Rwanda is sovereign state in east and central Africa. Located a few degrees south of the equator, a landlocked country, the climate is temperate to subtropical with two rainy seasons and two dry seasonal every year. All of Rwanda is at high elevation with geography dominated by mountains in the west, savannah in the east and numerous lakes throughout the country, whose green mountainous landscape has earned it the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills. The World Bank has praised Rwanda’s recent “remarkable development successes”, which it says have helped reduce poverty and inequality.
This is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. With a population of more than 1 million (2012) It is situated near the geographic centre of the nation. The city has been the economic, cultural and transport hub of Rwanda since it became capital at independence in 1962. The main residence and offices of the President of Rwanda are located in the city, as are the government ministries. The city is coterminous with the province of Kigali City, Kigali’s city limits cover the whole province, it is consolidated. The city’s urban area covers about 70% of the municipal boundaries, This city was recently also termed as the cleanest City in Africa.
This one o0f the thing you won’t miss when you land on the Land of thousand hills and thousand smiles, Our Kigali City Tour is the best way to see and experience Kigali! Some of our favorite stops include: a trip to the top of Mt. Kigali for views of the city and the countryside, a local market, a jewelry and craft cooperative, a great Rwandan lunch, a public art walk led by a public artist, the best coffee around, a walk through a local neighborhood and more, Our tour ends at 3pm with the option to be dropped off at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Our drivers will wait and take you to your hotel afterwards.
Rwanda is blessed with particularly good coffee-growing conditions: high altitude, volcanic soil and plenty of sun and equatorial mist. “The coffees are wonderfully sweet, either bright with clear citric characteristics, or plush and full of berry and chocolate like flavors,” a major coffee roaster said. By riding booming demand in the developed world for specialty brews Rwanda has made premium coffee-growing a national priority and is achieving international recognition as a producer of some of the world’s best coffee. But it hasn’t always been this way.
To the North of the Country there lies the Volcanoes National Park, which protects the Rwandan portion of the Vilunga Mountains, Atransfrontier conservation Area that includes protected Area in Uganda $ DRC, forming a complex of mostly dormant volcanoes, includes Rwanda’s highest point, Kalisimbi (4507M) and two active ones, mountain Nyirangogo na d Mountain Nyamurangira,While the famous mountain Gorillas and other primates.
Gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park that is termed as one of the unforgettable experience not to miss when given a chance, Although you will have been well assured that the gorillas are habituated, chances are you have never seen one, habituated or otherwise, the experience is exciting and your trekking is quite enjoyable through the forest. Your anxiety will probably go away when you finally come face to face with the gorillas and playful young ones that might occasionally astray closer than expected then realize you have nothing to fear.
The rare Golden Monkeys that live in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes, The habituation has helped them to overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit, They are very active creatures, and jump from tree to tree which is really interesting and a little difficult to photograph! The golden monkey trek is worth going for while in Volcanoes National Park and if you’re interested in wildlife, this is a rare and delightful experience not to be missed!
The Bisoke hike is guided, This hike climbs to the top of Mt. Bisoke, It is a strenuous and challenging and if you’re going for it, it’s best to set aside a full day to do only the hike as it requires you to have energy. You will be advised not to attempt this hike if you are unfit because you may stop halfway and turn back. Once at the top, it’s very beautiful and totally worth the effort, you are rewarded with magnificent views of the forest and the Crater Lake.
Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Virungas Mountains in 1967, to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas. Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work has continued through the Karisoke Research Center and grown into conservation efforts for other wildlife and programs for people who live near the gorillas, The incredible visit is both emotional and Intellectual learning about someone who was so dedicated and left legacy that exist even Today.
Culture guide will take you to see the king’s house replica with all the houses interpretation of all parts and stories attached to this cultural treasure, Be enthroned and become a king for some time while exercising king’s powers as presented to you by a village elder through a village ceremony, Enjoy different types of traditional dances like Intore dance, Listen to interesting stories about traditional medicine from a local traditional healer and get to know how medicinal trees, shrubs, grass are used to cure local patients.
The mystery, which also makes it magical, is how a lake flows into another lake. As it happens, Lake Burera is almost 150 meters higher than Lake Ruhondo. Going around the lakes is quite a journey and to be able to see both lakes, especially the part where one lake flows into another requires an aerial view. To see the twin lakes, you will need to go Virunga Lodge, and the view is awesome.
While visiting Volcanoes national park, have the chance to tour the Musanze Caves two kilometers long underneath it’s such both exciting and scaly activity that you will need to experience while in volcanoes National Park.
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Akagera National Park is the largest National park in Rwanda that is found in the North east edge of the country covering 1,085km, This National Park was founded in 1934, it boarders Tanzania and incorporates Akagera River, This is one of the National Park that is diverse and scenic of Africa in terms of Landscape and one where you can drive for some hours without encountering another vehicle.
A game drive in Akagera National Park is one thing you shouldn’t miss, this offers the very splendors experience, enjoy to see a variety of species some in a big number and while others will be spotted one by one or in small groups, If your wildlife lover then you don’t have to miss this experience.
Birding safaris are popular amongst regular visitors and the immense variety and abundance of species will not fail to impress. From the vast concentrations of waterfowl to the myriad of savanna species, there is never a dull moment, with more than 500 species recorded in Akagera. Serious birders can seek out several endemic species.
Once u stepped in this park, you don’t want to miss this awesome view in the Boat in the Lake Ihema, while enjoying this view, expect to see a huge number of hippos and the thrilled outsized Crocodile, and this is a good chance also for the Bird lovers where you will find a number of water birds.
The Nyungwe National park is the tropical rainforest and of Rwanda main protected areas lies on the south western slopes of the highland region that forms the great divide between congo and the Nile drainage system. This National park is home of 310 species of birds, roughly 400 species of chimpanzees, a home to one of East Africa’s last intact populations and boasts two wild chimp communities that welcome guests (one in Cyamudungo and other around Uwinka). Thus, it’s not surprising that chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity in Nyungwe especially when the park’s trees are in full bloom during the summer.
Noisy and curious, intelligent and social, the chimpanzee is the mammal most like a human. Chimpanzees fascinate humans and are favorites both in zoos and the wild, Chimps live in groups called troops, and these large groups are made up of smaller, very flexible groups of just a few animals, perhaps all females, all males or a mixed group. The chimpanzee has a thickset body with long arms, short legs and no tail, much of the body is covered with long black hair, but the face, ears, fingers and toes are bare. They have hands that can grip firmly, allowing them to pick up objects. The discovery that they used “tools” for certain purposes surprised the world, you don’t want to miss out this experience while in Nyungwe National park.
The Canopy walk in Rwanda is found in Nyungwe National Park trip found at the Uwinka visitor’s center in the Nyungwe forest. The walk way has a 160 Meter stretch divided in 3, sections.The first is a 45Meter stretch, followed by the longest at 90Meters and the shortest at 25meters.The highest point from the 90 Meter walk way is 70meters from ground. The canopy walk is a 30 minutes a guided tour via the Igishigishi Trail in a steep slope deep into the forest to the starting point of the walk way. The walkway can however be done via the long trails of Imbaraga or the Umuyove. Many primates’ birds, butterflies can be spotted from the Top of the Canopy walkway with also great views of the entire forest canopy including Lake Kivu on a clear day.
Bird Watching – Nyungwe is probably one of the most important bird watching destination in Rwanda with more than 280 bird species recorded of which the majority are forest specialists and 26 are regional endemics whose range is restricted to a few forests, Bird watching in Nyungwe can be rather frustrating, since the vegetation is thick and many birds tend to stick to the canopy, but almost everything you see ranks as a good sighting.
You don’t have to be an ardent birdwatcher to appreciate some of Nyungwe’s birds.