The small country of Rwanda may bring up memories of a troubled and violent past for many, especially the grisly genocide of 1994. Triumphs over its difficult past have made Rwanda a promising example of growth and development in central east Africa. This small landlocked country, located in the Great Lakes region, is home to some of the oldest and most pristine rain forests in central Africa. For such a small country, Rwanda packs a great number of destinations and activities to keep your interests piqued.
Lying on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, is one of Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Kivu. Covering an area of 2,700 km2, Lake Kivu offers amazing views at any point along its shore, and what will surprise most travellers is the beach located at the town of Rubavu (also known as Gisenyi). These sandy shores are a great place to unwind for weary bodies, after exploring one of the many adventure trails in the area (on bike or by foot), or the starting point for kayaking and water skiing across Lake Kivu’s crystal clear waters.
Walk in the footsteps of Dian Fossey on a unique and unforgettable wildlife experience, by traversing the rain forests of Rwanda to get a view into the life of the mountain gorillas. Rwanda is one of four destinations (Uganda, DRC and Central African Republic) in the world where mountain gorillas can be tracked safely, and this special experience attracts thousands of visitors a year. By going on this amazing experience you are also supporting Rwanda in the conservation of its rain forests and mountain gorillas.
After spending time at Lake Kivu, why not take a trip to Nyungwe Forest. Located at the border of Burundi just south of Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest is one of the best preserved and oldest forests in central Africa. As a priority for environmental conservation, Nyungwe is home to diverse animal species. See the diversity of plant and animal life by navigating one of the many hiking trails in the forest. Different hiking trails cater for various fitness levels and provide a variety of views and photo opportunities for intrepid adventurers. After exploring the forest floor take your adventure to the canopy above. The canopy walkway in Nyungwe offers phenomenal views, allowing you to take in everything you missed while on the forest floor.
Akagera National Park
Named after the Kagera River, Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda along the border of Tanzania. Covering 1200 km2, this national park is home to three diverse eco-regions (savannah, mountain and swamp) and some of the most breath-taking landscapes in central east Africa. A visit to Akagera National Park is now even more special for travellers with the reintroduction of the eastern black rhinoceros after a ten year absence. With the big five of Akagera National Park now complete, a trip to this park is sure to be remarkable.
A front row seat to see the pristine rain forests of central Africa awaits you in Rwanda. Come and see for yourself how such a small country bursts with beauty and adventure. Email firstname.lastname@example.org today, to see how we can make your trip to Rwanda one to remember!