Activities To Do in Rwanda
Mountain gorilla trekking, classic game drives, cultural experiences, nature walks, hiking, birdwatching and lakeside relaxation—these are just some of the ways to spend a Rwanda Safaris and holiday vacations in this tiny East African Country. The country has experienced a dynamic transformation since the tragic genocide that took place in 1994. Memorials are scattered throughout the Rwanda, but the people of the “Land of a Thousand Hills” do not let history control their destiny, and Rwanda Safaris visitors have the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for the growth and unity of the Rwandan people.
The country also offers magnificent hiking and trekking through dense rainforests to the summits of volcanic peaks, and even high above the tree canopy. In Rwanda you are always near amazing wildlife, both large and small. The treetops are filled with the chatter of primates and the calls of birds. Butterflies drift along wind currents in search of the perfect wildflowers. As you explore the country’s outback, you sense the presence of the sovereigns who once ruled here, and you may even meet Rwandans who keep alive ancient traditions and crafts that go back many centuries.
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Volcanoes National Park
The base for the zoologist Dian Fossey and a haven for the rare and endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo) and spans 160 square kilometers covered in rainforest and bamboo.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
It’s a vast area of mountain rainforest, home to many species of chimpanzees, plus owl-faced and colobus monkeys. The Canopy Walkway, part of the Igishigishigi Trail, is a high suspension bridge with views over the valley and surrounding forests.
Akagera National Park
Hugging the border with Tanzania, it’s characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains, savannah and shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. Lake Iheme is the south is home to hippos & crocodiles.
Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda, roughly in the center of the country sprowling across numerous hills, ridges and valleys, and has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. The Kigali Genocide Memorial documents the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, associated with the country’s civil war.
The Fresh breeze on the Kivu Lake shores washes over you as you enjoy the sound of the waves crashing onto the lake shores. A Place to unwind and relax after the demanding Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park or Chimpanzee safari in Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Huye (Butare) City
Huye is one of the most distinguished towns in Rwanda, having served as the country’s most prominent intellectual centre since the colonial era, when it was known as Butare, a name most Rwandans still use for it. Huye may be a step down in size after the capital, but it’s certainly no lightweight on the Rwandan stage.
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Tourist Activities To Do in Rwanda
Gorillas in The Mist
This unique experience is available all year round, but due to the somewhat damp seasons experienced by the jungles in which these gorillas stay, June to September is the best time.
Safari Game Drive
Tacked away between Uganda, Tanzania and Congo, this tiny country gives away more than you expect. Untill recently you can drive through Akagera National park and see all the big 5 game animals.
People, Culture & Communities
Rwanda is bubbling over with culture rich and diverse culture which spans centuries: 4 languages, countless customs and traditions, uplifting music and dance can be encountered all around the country.
Humankind’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, is found in a number of areas of Uganda. There’s no doubt that hanging out with chimps is one of life’s great experiences.
Private Vacation Holidays
Combine a beach holiday in Zanzibar with a jungle gorilla trekking safari and scenic Savannah game drive in one of Uganda’s beautiful safari parks to make a perfect Private Vacation Holiday.
Cities & Historical Sites
Rwanda’s 1994 Genocide left a lot of wounds to nurse for the Rwanda people but have healed amazingly building structures and sites for those that want to come have a revisionist history. We take you there.
Responsible Travel in Rwanda
Surrounded by phenomenal volcanic landscapes, wildlife that many of you grew up dreaming of seeing with your own eyes, and some of the continent’s most friendly, welcoming people making you feel like a VIP wherever you go – being in Rwanda can feel like such a privilege. Rwanda really gives visitors all it can, and as guests we really should try to repay this kindness in some way.
Most tourism in Rwanda takes place in its national parks with official guides – which shuts local residents and businesses out. But by looking beyond the parks, even for just a couple of days of your holiday, your money will go much further, and you’ll completely shift your opinion of Rwanda as a place to see wildlife. Rwanda’s people are every bit as fascinating.
Best Time to Visit Rwanda
Equatorial Rwanda has a blissful springlike climate – a 25oC with cooling night time breezes perfect for an African Safari night.
Rwanda sits squarely a few kilometers bellow the equator with an average altitude of around 1,000m, which tempers the heat and means this really is a year-round African safari destination. March-May and Oct-Nov see the highest rainfall, but gorillas are still lurking in the mist – although trekking to find them will be slippery and slower. However, accommodation can be much cheaper at this time. The best time to visit Rwanda is June-Sep, which is the peak season – but Uganda remains happily oblivious to mass tourism and you won’t need to worry about crowds.