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Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a landlocked nation in the Great Rift Valley in Central Africa, where the continents of Southeast Africa and the African Great Lakes converge. Rwanda’s borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are a few degrees south of the equator. Every year, Rwanda’s temperature varies from temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons. The country’s landscape, which is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna in the southeast, and various lakes distributed throughout the nation, has given it the name “land of a thousand hills.”

Rwanda Safaris: 

Rwanda safaris are conducted in three major national parks to give you the chance to experience this lovely country and all that it has to offer, such as the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, the African big 5 in Akagera National Park, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with chimpanzees while trekking in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park.

What is the cost of a safari in Rwanda?

A safari in Rwanda can cost anything from $200 per person per day to $2000 per person per day, depending on how long you want to spend there and what is included.

With almost 12.6 million inhabitants crammed onto just 26,338 km2 of land, the “land of a thousand hills” is Africa’s most densely populated nation. When it comes to nations with more than 10,000 km2 of land, Rwanda is the sixth most densely inhabited nation in the world. Kigali, Rwanda’s largest city and capital, has a population of one million; Butare, the country’s second-largest city, is referred to as the “intellectual center of Rwanda.” Surrounded by savannah to the east and mountains to the west, Rwanda is blessed with magnificent flora and a diversified Rwanda wildlife. The country’s historical history, climate, landscape, and population are what gave it its current shape. During World War I, the Belgians occupied Rwanda after the Germans did so in 1884. And during the genocide in Rwanda, conditions for the locals deteriorated rapidly. But the nation has already made significant progress toward recovery.

The mainstays of Rwanda’s economy are tourism and subsistence farming. The tourist industry in Rwanda has grown significantly, and numerous upscale resorts are located near wildlife preserves. With a range of Rwanda safaris to offer to the thousands of tourists who come to the country each year, the nation has gone to great pains to advertise its tourism resources. However, the majority of visitors to Rwanda go on safari because they hope to see mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. The Volcanoes National Park is a lush green environment filled with primates, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. It gained fame as a consequence of research activities that culminated in the movie “Gorillas in the Mist.” However, in addition to Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo also offer the chance to go gorilla trekking. However, tourists are persuaded to choose a safari in Rwanda by the high standard of service and the park’s close proximity to Kigali.

Furthermore, Rwanda has transformed from a nation still recovering from one of the bloodiest genocides in recent memory to one that serves as an inspiration for optimism, peace, and sound governance in Africa. While the capital, Kigali, boasts spotless downtown streets, five-star hotels, and reliable road systems, the countryside is home to stunning rolling hills and verdant plantations, as well as a variety of Rwanda safari attractions. These include, among others, chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park and mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. The African Big Five and other amazing species can be found in Akagera National Park, a small landlocked nation that also offers breathtaking beach vacations and other activities in Lake

Kivu, to name a few to experience on your safaris in Rwanda.

Other tourist destinations in Rwanda include the Butare National Museum, Genocide memorials, the medieval palace of Nyanza, craft villages, Lake Kivu, and the neighboring towns of Gisenyi and Kibuye. The nation’s wealth has increased as a result of embracing industrialization, agricultural modernization, mining, and tourism.

Major Safari Attractions For Your Rwanda Safaris

In the Volcanoes National Park, gorilla trekking

One of the highlights of any safari to Rwanda is going gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. The Volcanoes National Park, also referred to as

The Virunga Mountains, which include eight dormant volcanoes shared by Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are home to Parc National de Volcans (PNV). The park, which is just a two-hour drive from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, is a great opportunity to learn about some distinctive gorilla encounters in that country. Rwanda safari travelers prioritize seeing the mountain gorillas, but the breathtaking terrain also offers exhilarating hiking and trekking the fascinating golden monkeys.

The Volcanoes attract tens of thousands of tourists from around the world each year who come to see mountain gorillas and take part in other well-liked activities. Only eight people can trek each of the over 10 habituated gorilla groups in the park in a single day. walking with gorillas in the

Around 7 or 7:30 a.m., a briefing from the park office kicks off the day at Volcanoes National Park. Then, accompanied by armed Rangers, tourists on Rwanda safaris are taken out to trek various gorilla groups. One of the most incredible things to do in Africa is gorilla trekking because you get to interact with an endangered animal that resembles us in both appearance and behavior. A visitor must be 15 years of age or older in order to go on a mountain gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park. A gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs US$ 1500 for each excursion. In addition, 80 permits are distributed daily to allow people to trek the ten habituated gorilla groups in the park. Of all the African countries offering gorilla safaris, Rwanda has the most expensive permits for the endangered species. Nevertheless, tourists have chosen to come to Rwanda because it is said to be the easiest place to go gorilla trekking.

However, with many non-profit organizations based there, the Volcanoes National Park is also one of Rwanda’s epicenters for conservation. Visitors can pay their respects to Dian Fossey, the renowned scientist and gorilla champion, while on a gorilla safari in Rwanda by climbing to her grave or going to the Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund, which carries on her legacy of research and activism to this day. Additionally, Musanze’s vibrant and busy markets are a wonderful way to experience everyday Rwandan culture. One of the newest attractions in the area, the caves will transport you deep into the Park’s subsurface. Hiking and birding are a few of the other things you may do in the park.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

In the Cyamudongo region of Nyungwe Forest National Park, chimpanzee trekking is a well-liked Rwanda safari sport. In the southwest of Rwanda is Nyungwe National Park, a pristine rainforest teeming with wildlife. Over 1019 square kilometers, Nyungwe is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled alpine rainforests in the world. Because it remained green even during the Ice Age, it is believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, which accounts for its richness.

Two groups of the 500 chimpanzees living in Nyungwe Forest National Park have been trained to go on chimpanzee treks. The main Nyungwe forest is home to one population of habituated chimpanzees, while a smaller patch of forest in the eastern part of the park called Cyamudongo is home to the other troop. In addition to chimpanzees, the park is home to 12 other primates, including a 400-person troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus. It is also a haven for birders, with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and 75 different mammal species.

You may enjoy a wide variety of wildlife and natural activities in this wonderful jungle. Other things to do in Nyungwe include exploring the stunning scenery on foot or by bicycle, taking in the canopy walk, viewing birds, and unwinding by the waterfalls.

Encounter the Big Five in Akagera National Park

Due to the focus on mountain gorillas, Rwanda’s wonderful and common wildlife safaris are often overlooked. The nation is home to the African Big Five (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, and buffaloes) at Akagera National Park. Akagera is a far more alluring East African location because it is one of the nearest wildlife parks to the nation’s main airport, Kigali International Airport. From the airport, it takes roughly 3 hours to get to the park.

The only savanna park in Rwanda, Akagera National Park, is 1,085 square kilometers in size, yet one can only imagine how rich this safari destination is. The park was founded in 1934, but thousands of fleeing inhabitants used it as a safe haven to travel to neighboring countries during the 1994 genocide, causing the park to lose a significant number of animals. Many people decided to settle in the oark after the genocide was over. causing unrestrained invasion and ooachina. though later. The number of animals increased and extinct species were also imported back into the park when the African Parks Network worked with the government to rehabilitate it.

The Akagera National Park is made up of a range of environments, including marshes, savanna plains, woodlands, lakes, rivers, and terraced hills, all of which are home to a diversity of animals. Now that Akagera is home to all five members of the African big five, tourists may combine a full Rwanda safari with additional activities like tracking chimpanzees, tracking golden monkeys, experiencing local culture, and mountain climbing, among others. Akagera is also home to olive baboons, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, hyenas, zebras, bushbucks, and hippos, to name a few additional creatures besides the big five.

Traditional game drives, bird watching, outdoor walks, and sport fishing in Lake Shakani are just a few of the activities Akagera is great for. Even more so, the late-afternoon boat trip along Lake Lhema is also very well-liked since it rewards visitors with stunning scenery as well as opportunities to see crocodiles, hippos, and antelopes drinking by the lake.

Explore Rwanda’s Gorgeous City – Kigali

Unquestionably the cleanest city in East Africa and Rwanda’s capital, Kigali was crowned the most attractive city in Africa by the United Nations. While on a Rwanda safari, a Kigali city tour will give you a thorough understanding of the culture and people by taking you to a number of historically significant locations, including the Camp Kigali Memorial, the National History Museum, the Statehouse Kigali Genocide Memorial Center Museum, and the museum at Handt House, which is also the city’s first modern building.

While you’re still in Kigali, stop into the city’s biggest and busiest market, Kimironko, to get a look into the lives of the local Rwandese. The Nyamirambo Women’s Center also sells mementos so that you can bring a piece of Africa with you. Additionally, Kigali’s nightlife is just as exciting as its daytime counterpart, with a variety of hotspots and five-star hotels where you can party, unwind, and sleep.

Visit Rwanda’s Genocide Memorial Sites

A million or more people were massacred in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, a nation with a rich past. As a result, there are several locations and historical landmarks where you can discover the history of the entire nation and ingratiate yourself with its rich culture. These sites include;

The names of every war victim are inscribed on the wall of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. Additionally, the location contains the remains of about 250,000 people who were brutally murdered by Interahamwe (Hutu fanatics).

Gisenyi Memorial Site, which has more than 12,000 bones. It also has the 2000-victim Nyarubuye Memorial Site, which was formerly a school.

Over 2700 people were murdered at the Murambi Genocide Memorial Site, a school that is currently being rebuilt as an exhibition space.

At the Gisozi Memorial Site, approximately 300,000 victims from both the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups were interred in 2000. The location also serves as a library, a photo gallery, a cemetery, and a museum.

Around 10,000 people who sought refuge in the church were killed there, and about 50,000 were interred in a mass grave outside the building, according to the Nyamata memorial site, which was formerly a church in the Bugerera region.

Due to the strong front put up by the residents of this region despite having fewer better firearms during the genocide, the Bisesero memorial site in Karongi district, where 30,000 people were killed, is now also known as the “Hill of Resistance.”   The Nyanza Memorial location is where the UN built the ETO school.

About an hour’s drive from Kigali town, the Ntarama Memorial Site is close to Bugesera and was once a chapel where people fled to during times of unrest. This church, where 5000 people perished, has since been preserved as a memorial and museum.

Visit and Relax at Lake Kivu

The largest lake in Rwanda is called Lake Kivu, and it is situated in the Albertine Rift Valley on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Napoleon Island and Amahoro Island are only two of the islands dotting the emerald green waters, which charmingly reflect the nearby Virunga mountains. A scenic route across hills and agricultural slopes leads to the lake. During your Rwanda safaris, Lake Kivu is a breathtakingly beautiful lake and an unforgettable place to visit and unwind. Having no hippos or crocodiles and having water that is crystal clear and clean makes it one of the safest lakes in all of Africa.

Three major cities can be found close to the lake, including Rubavu, which is situated directly on Kivu’s shore. After a day of climbing or gorilla trekking, Rubavu (also known as Gisenyi), a seaside town on Lake Kivu, is a great spot to unwind. It is about an hour from the Volcanoes National Park. Additionally, Rubavu is the starting point of the 227-kilometer Congo Nile Trail, which offers plenty of opportunities for riding and trekking for those looking for more excitement. Due to the abundance of tea and coffee estates nearby, Rubavu is renowned for its agritourism potential.

Visitors to Lake Kivu should plan to go along its captivating coastline as they explore and learn more about it. Observe the unusual fishing boats that ply the sea, learn about fascinating communities, and spot stunning birdlife amidst the absolute calm and tranquility.

Visit the Twins Lakes — Burera and Ruhondo

The Volcanoes National Park is not far from these magnificent twin lakes. The mountains Sabyinyo, Muhabura, Bisoke, and Gahinga are surrounded by lakes. Due to their connection at the point where one lake drains into the other, these lakes are referred to as the “twin lakes.”

The lakes are surrounded by mountains and a dense forest, and they are breathtakingly beautiful. The lakes are crucial for both Rwanda safari tourists and the nearby local communities since they serve as fishing grounds. After taking part in park activities like gorilla trekking, the lakes are typically visited in the late afternoon or evening. The lakes are surrounded by a stunning landscape that is home to numerous gorgeous bird and plant species. In this region, you can go on nature hikes, kayaking excursions, bird watching excursions, camping trips, cycling excursions, and visits to local fisherman.

Couples and honeymooners will especially appreciate the lakes’ wonderful vista, which is extremely quiet and energizing after exhausting activities at Volcanoes National Park.

Mount Karisimbi and Bisoke hiking

  • Bisoke Mountain

The Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift Valley, is home to Mount Bisoke, often referred to as “Visoke,” an active volcano. Although the volcano’s summit is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is located on the border between Rwanda and that country. It is close to Lake Kivu and around 35 kilometers northeast of Goma.

The most well-known hike in Rwanda is Mount Bisoke, which, at 3,711 meters, is the simplest volcano to climb. It only takes one day to travel to and from the volcano’s peak, where hikers can explore a sizable crater and take in views of the surrounding Virunga volcanoes and Volcanoes National Park. As you ascend the mountain’s lower slopes, if you’re fortunate, you might come across a group of golden monkeys or mountain gorillas.

  • Karisimbi Mountain

At 4,507 meters above sea level, Mount Karisimbi is the tallest of the Virunga volcanoes and one of Africa’s tallest mountains.

One of eight volcanoes in the Virunga ranges of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda, the active stratovolcano is situated in Volcanoes National Park. Although a challenging two-day hike, Mount Karisimbi rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the Virunga massif, the erupting Nyiragongo volcano, Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and the Congo’s Virunga National Park.

On safaris to Rwanda, climbing Mount Karisimbi is a very common activity that is occasionally combined with treks to see gorillas and golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park.

Visit the Gorilla Guardians Village

This center, one of the best cultural villages in Rwanda, was once known as the lby’iwacu Cultural Village. The District of Musanze is home to the lby’iwacu cultural hamlet, a recent and noteworthy addition to the country’s tourist attractions. In addition to the stunning scenery and endless green hills that make Rwanda a great country, the gorilla guardian village is a must-visit when on Rwanda safaris. The phrase “lby’iwacu” is Kinyarwanda for “treasures of our home and history.”

One of the most significant cultural sites in Rwanda is the village, which may be seen when on a safari there. It puts all of Rwanda’s well-known cultural practices, people, and history together in one place for exposition and up-close encounters. Tourists from all over the world can experience what it’s like to live in a normal African Rwandan hamlet, including the way of life, the homes, the traditional dances, the clothing code, the food, the herbs, and the general administration of past kingdoms. A few other skills that tourists can learn include woodworking, weaving baskets and mats, and ancient hunting methods. Many travelers who wish to fully understand Rwandan culture after visiting mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes and wildlife in Akagera have fallen in love with this one-of-a-kind cultural experience. It’s also a terrific spot to unwind while purchasing regional gifts, souvenirs, and crafts to show friends back home.

The ideal time of year to visit Rwanda is

Anytime of the year is a good time to travel to the land of a thousand hills. But between June and September, when the dry season is at its best for wildlife viewing, is the best time to go on a Rwanda safari. Additionally, your chances of spotting the mountain gorilla, the nation’s undeniable highlight, are greatest during the dry season. Any time of year is a good time to see gorillas and chimpanzees, but dry weather is often the best. Rainfall cannot be completely avoided, and rainforests are naturally humid places. However, the dry season—which is also the best time to go on primate hikes—makes it simpler to move through the jungle.

Additionally, the best time to visit Rwanda‘s Akagera National Park is during the dry season. When the savannah is thinner and animals congregate around the water sources, wildlife is easier to spot in the park. The climate in Rwanda rarely varies throughout the year because it is so close to the equator. The days are warm, with highs in different parts of the nation ranging from the late teens to the mid-twenties. In particular at higher elevations, the nights can be chilly.

Getting to and Around Rwanda

Your entry point into the nation on your Rwanda safaris would most likely be Kigali International Airport (KGL), which is located outside of Kigali.

Between Kigali and Entebbe, Nairobi and Kigali, Kilimanjaro (near Arusha, Tanzania), and Johannesburg, Rwandair offers daily flights. Additionally, RwandAir is the sole domestic airline that connects Kigali with Rusizi’s Kamembe Airport (KME), which is located at the southern tip of Lake Kivu. However, this flight is rarely used by tourists; instead, as part of our Rwanda safaris packages, your local tour operator will pick you up from the airport or your hotel and make other transportation arrangements.

On the other side, Akagera Aviation offers charter helicopter transfers around the nation. Because Rwanda is so small, most people use cars to get around. The maximum allowed speed in Rwanda is 60 km/h on all roads. The main highways are normally in good condition, but the pace of travel is much slower than in Europe or North America. Additionally, secondary roads can be in various states of repair and are frequently slow and rocky, especially close to gorilla parks.

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