Best Rwanda Safari Destinations: Your must visit Destinations to uncover

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Best Rwanda Safari Destinations: Your must-visit Destinations to uncover

Rwanda one of the East African countries, is famously known as “land of thousand hills”. In East Africa, Rwanda is a must-visit safari destination for gorilla trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts, and through the government’s incredible efforts, Rwanda’s Wildlife and tourism sector have gained a lot of popularity.

For the past few years, the tourism industry in Rwanda has grown rapidly for example when Rwanda signed a contract with big football clubs like Arsenal football club and also Paris Saint Germain (PSG), this strategy helped to boost and market Rwanda as a first-class tourism destination in Africa, Europe and all over the world.

This country is rich in biodiversity with a countless bucket list of safari experiences from trekking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, hiking dense vegetation in search of the chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park, driving through the territory of the big five animals in Akagera National Park to bird watching in the Albertine Rift endemics as well as visiting cultural and historical sites to experience the rich culture and background of the Rwandans.
In this article, let’s explore the best Rwanda safari destinations that are a must-visit for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.

1. Volcanoes National Park

Populrrly known as the home of the endangered mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is the most visited national park in Rwanda and offers an extraordinary gorilla trekking experience with a gorilla trekking permit of $1500.

Encounter the popular historical grave of Dian Fossey, a zoologist who died fighting for the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda which is also highlighted in the park.

This national park is surrounded by the best Rwanda Luxury and Midrange accommodations and lodges that are suitable even for honeymoon safaris plus gorilla trekking travelers such as Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge and also Virunga Lodge where you can spend your nights as breathtaking nature and animals’ sounds echo from afar.

Volcanoes National Park, located in the Virunga Mountain ranges, this park is home to 400 mountain gorillas, 10 habituated families, and is also characterized by thick forest, dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain that makes trekking of mountain gorillas so adventurous.

2. Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest national park is a vast tropical rainforest that harbors over 1000 plant species, over 240 bird species making it a world destination for bird-watching safaris and a highlight of Rwanda’s unique biodiversity.

Chimpanzee trekking is one of the best experiences in Rwanda and Nyungwe national park is an epic sanctuary and home to the largest primates population in Africa with over 13 primate species such as the Rare Angolan colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, owl-faced baboons and habituated chimpanzees.

Here you get to encounter the famous canopy walk which was constructed about 60 meters above the forest floor where it hangs between tall trees, uncovering an awe-inspiring view of the great flora and fauna.

The colobus Monkeys are usually sighted in the park, and you can get on the morning rise to go tracking these endangered colobus monkeys, take an opportunity to explore the wild trails in the park like the Isumo Waterfall Hike, the Umoyove trail, and also the Imbaraga trail and experience the lifetime encounter with these local primates.

3. Akagera National Park

Zebras and Giraffes in Akagera National park

Zebras and Giraffes in Akagera National park.

Rwanda today is famously known as a home to the iconic Big Five animals such as the Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, leopards, and Rhinos that are found in the Akagera National Park. Partake in boat safaris on Lake Ihema and Lake Rwanyakazinga to encounter the park’s aquatic wildlife such as the hippos, and also a variety of bird species.

Akagera national park is located in the eastern part of Rwanda where it stands as a testament to the country’s commitment to wildlife conservation. The park is also characterized by vast savannahs, rolling hills, meandering rivers, and lakes which offer an awe-inspiring backdrop for wildlife lovers.

The park is characterised by well-maintained infrastructures, it is located a few hours’ drive from Kigali the capital city of Rwanda making it a comfortable and enjoyable safari.

4. Gishwati – Mukura National Park

Gishwati – Mukura National Park was recently established but it’s a natural haven in Rwanda showcasing an intensive recovery of the degraded forest ecosystem.

This park is still undergoing restoration programs and you can encounter a wide variety of wildlife including primates such as chimpanzees and different monkey species, you can also enjoy forest walks, bird watching, and witnessing the restoration processes.

5. Other places to visit in Rwanda

Other than the aforementioned top four Rwanda safari destinations, there are other amazing safari destinations in Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills has. Some of them offer unrivaled experiences that will make your African stay not just memorable but – unforgettable. They include the following;

a). Kigali

Kigali is the well-known capital city of Rwanda. Kigali is the cleanest city in the Whole of Africa and with well-developed infrastructures such as hospitals, roads, accommodation lodges, and cultural centers, it makes Kigali a must-visit for tourists all over the world. One of the most stunning reasons to visit Kigali is its tidiness, in fact, Kigali is referred to as the cleanest city in Africa.

b). Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is renowned for the unique experiences that it offers making it an unforgettable destination for many travelers. Lake Kivu is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, hills, and exciting towns where visitors get to explore the area by boat, engage in water sports, relax on its beautiful beaches, and also immerse into the Rwandan culture and enjoy local hospitality.

c). Genocide Memorial Centre

The genocide memorial center was built in remembrance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the people who lost their lives. This is a must-visit place because it offers a powerful experience for visitors by promoting peace and reconciliation.

After that in-depth, Rwanda’s wildlife conservation efforts are witnessed all over the world, the country is renowned as one of the homes for endangered wildlife species such as mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and also the red colobus monkeys.

Rwanda genocide skulls

Skulls belonging to the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide are shown in a display case at the Nyamata church, Nov. 24, 2006, outside of Kigali, Rwanda. Also shown are some possessions of the victims along with a club used to kill victims.

As you can see, Rwanda is one of the best safari destinations in Africa that offers a variety of life experiences from the big five sightings, and scenic encounters with the endangered mountain gorillas to chimpanzee trekking and bird safaris with well-maintained infrastructures such as roads, lodges, hospitals, amusement parks and also visiting Kigali the cleanest city in Africa.

A well-planned safari to some of these safari destinations shall deliver exciting memories and we are happy to have this arranged for. Let us know how we may craft an outstanding Rwanda adventure for you today. Request a quote now.

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