Our Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rwanda
Traveling to Rwanda to see gorillas is an experiential necessity. But that’s not all there is to Rwanda.
There are many reasons that make it an extraordinary country to visit, but here are our top 5:
Gorillas - The world’s remaining mountain gorillas call Rwanda home. Each encounter is incredibly special. Be one of very few in the world to witness these intriguing creatures. The duration of the trek can vary from two to six hours, but it’s a richly rewarding experience. Once you find the gorillas, spend an enchanting hour watching their human-like behaviors of grooming, hugging, and vocalizing. It is a sure bet that you will leave each encounter with an ear-to-ear smile.
Mountains - The mountains in Rwanda invite an adventure-filled safari. There are volcanoes to explore, hiking to do, and gorillas to find. What an environment to experience.
Volcanoes National Park - Yes, gorillas are hard to leave out of our top 5 highlights. This park is a hotspot for gorilla trekking and plays a vital role in the conservation of the species. The park is also home to golden monkeys, Spotted Hyena, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duiker, and bushbuck. Its inhabitants not only live on the ground, but also in the trees and sky. With 178 bird species including at least 29 endemic to the Rwenzori mountains and the Virungas, don’t forget to look up while you are there.
Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest - What do you call a group of chimpanzees? A troop! 500 chimpanzees call the Nyungwe Forest home, with two troops habituated for trekking. Chimpanzee trekking begins in the early morning hours. Although it is perhaps painful to get up before the sun, it will be made worth it when you get to observe the personalities these animals possess. We share a whopping 99% of our DNA with them. You might notice some similarities in our behaviors.
Akagera National Park - The Akagera national park has a large range of inhabitants including elephants, lions, buffalos, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, and several antelopes. Antelope species include bushbucks, roan antelope, Topis, klipspringer, Orbis, Cape eland, water-buck, duikers and impalas. To top it off, primate species also call this park home: olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, and the nocturnal bush babies. To add to the list, Lake Ihema houses crocodiles and hippos. Enjoy wildlife sightings on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide.