Rwanda

Rwanda

Things to do - general

Generally seen as a gorilla trekking destination, Rwanda national parks  have much more to offer.Rwanda has long been considered as the first choice for gorilla tracking destination, but  this “Thousand Hills Country “ has much more to be added on a gorilla trekking tour program.

There are plenty of things to do to be added on your travel program to extend the duration of your holiday in Rwanda and get to know more travel attractions this country has for tourists of today and tomorrow.

Starting primates, the country is home of 13 species of primates and the only East African only with a canopy walk; that entire package is to be found in the dense rainforests of Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Gorilla has been an undeniable driving force for Rwanda tourism -and from that the country has developed its reputation being one of the main African tourist destinations. Experts estimate the world has around 880 mountain gorillas and one third may be in Rwanda alone, in Volcanoes National Park.

A recent reintroduction of lions to Akagera National Park in the eastern province has lifted Rwanda on another level of African safari destinations.

Apart from visiting national parks, travelers to Rwanda can participate in community and cultural activities, trekking villages, historic museums, memorials, churches, contemplating the green landscapes of this country; when thinking of photo safari in Africa, Rwanda should be on the list.

Gorilla trekking

Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda, hiking mountains to see this gentle animal in their natural habitat is seen as a unique experience in African safaris.Trekking can take from 30 minutes to 4 hours + based  on the family allocated to your group and their location.Primates tracking

Apart from gorillas, a “must-be on the list” on Rwanda wildlife tours, travelers would happy to know there are three more species of primate on their Rwanda travel program: Chimpanzees, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, and the endangered Golden monkey.

Chimpanzee groups, the black-and-white colobus live high in Nyungwe National Park and these long-haired creatures make a dream for wildlife photographer.

Neighbors to the gorillas, the Golden monkeys are found in places outside of Volcanoes National Park, energetic, in beautiful colors they may be around 30 individuals. Tracking these primates is really an added amazing travel experience in Rwanda

Birding

With over 1450 bird species of which 27 are Albertine Rift endemics,Rwanda is also regarded as an exciting African travel destination  for birdwatching .

Species include the Red-Faced Barbet, Shoebill Stork, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Papyrus Gonolek and the Miombo Wren-Warblers.

With the three National Parks, Rwanda possesses seven important Birding Areas (IBAs) including —Volcanoes NP, Akagera NP and Nyungwe NP.Other IBAs are: Rugezi Swamp, Akanyaru, Nyabarongo and Cyamudongo.

 

Country Rwanda
Visa requirements

Visa is required

Languages spokenKinyarwanda,English,French
Currency usedRWF,USD
Area (km2)26,338 km2

Sports & nature

The modern era of sport in Rwanda emerged gradually in the middle of the 20th century with greater exposure to international sports such as football (soccer),volleyball, track and field (athletics), and, later, basketball. Football is Rwanda's most popular team sport.

The obvious reason is Rwanda's mountain gorillas, some of the closest relatives to humans. Sitting within a small family group of gorillas is one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences, and a gorilla safari is a 'must' for serious wildlife enthusiasts.
But aside from Rwanda's gorillas, a holiday in Rwanda could include the primates in the forests of Nyungwe; the country's magnificent scenery; Akagera National Park's more conventional African wildlife; and the beautiful shore of Lake Kivu.
Travel in Rwanda is very easy and we'll arrange a 4WD and driver/guide for your safari.

Nightlife info

There are a wide range of bars, cafes and clubs all over Rwanda. Kigali and tourist resorts in Rwanda have some of the most popular clubs in the country. Whatever type of bar or club you are looking for, you will find it in Rwanda. The most popular night spots in Kigali include New Cadillac ,Le Must ,Republika Lounge Bar, Le Planet ,Executive Carwash Bar.

They have a variety of music over the weekend and attracts a large crowd.

Culture and history info

As in all African countries, Rwanda has a rich tradition of celebrations involving music and dance.

Celebratory dances are often backed by an ‘orchestra’ of drums, with up to nine players providing the beat.

A set of nine drums typically has a soprano (the smallest drum ), a tenor, alto, two baritones, two bass and two double bass (the largest  drums).

Though modern music and church/gospel hymns are popular in Rwanda today, some people still prefer the traditional folk songs. These are sometimes accompanied by a lone inanga, a zither instrument with a soundboard and up to eight strings.

One of the oldest Rwandan music and dance groups is the Intore Dance Troupe. The Intore – literally meaning ‘the Chosen Ones’ – were founded several centuries ago, when they performed at the court of the Rwandan mwamior king. Today, they perform across the country and also at the National Museum in Huye (Butare).

Most Rwandans have Kinyarwanda as their mother-tongue. But almost everyone speaks a little of one wider language, usually French, English or Swahili.

But like people everywhere, Rwandans really appreciate it when visitors speak a few words in their mother tongue of Kinyarwanda. Even saying ‘Muraho’ (good day) or ‘amakuru’ (how are you?) will bring a smile to their faces.

Hotel des Mille Collines

Hotel des Mille Collines

2KN 6th Ave Kigali Rwanda, Rwanda
Price from $ 220
Inaugurated in 1973 as the first grand hotel of the country and receiving globally a lot of attentio More info
Kigali Marriott Hotel

Kigali Marriott Hotel

KN 3 Avenue, Nyarugenge District Kigali Rwanda , Rwanda
Price from $ 275
The new Kigali Marriott Hotel welcomes you to Rwanda’s capital city with 5-star sophistication More info
Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

KN 3 Avenue, Kigali, Rwandal, Rwanda
Price from $ 255
Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel More info
Lemigo Hotel

Lemigo Hotel

Lemigo Hotel KG 624 St, Kigali, Rwanda, Rwanda
Price from $ 180
Lemigo Hotel offers the best value for quality accommodation. Perfect for families, leisure or busin More info
3Day Rwanda Safari-Wildlife Game Drives

3Day Rwanda Safari-Wildlife Game Drives

Rwanda
Price per person from $ 648
Day 1 Upon arrival, transfer to Chez Lando Hotel for check in and later you will be taken to a tour More info
7 Days small group budget tour to Burundi,Rwanda & Uganda

7 Days small group budget tour to Burundi,Rwanda & Uganda

Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda
Price per person from $ 1,680
The 7 Day small group budget tour to Burundi,Rwanda & Uganda will take you through beautiful hil More info
Culture, history and Wildlife safari in Rwanda

Culture, history and Wildlife safari in Rwanda

Rwanda
Day 1 Arrival in Kigali, check in at Chez Lando Hotel and relax to get ready for the next day of the More info
Rwanda-DR Congo -Uganda Wildlife Tour Package

Rwanda-DR Congo -Uganda Wildlife Tour Package

Rwanda, Uganda
Price per person from $ 3,979
Day 1 Arrive in Kigali, transfer to Chez Lando Hotel , Relaxation at the hotel or short city tour! O More info

Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.

Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Benz

Price per day $ 200
Car typeLuxury
Max people3
Door count4
Minimum driver age25
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

Price per day $ 120
Car typeSedan
Max people3
Door count4
Minimum driver age25
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Toyota Landcruiser Prado

Price per day $ 180
Car typeLuxury
Max people5
Door count5
Minimum driver age25
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes