Visiting Rwanda can be quite the experience for a long awaited vacation. The serene environment, clean streets and welcoming nature of the people will draw you in quickly. But what about the short-stay visitors coming into the city for meetings and work? Well of course, a quick one day itinerary to the volcanoes National Park can do the trick for you. An underrated advantage of travel in Kigali is its proximity to some of the best safari sites the country has to offer. So here is what you can see in a short amount of time during your stay in Rwanda.
Visit the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda’s most famous/visited National park for a chance to go for Gorilla trekking in the mountains. Mountain Gorillas have been on the list of endangered species but with the work that was inspired by Dian Fossey, Gorilla conservation and research has allowed growth in the number of the gentle giants making Rwanda a top tier destination for the activity. After the gorilla experience, there is always extra time for the Dian fossey museum which has the best information about the Primatologist and her work. And so much more information about Gorilla experiences and histories.
Should there be allowance for a second day, an early morning hike to the Dian Fossey grave and back to Musanze for a lunch before heading back to Kigali to the Genocide museum. Or for two days, a wildlife safari in Akagera national Park could tickle your fancy.
Alternatively, a one day itinerary to Nyungwe Rain Forest would take you to the forest for an unforgettable canopy walk experience. This would require a nature walk through the forest using the Igishigishigi track with a knowledgeable/trained guide leading you to Africa’s Longest canopy walk at the height of 70m above ground. For bird lovers, a beautiful opportunity presents itself as the forest offers a variety of unique birds like Great blue Turaco among others.
Having extra days on your hands allows more travel as you can combine the activities in a 7 days safari around Rwanda. From Kigali through Nyungwe Rain Forest, to Rwanda’s newest national Park for an exclusive stay at Gishwati Mukura for chimpanzee tracking, a lake drive along Lake Kivu for the breath taking views to Gisenyi and Finally to Musanze, Volcanoes national park before heading back to Kigali, give or take. Travelling through Rwanda is both exciting and beautiful, and a tailor made safari will give you a taste of a true African Safari.
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