Why Visit Rwanda : However, Rwanda famously known as the land of a thousand hills that stuns with beautiful scenery and warm climate, hospitable people thus offering unique experience in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. More so, it’s a blessed country with biodiversity of incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and endless plains. Rwanda being a Land of thousand hills its towns and cities are located at substantial elevation.
More then, Rwanda is the second smallest nation in Africa but known to be the cleanest nation in East Africa. We see thousands of travelers come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the magnificent mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzee and yet there is so much more to see and experience.
Visit Rwanda National Park
Volcanoes National Park
This park is located in the heart of central Africa positioned in the far northwest of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park lies in the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and home of the unique mountain gorillas and area rich mosaic of montane ecosystems which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. More so, the park was named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif; Mount Karisimbi that measures the highest at 4,507 meter, Bisoke with its verdant crater lake, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura.
Take a visit in mountain gorillas trekking experience through the mysterious of the rain forest, alive with the call of 200 bird species and chattering of the rare golden monkey – golden monkey one of the truly amazing and exciting experience in the area.
A visit to Volcanoes National Park you will also marvel around Buhanga Eco – park, an ancient forest holding Rwanda’s most intriguing folklore and Musanze Caves which were formed about 62 million years ago after the last estimated volcanic eruption.
Mountain gorilla trekking is the most done activity in the park, that starts early in the morning with short briefing. After briefing be escorted with park ranger to the forest trail head lookout for them. Activities to do in the park includes; Hiking, Canoes, Mountain biking and Community village experiences.
This is a rewardable opportunity to see gorillas in their natural habitat which is quite memorable and life changing. Gorilla trekking experience starts with a briefing and then be grouped in a group of eight people. You will be accompanied with park ranger in their nature environment o lead you through the bamboo covered slopes to spend a precious and awe-inspiring hour of observing these gentle creatures. The activity can take about 30 to 7 hours depending on the location. Once they are allocated one hour is given to you to observe them play, feed, lay their nest on the ground or up on the tree branches as you take pictures.
Primate Tracking in Rwanda’s National Park
Above all, Rwanda is popularly known for its mountain gorillas seen in the Volcanoes National Park and a home to chimpanzees as well as other primate species such as monkeys, colobus, golden, L’hoest’s, Owl faced, Dent’s, Blue and Vervet along with olive baboon and the nocturnal pottos and bush babies.
In Rwanda chimpanzees can be tracked or found in the Nyungwe National Park. Chimpanzees can be tracked in the Gishwati Forest where could find these sociable creatures which live around every day, foraging for food or occasionally hunting smaller mammals.
Chimpanzee tracking takes you through the terrain which is steep, slippery and muddy and once you find them spend a maximum of one hour observe them how they spend their day. We advise you to book your gorilla permits or chimpanzees permits in advance before your trekking day of arrival to Uganda.
Visit Akagera National park a home to vast wildlife species such as olive baboons and vervet monkeys and other wildlife species.
Rwanda boosts with beautiful scenery, cool climate as well as stunning wildlife thus making the land unforgettable place to explore on foot. The best hiking experience is done in the western half of the country and in the North of Volcanoes National Park, also along Lake Kivu in the west and down to Nyungwe National Park in the south.
You can visit the coffee washing stations, tea plantations, three cities, dozens of villages and innumerable beaches, coves, waterfalls, valleys and vistas. The winding path of the Congo Nile that offers finest hiking experience.
Take a visit to Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura is comprised of two separate forest ‘’the Gishwati and small Mukura ‘’ home to endangered chimpanzees, golden monkeys, blue and L’hoest’s monkeys and hosts of bird species and other smaller animals.
Visit Tea Plantation in Rwanda which started in 1952 and has made Rwanda one of the largest exports. The country has fertile volcanic soil and temperate climate that make for perfect tea growing conditions.
Birdwatching in Rwanda
Rwanda ranks one of the stopping destination to watching notable vast bird species which are counted on the continent. It might be one of the smallest country in Africa but perfect safari destination. The best birdwatching locations are Nyungwe and Akagera National Parks.
Visit Nyungwe National park and take beyond the experience of canopy walkway in the amidst of lush montane rainforest that provides an exhilarating perspective on the ancient treetops and wildlife. Along canopy walkway, visitors are able to see countless butterflies, orchids and beautiful birds including many endemics to the region.
A visit Rwanda get time to reach out King’s palace where you will be able to learn about Rwanda’s historical background and experience a beautiful crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive. Enjoy Rwanda traditional dances, visit few long horned Inyambo cattle. Learn how to make jewelry while listening to a trainer’s song and follow his movements in parade.
Visit Ethnographic Museum where you will get amazed of beautiful historical displayed specimens among others.
What to Wear
During your visit to Rwanda endeavor to carry comfortable hiking shoes, insect repellent, warm clothes, waterproof, sweater, rain jacket among others.
Where to Stay on visit to Rwanda
Rwanda city – Kigali, safari destination has got excellent and comfortable accommodation safari ranging from Luxury, Mid-Range and Budget –Lodge, Camp tents, hotels among others.
They include; Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Amakoro Songo Lodge in Volcanoes National Park.
Akagera Game Lodge, Magashi Akagera in Akagera National Park
Kigali hotels include; Kigali Serena Hotel, Heaven, Marriott Hotel, Radisson Blue, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel among others.