Vacation is always about excitement enjoyment, discoveries and masking off all the stress away. There are very many places in the world where you can take up a vacation but Rwanda is one of a kind vacation spot. Rwanda is an African country located in the east of the continent. It is a very small landlocked country but with high concentration of natural attractions and this is one of the main reason as to why Rwanda has become a very popular tourist destination in the world. Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills due to its possession of rolling ranges enchanted with beautiful vegetation cover across all its parts.
Biking Safaris in Rwanda
What welcomes a visitor in Rwanda is its unique mountainous topography and cool climate and this will bring an excitement to him/her even before he/she encounters other attractions that include unique cultures, historical sites, architectural marvels, wildlife, Lakes and the beaches among the special ones.
If a visitor would love to enjoy a safari in Rwanda and fully explore the country’s attractions, he/she should have to get a well tailor made planned trip with assistance from the many travel Agencies and tour operators in the destination.
Here we, bring you some of the great vacation spots for your safari in Rwanda;
Silverback Gorilla in Rwanda
The number spot for Rwanda vacation is volcanoes national park in the Virunga region which is the home to the mountain gorillas, the most sought after animals in the world. What makes mountain gorillas in Rwanda so special is that, there are the few mountain gorillas left in the world the others are found in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Volcanoes National Park Rwanda has the third of the world’s population of mountain gorillas which is 320 out of 880. These mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park are a beauty to watch as these have very special social characters they display in their natural environment that can make one wonder if they aren’t real human beings.
The experience of the mountain gorillas has left very many visitors an everlasting smile on their cheeks. While still at the volcanoes national park there is also the Diana Fossey tomb and research centre as the visitors encounter these places get to know about the woman who is behind the conservation of these great animals and the stories and researches are very interesting and emotional. Also at the basement of the volcanoes national park, there are golden monkeys/ very interesting and beautiful species of monkey to watch in their natural environment.
Apart from mountain gorilla tracking, the Virunga region of Rwanda has the Iby’iwacu cultural village which is a spectacular marvel to encounter. This village is an amalgamation of all the cultural tribes of Rwanda as they portray the universal traditional cultural of Rwanda as a whole. Here the visitors intermingle with the local people as they watch traditional performance and also get involved in the social works of the traditional people of Rwanda. While at Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, the visitor cannot fail to hit at Lake Kivu for relaxation around the beaches, visit local communities and orphanages around Gisenyi such as Imbabazi Orphanage and Local Fishing Village. Further more, while in Gisenyi, take a boat ride to the Hot springs and coffee Island, experience what we call “from crop to cup” process of making coffee.
Lake Kivu – Rwanda
Another vacation spot in Rwanda is Nyungwe forest national park the home of 13 different species of primates and also the largest montane forest in the Eastafrican region. At Nyungwe national park the visitors engages in activities like chimpanzee tracking which another experience that comes close to gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Chimpanzees are also the closest cousins of man so they also exhibit special antics in the jungle which can make a visitor go bonkers. Nyungwe Forest National Park has different monkey species like the vervet monkeys, black and white colobus, Angolan colobus, grey cheeked mangabey, olive baboon and the red tailed monkeys among the special ones. There is also a great experience at Nyungwe; the canopy walk, one of its kind in East Africa as here the visitor takes a walk above the montane forest having magnificent aerial view of Nyungwe national park.
Nyungwe National Park
On a safari in Rwanda, the visitor can also go to Akagera national park located in the south eastern part of the country. This park has the 80 different kinds of mammals and this is the park where the visitor enjoys the most common game in the wild. It has the elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, elands and the lions were recently introduced and they are planning to bring the rhinos to make it a big five park. The visitors normally embark on a game drive to see some of these animals and it is always fun to drive around as they see these animals marauding in the park looking for survival. In this park, there is Lake Ihema where one can enjoy a boat ride and feel the sea bliss as he/she watches the different aquatic lives.
Giraffes in Akagera National Park Rwanda
We cannot fail to talk about the city of Kigali as a vacation spot on a safari in Rwanda. Kigali city is a very interesting city full of life and fun. It has wonderful historical, cultural and religion sites like the genocide museums, parliament, presidential palace, first house, the market place, the powerful Nyamata church to mention but a few. These take a visitor through Rwanda’s past political, cultural and economical history.
All in all Rwanda has wonderful great vacation spots that are explorative, educative and exciting. There are all up for grabs for visitors willing to embark on a safari to Rwanda – Africa.