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Things To Do Rwanda – Land of A Thousand Hills

Things To Do Rwanda – Land of A Thousand Hills

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Rwanda, one of Africa’s premier events and tourist destinations.

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda has a capital city known as Kigali, one the cleanest and green cities in Africa. It is centrally positioned and serves as the main gateway to a range of exciting attractions and experiences. While in Rwanda, we invite you to explore the beautiful outdoors and immerse yourself in the rich, vibrant culture and memorable adventures. We welcome you to experience our warm hospitality and encourage you to discover what Kigali and the rest of the country have to offer.

Akagera National Park – Home to The Big Five

Founded in 1934, Akagera National Park is central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda and home to the famous big 5 games for example lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants.

It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eaten boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is lake Ihema.

A boat trip on lakes Ihema and Rwanyakizinga is also a highlight of any visit to Akagera, with its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant birdlife.

Founded in 1934, Akagera National Park is central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda and home to the famous big 5 games for example lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants.

It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eaten boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is lake Ihema.

A boat trip on lakes Ihema and Rwanyakizinga is also a highlight of any visit to Akagera, with its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant birdlife.

Things To Do in Akagera

Day And Night Game Drives

Akagera offers game drives in the morning, afternoon and at night. Guided night drives that commence at sunset are a fantastic way to cap off your day in the park and offer the best chance of seeing nocturnal wildlife, from lions to leopards which are among the most sought-after sightings

Boat Safari On Lakes Ihema And Rwanyakizinga

Travellers seeking a vibration on the typical safari should consider a boat trip on lakes Ihema and Rwanyakizinga, where you can drift along the lakes in the midst of thriving wildlife, for avid birders, this experience is a must. Scheduled trips can be arranged four times a day.

Hot Air Balloon Safari

A flight in the Akagera Hot Air Balloon is one of the best ways to discover and explore the area of the park. With scenic views of Lake Ihema, Hills and peninsulas and wild animals, Akagera hot air balloons are one not to miss.

Note: Flights on the host air balloon are subject to availability and favourable weather conditions in the park.

Where To Stay

Witness the abundance of Akagera National Park from the diverse lodges around the park

Home once more to an abundance of apex predators and their prey. Marvel at the lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant roaming its hills and vast savannah.

This is the quintessential East African safari adventure and the perfect complement to your gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda.

What To Wear 

Daytime temperatures are generally warm, carry light clothing and consider sun protection, including a hat and sunglasses. The evenings tend to be cool, and a light sweater or jacket will suffice. Read here our Comprehensive guide on the packing list 

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. A quarter of all Africa’s primates,13 species are found here including the common chimpanzee. It is also a birders paradise with around 300 recorded species nearly 30 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift region with several plant species such as orchids.

Things To Do in Nyungwe Forest

Primate Tracking
Nyungwe is home to chimpanzees as well as a host of monkeys, colobus, olive baboons and many more Sociable creatures, chimpanzees live in extended communities and move around every day, foraging for food or occasionally hunting smaller mammals. They build fresh nests in the trees each night. Learn more about our Primate tracking experience.

Canopy Walkway Experience

Three suspension bridges,70 metres above the forest floor and spanning more than 120 metres long will provide you with unparalleled views of the rainforest and mist-covered hills in the distance. The walkway is accessible from the Igishigishigi trail and visitors are accompanied by guides.

Bird Watching
The bird watching in Nyungwe is among the best in Africa with 322 bird species including red collared babbler and other Albertine rift endemic species. buffer flies are also common sight with at least 120 species.

Hiking and Waterfall trails
Nyungwe has 15 trails to take in the stunning ancient forests, rugged landscapes, waterfalls and biodiversity of animals and avian species. For stunning waterfalls, hikers have two options, the approximately 17-metre-high Kamiranzovu waterfall is the park’s biggest and joins the river towards Lake Kivu. Experience the Ndambarare waterfall with a leisurely walk through the flat terrain of the tea fields followed by a romp through a lush forest.

Community-Based Tourism Experiences (Sustainability)
These are a variety of local community experiences that can make your visit to Nyungwe a special one. They include making handcrafts, tea plantation tours and picking, beekeeping and honey making. These experiences are offered by those living around the park, residents who contribute much to Rwanda’s conservation.

Volcanoes National park

Situated in the northwest of Rwanda, Musanze District, Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of the magnificent
The mountain range is home to Rwanda’s endangered mountain Gorillas and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems.
Volcanoes National Park is named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif Karisimbi -the highest at 4507m, Bisoke with its verdant crater lake, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura.

Things To Do in Volcanoes National Park 

Gorilla Trekking Experience 
The unique opportunity to see gorillas in their natural habitat is unforgettable. Encounters with gorillas, as they go about their daily lives, are carefully managed with expert trackers and guides leading small groups of tourists up the mountain slopes to spend a precious and awe-in-spring hour just a few feet away from the gentle creatures.

Golden Monkey Trekking
Another exciting experience in Volcanoes National Park is trekking to see the golden monkeys. With the golden coated fur that makes them strikingly beautiful, two golden monkey groups can be tracked – one on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi and the other in the bamboo forest on Mount Sabinyo. Tracking through the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest alive with the calls of 200 bird species.

The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of Dian of The Dian Fossey Fund
This multi-acre, eco-friendly facility adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park includes three main buildings -the research centre, education centre and conservation gallery as well as housing for visiting students and researchers. The Ellen campus is designed to serve as an agate way to conserve for the Many stakeholders as well as visitors from around the world helping to create the next generation of conservationists. Read more about the campus here.

Musanze Caves Experience
There are 52 caves in the northern province with 15.2km of cave passages, most of which are developed from Cenozoic volcanic rocks.
The Musanze cave is 2km long and the most frequently visited. It dates back 65 million years when the lava flows contributed to the Albertine rift valley. Musanze cave is part of the lava ballistic layers from the Bisoke and Sabyinyo volcanoes. The site is formally protected and access is limited to guided tours which last two and a half hours.

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