There are plenty reasons why you should visit Rwanda. Being a country small in size but very rich in wildlife diversity, culture and its natural beauty, Rwanda is a must visit travel destination in Africa. Rwanda is well-known as land of a thousand hills, blessed with beautiful savanna, Volcanoes, forests and parks filled with wildlife that create a memorable tour experience. Rwanda has in the past suffered the terrible genocide in 1994 but the country has regained its peace and has greatly developed in the last two decades making it a tour destination for anyone visiting Africa. Below are some of the reasons why you should visit Rwanda
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Rwanda is one of the only three countries in the world that harbor the endangered mountain gorillas the other two being Uganda and Congo. Gorilla trekking is the best-selling activity in Rwanda and has since attracted many visitors from all over the world. Gorilla trekking is done in volcanoes national park and is done all year round at a gorilla permit fee of USD 1500 for spending one hour with gorillas in their natural habitat.
Incredible Wildlife encounters
Rwanda has its parks filled with a lot of wildlife. Akagera national park and Nyungwe forest national park respectively are homes to a number of mammals and birds. Some of the animals living here include chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, antelopes, leopard, giraffe’s, spotted hyenas and so many more. Some of the bird species are Rwenzori Turaco and more. These animals can be viewed in Savannah of Akagera national park during game drives or Forest walks in Nyungwe in Southwestern Rwanda.
Kigali city tour
Kigali city is known as the most beautiful, safe and cleanest city in Africa. A tour around the city will leave you longing for more stay. Kigali has been fast growing for the past years and surely one needs to see what it has to offer. It shows the past history of Rwanda and the current situation. Some places to visit on Kigali city tour are Kigali genocide memorial center, Inema Arts Centre, Kandt House Museum, Camp Kigali memorial and markets like Caplaki Crafts Village, Nyamirambo women’s center to get yourself a souvenir
Track the amazing primates
Rwanda is blessed to provide a home to the endangered golden monkeys and the human closest relatives the chimpanzees. Seeing these great primates in the wild is amazing and leaves great memories. Chimpanzees can be tracked in Nyungwe forest national park and golden monkeys in Volcanoes national park. Some other primates to be seen are colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and olive baboons.
Inspired History of Rwanda
According to the History of Rwanda, In the early 1994 Rwanda suffered a genocide that left many dead and others deeply hurt by the mass killings that occurred. Rwanda has now regained its peace and set up a number of memorial sites that shows and educates people about the dangers of such acts and promotes peace. Rwandans however much hurt, they now live as one. So visiting Rwanda you will get to know the past history of the country and its present. Some of the genocide memorials are Kigali genocide memorial, Murambi genocide memorial, Ntarama genocide memorial and Nyamata memorial church.
Experience the rich culture
Rwanda has a rich culture comprised of only three tribes who all the speak the same language Kinyarwanda and these are the Hutu, Tutsi and Batwa who are a minority group. Visiting Rwanda allows you participate and experience the culture through dance, drama, music and interactions with people. The Rwandese are welcoming and jolly people that are always willing to help. Visitors can access the arts and crafts that represent Rwandan culture from the many markets and can also watch dance performances from the cultural groups.
Ease of Travel
Rwanda has its own airline known as Rwandair that flies direct to and from the most countries. The road networks are also good within the country so visitors require few days to have a tour of Rwanda. The country’s attractions are also close to each other so connecting from one point to another is easy.
Rwanda has beautiful scenery of volcanic landscapes, mountains and water bodies plus the dense forests. Rwanda was called land of a thousand hills because of its number of mountains and hills. The beautiful views can be got around mountains like Mount Sabinyo, Karisimbi, Nyiragongo, Gahinga, Bisoke and lakes like Kivu, Ruhondo, Burera and more. The national parks are also great places of having amazing scenery namely Akagera national park, Volcanoes national park, and Nyungwe national park.
In Rwanda canopy walk is only done in Nyungwe forest national park and this activity has attracted a great number of visitors to the park. Along the walk visitors can view the whole park seeing the amazing wildlife, plant life and birds in the forest. The Canopy walk is one of the three canopy walks in Africa and its about 50 meters from the ground. The trail to the start point of the canopy walk gives visitors a feel of nature and if lucky they see some animals like monkeys.
Rwanda Arts and Crafts
With the rich culture and creativity among Rwandans, a lot of Arts and crafts centers have been put in place to showcase what Rwanda has to offer. Both local and international artists have displayed their work in these centers. As you visit Rwanda you will get to see and admire the great works of artists or even buy some souvenirs to take back home in memory of the visit to Rwanda. Some of the arts centers are Imigongo, Inema arts center, Ivuka arts, Rwanda arts initiative and more.