Rwanda is the country that constantly pick up the attention from the world. Back in the 90s was a place where lot of bad things happened during the civil war. Now days this amazing country attract lot of tourist to show off their beauty .Rwanda is a landlocked East African country with a green, mountainous landscape. Its renowned Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
The park encompasses 4,507m-tall Mt. Karisimbi and 4 other forested volcanoes. In the southwest is Nyungwe National Park, with ancient montane rainforest that’s a habitat for chimpanzees and other primates.
I got the idea to visit this lovely place after i have very informative talk with a person from Rwanda when i was living in South Africa. I decide to research a bit and than i plan my trip to Kigali, capital of the country.
Getting to and from Rwanda
If you are already on the African continent is not that difficult to reach Rwanda. Plenty of low budget companies flight to Kigali. Flydubai even connect Kigali with other places in the world from Europe to Asia. This is the most reliable way to get there. You can always use land options to get there but they are more complicate than the plane.
Things to do in Rwanda
As i said before Rwanda is a landlock country but have a lot of nice mountains , rivers and valley . For saffari lovers is perfect destination, also for those like me who are crazy for hiking. Rwanda is rich with volcanoes and tropical forest but lets go through the country slowly as i saw this lovely and amazing place.
Soon as i touch the ground in Kigali Airport i catch my ride organize by this friend in South Africa. We get to the place were we stay . I offer to pay for the flat but guy said no need enjoy you stay just a week 🙂 Shortly after that i start planing my trip. We make a list and thing to do… Of course priority were many of the volcanoes.
Is located on the border with DR Congo and is truly breathtaking fantastic scenery with lovely mountains to hike on. We arrive in the afternoon see one of the best sunsets i ever witness and set the camp. For those who prefer Hotel there is some nice hotel on the shore of the lake called Serena. Lake Kivu is big and there you can enjoy in fishing or swimming ( i prefer swimming 🙂 ) and if you like small adventure there is a mountain gorillas around so you can hike and see them.
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. It’s characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains and savannah. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles.
Located on Burundi border this wonderful forest offer unique experience and reason is loads of Flora and Fauna. It’s a vast area of mountain rainforest, home to many species of chimpanzees, plus owl-faced and colobus monkeys. The Canopy Walkway, part of the Igishigishigi Trail, is a high suspension bridge with views over the valley and surrounding forests. A trail runs to the Kamiranzovu Marsh, with its birdlife, orchids and waterfall.
VOLACANOES NATIONAL PARK
The “Parc National de Volcans” (or PNV as it’s known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two hour drive from Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys.
PNV is also one of Rwanda’s conservation epicenters, where many non-profit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.
Near the park, the bustling and vibrant markets of Musanze are a place to immerse yourself into everyday Rwandan culture. Go deep into the earth with Musanze’s caves – one of the area’s newest attractions.
Mt Karisimbi involves a 2 day hike which sets off at 7am, with the meeting of the ranger guides at the park headquarters at Kinigi, thereafter driving for approximately forty five minutes to the starting point of the trek in the park and up the mountain. After 6 hours trek you will set up camp at 3700 for the overnight. The following day you hike up to the summit before embarking on the return trek back to the starting point and end of the Mt. Karisimbi Hike.
Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda, roughly in the center of the country. It sprawls across numerous hills, ridges and valleys, and has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. The Kigali Genocide Memorial documents the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, associated with the country’s civil war. The city’s Caplaki Crafts Village has stalls selling traditional handicrafts, including woodcarvings and woven baskets.
Staying in Rwanda and tasting Ugali is like you never been to Rwanda . Ugali (or bugali) is a paste made from maize and water, to form a porridge-like consistency that is eaten throughout East Africa. Isombe is made from mashed cassava leaves and served with dried fish. Matoke is a dish made from baked or steamed plantains.
Accommodation in Rwanda
Budget hostels and hotels offer basic things and they cost from 15 euro up to 20. Luxury resorts and hotels range from 70 euros up to 170 euros per night.
At the end i left Rwanda with so many nice memories and always when someone ask me about Africa i suggest going to this lovely place. Rwanda is labeled as Singapore of Africa because is super clean ( not so usual for Africa) and is super safe. People are very friendly and they love to help around if is needed.
See you next time in Rwanda 🙂