Must see tourist attractions in Rwanda

Must visit places in Rwanda – Things to see in Rwanda

Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills and a hundred mountains – therefore, it is inevitable to visit Rwanda minus viewing the series of Virunga ranges which include Sabyinyo Volcano, Karisoke Volcano, Karisimbi Volcano. Bisoke and Mountain Gahinga.

Mountain Gorillas: A holiday to Africa is incomplete with visiting the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Volcanoes National Park Rwanda.  This is the chief tourist attraction in Rwanda and should not be missed too. Volcanoes national Park hosts ten habituated gorilla groups and more are to be habituated. Among the currently habituated groups include Susa, Karisimbi, Umubano, Ugenda, Hirwa, Group 13, Sabyinyo and many more. Gorilla trekking trips are conducted daily in Volcanoes National Park.

Golden Monkeys: These are second to Mountain Gorillas – both co-exist in Volcanoes National Park though trekking prices differ. Currently, the cost of gorilla trekking permit is US$ 750 and US$ 100 per person for golden monkey permit.

Lake Kivu: It is situated in western Rwanda – the nearby towns include Kibuye and Gisenyi these are basking towns for leisure. Visitors can spend overnights at the shores of Lake Kivu and day time swimming, boat cruise, sun bathing, sports fishing among others.

More than 13 primates are found in Nyungwe forest national park. Primates include Chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, mona Monkeys, owl- faced monkeys among other. The amazing tree canopies leave a lot to be desired! The amazing canopy walk aimed at seeing birds and so on.

Akagera National Park is also a must visit destination in Rwanda- the park hosts animals including antelopes, Lions, elephants and buffaloes. There are also a number of bird species like Ring-necked Francolin, Madagascar Pond-heron, Shoebill, Pallid Harrier, White-spotted Flufftail, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Red-faced Barbet, Papyrus Gonolek, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Leaf-love, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Sharpe’s Pied-babbler, Green-throated Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Baglafecht Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, White-collared Oliveback, Swee Waxbill, Western Citril, Thick-billed Seedeater among others.

The twin Lakes: – these are Burera and Buhondo – the view of the beautiful sceneries of the twin Lakes leaves a lot to be desired. You can visit the twin lakes after or before Gorilla trekking but should not be missed when you visit Rwanda.

The genocide memorial museums: – The mass killing of 1994 ended with the creation of Genocide memorial sites in Rwanda. Genocide memorial sites are places where bones of the killed people are kept for future generation to see. Genocide memorial site include Gisozi, Nyamata, Murambi, Bisesero, Ntarama among others.

Butare (Huye): This is the cultural hub for the country and was once the most important city before 1965. Here you will find a great national museum that will show the great history of Rwanda and also it’s entrance into the modern world. Visit the nearby Nyabisindu (Nayanza) where you can find the impressive royal palace of Rwanda’s feudal monarchy.

Who to Travel With?

Explore Rwanda and all her hidden treasures through credible tour and travel companies such as Gorilla Expeditions Limited, Africa Adventure Safaris, Abacus Africa Vacations, African Jungle Adventures, Lets Go Tours Rwanda, Volcanoes Safaris, Primate safaris and Virunga Expeditions among others.

A wide variety of Rwanda holiday packages packages available online offered by the tour companies above. Feel free to contact any of them for best quote at excellent services.

Getting Around

Rwanda is located in East Africa, currently with one airport known as Kigali International Airport (KGL) on the edges of Kigali Capital. Many International Airlines operate on Kigali Airport and these include Ethiopian Airlines (EAL), Rwanda Air, Kenya air Ways (KQ), KLM, South Africa Airways (SAA), British Airways, Emirates and Brussuels Airlines among others.

Rwanda can be accessed by road from neighbouring countries like Burundi (Kanyaru boarder), Uganda (Katuna and Cyanika boarders), DR Congo (Goma Boarder) and Tanzania. There are buses operating along these routes.