What to Know about Rwanda
Rwanda is a land-locked country South-West of Uganda. She is also referred to as ‘the Land of a Thousand Hills’. Rwanda has five volcanoes, 23 lakes and numerous rivers. Her mountainous topography is a product of her position on the eastern arm of the Albertine Rift Valley, part of the Great Rift Valley which cuts through Africa from the Red Sea to Mozambique. Rwanda has three main conservation areas: the Volcanoes Park, Akagera Park and Nyungwe Forest. Each of these protects a very unique ecosystem and combination of large mammals.
With its varied ecosystems and abundance of wildlife and national parks, Rwanda offers many activities unique to the country and region such as tracking gorillas, camping near a beautiful lake, and trying the local cuisine. While in Rwanda, expect to do activities such as hiking, volcano climbing, and biking – small country but lots of things to do that include Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee – Golden Monkeys and other Primates Trekking, the Wildlife that you see on a game drive in Akagera National Park.
Lets Explore an insight about these activities below:
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Park
Gorillas in Rwanda are found along slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park. Trek to see them and you’ll be introduced by your expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an awe-inspiring hour, often crouching just a few feet away, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives.
In order to see the mountain gorillas, you need to make a reservation of your gorilla permit in advance from our travel agents.
Mountain Climbing & Hiking
There aren’t too many places in the world where volcano hiking can be accomplished over a weekend. The dormant volcanic peaks of Bisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura, and Karisimbi all create a stunning natural skyline in the Musanze Region. Day hikes are easy to organize, as are multiple-day hikes that involve camping outside overnight before continuing on to the top the next morning.
Rwanda’s Primates Tracking
Beyond the gorillas that made Rwanda famous, wildlife junkies will be thrilled to know that they can track three more species of primate on their Rwandan holiday: Chimpanzees, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, and the endangered Golden monkeys. Chimpanzee groups live high in the canopy of Nyungwe National Park, and catching your first glimpse of one crashing through the forest after hiking into their territory is very astonishing.
Culture experience in Rwanda
While it might have been the gorillas that entice you to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who will keep you coming back. Ancient traditions of honour and hospitality run strong here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for themselves will find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you to their traditions.
Centuries of music, dance, history and hospitality are waiting for you in Rwanda.
Bird Watching in Akagera National Park
Birders who come to Akagera National Park are impressed by what they find, in particular the variety of birds and abundance of birds found in the park, ranging from water to forest and including Savannah and migratory bird species – many of them endemic to the park – plus extremely rare species are also as for example the threatened papyrus gonolek which you will find in the papyrus swamps.
Wildlife Game Drives in Akagera
Game drives in the park are quite exciting. Our skilled and very knowledgeable guides will lead you on the game drive and give you information about the various animals you might see.
Akagera national park boasts of quite the variety of wildlife including some of the big 5. Lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. Book a game drive safari today
Nature Walks & Forest Hike Trails
Nyungwe Park hikes offer unforgettable experiences depending on which animals you see. There is over 130 kilometres of hiking routes created in the Nyungwe Forest, allowing visitors to explore the interior and its fascinating habitats. Walking in Nyungwe is excellent, with trails lasting from one to eight hours. There is also the highest canopy walk with spectacular views across Nyungwe Forest.
Hiking in Nyungwe Forest is a time of discovery in a primal rainforest that will simply amaze most visitors with its fairly tale like appearance wildlife, primates, birds, butterflies, flowers, and trees.
Coffee & Tea Tours in Rubavu & Kinun
Coffee is the biggest foreign exchange earner and therefore the biggest export for Rwanda. With its developed tourist industry surrounding its coffee and tea production, you can afford to miss a visit to the Kinunu Coffee Washing Station near the lakeside town of Gisenyi, and sample some of Rwanda’s best coffee while learning all about the process from the bean to the cup.
The coffee tours explores our visitors to over 20 coffee growing and production processes right from the nursery beds, coffee gardens / plantations, picking coffee, washing, selection, drying, fermenting etc until you drink your own coffee.
Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It honours the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building.
A visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre will help you to learn, know and understand what really happened when the tide of death swept through the country 24 years ago. The Kigali Genocide Memorial visit is a guided and our expert guides will walk you throughout the experience.