Rwanda is regarded as one of the smallest countries not only in the east but also in the central Africa covering an area of about 26,338 km2, but regarded as one of the safest countries to visit in Africa. Rwanda is better than many other countries when it comes to tourist attractions. This small country is a place of interest to very many tourists who travel from all over the world. Many visitors take Rwanda safaris and today nearly a million tourist is received. Many visitors who travel to Rwanda engage in different adventure activities. Here are the most popular things to do in Rwanda;
Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
When you talk of Rwanda you can’t forget to mention gorillas. Rwanda is known as one of the three countries in the world to host these endangered mountain gorillas in the world the other two are Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorillas in Rwanda can be tracked in one of the protected parks that’s Volcanoes National Park (Parc Nationale Des Volcanoes) which is found in the north western part of Rwanda in Ruhengeri Musanze district a drive of just about 2-3 hours from Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city. Over 60% of the Tourists who visit Rwanda go for gorilla safaris and Rwanda is regarded as one of the best gorilla safari destination in the world. Tracking begins very early in the morning after a short briefing from the park wardens and also get assigned to the group booked for, later follow the ranger guide to the forest to begin the activity. Meeting the gorillas is unpredictable it can go to a half or full day depending on where they spent the last night from, so reasonable degree of fitness is needed as well as tracking gears such as strong shoes/boots. Ounce gorilla is meet you strictly allowed to stay with for only one hour. Please don’t miss this activity book with us for this activity.
Tracking Golden monkey
This is yet another interesting activities done in volcanoes national park to most especially primate lovers. Golden monkeys are regarded as elusive and one of the beautiful primates in the world. Tracking also begins very early in the morning after receiving a short briefing about the dos and don’ts while tracking. You either follow Kabatwa or Karisimbi the good spotting areas for these primate species, tracking time is unpredictable it can take a half or full day.
Hiking on one of the mountains
(Mt. Bisoke, Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura), this activity is as rewarding as you will be in position to see various species of birds, primate. Hiking needs some physical fitness to whoever interested in climbing, and finding your self at the peak is regarded memorable.
Chimp tracking is also another interesting activity done in Rwanda’s protected national park Nyunwge forest national park located in the south western part of Rwanda in a drive of about 5-6 hours from the capital Kigali. Chimp tracking is fabulous fan to watch when playing in fruitful trees or tree blanches, they are regarded the closest relative of man sharing almost 98% of human DNA. Meeting these primates face to face is so breathtaking a moment in life difficult to forget. Tracking begins very early in the morning after a short briefing from the park wardens, after follow the ranger guide to the forest to begin the activity possibly one of the most done activities at the park. Ounce chimps are met you strictly allowed to stay with them for only one hour.
Kigali is Rwanda’ capital and largest city with very many attractions, it is a unique city in the heart of Rwanda with a great weather. When in Kigali you can get a great chance of knowing more about Rwanda, visit places like the national museum, Kigali genocide memorial to get clear information about how this horrific war started, visit the cultural sites, market places among other interesting sites in Kigali. The internet is also reliable.
Lake Kivu is located at the border between Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo and it is one of the freshest Lake in Rwanda and it’s the world’s 18th deepest lake. Many activities can be done at the lake including swimming, beach volley balls; boat trip to explore the nearest island on the land as well as you can visit other cities near the Lake Kivu like Kibuye and Gisenye near the DR Congo boarders. Enjoy a Primus Beer you will really enjoy it to the highest in Rwanda.
Huye is the third largest city of Rwanda, located in the southern part of Rwanda with very many attractions. It was the capital of the former Butare Province; butare is regarded as a city of universities in Rwanda including the national university. The city of Butare has long been regarded as the intellectual capital of the country, and it houses the national museum of Rwanda that will show the great history of Rwanda. Indeed this place is worthwhile to visit
Visiting the local communities
This is yet another interesting activities enjoyed in Rwanda, this activity is so rewarding to most especially those interested in learning more about the African people ad culture, visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village and try your hand at making Sorghum flour and also learn their culture and traditions, they will also explain you they have managed to leave in the area near the park as well as taking you through farming methods. This community (the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village) was set up as a way to curb poaching and increase protection efforts by providing a way for ex-poachers to make an income and support their families
Venture deep into the forest hovering 130 feet above the ground on the Nyungwe Forest National Park canopy walk. Its 295 feet long and gets you eye level various species of birds, butterflies and different primates most commonly seen are chimpanzees and blue monkeys that dwell higher levels of the forest.
Game viewing and wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park
Wildlife lovers are not left behind since Rwanda is gifted with a number of mammal species located in one of Rwanda national parks that’s Akagera national park which is located in the eastern part of Rwanda near the Tanzanian boarder. Game drives are arranged to see animals in a 4WD tourist vehicle in the savannah plains of Akagera national park. Games to see include giraffe, zebra, elephants, lion, various species of antelopes, primate species; the list is endless plus various species of birds. hipps and crocodiles can be seen during a boat trip on the Lake Ihema a two hours boat drive on the lake.
Visit the Dian Fossey grave yard
If you’re a primate lover you can’t visit Rwanda with out visiting the grave yard of Dian fossy. She was a primatologist who studied the behaviors of giant gorillas for a period of over 20 years, and her story has been made the subject of her film, Gorillas in the Mist. She made Rwanda very popular as she habituated gorillas to human conduct that they can track safely in their natural habitat. However her work was put to an end when she was killed by poachers whom she had made her self very unpopular. her body was made rest near her research center in Karisimbi.