Rwanda is a landlocked African country bordering Uganda in the north, Tanzania in the east, Burundi in the south and Congo in the west. The country is popularly known as the “Land of thousand hills” mainly because of its high elevation geographically dominated by mountains and hills with the star attraction being the endangered African mountain gorillas which reside in the famous Virunga Ranges. Apart from gorilla tracking, there are other safari activities in Rwanda that you might enjoy as listed below
Travel to Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangungu towns where you get to enjoy the striking views on Lake Kivu on a boat ride. Travel to Nyanza and visit the royal palace of While in Gisenyi town you can get to cross the border to Congo and visit the Nyiaragongo volcano, one of the active Virunga volcanoes on the Congo side that last erupted the 17th of January 2002. Visit the Albertine rift montane Nyungwe rainforest home to over 300 colobus monkeys and offers the best bird watching spots in Rwanda.
The Virunga ranges are a chain of volcanoes that stride along the northern border of Rwanda, Uganda & DR Congo located between Lake Kivu and Edward. Locally called “Ibirunga” meaning volcanoes , the Virungas consist of eight volcanoes but most of them have been dormant for along time expect Mount Nyirangongo and Nyamuragira which recently erupted in 2006 and 2010. Other volcanoes include Mount Karisimbi, Mgahinga, Mikeno, Muhabura and the oldest of them being Mount Sabinyo 3634m.
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RWANDA SAFARI ACTIVITIES
The Mountain gorilla in Volcanoes national park is Rwanda’s star tourist attraction and has been included in the IUCN endangered species list. Tracking the mountain gorilla is the highlight of most safaris to Rwanda.
Primate tracking in Nyungwe forest is also a popular activity sometimes taking you through the neighboring Cyamudongo forest. The most common primates on this walk are the chimpanzee and Angolan colobus.
Golden monkey tracking is also a newly introduced activity. Golden monkeys on the Virunga ranges in volcanoes national park have been fully habituated and are now fully accessible to humans.
Hiking the Karisimbi volcano is only advisable for the expert climbers and normally takes 2 days. Light rain gear, sturdy boots and plenty of water are advisable on this hike.
Visiting any of the genocide memorials is worthwhile. Any such tours take you through the highlights of the most brutal genocides in world history where over 1 million Tutsis were murdered in a period of 100 days.
The twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo are a must visit for the ardent birder. Visit Lake Kivu in Gisenyi and relax at the lake shores, take a dip in the lake or enjoy a speed boat ride on the lake.
Explore the Akagera national park to view Rwanda’s big game like the hippos. Have a boat ride on Lake Ihema to view various avian and wildlife species.
Visit the Gisakura tea plantations for tea cupping and tasting.
Enjoy a cultural dance performances by the Ntore dancers in Iby’ Iwachu cultural village. Watch this graceful dance as whilst dancers sway with pots on their heads.
Birding in Rwanda is an important tourist activity with a combination of visits to Akagera, Nyungwe and PNV. Forest specialists, Albertine rift endemics, swamp dwellers and other aquatic species will be witnessed on this spree. Birds like the Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Mountain Black Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Archer’s Robin-chat, the rare Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, the near-endemic Kungwe Apalis the attractive Mountain Masked Apalis. The delicate White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher and Dusky Tit are further attractions. Nocturnal specials include Rwenzori Nightjar, Albertine Owlet and Fraser’s Eagle Owl among others.