What To Do On a Self Drive in Rwanda During An Adventure Tour
Rwanda is located a few degrees south of the equator. A landlocked country that’s rich in culture, history and Mountain Gorillas. it has some of the best wildlife experiences on the planet and is referred to as the land of a thousand hills.
Rwanda is remarkable because of all of the above and it’s incredible rise and recovery from the Genocide in the early 1990’s to a country with strong law & order, low corruption, progressive policies and leader in the region.
There are eight key tourist areas:
1. Kigali – The Capital
2. Bugesara/Gitarama – Farming and Micro Industry area close to Kigali
3. Musanze/Volcanoes National Park – Mountain Gorilla Territory
5. Cyangugu District/Nyungwe National Park – Chimpanzees/Colobus Monkeys & more
6. Butare – The old historical cultural and power centre of Rwanda
7. Lake Kivu/Gisenyi – Bordering DR Congo and start of the Congo Nile Trail
8. Lake Kivu/Kibuye – Mid point of Lake Kivu
What To Experience In Kigali
Kigali City Tour
While on the land of a thousand hills and a thousand smilesyou shouldnot miss out on touring around Kigali city before transferring to your next destination. Our Kigali City Tour combine your preferred choices of the below “Experiencies in Kigali” to make for a truly memorable half or full day of culture, the arts, micro-industries, fashion, food and history.
Simply view the choices below and mention which activities interest you most and we help you.
KIGALI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL
The KIGALI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL site includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. There is also a children’s memorial and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world. This highly informative and honest centre contributes a meaningful tribute to those who perished, and provides a powerful educational experience for visitors.
Objectives of the memorial site:
1. To provide a dignified place of burial for victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi
2. To inform and educate visitors about the causes, implementation and consequences of the genocide, and other genocides throughout history.
3. To teach visitors about what we can do to prevent future genocides.
4. To provide a documentation centre to record evidence of the genocide, testimonies of genocide survivors and details of genocide victims.
5. To provide support for survivors, in particular orphans and widows.
NYAMIRAMBO WOMEN’S CENTRE
The Nyamirambo Women’s Centre was launched in 2007 by 18 Rwandese women living in Nyamirambo, Kigali. Together they created a project which aimed to address gender-based violence, gender inequality and discrimination. Today it provides education and vocational training to women who do not have the means to pay for such training on their own, so that they can gain better opportunities for employment.
In pursuing this mission, NWC has 3 overall objectives:
To strengthen the institutional and organizational capacity of NWC
To promote and empower women through capacity development and employment
To promote women and community-based tourism
Nyamirambo runs three outstanding community based tours:
1. Walking Tour of Nyamirambo
2. Sisal Basking Weaving Workshop
3. Traditional Cooking Class with Aminatha
QUESTION COFFEE TOURS
Question Coffee Rwanda is a specialty coffee nation with Bourbon Arabica crops amongst the highest grade in the world.
Rwanda’s rolling hills and rich soils produce coffee of extraordinary quality. As a result, the country is a star in the specialty coffee world, with its delicate flavors loved by connoisseurs around the world.
Since 2015, Question Coffee has been serving Rwanda’s best coffee at its busy Kigali cafe and training center. Question Coffee serves coffee exclusively grown by women trained and supported through the Relationship Coffee Institute, a partnership between Sustainable Harvest and Bloomberg Philanthropies providing training and market access to women coffee farmers.
WHAT TO EXPERIENCE IN MUSANZE/VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park that is termed as one of the unforgettable experience not to miss when given a chance, Although you will have been well assured that the gorillas are habituated, chances are you have never seen one, habituated or otherwise, the experience is exciting and your trekking is quite enjoyable through the forest. Your anxiety will probably go away when you finally come face to face with the gorillas and playful young ones that might occasionally astray closer than expected then realize you have nothing to fear.
Golden Monkey Trekking
The rare Golden Monkeys that live in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes, The habituation has helped them to overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit, They are very active creatures, and jump from tree to tree which is really interesting and a little difficult to photograph! The golden monkey trek is worth going for while in Volcanoes National Park and if you’re interested in wildlife, this is a rare and delightful experience not to be missed!
Mt Bisoke Hike
The Bisoke hike is guided, This hike climbs to the top of Mt. Bisoke, It is a strenuous and challenging and if you’re going for it, it’s best to set aside a full day to do only the hike as it requires you to have energy. You will be advised not to attempt this hike if you are unfit because you may stop halfway and turn back. Once at the top, it’s very beautiful and totally worth the effort, you are rewarded with magnificent views of the forest and the Crater Lake.
Karisoke Reasearch Centre
Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Virungas Mountains in 1967, to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas. Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work has continued through the Karisoke Research Center and grown into conservation efforts for other wildlife and programs for people who live near the gorillas, The incredible visit is both emotional and Intellectual learning about someone who was so dedicated and left legacy that exist even Today.
Culture and Community Walk
Culture guide will take you to see the king’s house replica with all the houses interpretation of all parts and stories attached to this cultural treasure, Be enthroned and become a king for some time while exercising king’s powers as presented to you by a village elder through a village ceremony, Enjoy different types of traditional dances like Intore dance, Listen to interesting stories about traditional medicine from a local traditional healer and get to know how medicinal trees, shrubs, grass are used to cure local patients.
Musanze Cave Tour
While visiting Volcanoes national park, have the chance to tour the Musanze Caves two kilometers long underneath it’s such both exciting and scaly activity that you will need to experience while in volcanoes National Park.
WHAT TO EXPERIENCE IN AND AROUND AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera National Park is the largest National park in Rwanda that is found in the North east edge of the country covering 1,085km, This National Park was founded in 1934, it boarders Tanzania and incorporates Akagera River, This is one of the National Park that is diverse and scenic of Africa in terms of Landscape and one where you can drive for some hours without encountering another vehicle.
Game Drive – Akagera
A game drive in Akagera National Park is one thing you shouldn’t miss, this offers the very splendors experience, enjoy to see a variety of species some in a big number and while others will be spotted one by one or in small groups, If your wildlife lover then you don’t have to miss this experience.
Bird Watching – Akagera & Beyond
Birding safaris are popular amongst regular visitors and the immense variety and abundance of species will not fail to impress. From the vast concentrations of waterfowl to the myriad of savanna species, there is never a dull moment, with more than 500 species recorded in Akagera. Serious birders can seek out several endemic species.
Boat Cruise – Lake Ihema
Once u stepped in this park, you don’t want to miss this awesome view in the Boat in the Lake Ihema, while enjoying this view, expect to see a huge number of hippos and the thrilled outsized Crocodile, and this is a good chance also for the Bird lovers where you will find a number of water birds.
WHAT TO EXPERIENCE IN CYANGUGU DISTRICT/NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Nyungwe Forest National Park
The Nyungwe National park is the tropical rainforest and of Rwanda main protected areas lies on the south western slopes of the highland region that forms the great divide between congo and the Nile drainage system. This National park is home of 310 species of birds, roughly 400 species of chimpanzees, a home to one of East Africa’s last intact populations and boasts two wild chimp communities that welcome guests (one in Cyamudungo and other around Uwinka). Thus, it’s not surprising that chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity in Nyungwe especially when the park’s trees are in full bloom during the summer.
Noisy and curious, intelligent and social, the chimpanzee is the mammal most like a human. Chimpanzees fascinate humans and are favorites both in zoos and the wild, Chimps live in groups called troops, and these large groups are made up of smaller, very flexible groups of just a few animals, perhaps all females, all males or a mixed group. The chimpanzee has a thickset body with long arms, short legs and no tail, much of the body is covered with long black hair, but the face, ears, fingers and toes are bare. They have hands that can grip firmly, allowing them to pick up objects. The discovery that they used “tools” for certain purposes surprised the world, you don’t want to miss out this experience while in Nyungwe National park.
The Canopy walk in Rwanda is found in Nyungwe National Park trip found at the Uwinka visitor’s center in the Nyungwe forest. The walk way has a 160 Meter stretch divided in 3, sections.The first is a 45Meter stretch, followed by the longest at 90Meters and the shortest at 25meters.The highest point from the 90 Meter walk way is 70meters from ground. The canopy walk is a 30 minutes a guided tour via the Igishigishi Trail in a steep slope deep into the forest to the starting point of the walk way. The walkway can however be done via the long trails of Imbaraga or the Umuyove. Many primates’ birds, butterflies can be spotted from the Top of the Canopy walkway with also great views of the entire forest canopy including Lake Kivu on a clear day.
Bird Watching – Nyungwe
Bird Watching – Nyungwe is probably one of the most important bird watching destination in Rwanda with more than 280 bird species recorded of which the majority are forest specialists and 26 are regional endemics whose range is restricted to a few forests, Bird watching in Nyungwe can be rather frustrating, since the vegetation is thick and many birds tend to stick to the canopy, but almost everything you see ranks as a good sighting.
You don’t have to be an ardent birdwatcher to appreciate some of Nyungwe’s birds.