Welcome to Rwanda, the land of 1000 hills. Though Rwanda is a tiny landlocked country, it is nature’s best paradise. It is one of the friendliest countries, renowned for its unique attractions, fine food, and rich cultural heritage. Rwanda is the favorite destination for gorilla trekking, an adventure activity that brings you up-close and personal with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Among the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali City is blessed with a moderate-high altitude climate that belies its tropical location and is conveniently located within three hours drive of the main tourist sites.
Rwanda is popularly known for its many tourist attractions. The landscapes in this green country are truly incredible. Fortunate people who have had the chance to visit Rwanda have remarked that the physical beauty of the country is unique, unrivaled by any other beauty on the African continent. From all corners, you get to discover one of God’s best creations – freshwater white sand beach, volcanic mountains, clean and green city. Lake Kivu offers beautiful beaches, jutting peninsulas, and an archipelago of beautiful islands.
Indeed a magical country, Rwanda boasts a wide variety of wildlife. The Volcanoes National Park, in northern Rwanda, is home to the world’s largest number of endangered mountain gorillas. Numbering in the hundreds, the gorillas live in the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, free from poachers. Witness the Kwita Izina, the famous and unique Gorilla naming ceremony, which takes place once every year. The Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda is crowded with both large and small wildlife and a variety of birds. Do not miss chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk in the Kibale Forest National Park.
Discover new African dawn! Wake up to a golden glow in the sky, mountains unveiling their mists, the air sweet and cool as it brushes your cheeks as you walk through a primeval forest bathed in a green, thrill to the sight of that rarest of beasts, the mountain gorilla. The unique culture graced with the traditional dance is a must for sample.
Rwanda is a landlocked country situated in Central Africa, bordered to the North by Uganda, to the East by Tanzania, by Burundi to the South, and by the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West.
Places to Visit
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Visit Nyungwe Forest a fine chimpanzee playing ground open for tourists on chimpanzee trekking trips and walks found in the southwestern corner of Rwanda. The high dense canopy that becomes a national park in 2004 is one of the most visited natural Rwanda Park and one of the busiest in the country year-round. The safe and sound Nyungwe forest is certainly worthy because of its fantastic biodiversity old giant trees, orchids, and green vegetation that house different primate species including chimpanzees, grey-cheeked mangabey, golden monkey, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, Red-tailed monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, Ruwenzori Colobus, silver monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey and many more. Colorful birds and butterflies also ride in every corner of the forest and usually cause exciting moments to every visitor on either morning or afternoon forest trek. Besides Nyungwe is the best place to see chimpanzees in Rwanda. The park also launched a new tourism activity “the Nyungwe canopy” which enables tourists to explore the entire forest in just a few hours. Other interesting park activities are Waterfall treks, Bird watching, photography, walks to Kamiranzovu marsh, and the tea factory at Gisakura.
Volcanoes National Park
The next destination is the Volcanoes National Park, home of endangered mountain gorillas that live in the dense bamboo forest of the Virunga. Did you know that gorillas are the largest living primates on earth? And scientists say that they must be the last member of the ape’s family? They are indeed a great living example of beautiful unique primates in history that live in unreachable locations. The gorillas live in Virunga volcanoes that run across the western Rift valley that is located with Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The impressive volcanoes are close to Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda also a gorilla park in Africa. History reigns and primate fans find volcanoes a fine destination to see gorillas in a natural setting hence making it one of the must-see natural attractions in Rwanda.
Things to Do
Watching the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda is one of the top highlights of most journeys into East Africa. This rare experience is one of the magical things that Rwanda offers to its tourists! Rwanda is home to a couple of hundred mountain gorillas. Nearly half of the total remaining world population of gorillas live within the Volcanoes National Park. Unfortunately, these gorillas are currently endangered and thus require maximum protection. However, they can be easily seen in a few places including Rwanda. They are very intelligent creatures capable of using tools and communicating amongst themselves. They are now accessible to people who wish to see them and spread the word about their plight. There are several tour operators in Africa that offer amazing trips to the gorillas. These Rwanda Safari Tours take people to view troops of mountain gorillas. A person who goes on this tour will journey into the forested hills and mountains through lush vegetation tracking traces of gorillas.
Gorilla trekking is a one-of-a-kind experience to be able to follow and view these amazing creatures. This kind of vacation is perfect for anyone who cares about gorillas and nature or wants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an amazing experience trekking through Rwanda. Also, by visiting Rwanda for a gorilla tour, one can help support Eco-tourism and a sustainable economy that can help the gorillas.
Annual Kwita Izina
In Rwanda, every gorilla birth is a reason for celebration for the successful conservation efforts. We celebrate the birth of gorillas by giving them names. We use this event to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered species.
Gorillas, National Parks & Game Reserves, Sceneries, Ornithology
The Rwanda locals also just added a new cultural tour project close to the park making tourists happy by exploring nature as well as the country’s social well-being. The Rwanda gorilla trekking tour has always been the most elegant way to experience nature in Africa and volcanoes national park has wonderful hills and mountains for great hikes in either dry or wet season.
Rwanda is a fast-growing economy and there are a lot of international airlines operating in and out of Kigali, it’s the capital city. There are several registered travel agents who can help with air ticketing allowing travelers to seek assistance to come to this side of the world. Check out the list of travel agents listed in this guide.
Rwanda is indeed a great one-stop destination and a connecting travel point to Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo year-round. Itineraries are always suggested either starting or ending in Rwanda though some tourists book cross-border trips and extended tours to visit multiple destinations in the East Africa Region. Would you like to go on a Uganda safari? There are lots of trips starting from Kigali to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and other Ugandan national parks.
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