A Rwanda self drive itinerary can be an exciting and fulfilling way to explore this beautiful country. Ensure to make a practical itinerary whereby you are able to cover all the attractions included in the limited time you may have on your self-drive safari. Ensure to begin visiting Kigali city and go to further and remoter places as you get to the sites near Kigali as you prepare to end your safari. This gives the time to make adjustments in case time is not on your side. The attractions and sites to include in your Rwanda self-drive itinerary are endless because this land of a thousand hills is greatly endowed with natural beauty.

Here are some suggestions on what to include in your Rwanda self-drive itinerary:

Kigali: Start your trip in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, and visit the Genocide Memorial Centre to learn about the country’s tragic history. You can visit the marketplace and also take a drive around the city as you look at the modern skyscrapers built in recent times. Enjoy a meal at one of the swanky restaurants in Kigali

Volcanoes National Park: Drive to Volcanoes National Park, which is home to mountain gorillas and other primates. You can take a guided trek to see the gorillas up close and personal. Take their photos and videos. You can as well go for a hike at Dian Fossey Tombs to pay homage to the lady who fought tooth and nail to ensure that the gorillas are kept alive at a time no one cared about their existence.

Lake Kivu: Enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Kivu, which is one of Africa’s Great Lakes. Relax on the beaches, take a boat ride, or go kayaking on the lake.

Nyungwe Forest National Park: This park is home to chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and other primates. Take a guided trek through the forest to spot these animals. There is also a canopy walk to enjoy in this park where you have an opportunity of having a bird’s view of the forest and its surrounding.

Akagera National Park: This park is located in the east of Rwanda and offers a different experience with its savannah plains, lakes, and wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, and buffaloes. A boat ride on Lake Ihema is also carried out within the park, this water body harbors lots of life including hippos, crocodiles, birds, and also ungulates are seen on the shores drinking water in the afternoon and evening.

Butare: This small town is home to the National Museum of Rwanda, which displays the country’s cultural and historical artefacts.

Musanze Caves: You can explore the underground Musanze caves with a guide and learn about their geological and cultural significance.

Cultural experiences: You can also visit local communities to learn about Rwandan culture, dance and cuisine.

Overall, a self-drive itinerary in Rwanda can be an incredible adventure, full of unique experiences and breath-taking natural beauty. Just be sure to plan ahead and follow all safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.