Ten Reasons to Choose Rwanda For Your Next Vacation
However the conservation laws surrounding them were ignored by poachers for years. It wasn’t until the intervention of Primatologist Dian Fossey that hope for the creatures was seen. She campaigned to stop gorilla poaching until her murder in 1985. Visit her cabin and the nearby graveyard, in which she is buried with her beloved gorillas.
7. Meet a village of reformed poachers now fighting to save the animals they once hunted. With a visit to their little village, that includes a replica of the King’s Palace, learn a lot about Rwandan culture and take away some impressive skills, including archery, traditional medicine and fire-making.
6. Take to the trees with a stunning canopy walk and put everything in perspective. Nyungwe Forest National Park, known as the Amazon of Africa, offers the very special opportunity to walk 50 metres above the forest floor, the narrow walkway and accompanying three towers are said to be the biggest in East Africa. Find yourself surrounded by the busy noise of the jungle and the park’s rare montane forest as you gaze into the jungle, eye-level with the many primates that call it home.
4. Romance abounds in Rwanda, making it a great place to find honeymoon bliss. It’s easy to see why, what with the ambience cast by the stunning scenery and excellent service by hotel staff, whether you stay in luxury lodges or more affordable options. There are plenty of activities on offer to keep newlyweds entertained, plus you can continue romancing by combining Rwanda with a beach break in Mauritius, Zanzibar or the Seychelles.
3. Forming part of the African Great Lakes, Lake Kivu is your chance to unwind and have some fun while you’re at it. Spend your evenings looking out upon thered glow atop theNyiragongoactive volcano, just across the border in the DRC and the mountains of the Rift Valley. Or enjoy some water based activities to spice things up. Kayak, surf or cruise through the water on the ultra-modern Umunezero luxury boat.
2. Go on safari in Akagera National Park, similar in feel to the more traditional East African safari areas and in complete contrast to the cultivated hills that characterise much of Rwanda. Totally off the beaten track, expect to see zebra, giraffe, buffalo, hyena, herds of elephant as well as crocodiles and hippos in the picturesque lakes. Birders will love the Akagera National Park with its 525 species of birds.
1. Gorillas are the jewel in Rwanda’s crown. Trudge through the thick vegetation and steep terrain of the Virungas to track and observe them. Watch these amazing creatures in awe and discover a poignancy and affinity unlike anything else Africa has to offer.
If that hasn’t given you a passion for a Rwanda holiday nothing will. Getting around the country is very straightforward; beginning your trip in Kigali you can then make your way to whichever region you’re visiting first. Don’t worry about getting there either, as transfers to all destinations are provided by private guides or a short flight. However, it’s always best to book with an expert travel company who are familiar with the best accommodations and routes to take.
Emma from Mahlatini African Travel visited Rwanda a couple of years ago and tells of her amazing experience with the gorillas at Volcanoes National Park.
I was immensely privileged to be allowed to spend this precious hour in the company of these highly endangered and intelligent animals. It will forever remain with me as the most memorable and special moments of my life.”
Oliver Nash lives in Leeds, UK and is a frequent traveler to Africa.
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