Rwanda is a landlocked country positioned in the heart of Africa, this land of a thousand hills has over the years become one of the tourists destinations after the occurrences of the Rwandan genocide. There are a lot of tourists activities to be done in Rwanda and a lot more to learn about this beautiful country with one of the kindest people on earth. The Rwandan genocide of 1994 saw the killing of over 800,000 Rwandans, this massive killings were done by the Tutsi against the Hutu the minority. The United Nations also declared 7thApril as an annual day to reflect on the suffering and killing of Rwandese in about 100 days of the genocide. Rwanda has made good strides of gender equality this had promoted women to achieve economic advances, over 50% of the Rwandan Parliament are women. The main languages spoken in Rwanda are Kinyarwanda, which is part of Bantu languages, French and English but Swahili also known as Kiswahili is spoken in commercial cities. Rwanda is one of the countries to explore the endangered mountain gorillas. There are ten gorilla habituated families to explore in Rwanda. Tourists can also go for golden monkey trekking, chimpanzee trekking and explore other small primates. See some of our Rwanda safaris below.
Rwanda is made up of two tribes; the Tutsi and the Hutu. The best time for visiting Rwanda is during the dry season when the grass is short and wildlife can easily be spotted, the trails on the Virunga ranges are also not slippery hence easy gorilla trekking. Accommodation in Rwanda will depend on tourists budget accommodation sectors range from luxurious hotels, mid range, budget and camping but most provide comfortable rooms and hospitable services.
Why go to Rwanda?
The main tourists attraction in Rwanda is the endangered mountain gorillas that can be found in volcanoes national parks, the park habituates 10 gorilla groups that can be explored, observation time of mountain gorillas is strictly one hour from the time you spit them. Gorilla permits in Rwanda go for $1500. The famous Nyungwe canopy walk is one if the things you should do on earth before you die, the walkways are over 50 meters from the ground it provides outstanding views compared to many other canopy walks. Experience life on top of African huge trees and simply feel the cool breeze of the forest canopy.
One of the reasons you should also visit Rwanda is for wildlife watching, many people only know about gorilla trekking but not game drives, Akagera national park is the best place for wildlife watching in Rwanda and you will see animal s like lions, elephants, forest Genet and many more. Akagera national park about 110 kilometers from Kigali. Apart from mountain gorilla trekking tourists can also explore golden monkeys well known for their playful characters, they can be seen in groups of about 30 in areas outside volcanoes national park. Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda can be done at Nyungwe forest you can also encounter many other primates like black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, Syke monkeys and many more.
The Congo trail covers 227 kilometers squared of lush rainforests, scenic rolling hills and beautiful clear waters along lake Kivu, tourists can hike thus trail on bikes or on foot it can take up to ten days but there are options of even one day hiking. One if the reason people visit Rwanda is to learn about the Rwandan genocide sites of 1994 which saw the killing of over 800,000 Rwandese, you can visit the country and learn more about the genocide from this dark tourism spots in the country.
When to go on Rwanda tours
Rwanda being proximate to the equator and its location on high altitude makes its climate moderate therefore the country can be visited all year round though there distinctive seasons which are better for doing some activities. October and November is the time of short rains in Rwanda, though the rains fall the sun always comes come and the skies are clear revealing the countries scenic beauty. It’s the best time for sight seeing lovers and photographers to visit the country. This period is also the best time to do bird watching, as the trees and plants flower bird life is abundant with migratory bird present.
Mid may to Mid October is the best time for trekking the mountain gorillas, the weather is clear the hiking trails are in good conditions and roads leading to the national parks are also well maintained. This is the longest dry season of no or little rains. March to mid my is the country’s longest rain season, the hiking and walking trails are not good, tourists will need four wheel drive cars to access most national parks. For chimpanzee trekking it’s a perfect time as the fruits ripen and chimpanzees move go the lower mountain slopes, they can easily be seen under trees picking falling fruits. December to February is the busiest time of the year, and the short dry season makes wildlife watching, gorilla trekking is also at its best and tourists are advised to book the gorilla trekking permits in this peak season or else you might miss an experience.