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WELCOME TO RWANDA 

Rwanda, formerly Ruanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a country in Central Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland, and its capital city is Kigali. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During the colonial era, the remarkable beauty of the hilly landscapes of Rwanda earned it the summon of the famous country of a thousand hills. After Independence, this small Central African nation became a country of Gorillas in the mist, country of adoption of Dian Fossey, and refuge of the rare mountain gorillas. And in the late 80s Rwanda became a popular travel destination. As today, the gorillas are the main attraction of an animated tourist circuit, leading the traveler to discover the fascinating savanna and fauna of the plains of the Akagera National Park, the rainforest of Nyungwe and its incredible biodiversity, as well as the hills surrounding the beautiful Lake Kivu.

 

5 Top Reasons Why Visit Rwanda

Rwanda is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country full of amazing sights and experiences. From the lush green hillsides of the Virunga Mountains, to the wild landscapes of Akagera National Park, Rwanda offers a range of landscapes and activities to explore. For those looking for a unique cultural experience, Rwanda is home to numerous ethnic groups and vibrant markets. For nature lovers, Rwanda offers plenty of opportunities to explore its abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes. With its friendly people, excellent hospitality, and stunning scenery, Rwanda is an unforgettable destination that should not be missed.

Best Gorilla Trekking Experience in Rwanda

Long sleeves on a gorilla trek are recommended.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is one of the world’s most incredible wildlife experiences in Volcanoes national park. It allows visitors to get up close and personal with the world’s largest primates—the mountain gorillas. Rwanda is home to a population of over 600 mountain gorillas, and the Virunga Mountains are the most densely populated area. The best way to experience gorilla trekking in Rwanda is to book a guided tour. These tours are typically operated by local guides and park rangers who have extensive knowledge of the terrain and wildlife. The tour typically starts with a briefing at the park headquarters and then a trek through the forest to find the gorillas. The trek can be up to several hours and is typically quite strenuous, but the effort is well worth it when you come face to face with these majestic creatures. Once the gorillas are found, visitors are allowed to spend up to an hour observing them. It is important to remember to keep a respectful distance and remain quiet during the experience. Flash photography is prohibited, as it can disturb the gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is an unforgettable experience, and one that you won’t soon forget. It is a great way to get up close to these remarkable animals and to appreciate the beauty of their natural habitat.

Big five Safari in Rwanda 

Burchnell zebra in Uganda's Lake Mburo National park

Rwanda offers one of the best safari experiences in its only beautiful savannah Akagera national park.

The park is home to over 8,000 large mammals including  Africa’s iconic big five; lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants with many grazers such as  buffalo, giraffes, zebras, various antelopes, and more.

Akagera also offers a chance of enjoying a night safari to experience the wildlife in the dark hours. This offers one of the rare chances to spot nocturnal wild animals which are hardly sighted in the day like hyenas, porcupines, aardvarks, jackals and with luck you can watch a cat hunt as they are more active in the night time.

For bird lovers, a safari in Rwanda’s Akagera national park offers some of the best birding checklist of over 500 bird species including the rare shoebill stock form Central Africa’s largest protected wetland

Of Akagera national park.

 

 

Africa’s best canopy walk in Rwanda

Nyungwe forest canopy walk

Canopy Walk in Rwanda is an unforgettable experience that takes you high up through the trees of the Nyungwe National Park. This unique walkway winds through the forest, giving you the chance to see the lush green canopy from a bird’s-eye view. The canopy walk stands at a height of 20 meters above the forest floor, making it the highest canopy walk in Africa. It stretches for a whopping 160 meters and is made up of seven suspended metal bridges, connected by metal towers. The walkway is safe and secure – visitors are provided with safety harnesses and hard hats for the journey. The experience is breathtaking and provides visitors with a unique perspective on the rainforest and its inhabitants. Tourists can observe the incredible array of birds and insects, as well as other fascinating creatures like the black and white colobus monkeys. Canopy Walk in Rwanda is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the rainforest and its wildlife. It provides visitors with a glimpse of the lush green canopy and the diverse wildlife that calls it home. It’s an unforgettable experience that you won’t soon forget.

 

Rwanda’s Kigali City tour

Kigali city

Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is near the nation’s geographic center in a region of rolling hills, with a series of valleys and ridges joined by steep slopes. The city has been Rwanda’s economic, cultural, and transport hub since it became the capital following independence in 1962. Kigali is  the cleanest city in Africa, with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. It is divided into five boroughs: Gasabo, Kicukiro, Nyarugenge, and Gisozi. The city is home to numerous parks and gardens, with the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre being a prominent attraction. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife, with several bars, clubs, and restaurants catering to all tastes.

Kigali is also home to a number of international and local festivals, including the Kigali Jazz Festival, the Kigali City Marathon, and the Rwanda Film Festival. The city also has a number of shopping malls and markets, with the Kigali City Market being the largest and most popular. Kigali is well connected with the rest of the country, and is served by Kigali International Airport.

Rwanda’s Rich Culture 

Intore dance of Rwanda

Rwanda has a rich and well documented cultural history. Far from being clearly distinct tribes, the Hutu and the Tutsi who comprise the majority of the population, speak the same language (Kinyarwanda) and have always intermarried and lived and worked together on the same fertile hillsides.

A visit to Rwanda inevitably brings you face to face with this turbulent past and gives you an appreciation for just how far the country has come over the past few decades. Your guides are likely to be open and informative about their often traumatic life stories.

Rwanda celebrates a number of national holidays celebrating its culture and history. The traditional holidays involve rituals such as dance, storytelling, singing, and feasting. The Rwandan cuisine consists of a variety of starchy dishes, corn-based dishes, potato-based dishes, plantain-based dishes, and yam dishes. Rice is also a popular dish. Another traditional ingredient is banana, which is made into many different types of dishes. Beans and peas are also widely used in Rwandan cuisine. Music is a significant part of the culture, with many traditional songs and dances still performed as entertainment at festivals. Traditional dress for men includes colorful knee-length wraparound skirts, while women often wear brightly colored knee-length clothing, head wraps, jewelry, and ornately-embroidered shawls.

RWANDA GORILLA TOUR

3 DAYS NYUNGWE CHIMPANZEE TREK

This trip goes to Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda for Chimpanzee tracking and a memorable canopy walk, only of a kind in East Africa.

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4 DAYS GORILLAS AND DIAN FOSSEY HIKE

Besides Mountain Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, you will make a memorable hike to the tombs of Primate conservationist Dian Fossey.

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5 RWANDA MOUNTAIN GORILLA TOUR

This trip goes to Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda for Chimpanzee tracking and Volcanoes National Park for Mountain Gorilla trekking.

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