot of fantastic places to visit while on your city tour in Rwanda, places like Art Galleries, Museums and Memorial centers, visit the different malls, shopping places like Kimironko Market, Inema Arts Center, Rwanda art Museum – the former presidential palace where you can get creative scenes of local arts designed by local artists.
You opt to visit other places like Women’s Center where you will have traditional view of Rwandans with tastes, visit Campaign against Genocide Museum, Camp Kigali Memorial among others.
Get started now planning a visit to Rwanda -country referred to as a land of thousand hills and beautiful land scape.