Thinking of going on a Rwanda travel holiday or a Rwanda safari adventure? Rwanda is a tiny, landlocked country positioned right in the heart of Africa. This land of a thousand hills and mountains has over the years become one of the tourists destinations after the 1994 occurrences of the Rwandan genocide. There are a lot of tourists activities to be done on Rwanda safaris 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 7th April as an annual day to reflect on the suffering and killing of Rwandans in about 100 days of terror. Over the years, Rwanda has made good strides of gender equality, which has 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 on gorilla trekking experiences. There are over ten habituated mountain gorilla families to explore on Rwanda tours. Tourists can also go for golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park, chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and explore other small primates in the same forest. Akagera National Park is also a great place to go for a Rwanda safari holiday. See some of our affordable 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. It is easier to connect your Rwanda safaris with Tanzania safari packages or Uganda safari packages because of distance. We offer very affordable holidays in Tanzania.
Why go to Rwanda?
The main tourists attraction in Rwanda is the endangered mountain gorillas that can be found in volcanoes national park. The park habituates 10 gorilla groups that can be trekking. 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 of the irresitible activities to do on safaris to Rwanda. The walk way is over 50 meters from the ground and 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 while exploring Nyungwe Forest from a bird’s eye view.
One of the reasons you should also visit Rwanda is game watching. Many people only crave for gorilla trekking but not game viewing. Akagera national park is the best place for game viewing safaris in Rwanda with animals like lions, elephants, forest Genet and many more. Akagera national park is about 110 kilometers from Kigali. Apart from mountain gorilla trekking, tourists can also explore golden monkeys as well. These monkeys are known for their playful characters and 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 Nile Trail covers 227 kilometers squared of lush rain forests, scenic rolling hills and beautiful clear waters along lake Kivu. Tourists can hike this trail on bikes or on foot for up to ten days with options of even one day hiking. One of the reasons people visit Rwanda is to see the Rwandan genocide sites of 1994 which saw the killing of over 800,000 Rwandans. You can visit Rwanda and learn more about the genocide from its dark tourism spots.
When to go on Rwanda tours
Rwanda being proximate to the equator on high altitude makes its climate moderate. 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. The rain falls but the sun always comes out to dry soil after and the skies clear to reveal the country’s 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. With the trees, plants and flowers, bird life is abundant with the presence of migratory birds.
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 dry and not muddy. This is the longest dry season of no or little rains. March to mid may is Rwanda’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 and can easily be seen under trees picking falling fruits. December to February is the busiest time of the year. Tourists are advised to book the gorilla trekking permits in this peak season in advance to avoid missing out on the experience.