Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills, Its stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.
Our Visit Rwanda Guide is a comprehensive guide for all tourists coming to Rwanda to a tour and travel. Every Rwanda accommodation, attractions, tours and safaris is found here together with visitor holiday information for both international and local travelers. Nowhere you can find mountains more majestic than the Virunga volcanoes in the northwest, and the mountain Gorillas hidden among the bamboo forests of its beautiful mountains.
Rwanda is one of the top gorilla safari holiday destination in East Africa and having the clean green Kigali city and green natural environment, amazing Intore culture. Rwanda is often rated as one of the best gorilla tourist destinations and to promote sustainable tourism in Rwanda here we receive new updates about gorilla tourism – The gorilla permit effective from 06th May 2017 was increased to US$1,500 from $ 750 USD to all international and local visitors.
Visit Rwanda Top Experiences
Visit Rwanda and Experience diverse wildlife – the key features that make Volcanoes national park an exceptional destination. Wildlife in volcanoes national park comprises of flora and fauna which co-exist in the national park. Different wildlife is found in different altitudinal ranges both in highland and others in lowland areas. Volcanoes national park is Rwanda’s largest national park situated in northwestern Rwanda covering Rwanda’s portion of the Virunga conservation area. Besides wildlife, volcanoes national park is home to Mt karisoke, karisimbi, Bisoke that are part of the eight volcanoes, which together form a chain of Virunga volcanoes.
The most common experience are Gorilla trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, and Bird Watching throught the year.
Nyungwe the biggest mountain rain forest on this side of the African continent can be a bit deceptive in its vastness if you simply catch a glimpse of it from a far. Nyungwe forest is probably the most preserved forest in Africa. Some say it is the most important site for biodiversity in Rwanda. It is home to over 1000 species of creation after all.
The main Top things to do and see in Nyungwe Forest national park are Hiking in Nyungwe Forest National park, Chimpanzee Tracking, Monkey Tracking, Canopy walk and the Hike, Birding in Nyungwe forest
Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is the oldest wildlife protected area on the African soil created to protect and conserve the unique wildlife species therein, for science and research purposes and protecting an indigenous threatened fruit-gathering community; the Twa. The Virunga wildlife conservancy is the joint where the West African rainforests meet with the East African savanna grasslands and runs more than 300 km (190 mi) along the Albertine rift that splits the African continent from north to south.
In 1979, the Virunga was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of her ecological importance though political upheavals have had negative implications on the conservancy.
Visit Rwanda, Kigali – the clean city in Africa, a burgeoning art scene, as well as a growing number of options to dine out and have a few drinks, many with charming panoramic views. The Kigali Cultural Village offers a dedicated space for local artisans and food vendors to exhibit and trade their goods. First-time visitors to the bustling and colourful centre often remark how clean the streets are, a matter of pride across every community throughout the country.
A visit to Rwanda wouldnt be complet without visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial which, through education and peace-building, honours the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994
Top things to do on your Visit Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking Rwanda
Gorilla trekking happens in Volcanoes national park. The park is the setting for the famous ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ a movie about Dian Fossey’s work in conservation of gorillas. Rwanda has 10 families available for gorilla trekking.Gorilla trekking starts with a briefing from the ranger guides at the park headquarters where you join all the people looking to do a gorilla trek. After this experience you are allocated different gorilla families. Some of the families are near the briefing area and other groups require driving a distance before the start of the hike. Regardless of the gorilla group allocated to you, you will all be able to sight the gorilla oftern found enjoying their breakfast and the little ones playing about.
Yes trekking to see the gorillas – while really expensive – is one of those lifetime opportunities you can’t afford not to do when in this part of the world and it’s definitely one of the most famous things to do in Rwanda.
There are about 1000 mountain Gorillas left in the entire world and there are only three places where they can be found. Rwanda is one of these 3 places. The country boasts of 11 habituated gorilla families all of which are found in Volcanoes National Park. Each trekking group can only have a maximum of 8 people who can spend only one hour with the gorillas after sighting. Participating in Mountain Gorilla Trekking would crown your ultimate experience of Rwanda.
Canopy walk & Hike at Nyungwe Forest
Nyungwe Forest is the largest remaining afro-montane rainforest in East and Central Africa. This fact is not the only reason for visiting the site while in Rwanda. It has an ecosystem that is so diverse you may be spoilt for choice over what to see and what to give a blind eye. In Nyungwe Forest National Park are 1,000 plant, 120 butterfly, 310 bird, 32 amphibian, 38 reptile, 86 mammal and 13 primate species. It is abuzz with activity and is deserving of an entire safari of its own.
With canopy walks and waterfall hikes, the scenery here is breathtaking and the many bird and butterfly species, as well as golden monkey populations, definitely make it one of the top things to do in Rwanda. The hiking trails also take few hours to 3 days and there is also the canopy trail, the Rwanda source of the Nile and more, all this is found in Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda. More so, Nyungwe forest is also for outdoor adventure and a paradise and the largest afro montane forest in Africa, there are over 13 primate species, butterflies, birds, the orchids in season, and all the hikers will meet as he shares in the Nyungwe forest National park, the hiking trails which run in and through Nyungwe forest.
Kigali Genocide Centre
In 1994, atrocities were committed in this land that left thousands dead. About 250,000 victims were laid to rest at the Kigali Genocide Centre. In this place, time stands still allowing one to pay tribute to those that succumbed to the genocide. Rwanda has come far along this recovery journey and recorded rapid development in the past two decades. Visiting the Kigali Genocide Centre is your first step in appreciating just how far Rwanda as a nation has come.
Rwanda’s recent history can be hard to stomach, but the Genocide Memorial Centre in the capital Kigali does a fantastic job of educating us about it and providing an important space of remembrance and peace.
Taking the audio guide through the exhibition and displays is highly recommended and well worth paying the extra for, giving you an in-depth understanding of the horrors that took place here in 1994 as it does.
Rwanda Bird watching
In Rwanda, birding can be done anywhere and anytime of the year. The diversity in the country’s vegetation creates a habitat for the birds almost everywhere. There are Albertine Rift Endemics, the Rwenzori and Virunga Endemics and many other species to make up the total number of 650 bird species in Rwanda. For one setting out on a birding safari, the parks such as Nyungwe, Volcanoes, Akagera National Parks, marshlands, wetlands and agricultural lands are some of the places to visit for the best birding experience in Rwanda.
Birdwatching in Rwanda is somewhat overlooked in favour of gorilla-trekking trips. However, birdlife in Rwanda is excellent, giving visitors the chance to see some of the Albertine Rift endemic bird species. There are over 600 species in Rwanda, which is amazing for such a small country and makes for great birding.
Perhaps the key area for bird watching in Rwanda is the vast Afromontane forest of Nyungwe National Park, which is recognised as an IBA (‘Important Bird Area’) by Birdlife International. Look here for some of Rwanda’s Albertine Rift endemics, including the Albertine owlet, collared apalis, red-collared mountain-babbler and Grauer’s and Neumann’s warblers.