Rwanda Safaris – Rwanda Safari Tours

Rwanda Safaris: Rwanda Safaris usually comprise wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park, cultural and gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes National Park, canopy walk and chimpanzee trekking tours in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Rwanda is renowned as the land of a thousand hills because of its stunning and gorgeous scenery, thus going on safari to Rwanda is a rewarding journey that opens up the doors to many attractions and activities in Rwanda.

Top Places to Visit during your Rwanda Safaris.

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is located in the Virunga massif, which is shared by three countries: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is one of Rwanda’s most visited national parks owing to the presence of endangered mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and other wildlife. A safari to Rwanda at Volcanoes National Park allows visitors to do gorilla trekking because Volcanoes National Park is the only place in Rwanda where gorillas may be found.

Rwanda is one of three African nations where gorilla trekking is possible. Other destinations include Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, which has the largest population of endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, both in the country’s south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.

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Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes

Cost of a Gorilla Permit in Rwanda as compared to Uganda and Congo.

Trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda is, however, more expensive than in Uganda, where the permit costs $700, and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the permit costs $400 during peak season and $200 during low season.

The nature of Volcanoes National Park, on the other hand, makes it the finest site to trek gorillas, particularly for those who do not enjoy long paths and walks during the gorilla trek.

Aside from gorilla trekking, Volcanoes National Park is also widely renowned for hosting golden monkeys, thus visitors may experience golden monkey trekking in addition to mountain gorilla trekking.

Another intriguing activity enjoyed by various people on a Rwanda safari to Volcanoes National Park is the Dian Fossey hike. Hiking to Dian Fossey’s burial allows visitors to see the precise location where Dian Fossey was buried beside several gorillas.

Volcano hikes, guided nature walks, bird watching, and other activities are available while on a Rwanda safari in Volcanoes National Park.

Pay a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Another national park that should not be missed on a Rwanda safari is Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe Forest National Park is Rwanda’s largest park and is most recognized for having the highest percentage of primate species in the country, including chimps, monkeys, and many others. The following are the main activities experienced by visitors on a Rwanda safari in Nyungwe forest national park:

Canopy walk: A canopy walk is done in Nyungwe forest at an elevation of 50m above the ground, nearly at tree top height, giving visitors a clear view of the whole national park and all that lives therein. During the canopy walk, one is exposed to a variety of animals, including monkeys, mammals, birds, butterflies, and many plant species.

Chimpanzee trekking: In addition to the canopy walk, a safari to Rwanda within Nyungwe forest national park offers visitors to experience a beautiful chimp trekking excursion. The only place in Rwanda where you may go chimp trekking is Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Hiking: The Nyungwe Forest National Park is also a great spot to go hiking because of the numerous hiking paths that go to various destinations. These hiking paths can range anywhere from 30 minutes to several days, depending on the trekkers’ preferences. There are several sightings along the road when trekking, including waterfalls, rivers, woodlands, and animals such as mammals, primates, and so on.

A Rwanda safari would be completed without a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

View Savannah Wildlife in Akagera National Park.

Akagera National Park is yet another spectacular and stunning national park packed with savanna plant cover and home to a variety of animal and flora species. Akagera National Park is a park in Rwanda where visitors may go on a game drive in the middle of animals. The Akagera National Park provides both day and night game drives to see a variety of species.

Aside from wildlife drives, visitors on a Rwanda safari in Akagera National Park may also enjoy a boat tour on Lake Ihema and spot fishing.

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Sport Fishing in Akagera

Birding: Akagera National Park is also well-known for having some of the greatest birding areas in Rwanda, therefore birders on a Rwanda safari are recommended to visit this park for an unforgettable birding experience.

Aside from national parks, additional things in Rwanda worth seeing on a Rwanda safari include memorial sites, Lake Kivu, and Kigali city.

Visits to Memorials

Several people on a Rwanda safari are interested in visiting the genocide memorial sites to see and learn more about the 1994 Rwanda genocide, which killed millions of Rwandese. Adding a half or full day to your itinerary to visit these genocide memorial sites is an interesting experience since you will be able to hear tales about the genocide, what caused it, and how it ended.

Explore Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of Rwanda’s most stunning lakes and a great spot to unwind. Add a full-day experience on Lake Kivu to your Rwanda safari to round out your trip with a grin. The lake has the nicest beaches where visitors may go fishing and catch some fish for fun. Aside from fishing and relaxing, Lake Kivu has the ideal water for swimming, as well as water surfing and quad bike.

Finally, guests on a Rwanda safari enjoy cultural experiences such as visiting the Iby’iwacu cultural center for a breath-blowing traditional dance and drama performance and taking a Kigali city tour to see local marketplaces, artisan stores, and other attractions.

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