Explore Rwanda
Rwanda
Haven for Wildlife and Nature

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a country in East Africa. It is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley, haven for exotic species of mammals, birds and plants. Rwanda has sheltered the endangered species of chimpanzees, mountain gorillas and other primates. Surrounded by hilly areas, expansive lush vegetation and beautiful Lake Kivu, Rwanda is a treasure trove of nature. Its magnificent mountains make hiking strenuous and yet very rewarding owing to panoramic views and wildlife. 


Popular cities: 

  • Kigali

  • Musanze

  • Nyanza

  • Kibuye

Climate
Rwanda has a temperate tropical highland climate. The best time to visit the country is between December and February and from June to September. For tracking gorillas, mid-May to mid-October has favourable conditions.

  • January — Dry
  • February — Dry
  • March — Wet
  • April — Wet
  • May — Wet
  • June — Dry
  • July — Dry
  • August — Dry
  • September — Dry
  • October — Wet
  • November — Wet
  • December — Wet
Things to do
City Life

Kigali is a vibrant city where you can explore several urban delights. It's very authentic and at the same time very dynamic. You can buy traditional clothes, handicrafts and artifacts at Kimironko Market or just check out Kigali's creative side at the Inema Arts Center. By hosting fashion festivals, Kigali has become the fashion hub of Rwanda. Kigali cultural village is also a fascinating place to visit. Musanze is also a good place to enjoy a subtle nightlife. You can also observe the lifestyle of the locals and try their traditional food, dance and songs.  Nyanza is the major hub of Rwanda’s cultural heritage. The locals are very welcoming and the ambience in and around the city is very peaceful. 


Heritage Places & Museums
The Ethnographic Museum, located in Huye, houses one of Africa's finest ethnographic collections. There are seven galleries in this museum which display ethnographic, archeological, historical and artistic artefacts along with geographical and craft exhibitions, giving visitors an informative insight into Rwanda history and culture. King's Palace in Nyanza is a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence. It is beautifully crafted and the thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive, makes this one of a kind. It also displays the rich cultural heritage of Rwanda. The palace also offers a rich insight into the descendants of the royal herd. Kigali Genocide Memorial, through peace-building and education, commemorates the one million Rwandans killed in 1994. Rwanda Art Museum displays contemporary artworks from Rwanda and abroad. To learn about colonialism in relation to Rwanda you must visit the Kandt House Museum. You can learn more about the development of art in Rwanda right from olden times to the modern day. It's collection of artworks demonstrate a perfect melange of traditional and modern imaginations.
Nature & Wildlife

Nyungwe National Park is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. With its biodiversity and bountiful nature, this spectacular park will leave you spellbound. This mountainous region shelters a small population of chimpanzees as well as 12 other primate species. It also has over 1,000 plant species and 149 orchids. With nearly 322 bird species and 29 other Albertine Rift Endemic species, Nyungwe National Park is among the best in Africa for birdwatching. Isumo waterfall and the expansive tea plantations dotting the edges of the park are other key attractions. For an exhilarating adrenaline rush, visit the famous canopy walkway that is suspended above a ravine in this park. Also, the steep forest slopes provide thrilling hiking trails such as the Igishigishigi trail, Karamba Trail, Imbaraga trail and Umuyove trails. Akagera National Park encompassing the low-lying plains of Akagera, comprises wetland, savannah, woodland and pristine lakes. You can easily spot lions, black rhinos, elephants, baboons, antelope, zebras, and many other exquisite wild animals. It also houses about 490 species of exotic birds. This park is indeed a major hub of wildlife in Rwanda. Boat trip on Lake Ihema to spot waterbirds, large pods of hippos and Nile crocodiles is also a major highlight of visiting this park. You can explore the park by vehicle and even camp at specific sites. Volcanoes National Park, situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, is home to endangered mountain gorillas, over 200 species of birds, rare golden monkey and an exquisite mosaic of montane ecosystems including bamboo forest, evergreen forest, open grassland. Residing within this exotic rainforest, Buhanga Eco-Park is an ancient forest that has well-preserved Rwanda's folklore and Musanze Caves, formed 62 million years ago. Beside Gorilla tracking, you can indulge in mountain biking, canoeing and hiking in this chain of dormant volcanoes. Gishwati Mukura National Park is made up of two separate forests made up of 60 species of trees including bamboo and indigenous hardwoods. The park shelters a group of 20 chimpanzees, golden monkeys, Blue Monkeys and L'Hoest’s Monkeys. You can indulge in community-based activities such as cultural dance, farm stay, tea plantation tour, making handicrafts and learning from traditional healers. Part of Africa's Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu is Rwanda's largest lake. Surrounded by majestic mountains and deep emerald green waters this lake is one of the most serene places in the country. Karongi is a popular beach resort located against the backdrop of this sparkling lake. It offers astounding vistas of sunrise and sunset. Besides boating, you can also enjoy kayaking on this lake. Mountain biking and hiking the spectacular Congo Nile Trail are also very famous tourist activities. Rubavu, a waterfront town on the shores of Lake Kivu, has red sandy beaches and tropical character. It is an ideal place to rejuvenate and relax. 


Adventure
Rwanda offers some of the most exhilarating hiking trails that come with astounding views. Mount Karisimbi, the highest peak in Rwanda, is a strenuous yet rewarding hike. It takes about two days to reach the summit but you can enjoy camping along the way. Also, you can spot gorillas, other primates and bird species along the way. Mount Bisoke is another scenic place worth hiking owing to its beautiful crater lake at the top, which lies at 3,700m. Other hikes include Mount Muhabura, Mount Kabuye, the scenic twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo. You can also enjoy a serene lake cruise here. Another very popular hiking trail is the Congo Nile Trail alongside Lake Kivu. It is popular amongst cyclists and hikers alike. Traversing bracken fields, bamboo forests, rainforests, waterfalls, vistas and traditional villages, this trail is a wonderful way of exploring the real beauty of Rwanda.
Places of Worship

Kibeho Parish has been a famous global pilgrimage destination for Roman Catholics. It hosts pilgrims and religious tourists from across the world, including Italy, India, America, France, The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Cathedral of St. Michael, Butare Catholic Cathedral, Nyabugogo Mosque, and Byumba Cathedral are some of the other well-known places of worship in Rwanda. 


How to spend time / how long will it take?

You can cover the main tourist attractions of Rwanda in 7 to 10 days. However, you might have to extend your stay if you choose to hike the Congo Nile Trail. Starting off in the Eastern Province, spend a day or two exploring the Akagera National Park. In the Northern Province, spend two days in the Volcanoes National Park gorilla trekking. The natural vistas surrounding the park make your visit worth every second. You can enjoy a chilled nightlife in Musanze before you move to your next destination which could be Kigali. The dynamic city is worth visiting to witness and experience Rwanda’s culture and traditions. After spending a day here you can make your way to the Southern Province pretty easily. Once here, spend a day in Nyanza exploring the city and cultural sites. Further, you can spend two days exploring the wildlife, adventurous hiking trails, tea plantations of the nature-rich Nyungwe National Park. You can end your trip at the serene Lake Kivu in the Western Province, boating and hiking in day-time and camping under a sky full of stars. 


Cuisine
  • Cuisine of Rwanda is rather simple but very authentic to its core. Majority of the meals are made with locally grown vegetables and mild spices. The flavours vary according to different ethnic groups. Some of the must-try dishes are Ugali, Matoke, Ibiraya, Igisafuria, Akabenzi, Agatogo, among others. You'll also find different cuisines available in restaurants. But the scrumptious traditional food items have a lasting impact on your taste buds.You must try the authentic Rwandan cup of joe at Question Coffee Cafe. You'll find several experimental caffeinated concoctions made by infusing some local coffee beverages with unexpected local ingredients.
Costs
  • Meal prices in Rwanda can vary, the average cost of food is approx. RF 1,140 (USD 1.13) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians can get Visa on arrival
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 10 days

Known For
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Gorillas
Areas to Visit
  • Akagera National Park in Eastern Province for wildlife and nature
  • Volcanoes National Park in Northern Province for Gorilla trekking
  • Nyungwe National Park in in Southern Province for primate species
  • Albertine Rift for endemic species and Lake Kivu
  • Mt. Karisimbi, Mt. Bisoke, Mt. Muhabura for hiking and camping

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