Rwanda is one of the few destinations where travelers can enjoy authentic experiences. Find out the best things to do, where to go and travel information.
Rwanda is a landlocked country in Africa. Also known as “the land of a thousand hills.” Rwanda has 5 volcanoes, 23 lakes and numerous rivers.
The country lies 75 miles South of the Equator in the Tropic of Capricorn, 880 miles “as the crow flies” west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean – literally in the heart of Africa. Rwanda with a land area of 26,338km2, is bordered by Uganda to the North, Tanzania to the East, Burundi to the South and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.
Are you looking for a beach holiday in Rwanda? This country is known to offer some of the the most fantastic tropical beach holidays. Lake Kivu is a perfect place for you in 2016 if you are looking for an exclusive beach holiday in the land of amazing views. Truly the lake sun, sand and relaxing weather make you have the best beach holiday in Africa. You need a minimum of one day to explore the beach but the 3 days 2nights stay will enable you explore the lake in depth at your passé .If your interest is beyond swimming, boat cruise and relaxation embark on a short drive to Rwanda’s prime National parks –Volcanoes and Nyungwe. The lovely ride from one town to another can switch your mind from a beach setting to other unique adventures which are yet to come your way. Roads Curves and rolling weaves of hills and mountains from every corner open the country beauty confirming the saying that Rwanda is the only land of thousand hills in Africa. Above all the warm welcome from the Rwanda locals in every village and towns make you feel like a celebrity and even give you more moral for the next day’s adventure.
Volcanoes National Park
A visit to Volcanoes National park should be your first option. This park located in the northern part of the country is a great place to see mountain gorillas. It is an adventure destination that will give you the most outstanding experience which you can never find anywhere else in the world. It is advisable to pend at least a night in the park if you are not in a hurry.
The second day here normally starts with a gorilla trek into the forest in search of the endangered mountain gorillas, a world desired primate found in only three countries in the world. In order to be allowed access to the habituated gorilla families, you must have a gorilla permit. The permits can be prebooked either through a local tour operator or in person at the Rwanda Development offices in Kigali. Most packaged gorilla safaris sold by tour operators are all inclusive and are available all year round.
If you are already in Musanze, you can try your luck and buy it directly from the park office the day before the trek but this is risky! The best way to book it is to give the responsibility to your travel planner who is responsible for your tour holiday. The Rwanda Gorilla permit costs 750$ for all seasons unlike in other countries. Ensure that your Gorilla permit is booked quite early prior to your trip in order to have a successful trip. Golden Monkey tracking and a visit to Dian Fossey Tombs are other park activities which can’t be missed .If your Gorilla trek ends quite early & have an afternoon free, a community tour awaits for you a mix up activity which connects you to Rwanda locals. However you can also occupy your afternoon with a boat trip to Lake Bulera and have a moment of relaxation on the lake islands or do the fishing.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe forest can be next which is found a little bit distant but the scenic drive lasts between 7-8 hours arriving late in the evening for dinner and overnight at your lodge. Being the land of several primates expect to meet variety including monkeys, Chimpanzees, Bush babies etc .The advantage here is that you can do the primate treks in both morning and afternoon and still have time for other adventures-the Nyungwe canopy walk. For birders you will be at the source and it’s your camera and binocular which will fail you.The park experienced guides are always available to help and take you through in everything you wish to do. Discovering unique primates, birds and wildlife that you have never seen any where bit in the morning or afternoon is a must at Nyungwe forest. What a wonderful forest in Africa rich in everything attraction and eats and a recommended Rwanda park for every visitor to the country. Accommodation in Rwanda is a by the way because you can’t miss out on anything though you book at a last minute.