Rwanda Tourist Sites

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe National Park - Rwanda

Nyungwe is the source of Africa’s great rivers. Rain that falls on the east side feeds the Nile and on the west runs to the Congo. The Congo-Nile Divide is a mountain range that runs north to south through Rwanda.
Recently, Nyungwe opened a canopy walk, the only one of its kind in East Africa. This is a wonderful vantage point to view the incredible biodiversity of this rare forest.
The canopy walk opens at a time when Rwanda is being recognized as a top 10 global travel destination (Lonely Planet, 2009.) Nyungwe, the largest mountain...

Lake Kivu Rwanda

Lake Kivu
One of the great lakes of Africa, Lake Kivu lies on the border between the DRC and Rwanda in the Albertine Rift, part of the Great Rift Valley. Linked to Lake Tanganyika by the Ruzizi River the lake covers an area of 2700 sq km. The lake is particularly deep and experiences volcanic activity on a regular basis. The world's 10th largest island Idjwi, is found in Lake Kivu. The scenery is magnificent with the lake circled by misty, blue mountains.

There are three known exploding lakes of which Kivu is one along with the Cameroonian Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun. This means...

Kigali Rwanda

Kigali Rwanda City

The capital of Rwanda since 1965, this is an attractive city built within hills and with a checkered history. Since the genocide in 1994, it has been reconstructed and now exudes an air of positiveness and growth. The main shopping and commercial area is around the Hotel Mille Collines, known for providing shelter during the genocide and portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda for the same reason. The city began life as a small, colonial outpost in 1907 and has just celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Kigali is...

Gishwati-Mukura Park Rwanda

Gishwati-Mukura National Park - Rwanda

In 2015 the Rwandan government passed a law to create a new national park combining the Mukura and Gishwati forests, establishing the Gishwati-Mukura National Park - a forested area which will spread from up in the north of the country near the Volcanoes National Park, all the way down, incorporating the Gishwati and Mukura forests, to Nyungwe Forest. This is a great success story for the conservationists who have been fighting for a long time to protect this strip on the Congo-Nile divide.

In the far north of Rwanda, Gishwati Forest...

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park - Rwanda

The park got its name from the river that runs along its eastern boundary; The Park is Rwanda’s famous Savanna reserve. Set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is an archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with...

Dian Fossey Grave

Dian Fossey Trail - Volcanoes Park Rwanda

Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She came to Rwanda in 1967 to carry out an extensive study of the gorillas in the mountain forests. Her 1983 book, Gorillas in the Mist, combines her scientific study of the mountain gorilla at Karisoke Research Center with her own personal story. It was adapted into a 1988 film “Gorillas in the Mist”. Fossey was murdered in 1985; the case remains open.

Her anti-poaching campaigns are...

Parc Des Volcanoes

Parc Des Volcanoes - Rwanda Gorilla trekking Park

An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virunga offers stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the Volcanoes national park, this is 160km² national park and it protects the Rwandan sector of the Virunga Mountains, range of six extinct and three active volcanoes which straddles the borders with Uganda and the DRC.
The Volcanoes Park is part of a contiguous 433km² Trans frontier conservation unit that also includes the Virunga National Park and Mgahinga National Park, which...

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