Rwanda the land of a thousand hills is one of the best places for primate safaris in Africa. Rwanda is the best destination for gorilla trekking in the world. It is a favorite to travelers looking for short gorilla tours in Africa.
Explore Rwanda the land of amazing views on an amazing road trip through its interesting places. Known as the land of thousand hills, Rwanda is a country that you should visit in Africa to relax yourself, adventure and enjoy the breathtaking views of hills, mountains and volcanoes! You can also choose to take a leisurely holiday as you lie in the warm sunshine next to the waters of Lake Kivu an exclusive Africa beach of memories.
Most Rwanda trips are convenient even to those with minimal time. It’s possible to take short Rwanda trips from 1-3 days adventure tours to the gorillas and experience the lovely wonder in Africa. The wild beauty that stands every day waits for you any time of the year and each day because it’s well conserved to serve generations.
Where to Go
Volcanoes National Park
Home to the mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is the leading destination visited by tourists going on safari in Africa. This park is home to about 300 mountain gorillas.
Visit Butare with its National Museum and craft shops. Musee National du Rwanda is the centerpiece of Butare, a huge and amazing Belgium-donated architectural treat that houses a wide variety of archaeological and ethnographic displays, and which would rank as one of the best museums in the East African region.
Visit Nyungwe National Park
This is the regions single most important area of biodiversity and rated the highest priority for forest conservation in Africa. Nyungwe has recently been granted National Park status. It is of a particular interest for all those who would like to experience a high altitude rain forest, to see other primates than gorillas such as Angolan colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys plus 500-1000 chimpanzees. There have been 275 species of birds recorded. Hikers will also love Nyungwe with the nice hiking trails and splendid views. A good physical condition is advisable if you want to enjoy fully the forest. This area is in its infancy for tourism so facilities and services are basic.
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in the east of Rwanda and suffered during the recent war with poaching and illegal settlements but, in recent years, it has been making a slow recovery. The Akagera Wildlife Lodge has recently been completely remodeled, refurbished and reopened and it is very nice. Grazers can be seen here including waterbuck and reedbuck. Also to be seen are hippos and crocodiles. The park has still a remarkable selection of birdlife with over 500 bird species in its swamps and wetlands along the Akagera River.
Rwanda can be visited and enjoyed throughout the year. The temperatures average at around 24 degrees Celsius, apart from for the higher mountain area where it ranges from 10 degrees and 15 Degrees Celsius. The dry season that lasts from mid-May to Mid-October, is the best time to track and hike the mountains, however it’s not as green as the wet season that spans the other half of the year. The wet season is from Mid-October to Mid-May. The North east has a lot of rain due to the volcanoes being covered in rainforest Karisimbi which is usually covered with snow.
Safety: Rwanda is a safe country and we do recommend that you exercise the normal caution as you would at Home, especially when traveling to Rwanda.
Things to See in Rwanda
- Mountain Gorillas
- Golden Monkeys
Things to Do in Rwanda
Rwanda has a lot to offer but your travel interest matters a lot when making a trip decision. Do you want to meet the rare Africa primates, or climb the volcanoes? Are the beaches your favorite or the rich people and culture? Rwanda in Africa is a superb country which can answer all your questions in just a few days. Being a home to the mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, volcanoes, and lakes doesn’t mean you can’t view wildlife. The Volcanoes National Park is a favorite to those seeking gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Akagera National park has had many animal reintroduction that today it has all one needs to see in an Africa game viewing trip. Rwanda has some other adventures like the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest, cultural tours and also the Rwanda genocide tours for those interested in finding out the countries past.
Plan Your Safari
Important information considered before traveling to Rwanda
Getting to Rwanda:
The major airport is Kigali International Airport and its located 10km East of the center Kigali Airport receives direct flights from Nairobi, Entebbe, Bujumbura, Kilimanjaro, Addis Ababa, Brazzaville, Libreville, Douala, Mwanza, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dar Es Salaam , Juba, Lagos, Dubai and Doha. It’s also easy and possible to take a bus from neighboring countries.
Vaccination: The yellow fever is a current risk in Rwanda due to the many out breaks that are taking place in the region. It’s recommended that the travelers over the age of 9 months receive this vaccine. This is vital for the travelers who will continue on to the other EAC countries since Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya require yellow fever vaccinations as well. The following vaccinations are also suggested but not required when visiting Rwanda; Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis a, Rabies and Hepatitis B.
Malaria: Though less common than other African countries, Malaria does exist in Rwanda. So while there is no vaccine against malaria, prophylactic drugs along with prevention will show reduction of the risk of getting it. We recommend you consult your doctor on malaria medicine prior to traveling to Rwanda.
It’s not advised to drink tap water during your time in Rwanda. It’s important to stick to stick to bottled water.
Money: Rwanda’s unit of currency is Rwandan Franc (RWF). It’s good to reach in Rwanda with the US dollars and Euros in cash, which can be converted either at the airport or at any forex bureau or at the bank. The most major useful branch would be the Banque de Kigali that offers cash advances on credit cards and also accepts the traveler’s cheques with is not possible in Kigali. There are ATMs throughout Kigali which can be accessible to the visitors. The credit cards are accepted in some luxury restaurants and hotels, however; it’s better to inquire and confirm prior to ordering. The Bureau de change are mostly located in Kigali and can offer a better exchange rate than many banks. All the banks and the forex de change are close d on Sundays and on each last Saturdays of every month until 11:00 am for national pay of community work “the Umuganda”
Tipping; this is customary to tip for any service in restaurants, and the bars. A tip of 5% is very acceptable and a tip of 20% is so generous. It’s a customary to tip your guide; at the end of a safari or the hike, and the cook or the porter that might accompany. Tipping is not at any fixed amount and this depends on personal wish.
The internet; Wi-Fi is present in most of the hotels and it’s free of charge. It’s easy to find cafes in Kigali with WIFI and its best to check beforehand in case you are planning on using the internet. The lodges in the country side are well equipped with Wi-Fi, however the cafes and restaurants outside of Kigali may not have it on offer.
SIM cards & Phone: pay as you go SIM cards are present in most major retail shops in Kigali and there are multiple phone registration kiosks and stands around the city where you may buy and also register the SIM cards. The major mobile phone network operators with in Rwanda include; Airtel Rwanda, MTN and Tigo Rwanda. More so ensure that your phone is unlocked.