Planning a safari trip to Rwanda? Here is a list of thing you should do and see while on your safari.
Rwanda the land of a thousand hills is a small landlocked country found in the Eastern part of Africa. It is a very beautiful country with so many natural wonders to see and exciting activities.
Are you planning a safari in Uganda? Here is a list of things you should do and see when you visit the land of a thousand hills.
Gorilla Trekking Rwanda
Rwanda is one of three countries in Africa where you can find mountain gorillas. Its major competition in this is Uganda alone, since DRC is riddled with insecurity. There are 10 habituated gorilla families in Rwanda, all found on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is one of those things you need to do at least once in your lifetime. And many people believe that given the hundreds upon hundreds of people who have taken on this adventure in the Virungas.
You can plan a gorilla trekking trip with a few other activities thrown in for variety and more excitement. This is one activity you cannot possibly regret signing up for.
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Parks is probably the most popular park in Rwanda. There are so many things to see and enjoy in this park. You can go gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, volcano climbing, volcano climbing and hiking, birding, nature walks, cave exploration, visiting Diane Fossey’s research camp and so much more.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is a large track of Montane Forest with all so many wonders. It is an exciting place to explore. Nyungwe forest national park has a canopy walk through the forest; one of only three in Africa. This canopy walk is 50 meters above the ground and is even above the tree tops. In addition to the canopy walk, you can also enjoy hikes, chimpanzee tracking, nature walks, monkey tracking and birding- some of the best birding in Africa. Nyungwe forest national park should be a must on your safari itinerary in Rwanda.
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s only Savannah Wildlife Park. It is found on the Rwanda border with Tanzania. Everyone expects to have a savannah wildlife experience when they visit Africa, Akagera national park gives you this experience in Rwanda.
Akagera National Park is an amazingly, scenic park where you have the opportunity to go on day and night game drives, boat safaris, nature walks, hikes, fishing, birding, village visits and stay in one of two lodges within the park.
The simply amazing Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu in Rwanda is just the perfect place to wind down and relax after a full day or days of safari activity. After mountain climbing, hiking, gorilla trekking, biking the Nile –Congo trail, exploring Nyungwe forest and all the other activities you can possibly do in Rwanda, you will need a good place to chill and relax and come down from the adrenaline highs. It is Rwanda’s very own inland beach and it doesn’t disappoint. While Kenya and Tanzania have beaches on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Rwanda has Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu offers you sandy beaches, swimming, fishing, boating, wind-surfing, sail-boating, biking, nature-walks, cultural visits on, along or near Lake Kivu, you will not even miss the ocean beaches.
Take in Lake Kivu during your time in Rwanda.
The Genocide Memorials of Rwanda:
Rwanda has a tragic history. In 1994, there genocide that lasted 100 days and thousands of lives were taken in a brutal “ethnic cleansing”. The genocide tore the small nation into shreds but it has managed to rise from the ashes. No one ever wants to see such days again and the slogan “never again” can be seen in various places across the country.
There are a number of memorial sites across the country, monuments and reminders of those dark days, and of the victims who were killed in those 100 days.
In most cases memorials are not tourist attractions but what happened to Rwanda is a message and a reminder of what happens to innocents if the world stands by and chooses not to intervene and help when they see a people destroyed.
Some of the memorial sites include: the Murambi Genocide Memorial Site, Nyamata church genocide memorial site, Gisenyi genocide Memorial Site, Ntarama Church Genocide Memorial Site, Bisesero Genocide Memorial Site and many others.
Rwanda is generally an exciting place to visit. It has a rich history and culture, a variety of wildlife, is home to mountain gorillas and the famous Virunga Mountains and has very friendly people.
Best Time to Visit Rwanda
There is a best time to tracking gorillas Parc National des Volcanoes as well as trek chimps in Nyungwe forest
Rwanda is a popular destination for the most spectacular view of Africa. The Virunga Volcanoes is known to be the ideal for Mountain gorilla tracking. Nyungwe Forest is one the largest mountainous forests situated in Central Africa. It is a popular home for Colobus monkeys together with chimpanzees. The weather is favorable all year around.
Because of its high altitude, the country has a wonderful tropical high-land climate, with temperature ranging from 14°C. Be aware that temperatures can vary drastically from place to place due to the distinction in altitude. Day time average temperature is around 30°C aside from the highlands in which it is noticed to be extremely cold. There are 4 seasons: the short dry season (December to mid-March), long dry period (mid-May to mid-October), and the Short rains (mid-October to November) as well as the Long rains (mid-March to mid May). The northeastern Rwanda gets more rain in comparison with other parts of Rwanda. Traveling in the rainy season is as well adventurous, the landscape is amazing and it flora verdant can be ideal for photography. Therefore there isn’t any particular time to go to Rwanda given that each season has its particular timing.
Have a safari to view mountain gorillas which are easily seen within the volcanoes area of Rwanda. Additional animals include elephants, golden monkeys and buffaloes. Nevertheless the ideal time to see these animals is in the dry season from (mid December – March) as well as (mid-May to mid October). However, these can be visited throughout the year.
Rwanda is an ideal place for birdwatchers with approximately 670 bird species within a place smaller compared to Belgium. The Plants tend to attract thousands of bird species even though sightseeing can be far better in the dry season starting mid-December up to March as well as mid May up to mid October.
Important days remember prior to your visit Rwanda: Heroe’s Day (1 Feb), Independence Day (1 July), Genocide memorial day (7 April), Liberation Day (4 July), Easter Monday, Assumption (Aug 15), Good Friday, Patriotism Day (1 Oct), New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, .In case your safari coincides with some of these occasions, you are happily welcome to take part and join the local residents.
In the peak season, the prices of flights are usually high in comparison to the low season. The Park fees are all constant throughout the year. A number of lodges have budget costs in the wet months (March, November, May and October). Some other lodges keep their prices throughout the year.