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Best Things To Do In Rwanda

Safaris, gorilla treks and more on your Rwanda vacation

Plan your Rwanda holidays around the top attractions and experiences the country has to offer.

From lush forests and towering volcanoes to encounters with endangered gorillas, Rwanda is filled with incredible things to do. Though the country was once marred by civil war and genocide, peace has gradually returned. As you explore Rwanda, take time to learn about its tragic history at various museums and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture.

Our Enchanting Travels specialists have curated a list of highlights that should definitely be part of your Rwanda travel guide!

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Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This thrilling adventure takes place in Volcanoes National Park, home to several habituated gorilla families. Trekkers traverse lush rainforests, guided by experienced trackers who provide insights into gorilla behavior and conservation efforts. The trek can be challenging, but the reward of spending a precious hour with these majestic creatures makes it an unforgettable experience.

Rwanda’s gorilla trekking permits are strictly regulated to ensure minimal impact on the gorillas and their environment. Visitors must adhere to guidelines that protect the health and safety of the gorillas, such as maintaining a safe distance and wearing masks. The trek also supports local communities and conservation projects, making it a responsible travel choice. Beyond the encounter with gorillas, the scenic beauty of the park and the chance to see other wildlife enhance the overall experience.

Game Drive

Game drives in Rwanda provide an exhilarating way to experience the country’s diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. Akagera National Park, the primary location for these drives, boasts a rich variety of animals, including elephants, lions, giraffes, and antelopes. As you traverse the park’s savannahs, woodlands, and lakeshores, you’ll have the opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitats. Guided by expert rangers, these safaris offer not only thrilling wildlife encounters but also insightful information about the park’s conservation efforts and ecology.

The morning and late afternoon game drives are particularly rewarding, as these are the times when animals are most active. The park’s varied terrain, from rolling hills to open plains, provides a picturesque backdrop for wildlife spotting and photography. In addition to the big game, Akagera is home to a plethora of bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. Whether you are a seasoned safari-goer or a first-time visitor, a game drive in Rwanda promises an unforgettable adventure, filled with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and the thrill of close-up animal encounters.

Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda is an exhilarating experience that takes place primarily in the lush Nyungwe Forest National Park. This ancient rainforest is home to a significant population of chimpanzees, offering visitors the chance to observe these intelligent primates in their natural habitat. Guided by expert trackers, you’ll venture deep into the forest, following the sounds and signs of chimpanzee activity. The experience provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these fascinating animals as they play, forage, and interact within their troops.

The best time for chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda is during the dry seasons, from June to September and December to February, when the trails are more accessible. Trekkers can also enjoy the rich biodiversity of Nyungwe Forest, which hosts numerous other primate species, birds, and unique flora. The trek, though sometimes challenging, is rewarded with the unforgettable sight of chimpanzees in the wild, making it a must-do activity for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers visiting Rwanda.

Canopy Walk

The Canopy Walk in Rwanda is a thrilling adventure located in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Suspended 70 meters above the forest floor, the walkway spans 160 meters, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the lush rainforest below. This unique experience allows you to walk among the treetops, offering an unparalleled perspective of the park’s diverse flora and fauna. As you traverse the canopy, you may spot a variety of primates, birds, and butterflies, making it a must-do for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

In addition to the exhilarating heights, the Canopy Walk offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Nyungwe Forest. The guided tours provide insightful information about the ecosystem and conservation efforts within the park. This adventure not only highlights the rich biodiversity of Rwanda but also emphasizes the importance of preserving such natural treasures. The Canopy Walk is a testament to Rwanda’s commitment to eco-tourism and offers an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

Cultural Tours

Cultural tours in Rwanda offer a deep dive into the rich heritage and traditions of this vibrant nation. Visitors can explore local villages, where they can engage with residents and participate in traditional crafts, dance, and music. These tours often include visits to historical sites and museums that highlight Rwanda’s history, including the poignant Kigali Genocide Memorial. Through these experiences, travelers gain a profound understanding of the resilience and spirit of the Rwandan people.

Additionally, cultural tours frequently involve tastings of local cuisine, providing a sensory journey through Rwandan flavors and culinary traditions. Guests might also have the opportunity to attend community events or festivals, offering an authentic glimpse into daily life and celebrations. Whether learning about ancient customs or contemporary cultural practices, these tours enrich visitors’ appreciation of Rwanda’s unique identity and vibrant cultural landscape.

Bird watching

Bird watching in Rwanda is a captivating experience, with the country boasting over 700 bird species across diverse habitats. Nyungwe Forest National Park is a premier birding destination, home to rare species like the Ruwenzori turaco and the red-collared babbler. The lush montane forest provides an ideal setting for spotting a variety of endemic and migratory birds. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, bird enthusiasts can enjoy a rich and rewarding birding adventure.

Additionally, Akagera National Park offers excellent bird watching opportunities with its mix of savannah, wetlands, and lakes. Here, birders can spot species such as the majestic shoebill stork and the African fish eagle. The varied landscapes of the park attract a wide range of birdlife, making it a must-visit for bird watchers. Combined with Rwanda’s stunning scenery, bird watching here is an unforgettable experience.

Popular Trips to Rwanda

Rwanda Chimps Trekking

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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

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Rwanda Classic Safari

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Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Trek

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Volcanoes Gorilla Trek

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Best Places To Visit

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park, located in Rwanda, is a breathtakingly beautiful protected area known for its lush rainforests, diverse

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s Great Lakes, is a stunning and serene body of water located along the

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Kigali City

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park, located in southwestern Rwanda, is a sprawling tropical rainforest covering over 1,000 square kilometers.

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Akagera National Park

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Best Time To Visit

Rwanda enjoys a pleasant, tropical-highland climate, with warm temperatures across most of the country. However, the high-altitude mountains are cool and refreshing, sometimes experiencing frost. Volcanoes National Park can be especially wet during the rainy months. Consult our experts to discover the best time to visit Rwanda.

Safety

Since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has stabilized greatly. It is relatively easy, safe and simple to travel around the country and tourism is on the rise. Enjoy a seamless and stress-free Rwanda vacation with some basic safety guidelines compiled by our team.

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