Top Things to Do in Rwanda for Safari Holiday : The fact is that, Rwanda sounds as one of the top tourist destinations in Africa and number of tourists come from all around the world to meet up with a beautiful Land of thousand hills and the cleanest country in Africa. Above of all, a home to most beautiful people in the world.
More so, Rwanda ranks among the top visited destination because of its natural beauty of birds, Gorillas, Chimps and the big5 animals many more. Rwanda as a country is small in size compared to most countries in Africa but that doesn’t deny it to be blessed with diversity of geography such as; mountains, lake, rivers, savannah, swamps and forests, they all form great ecosystems that make a home for lots of wildlife, primates and birds.
Rwanda lies just below the equator and therefore has warm and sunny days all year round.
Below are some of highlight of things tourists can do during their safari holiday in Rwanda;
Top things to do in Rwanda;
Gorilla trekking is the main highlight of attractions on Rwanda safaris that attracts millions and millions of people to flock into the country to meet up with these unique creatures, whom we closely share the same DNA of 98%. You meeting up these creatures in their natural habitat guess what you won’t remain the same but you will leave with quite unforgettable experience.
Fact, Rwanda is one of the three ‘’3’’ countries in the whole world where to see the mountain gorillas. Whereby, gorilla trekking is a process that involves in hiking through the thick rainforests in search of mountain gorillas. Rwanda has got several habituated gorilla families which people visit for an experience. The trekking can last 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on their movements in the forest and once the gorilla family assigned too is located 1 hour is given to you to spend with them as you get to learn about their behaviors, feeding, playing as well as capturing videos for your future remembrance.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda – Is done in Volcanoes National Park where you can enjoy this life changing experience. Seeing these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly rewarding moment.
Cost of Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda; Costs USD1,500 per person per trek.
Unlike Gorillas, Rwanda is also home to other primate species including Chimpanzees, Black and white colobus monkeys, and the endangered Golden monkey.
Nyungwe Forest National Park a home to chimpanzees and black and white colobus monkeys. Then, the golden monkeys can be found in Volcanoes National Park.
Canopy walks and hiking
The canopy walk is one of the most liked activities by visitors who visit Nyungwe Forest National Park – Rwanda Safaris. Therefore, this gorgeous activity was opened in 2010 and it is the only one kind in East Africa and ranks the 3rd position on the earth.
From the starting point at Uwinka Visitors Centre to Canopy takes about 2hours to access there. Go adventure the 90 meters long canopy walkway on arrival in Nyungwe Forest National Park which is a fabulous experience.
The bridge suspended between a canopy of trees that gives one a feel of fresh air ,60 meters above the forest floor.
The minimum age for the canopy activity starts at 6 years 5uold, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
This activity is available all year round.
In Rwanda wildlife safaris is best enjoyed in the Akagera National Park that lies northeast of Rwanda just 110 kilometers from Kigali town. The park features with Lake Ihema in the background and cooler temperatures, this is a Rwanda safari experience unlike any of Rwanda’s neighbors.
You can combine visit to Akagera National Park well with Nyungwe and the Volcanoes National Park for better safari element – home to large plains of game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps like the Sitatunga and the rare shoebill stork.
The park’s plain is home to game species including; elephant, buffalo, Topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland among others. Primates to see includes olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey which are best seen during the day, with bushbabies and often seen on night drives.
Rwanda is one of the great destinations to go for birdwatching – it hosts a total of over 700 bird species which can be spotted in all the national parks in the area. Since the country boosts with Albertine Rift makes it a great landscape for bird enthusiasts. Birding in Rwanda is a great ideal to every level of visitors who visits the parks for other activities -to birders have high chances of seeing diversity and appeal of certain species.
Birdwatching on Rwanda Safaris can be done throughout the year, from December to February best months to see migrant bird species.
Rwanda cultural welcomes you into their amazing lives and traditional of dancing with calabashes-pots on head top without hold on them -enjoy music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life and performances range from demonstrations of bravery, their traditional songs, light- hearted dances as well as rural artistry with roots in traditional agriculture.
Congo Nile Trail
The Congo Nile Trail lies along Lake Kivu that extends from Rubavu, continue through Rutsiro via the Karongi, and Nyamasheke districts and ends at Rusizi district ,covers 227 kilometer of beautiful landscapes ,including rolling hills and clear water.
This trail offers impressive view of the Lake Kivu coastline and tourists get excited with what they discover throughout the trail.
Coffee and tea tours
Rwanda is known as one of the largest tea exports. The country is gifted with fertile volcanic soil and temperate climate are excellent for growing the plants that create this aroma drink. Tea leaves are grown in mountain areas – creating an impressive contract to the blue skies, dirt roads and sunshine.
Visit Musanze caves
This Musanze caves lies in outskirt of Musanze town which is a one and half hour drive from Kigali city – the caves are an enormous opening and raises about 2km long with a huge number of bats residing inside. The inside part is quite rewarding to view.
The helicopter experience attracts those who prefer getting from one attraction to another.
Visit Rwanda, a land of a thousand hills and be able to enjoy a bird- eye view of our endless rolling green hills and pristine water banks. More so, you can combine Rwanda safari with Kenya wildlife safari -visit to Tsavo National Park or Amboseli National Park or combine it with a great adventure of world’s wildebeest migration event in Masai Mara.
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