Rwanda is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa, is a small land locked country, located in East Africa, famously known to inhabit the endangered mountain gorillas and the 1994 genocide. Below are the top places you should never miss on your vacation into the heart of Africa (Rwanda).
Mountain Gorillas in the Mist
Rwanda is one of the 3 countries in the world where one can go and see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The gorillas live in the misty mountainous jungles of Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as Mgahinga National Park in South Western Uganda. Seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat rewards you with a lifetime adventure experience! Rwanda today has 10 habituated gorilla groups and each gorilla group is visited by a maximum of 8 persons per day. This means, a total of 80 gorilla permits is available per day, and you must book in advance because the demand for permits is very high through-out the year.
Stop in at the Butare National Museum, considered one of the best museums in East Africa. Featuring traditional housing, musical instruments, tribal art and other artifacts. The museum rewards visitors a great grounding in Rwandan history and culture.
Genocide Memorial Museum
After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda where about 1.000.000.00 perished, several places were gazetted into genocide memorial museums, and these attract many tourists from all-over the world; these include Gisozi Museum in Kigali, Murambi Technical School, Bisesero Genocide museum, Nyamata and Ntarama Churches among others.
Chill out Lakeside
Enjoy the serenity and beauty of Lake Kivu, a fresh water lake with fine sandy beaches in Western Rwanda. It is a good place to relax after a long day of gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. Lake Kivu is surrounded by beatiful lodges, resorts and hotels such as Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Palm Resort Hotel, Hotel Paradise Marahide and Stipp Hotel among others.Apart from sun and sand bathing, you can take a boat ride around the lake to visit the hot springs and coffee Island.
Have fun finding habituated chimpanzees in the wild, Olive baboons and other primate species in the trees of the Nyungwe National Park. The dense rain forest terrain offers the perfect environment for these amazing creatures to live in.
Home Sweet Home
Enjoy the true hospitality of local people while spending time with them and take park in daily activities such as Local beer brewing from bananas, home cooking and harvesting among others, stay with them whole day and night, share stories, something you just can’t get when staying at a hotel.
Strolling through the markets of Kigali is a great way to get acquainted with this up-and-coming city. Buy some trinkets or fresh produce, chat with locals and watch market-life in action.
Visit Gisenyi town, a home to un-spoilt beaches where you will have to fight for a spot to laze on them.
Small Town Charm
Known as the gateway town to the gorillas, Ruhengeri town offers a change of pace to the crowds of Kigali. Be touched by the warmth and sincerity of the local people while staying in this town of about 80,000 people.
Feel the Beat
Enjoy local cultural Music, Dance and Drama. You are free to take part the dance. Take a walk around Kigali Streets, explore Kigali at Night! Amazing and life time experience!