Things to do in Rwanda

Kigali City Tour

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Kigali has been part of Rwanda's history for just over a hundred years, founded by Richard Kandt when it was a German settlement. It did not become the capital of Rwanda until 1962 when the country gained independence.  It then replaced Butare as the capital which had been the seat of the king.  Since then Kigali has had a major growth in its economy and today it is the cultural, transport and economical centre of Rwanda.  It is home to around one million people and has a mix of wide streets, international hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and shops and an international airport.  Take time whilst you visit Rwanda to have a guided city tour and learn more about the country and city you are visiting. 

 

Driving around Kigali, you can't help but get impressed and inspired by the clean streets, the green environment and industrious attitude of the Rwandans.  It's an uplifting and forward thinking place and worth spending time there.

 

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

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altHiking Rwanda's volcanoes and spend an hour with a gorilla family is without doubt a once in lifetime acheivement. Trekking gorilla in Rwanda's National Park in Musanze is by far Gorilla trekking main adventure in East Africa. We provide you with all the informations you need and help you to plan for your for gorilla trekking adventure in Virunga volcanoe Park in Rwanda, as well as giving you an insight on gorillas groups or families. Trekking gorilla in Rwanda is seen by many as the best adventure anywhere on the planet and no trip to Africa would be complete without a trip to see the gorillas in their mist in Rwanda's national park. Gorilla tours in Rwanda are orgnised to all gorillas groups or gorilla families. There are several groups or gorilla families to choose from:  The Susa is reputed to be the most difficult to trekk  as it requires a tough hike up the mountain.It is known for its surviving gorilla twins and got its name from the Susa River within their home range.

 

 Susa gorilla group had 42 individuals: 4 silverbacks, 5 black backs, 12 adult females, 3 sub adult females, 1 sub adult male, 2 non adult female, 2 juveniles and 13 babies but recently the group got spilt into two families. Before the split  when you reach this group, the first thing you noted was that there were gorillas everywhere.

The Number of Gorillas remains in this family are 29 Gorilla while the new gorilla family group is  Karisimbi named after the Rwanda's highest volcanoe. Rwanda gorilla tours can now be orginised for the new group Karisimbi.

Susa group that the American researcher Dian Fossey studied, and is the largest of the habituated family. Dian Fossey had set up a research centre high in the Virunga volcanic mountains midway between Karisimbi and Bisoke, naming it the Karisoke Research centre.  She is buried there next to her beloved mountain gorilla Digit. Her cemetery has now become a worldwide attraction. A guide leads the strenuous three-hour trek to her conservative centre and to the the susa family. You will need a good six hours to do the round trip, allowing time to explore.

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The other gorilla groups are smaller and tend to be less physically intensive to visit.
The Volcanoes national Park Consists of 125 km2 of mountain forest and home to the six Virunga Volcanoes and the world famous mountain gorillas. Protected within the PNV, the lushly forested slopes of the mountains form an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is arguably the most poignant  and memorable wildlife experience in the world: gorilla trekking.

 

Volcanic Biking

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altWhile in Musanze Distict, home of mountain gorillas, you would love to explore Ruhengeri town and its surroundings on a bike! The town itself sprawls for several kilometres through well maintained roads and a huge central market, which is worth a visit if you have time. The local area produces most of Rwanda's potato crop and many amazing sights can be seen around the area of local people balancing sacks on their heads and bicycles! There are several local handicraft shops and markets in Ruhengeri and Kinigi. Ruhengeri (or Musanze) is the fourth largest town in Rwanda and has the most popular location as the town closed to the Volcanoes National Park. The town has a stunning backdrop of the most Easterly mountains in the chain. Along the main road of Ruhengeri are several hotels, restaurants and an airfield. The road to the Uganda border is not far away. You can also visit Musanze Cave, which is around 2km long and was created by lava flow from one of the volcanoes.
The ORTPN office is situated in Ruhengeri town but most visitors make the short drive further towards the Volcanoes National Park to the large village of Kinigi which is where the park headquarters are based and trekkers mass every morning with their guides to be allocated the days permits for gorillas, golden monkey and other mountain hikes.
 

Gisenyi Beach: The new paradise

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altGisenyi beaches on Lake Kivu are amazing. Gisenyi now Rubavu is the most developed of Rwanda’s resorts, with Lake Kivu providing the tourists with sunbathed beaches and plenty of water sports like swimming, diving, boating and parasailing. Birdlife is abundant near the lake with sightings of pelicans, cranes and kingfishers. Boat trips to the Primus Brewery are a favourite among those tired after a long day of sightseeing.
Close to the city is the Volcanoes National Park, which is famous internationally as one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla. Les Chades de Nbada is a breathtaking 100 m metre high waterfall in the southern part of town; to the north-west tourists will be rewarded with another treat, the 3500 m high Nyiragongo volcano. There are many things to do in Gisenyi with minimal traffic on a good road network which offers a chance for bicycle rides along the scenic valley and the coast. As for mountain biking and hiking, the Rwandan hillocks and remote trails are excellent for an adventure.
Gisenyi is also home to BRALIRWA, the only brewery in Rwanda, which manufactures various local beers Primus and Mutzig, as well as Amstel, Guinness and a range of Coca cola brand soft drinks. Gisenyi is the most northerly port on the lake and an interesting small town. It is split into the upper and lower town, the first being a set of busy rounds around a central market and the latter more spaced out with collections of banks, old colonial houses and hotels. Several hotels and guest houses border the lake shore.

 

Nyungwe Chimpanzee safari and Bird watching

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Trekking chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest is a prime adventure in Rwanda. Yes, thousands of visitors come to Rwanda to view the world famous mountain gorillas, however deep in Rwanda's forests lie over 13 species of primates. These include the striking Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, hundreds of lively Angolan Colobus Monkeys in Nyungwe National Park, and families of Baboons which can be found strolling leisurely through the savannah of Akagera National Park.
Nyungwe is a fascinating destination for primate lovers where an estimated 500 Chimpanzees can be found as well as the silver monkey and vervet monkey, the olive baboon, L'Hoest's monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys and the red-tailed monkey.


Eye-To-eye Canopy walk way in Nyungwe forest


The Canopy Walkway which has been competed in the Nyungwe Forest National Park in south western Rwanda is 50 meters above the ground level, and 90 meters longThe dizzying platform is above a steep and deep valley trotting across massive forest.
Tourism officials at the Rwanda Development Board say at that height, tourists will be at the "eye-to-eye level" with different primate species, and many bird species, all of which are fond of inhabiting the upper scales of the forest.
The 200m walkway with three towers are the biggest in East Africa, said RDB in an online statement.
Spread over hundreds of square meters Nyungwe is said to be largest and most ancient Afro-Montane forest remaining in the East & Central Africa, dating back to the last ice age.

 
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