Rwanda Safaris

It may surprise you to learn that Rwanda is also known as the land of a thousand hills. Rwanda is the smallest country in East Africa, bordered to the north by Uganda, to the south by Burundi, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to the east by Tanzania. The country is regarded as one of the best destinations in Africa to go on safari because of its diverse wildlife, distinctive cultures, and striking natural features.

Despite being the smallest country in East Africa, Rwanda offers a plethora of experiences and activities for your safari that will satisfy your curiosity about why you should visit. Here are a few of the reasons you really shouldn’t leave Rwanda off of your African travel itinerary.

As one of the three countries where mountain gorillas are still found, Rwanda has benefited greatly from the gorillas’ annual influx of thousands of tourists, which has helped the country’s tourism sector flourish. They are found in the northern region of this amazing country in Volcanoes National Park, where you can trek for one of the mountain gorilla families if you have a permit, which costs $1,500 USD.

Try Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda if you enjoy observing primates; it is home to 14 different species of primates, including chimpanzees. Since they share 98% of our DNA, you can trek for these chimpanzees and spend an hour in their company while you observe them doing many tasks that are similar to human activities. Along with these primates, you will also get to see golden monkeys, which are also found in the Gishwati-Mukura forest, as well as blue, red-tailed, and vervet monkeys.

One of the best things to do in Rwanda is go game viewing. It will give you an amazing view of the country’s five major species, which include lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos. You can also see lakes, swamps, and other animals like sitatungas and hyenas. Akagera National Park is home to all of these attractions. If boat cruises on Lake Ihema and game drives pique your interest, make sure to visit this Rwandan wildlife sanctuary.

Being a country with a thousand hills, Rwanda is the best location for those who enjoy mountain climbing and is also a popular safari destination for hikers. Climb to the top of 4507 metres above sea level on Karisimbi, one of the Virunga volcanoes. Honour gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey by hiking to her grave; on your way there, you’ll also pass the Karisoke Research Centre, which Fossey founded.

Get to know the people of Rwanda as you discover their culture at the Ibyaiwacu Cultural Village, where you will be greeted warmly and entertained by Banyarwanda men and women with traditional instruments that will make your visit unforgettable. You can also visit the King’s Palace, sample the delectable local cuisine, and spend some time learning from the traditional healer about how he uses the trees, roots, barks, and flowers to cure various illnesses.

Explore a range of attractions in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, including the memorial site for the 1994 genocide, which houses the remains of thousands of Hutu and Tutsi people; art centers in Kigali that showcase the country’s best artwork; Kimironko Market, where you can observe local dress codes; and many other stunning locations.

Finish your vacation at Lake Kivu, which is situated on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here, you can enjoy sport fishing and swimming at the beach, take in the breathtaking scenery created by the lake’s winds, soak up the sun as it rises and sets, go on a boat cruise where you can see hippos and crocodiles, and go on a nature walk to learn more about the local flora and fauna.