Rwanda is a beautiful and diverse country in East Africa, known for its stunning landscapes, wildlife, and rich culture. It is a small landlocked country that is peaceful and stable despite its troubled past. It offers a range of experiences to the visitors and among them include;
Gratifying Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Rwanda is one of the only three countries in the world where one can go to sight the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. These gentle creatures are found in the bamboo-covered slopes of Virunga mountains in Volcanoes National Park. Led by expert park rangers, you will lead to the appointed gorilla family in the forests and once found, you will be allowed to stay in their presence for an hour as you enjoy their daily lifestyles. Gorilla trekking is always a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the most unique wildlife encounters on the planet. Apart from the mountain gorillas, Volcanoes national park also habitats other primate species including the cute and shy golden monkeys that are seen during golden monkey tracking experience as they swing from one tree branch in the park to another.
Note: For one to go for this amazing Rwanda safari experience, he or she must possess a gorilla permits from Rwanda Development Board at USD 1500 per Non foreign resident and then one for golden monkey tracking trip, a ticket is at USD 100 per person per trek.
Visit the Genocide Memorials
As you are travelling to Rwanda, visiting the genocide memorials must be one of the experiences to encounter. The site is known as a place to remember the people who lost their lives in a period of 100 days during the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. The Kigali Genocide Memorial explains whatever occurred during the 100 horrific days and this has been done through halls of photographs, artifacts and informative stories. other memorials across the country provide insight into the tragic events of 1994 and serve as a tribute to the victims.
Explore Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest is a pristine rain forest in southwestern Rwanda, home to a diverse range of wildlife, including chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and various bird species. Visitors can go hiking, canopy walks, and even track chimpanzees in this lush and biodiverse environment. The canopy walk in the park is takes about 60-90 minutes and they start from Uwinka visitor center along the Igishigishigi trail with views of incredible tree species like orchids, and lush greenery. Also, during the walk, enjoy the beautiful sounds of different bird species and the views of some primate species since the forest hosts over 13 species of primates and the most watched one is a chimpanzee during chimpanzee trekking experience.
Note: For one to encounter the endangered chimpanzees, he or she must possess a permit at US$150 per day for non-foreign residents.
Lake Kivu Adventure
Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s great lakes, is not only a beautiful destination but also offers a serene and picturesque setting. You can take part in a number of adventurous experiences while at the lake and among these include; a boat ride, visit the lakeside towns, and also enjoy activities like swimming, kayaking, and water sports. Don’t miss the chance to relax in one of the lakeside hot springs.
Rwanda’s culture is rich and vibrant, and you can immerse yourself in it by visiting local communities, participating in traditional ceremonies, and exploring local markets. The Gorilla Cultural village former Iby’iwacu Cultural Village near Volcanoes National Park is a great place to learn about Rwandan traditions, music, dance, and cuisine.
These are just a few of the unique experiences Rwanda has to offer. The country’s combination of natural beauty, wildlife, culture, and history makes it an incredible destination for travelers seeking diverse and meaningful experiences.