Rwanda is one of the most rewarding tourist destinations in Eastern Africa. Featured here are the most stunning places to visit in Rwanda. We’ve chosen some of our favorite destinations from across the country arranged basing on the region. These hidden gems capture the very essence of Rwanda, from the soaring natural beauty of the Parc Nationale des Volcans (PNV) home to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas to the relaxing beaches of Lake Kivu, and from the cosmopolitan charm of Kigali City. Whatever you’re looking for we’ll help you to discover the Rwanda destinations that are perfectly suited to you.
During your stay in Rwanda you will be visiting the following locations:
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera National Park stretches from north to south eastern Rwanda, covering an area of 1085sq km. Set at a relatively low altitude and doted with numerous swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, this park could not be more different from the cultivated hills that characterise much of Rwanda.
There is much game to be seen in Akagera. More than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, but also the diminutive oribi , bushbuck, tsessebe and the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland. Elephant ,buffalo, zebra and the spotted hyena can also be seen at various watering holes.
Akagera National Park is a bird watchers paradise with over 525 species of birds, some of the continent’s most dense concentrations of waterbirds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork – the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds
This vast fresh-water expanse forms part of the East African Great Lakes. Sitting on its shores are the towns of Cyangugu, Kibuye and Gisenyi, ideal rest and recreation transit points between the primate tracking destinations of Nyungwe Forest National Park, and the Volcanoes National Park.
NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
1000sq km of protected, rare montane forest of unrivalled biodiversity. Among other natural marvels, this virgin forest is home to 13 species of primates, 100 varieties of orchids, about 300 species of birds and a river that is one of the sources of the Nile. The numerous hiking trails are ideal for primate trackers, botanists and bird-lovers.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Declared a National Park in 1925, this Rwandan section of the famous Virunga Mountain Range sits majestically between 3474m and 4507m and is home to over half the surviving 650 mountain gorillas in the region.
Each of the twelve habituated gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park allows for a maximum of 8 visitors per day, undoubtedly the most intimate and poignant of wildlife encounters.