Endless green valleys, the call of wild beasts under a rainforest canopy and the allure of a country to be explored – these are just some of the reasons to visit Rwanda.
This east African country is small and often overlooked, yet is slowly making its way onto the bucket list of adventurous travellers from across the world. Not sure what to expect by this beautiful destination? We’ve compiled a list of why you simply need to go.
Gorillas and other primates
Big and small, Rwanda has the most spectacular primates that live within the borders of this country. Venturing out to seek and observe gorillas is often seen as one of the most amazing things that you could ever do.
There are, approximately, only 880 gorillas left in the world, and to get the chance to see them in their natural habitat is something that not many can claim. In the north of Rwanda, near the Virunga Mountains, set your sights on the slopes of the dense jungle, with a hike that can last anywhere between 30 minutes and many hours. Expert guides are there to show you the way and you’re guaranteed to walk away with memories to last a lifetime.
Rwanda is also where you can enjoy the sounds of chimpanzees, golden monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys in the national parks. These primates all share their jungle with each other and though there is a chance that you’ll spot one or two, you may just get lucky and see them all!
Rwanda is home to five volcanoes, strategically situated in a national park named after its namesake , Volcanoes National Park. The volcanoes themselves are mostly quiet but in recent years have been ‘waking up’. Mount Nyamuragira is so active that it erupts approximately once every two years!
These natural and majestic attractions should only be explored with a guide and caution should always be visited around the active and less active volcanoes of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park or Parc National de Volcans is known as ‘PNV’ by locals and is the base for many non-profit organisations that care and cater towards the conservation of the land.
The Big 5
If you’re going to visit Rwanda then make sure to set some time aside to see the Big 5! Akagera National Park has worked hard over the last few years to bring lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and black rhino together on its plains, giving its visitors the full Big 5 experience.
The national park is located on the border of Tanzania and is one of East Africa’s most thriving natural reserves that covers more than 1140 square metres. Book a game drive and navigate swamps and savannah, spotting these majestic beasts as they roam the lands freely.
Lions and rhinos were reintroduced into Akagera from South Africa, meaning that there’s a high chance you’ll be zooming in on your lenses as you admire them in their environments.