East Africa’s mountainous paradise, Rwanda, is a haven for travellers that are avid wildlife lovers. The country has earned the nickname ‘land of a thousand hills’ due its mountainous landscape and its renowned Volcanoes National Park, which is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The park is the most visited park in the country, which is no surprise as it is home to 3 extinct and 6 active volcanoes, and you will experience the best tracking safari to see mountain gorillas. The shores of Lake Kivu can enjoyed with beach sports, kayaking, fishing or boat tours.
Rwanda is also a haven for coffee and tea as it is the country’s biggest export. Tea leaves create a beautiful contrast with blue skies and never-ending sunshine as they adorn mountain tops. Tea plantation tours can be enjoyed in a variety of locations across Rwanda, including at Sorwathe Guesthouse and Tea Tours.
Recommended accommodation includes the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge located on the foothills of the Mount Sabinyo neighbouring the Volcanoes National Park, with prices starting from $227 per night and the Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel in Gisenyi overlooking Lake Kivu, with pricing starting from $92 per night.
Visas are required from certain foreign nationals at a cost of $30. Visit the Rwanda Tourism website for up to date visa information. Citizens of the DRC and Mauritius may visit Rwanda without a visa for a period of up to 90 days. Citizens of the East African Community, namely Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda will be issued with a 6 months visitor pass (renewable) upon arrival with no fee. South African citizens will be issued with a entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa ($30) upon arrival without prior application.
Why Explore Rwanda
Rwanda is one of the best safari destinations in Africa. This tiny small country commonly referred to as the “land of a thousand hills” is one of the best places to track the endangered mountain gorillas, see chimpanzees and learn about the people and culture of the African people.
Top Things to Do in Rwanda
Are you planning to take a safari in Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills? There are many exciting adventure activities that you can engage in while on holiday. Here are the top adventure activities you can enjoy in Rwanda;
- Gorilla tracking: Gorilla tracking is the major tourist activity done at Volcanoes National Park and it’s regarded as the most breathtaking activity one should not miss. The park hosts over 370 species of these giant apes and tracking gears are recommended such as long sleeved shirts or blouses, cameras, strong boots, walking stick will be provided to you in case interested among others.
- Golden monkey tracking Not only gorillas but also other primates species such as the golden monkey shall be tracked out in case you take a trip to this park. Golden monkeys are the most elusive and beautiful monkeys in the world.
- Mountain climbing: The Park also gives visitors an opportunity to climb mountains especially those who are physically fit mountains such as Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Muhabura, Gahinga and Bisoke. It can take one to two days to climb one of these Virunga Mountain. Perhaps it’s regarded as one of the most exciting and memorable experience on earth, finding yourself at the top of the mountain is thus breathtaking and it needs one not to miss visiting this wonderful park in the East and Central Africa.
- Visiting Dian Fossey Tombs: This is another activity thought of in case one takes a visit at Volcanoes National Park. Dian Fossy was a prominent researcher who carried out research on the life and behaviors of gorillas for a period of about 18 years, and she was against the massive killing of gorillas by the poachers, although her works was made to an end she still respected in the history of Rwanda. She was murdered by the poachers who where against her works.
- Local Community Visiting: Community walks can also be organized in case one takes a trip to volcanoes National Park. This is so interesting because you are going to learn more about people’s culture, enjoy their traditional dance, how they make fire, how women make weaves, and hunting skills among other.
Rwanda Travel Resources
- What is the Best Time to take a Safari in Rwanda
- What are the Top Attractions to Visit
- How to Obtain Rwanda Travel Visa