Visit Rwanda beyond mountain Gorilla trekking tours for a unique African wildlife safari experience combined with Uganda, DR Congo, Tanzania, and Burundi trips. Find five reasons to visit Rwanda beyond Mountain Gorilla Trekking. Rwanda is an East African country that some people still associate with its tragic past- but thankfully, it is also a country known as an intriguing travel destination for wildlife and adventure fanatics. An accessible country from the United States, Europe, Asia, and every corner of this globe. Try to search for flights to Kigali- the capital city- and more offers will fill your screen.
1. More Flights Landing into Kigali
As a recall, Rwanda has two types of neighbors in terms of African safaris and those include Tanzania and Kenya regarded as the one most loved African wildlife and safari destination on one hand, and Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo that could, on the other hand, be placed on the list of “ off-beaten track African tour destinations”. Yet, Rwanda is still believed to be one of the difficult to reach destinations of the continent. Despite being one of the smallest countries behind Swaziland, The Gambia, and Djibouti, Rwanda receives a significant number of non-stop intercontinental flights, Europe being the most connected.
RwandAir year-round to Brussels (BRU) and London (UK)
Brussels Airlines (Star Alliance) from Brussels (BRU).
KLM from Amsterdam (NL).
Non-stop flights from Kigali to the Middle East / Western Asia
RwandAir year-round to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Dubai (DXB).
Qatar Airways year-round to Doha (DOH)
Turkish Airlines (Star Alliance) from Istanbul (Turkey).
Non-stop flights from Kigali to India / South Asia
RwandAir is also, as of now, the only direct airline flying from Kigali to India or Southern Asia. There are flights year-round to Mumbai (BOM).
The average return flight cost between most of the European countries is between €500.00 -€700.00 in economy class.
2. Diverse and Wildlife Choices- Famous African Animals
Mountain gorilla trekking trips remain the top list of things to do in Rwanda, and for the right reason. These amazing creatures occupy 3 national parks, Volcanoes National Park, in the Northern Rwanda, neighbors to Virunga National Park in DR Congo and Bwindi National Park in Uganda, making one of the key attractions for those three countries. The three parks are connected, and gorillas know no borders which allow them to freely roam between the parks. Access to seeing gorillas is well organized, 10 gorilla families can be visited, and each group of tourists is composed of a maximum number of eight people making 80 permits available per day. Each permit costs $1500 per person and can be booked via your local tour operator and purchased from the Rwanda Development Board.
3. Beyond the Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys and Chimpanzees
Rwanda offers a wide range of travel packages to both types of tourists be it -luxury, mid-range or budget travelers. Whether you are a senior tourist looking for authentic experiences on the history, culture, and traditions coupled with a bit of wildlife adventure, this is the perfect destination. It is all known that tourists considering a trip to Rwanda are primarily need the mountain gorilla trekking experience.
As you are roaming through its thousand green hills, getting to learn about local life, cultural and historical heritage is worth your visit itself. Volcanoes National Park doesn’t only offer primate safaris. After the gorilla trek, mountaineering lovers have a chance to hike Mount Karisimbi((4,507m) which can take anywhere around two days for a rewarding experience.
4. Big Five in Rwanda? Yes, in Akagera National Park
Rwanda might not be the perfect destination for classic safaris, but Akagera National Park is also home to a good number of Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard). Two-night stay in the park is worth spending for a roaring sound coupled with an evening and night game drive. Located in the eastern province on Akagera River and bordering with Tanzania, this savannah-wetland zone makes a perfect home to all kinds of animals living in and around the park. Efforts to rehabilitate the park have been put in place and have attracted foreign investors. More animals are being brought in such as black rhinos that were introduced to make Akagera National park an important tourist destination.
5. Canopy Walkway, Birding, and Chimpanzee
Rwanda National Parks list isn’t complete without Nyungwe Forest National Park. Located in the south-west of the country, sharing a border with Burundi, Nyungwe Forest National Park is regarded as a great example of the Africa nature conservation area. Because of its raw, dense patch of pristine jungle, chimpanzees find it a perfect environment to leap from one branch to another, and the park is home to more than 300 bird species. This area is an amazing chance for nature lovers to stay in a calm and beautiful lodge while taking part in community visits like tea plantations activities besides birding and chimpanzee tracking. It’s worth mentioning that the canopy walkway through the tops of the trees around 60 meters above the ground is commendable for an entertaining afternoon.