The small country of Rwanda may bring up memories of a troubled and violent past for many, especially the grisly genocide of 1994, but triumphs over its difficult past have made Rwanda a promising example of growth and development in East Africa. This small landlocked country, located in the Great Lakes region, is home to some of the oldest and most pristine rainforests in East 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 (1,042 square miles), 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). Lake Kivu has also become a great place for water sports. Kayaking, water skiing and jet skiing are all offered.
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 three destinations in the world where mountain gorillas can be tracked safely, and this special experience attracts thousands of visitors a year. There are few wildlife experiences that can match up to gorilla trekking. Take comfort in the fact that through your trekking experience, you are supporting mountain gorilla conservation efforts.
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 East 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.
The reason that brings a lot of visitors to Nyungwe is chimp trekking. Gorilla trekking is a big driver of tourism to Rwanda and a lot of travellers don’t know about chimp trekking. If you have the money and time, chimp trekking can be combined with your gorilla trekking experience.
Akagera National Park
Named after the Kagera River, Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda along the border of Tanzania. Covering 1,200 km2 (656 square miles), this national park is home to three diverse eco-regions (savannah, mountain and swamp) and some of the most breath-taking landscapes in 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. Time spent at Lake Ihema is something that shouldn’t be passed up on with options for boat trips and sports fishing.
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!