Best Places To Visit In Rwanda
Are you planning to travel to Rwanda for guided or self drive safari but you do not know which places to visit? Also famous as the Land of a Thousand Hills, Rwanda is one of smallest and landlocked states within East Africa and it is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi. It covers an area of 26,338 making it one of the smallest countries in Africa. A side from its smallest size, Rwanda is naturally blessed with several spectacular sceneries which range from incredible Lakes such as Lake Kivu and Burera, Virunga Massifs, national parks (Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Gishwati National Park and many more), tea gardens, cities especially Kigali which also features among the cleanest cities in African continent. If you are planning for a guided or self drive tour through Africa, Rwanda should be one of the destinations that you shouldn’t miss out in life.
Below are some of the best places that you should consider a must to visit while on a guided or self drive safari in Rwanda;
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe National Park is remarkably one of the perfect sites that you shouldn’t miss out to explore while on escorted or self drive tour in Rwanda. The park is incredibly primate paradise. It features all the 13 distinct primate species with chimpanzees taking the largest percentage and hence an ideal destination for chimpanzee trekking. It also features as one of the ancient and biggest tropical rain-forests that are still thriving in Africa. This park is as well credited for its 75 species of mammals, more than 300 bird species and many more.
Accommodations around Nyungwe National Park include the 5 Star Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Deluxe Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel and basic Gisakura Guest House. More accommodation in Cyangugu near DR Congo boarder such as Peace Guest House and Emerald Hotel, with fantastic view of Lake Kivu.
Volcanoes National Park
This is situated in northwestern side of Rwanda and it is popular for its 5 distinct Virunga Mountains (Gahinga, Sabinyo, Muhavura, Bisoke and Karisimbi) that make up part of the eight Virunga Massifs and this makes it one of the best destinations for hiking adventures. Volcanoes National Park also refuges mountain gorillas and it features among the only four protected areas in the entire where these critically endangered apes are tracked each day while in their natural habitat by tourists. There are about 10 groups that have been habituated and can be tracked by visitors every day. The permits for this lifetime experience costs $1500. The park also refuges about 200 species of birds making it one of the Important Bird Areas in Rwanda.
Accommodation around Volcanoes N.P include Bisate Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge and Muhabura Hotel among others.
Kigali is Rwanda’s capital and biggest city. It covers an area of about 730 square kilometers. Kigali refuges a number of things which range from Kigali International Airport, administration offices of the president, international hotels such as Mille Collines, Marriot Hotel, Serena and Protea, primary and secondary schools, Kigali genocide memorial site where more than 250000 people lost their lives, Urugwiro where the Rwanda president officially resides. It also features as the cleanest city in Africa and it refuges the tin ore mines, Kigali tower, various business centers and all these are among the things that you will explore while on self drive in Rwanda’s most stunning city.
Akagera National Park
Situated in northern eastern Rwanda, Akagera National Park is exceptionally one of the most stunning safari destinations that reward visitors with variety of wildlife species. Its flora comprises of swamp, montane and savanna vegetation and the fauna features lions, leopards, giraffes, antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, bird species especially the papyrus gonolek. If you are planning for a self drive tour in Rwanda, this is the best park that you shouldn’t miss out in life.
This is incredibly another most remarkable site that you should consider visiting while on safari in Rwanda. Gisenyi is a city of its own in Rubavu district, western Ruanda and it features Bralirwa-the only brewery in the Land of a Thousand Hills and it manufactures mainly local beers specially Guinness. It is also credited for its beaches and standard hotels which offer the best relaxation and chilling moments for you and your dear ones.
Therefore, when it comes to guided or self drive safaris through Africa, Rwanda is exceptionally one of the best destinations that you shouldn’t miss to include in your travel plan. With the above most exceptional places we believe that you will have best experience while on a guided or self drive safari in Rwanda.