Rwanda Tour Destinations
Rwanda is a small mountainous country in Central Africa and is bordered to the north by Uganda, to the east by Tanzania, to the south by Burundi and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda is divided by great mountain peaks of up to 3000m (9842ft), which run across from north to south and it’s no wonder the destination is commonly referred to as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills.’ Rwanda has also a good climate. Rwanda has rich and beautiful attractions.
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is named after the Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary. The river feeds into a labyrinth of lakes with Lake Ihema being the largest lake. The forest-fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera one of the most amazing reserves in Africa. Akagera National Park has exceptional levels of biodiversity and therefore, forms the largest protected wetlands in central Africa. Akagera combines well with Nyungwe and the Volcanoes National Park to offer a great safari element as a whole. Its entire ecosystem supports many wildlife species with notable ones being found in the plains. They include elephants, buffaloes, topis, zebras, water-bucks, roan antelopes and elands. The ecosystem also supports an assortment of various bird species with some being restricted to the papyrus swamps. These are the Sitatunga and the most sought-after Shoebill Stork. Due to its wide variety of habitats, Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species. The rare and elusive shoebill shares the papyrus swamps with other rare birds such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers.
Things to do – Game Drives, Boat Trips & Fishing and Birdwatching
Nyungwe National Park
Located in the South West corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is an untouched natural rainforest that is filled with exciting biodiversity. Covering over 1000 square kilometers, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity. Home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primate’s species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal. This majestic rainforest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in. Hiking or even biking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe offers. Sounds and views collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. Exploring through the forest, travelers will witness the lush green mountains and cooling mist in a landscape that won’t be soon forgotten. Cultural activities are also available around the forest.
Things to do – Chimpanzees & Primate Trekking, Birdwatching, Canopy Walkway, Hiking and Cultural Visit.
Volcanoes National Park
This corner of northwestern Rwanda is a breath-taking unforgettable place where culture, adventure and conservation intersect. The “Parc National de Volcans” (or PNV as it’s known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two-hour drive from Rwanda’s capital – Kigali. The park is a critical location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor’s wish list, the dramatic landscape also offers a thrilling hiking experience and not to mention the inviting visits to the acrobatic golden monkeys. PNV is also one of Rwanda’s conservation epicenters, where many non-profit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day. Near the park, the bustling and vibrant markets of Musanze are a place to immerse yourself into everyday Rwandan culture. Go deep into the earth with Musanze’s caves – one of the area’s newest attractions.
Things to do – Primate Tracking & Hiking, Musanze Caves, Buhanga EcoPark & Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
Kigali is the dynamic capital city of Rwanda. It is peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, and is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa’s most memorable dining experiences.
Things to do – Kigali Genocide Memorial, Natural History Museum – Kandt House, Presidential Palace, Community Visits and Arts & Crafts exploration