Rwanda is such a beauty country to visit with different destinations for adventure and its located in the Eastern part of the African continent. This country is bordering Uganda in the North, Tanzania in the East, Burundi in the south and Democratic Republic of Congo in the West.
How to reach Rwanda? You can reach Rwanda from your home country by means of air transport as it has its airline which fly to different countries and other country airlines which fly in to Rwanda from different Countries and you will arrive in at Kigali airport. Some of the places to go while in Rwanda are listed below:-
Volcanoes National Park
This is the most popular destination to visit while in Rwanda for your safari holidays and it’s commonly known for the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas followed by other primates like Golden Monkeys. While in Volcanoes National Park you can do several activities as of some are listed below.
This involves visiting these shy endangered mountain Gorillas in the Jungle and share with them, let me take you through the process of gorilla trekking tours in Volcanoes based on my experience. Take this from me first that to visit these apes you must buy a Gorilla Permit which issues you permission for the activity and this costs $1500 USD per person and money once paid is not refundable, you may be scared of the price for the Gorilla Permit but it’s the real price as at first was sold at $750 USD per person but recently in may 2017 was increased to $1500 USD per person by the Rwanda development board.
If you have already secured your Gorilla Permit with your local Tour operator as it is mostly advised then we go through the process as early in the morning after your break fast prepare your self and head to the park office for some briefing about the Dos and Don’ts while with the Gorillas by the park officials, after the briefing you will be assigned a park ranger to lead you through the Jungle after discovering these apes you are allowed to stay around these apes for only one hour while sharing with them through experiencing their ways of behaving, taking photos and more.While with these apes in the jungle ensure the following:-
- Always keep your voice at low tone.
- Don’t eat in the presence of these apes.
- Always keep a distance from these apes while in their presence
- Do not litre rubbish in the park
- Always do not use a flush camera when taking photos
- If you suspect your self to be with any infectious disease do not go for the trekking.
After this activity you will head back to the park offices for your gorilla trekking certificate a ward then to your hotel of residence for some resting and prepare for evening activities.
Golden Monkey Tracking
This is another activity you should not eliminate on your bucket list while in Rwanda for holidays and it’s also done in Volcanoes National Park as for Rwanda there are only found here. The process of Golden Monkey tracking is almost the same with that of Gorilla trekking as in also a one hour permission is allowed for you to stay with these primates after discovering them in the jungle while enjoying there ways of acting, behaviours and more, your free to take photos of these primates for memories but its always advised not to use flush cameras.
To Visit these primates you must buy a permit which goes for $100 USD per person and once this money is paid its non refundable, usually this money is used for the conservation of these primates through funding it to the organizations which participate in the conservation programs.
Dian Fossey Hiking
This involves hiking up to the Dian Fossey grave yard which is an historical place since Dian Fossey is highly awarded in the conservation history of Rwanda because she was the first to start the conservation towards the lives of Gorillas. The price for Dian Fossey hiking in Volcanoes National Park goes for $75 USD per person.
Mountain Bisoke & Karisimbi hiking
This involves hiking these mountains up to the top, this hike takes a full day and it costs $75 USD per person. Since it is a one day hike always it’s started early in the morning for the better hike. When it comes to Mountain Karisimbi the hiking takes two days to and flow and the price for hiking goes for $150 USD per person plus $250 USD per person for the guide who is to lead you through the hiking which comes to a total of $400 USD per person for the hiking.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
This park is among the top destinations to visit while in Rwanda for holidays and it’s commonly known for Chimpanzees, while in Nyungwe forest national park below is a list of activities you can do.
This involves visiting these primates in the Jungle and share with them through experiencing their ways of behaving. Before heading to the jungle you will be first briefed about the Dos & Don’ts while with these primates. You will have a chance of taking photos of these primates when there are playing, swinging in the tree branches and more, similarly you are also allowed to stay with these primates for one hour but it’s always advised not to use flush cameras when taking photos. The permit for chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest national park goes for $90 USD per person and once money is paid its non refundable.
Canopy Walk experience
This experience is only done in Nyungwe Forest National Park when you are in Rwanda, its usually a half day experience which goes for approximately three to four hours and it costs $60 USD per person and this walk is mostly done in the evening time starting at 2:00 or 3:00pm after the Chimpanzee trekking activity.
Akagera National Park
This is a large National Park also found in Rwanda but commonly known for its wide range of Wildlife Primates like Rhinos, Elephants, Giraffe, Zebras, Buffaloes and more. Therefore let me take you through the activities you can do while in Akagera National Park as listed below
This is the mostly done activity in Akagera National Park and it’s done around the park with the aim of spotting different wildlife primates in the park. To enter the park you have to pay the park entrance which cost $40 USD per person plus $12 USD for the vehicle, on your game drive in the park you will be assigned a park ranger to lead you through who costs $20 USD.Boat & Sunset Cruise are the other activities you can do in Akagera National Park on Lake Ihema.
Rwanda Cultural Sites
Rwanda as a country has its culture and it’s shown through different cultural sites which are located in different parts of Rwanda.
- Iby’wacu Cultural Village. This is one of the popular cultural sites most liked by visitors to Rwanda, it’s a cultural village where you visit the people in this community and share with them through cultural performances like dances, you will move around the community with a guide to explain to you the history behind about this village and you will have opportunity to engage through different cultural activities with these people in the community. The cost for visiting this village goes for $20 USD per person and you will have a great experience via Rwanda’s Culture.
- Azizi life experience. This is another cultural heritage located in Rwanda where you go and participate in different cultural activities and really this place is a right face to represent Rwanda culture.
- Kigali Genocide Memorial. This is an historical place relating to the genocide which took place in Rwanda and mass people were killed, this killing was between the Hutus and the Twas. Visiting this place is free and there is a guide who was the survivor of the genocide already waiting for you to explain how it started, what happened and how it ended.