Rwanda Safaris: Rwanda the Land of a Thousand Hills
Rwanda Safaris Tours are top African Tours – Safari to Rwanda. Rwanda the land of a thousand hills. Rwanda is a small country relatively smaller than Scotland but filled abundantly with natures beauty including one of the world’s endangered primates the mountain gorillas that are trekked on Rwanda Gorilla Tours Safaris.
Rwanda Safari Holiday Packages: Rwanda Safari Gorillas, Wilderness Safaris in Rwanda, Kigali Day Trips, Luxury Bird Watching Tours to Rwanda.
Rwanda is a land of the endangered mountain gorillas, wildlife, bird species and beautiful people. Rwanda Gorillas are found in the Volcanoes National Park where tourists from world over can have a gorilla trekking tour any day of the year.
Tours – Safaris in Rwanda are customized to help each traveler have an experience of their wish in the land of a thousand hills.
Kabira Safaris packages are inclusive of Rwanda Gorilla safaris, wildlife safaris, birding safaris, a hike to the Dian Fossey grave at the Karisoke Research Centre, chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest as well as canopy walk on Nyungwe Forest National Park. Our tours stretch further to the Kigali city tour, a visit to Lake Kivu and tour to the local markets and communities.
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6 Activities to include on your Rwanda Tour
Unique things to do in Rwanda
Small in size and easy to travel around the country, Rwanda has ideally dealt with her tragic past and welcomed tourists for several activities in the country.
There are many attractions to see in Rwanda and so are several activities to do. Here are the top activities (things) to do in Rwanda;
1. Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Rwanda
Most accessible and easiest Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Africa is the major draw card of Rwanda Safari Tours. Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is the closest gorilla safari park from its airport, Kigali International Airport.
Unlike in the other countries of Uganda and Congo, in Rwanda as soon as you arrive at Kigali International Airport you are just a few hours away from the park. Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda are all fully habituated and open for trekking and still surviving in their natural habitat.
Rwanda’s Gorillas are the easiest to trek as they live in the bamboo covered slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes and live within an easy reachable range.
It was on these slopes that the popular primatologist did her conservation works and the place where the movie Gorillas in the Mist was shot making Rwanda Gorilla trekking safaris popular world over.
2. Rwanda Wildlife Tours Safaris
Wildlife in Rwanda is one of the key attractions in the country with several big cats and wild species. Though Rwanda safaris may not seem the classic African wildlife safari destination, in the east of the country is the scenic Akagera National Park that is worth exploring.
Akagera National Park is surrounded by savannah plains, rolling hills and deep valleys in the north, papyrus swamps and lakes to the east.
Akagera National Park is home to savannah wildlife species like giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras and many more. Rwanda is also home to several wildlife species including thirteen primates including chimpanzees, monkeys, and the Ruwenzori colobus arboreal colobus which move in groups of up to 400 individuals. This is the largest population troop size of primates you can sight in Africa.
3. Chimpanzee Trekking Rwanda Safari
On Rwanda Safari Chimpanzees are one of the primates in Rwanda found in Nyungwe Forest National Park south west of Rwanda. Nyungwe forest is the largest remaining tract of forest with about 200 tree species covering approximately an area of 970 square kilometers.
Chimpanzee trekking Safaris in Nyungwe Forest Rwanda starts off from three reception centers which are Uwinka, Gisakura and Kitabi where tourists meet the park rangers for a trek to the forest.
To reach the chimp trek point, you will be driven to the start point where rangers take the trekkers to where the chimps are spending their day.
Chimpanzees share about 98.7% DNA with humans and have several human like behaviors that are amazing to watch for a maximum of an allocated 1 hour.
These chimpanzees are habituated and safe to track easily noticeable by their deafening screams, loud hoots and booming hitting of the tree barks and buttress.
4. Rwanda Birding Safaris
Rwanda has a bird list of about 703 bird species and a high number of the Albertine Rift bird endemics. 29 Albertine Rift endemics are found in Rwanda and it’s one of the best places to see the red-collared babbler.
Rwanda Birding Safaris offer accessible birding spots and some of the most desirable African bird species.
All the four (4) parks in Rwanda are good for Bird Watching Tours, however, Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park are the top spots for avid birders.
Some of the bird species in Rwanda include the Rwenzori Nightjar, Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Grauer’s Warbler, Blue-headed Sunbird, Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Kungwe Apalis and many more.
5. Rwanda Cultural Tours
Cultural tours in Rwanda are one of the perfect ways of understanding the people who inhabit the hills of a thousand hills. Cultural tours, offer you chance to the famous cultural sites of the country including the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Kigali Genocide Memorial has three permanent exhibitions that portray an outcome of violence.
The largest of the exhibitions documents the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, the other is a children’s memorial and the third exhibits a history of genocidal violence around the world.
This is one of the best educational spots for the history of Rwanda. There are several cultural sites in Rwanda some in the different museums as well as a lot that can be learned on a visit to the Rwandese communities.
6. Canopy Walk Nyungwe Forest
A suspension above the lush montane rainforest is the Canopy walk of Nyungwe Forest National Park, one that offers a spectacular view of the ancient forest tree tops as well as bird life and other species within.
Nyungwe forest canopy walk is suspended 70 m high and covers about 160m long. To have a canopy walk experience, you take either the Igishigishigi, Imbaraga or the Umuyove trails.
To reach the park you will be driven on a 4×4 Safari Vehicle, however, on arrival at the Uwinka visitor centre, you will walk to the canopy walk start point.
Walking 60 meters above the forest floor could be anxiety causing for those people with height problems, but it’s worth undertaking and a remarkable experience.
People Also Ask
1. How much does it cost to see the Gorillas in Rwanda?
A Gorilla permit in Rwanda costs US$ 1500 each and you are required to purchase a permit to see the Gorillas in Rwanda. Each person buys a permit at 1500 USD to go Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park spending a maximum of 60 minutes in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas.
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2. Is it safe to Go Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda?
YES it’s safe to trek Gorillas in Rwanda – because Gorilla Tourism is a significant source of income for the governments of Uganda and Rwanda.
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3. Are there Safaris in Rwanda?
YES and they Include – Kigali Day Trips, Luxury Bird Watching Tours to Rwanda. Rwanda Gorilla Safaris Tour Holiday Packages: Rwanda Safari or Rwanda Safaris, Wilderness Safaris in Rwanda,
4. Is it Better to see Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda?
Comparing Gorilla trekking Rwanda vs Uganda is very vital and offers helpful information for tourists who want to take Gorilla safaris either in Uganda or Rwanda.
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Top Short Rwanda Safaris Tour Packages
2 Day Gorilla trek Rwanda Safari
Have a memorable Gorilla tour with our 2 Day gorilla trek Rwanda from Kigali. This 2 Day Rwanda Gorilla tour is a short gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park or Parc Nationale des Volcans (PNV) is the only park with mountain Gorillas .
2 Days Akagera National Park Tour
Explore wildlife in Rwanda on this 2 Day Akagera National Park tour. Located East of Rwanda, Akagera National Park is the only savannah park where it’s possible to have a game drive in Rwanda. home to Big Five African game (Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Rhinos and Elephants).
3 Day Gorilla Safari Rwanda
This 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari from Kigali is best for Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. A Rwanda Gorilla permit costs US$ 1500 each. On this 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla tour you visit Volcanoes National Park which is home to about 400 mountain Gorillas.
4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari is a Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda best planned for travelers who would want to have a double Gorilla tracking experience. Double Gorilla trekking is trekking gorillas twice on different days. 4 Days Gorilla safari Rwanda requires purchase of 2 Permits.
5 Days Rwanda Safari Primate tracking and Gorilla trekking tour is a trip to the best primate habitats of Rwanda. This 5 days safari in Rwanda takes you to Volcanoes National Park for Gorilla trekking and to Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking.
Where to Go in Rwanda
Rwanda might be one of Africa’s smallest nations but not only does it pack in plenty of excellent
wildlife destinations ranging from montane rainforests to grassy savannahs, but its modest size means that getting between places of interest is relatively quick and simple. Rwanda is 1.5 times the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park and almost all points of interest are about a 4-hour drive from Kigali.
Ideally positioned in the center of Rwanda, Kigali extends across several hills and valleys, with good road links to the rest of the country. The verdant capital city is pleasantly low key yet dynamic and progressive, with just over one million inhabitants.
First-time visitors to the bustling and colorful center often remark how clean the streets are, a matter of pride across every community throughout the country.
Things to see and do/places to visit in Kigali city
For your Kigali city tour, your tour guide will explain to you all the spots that can be visited within Kigali and you have the right to choose which places you want to visit.
Take the opportunity to openly discuss with your guide on the places you can visit and choose only those you want to visit and still reserve the right to leave out those you do not want to visit.
Remember to choose only those places within the city tour list. You can also prior choose preferred places to visit by email when you Contact Kabira Safaris. Here are some of the places that you visit on a Kigali city tour as well as activities you can do; Learn about Kigali City Tour
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is a national park in northwestern Rwanda. It covers 160 km2 (62 sq mi) of rainforest and encompasses five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains, namely Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo.
It is home to the mountain gorilla and the golden monkey, and was the base for the primatologist Dian Fossey. Learn More about Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is a protected area in eastern Rwanda covering 1,122 km2 (433 sq mi) along the international border with Tanzania. It was founded in 1934 and includes savannah, montane and swamp habitats.
The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into Lake Ihema and several smaller lakes.
The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over a third of the park, which is the largest protected wetland in Eastern–Central Africa. Learn More about Akagera National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in southwestern Rwanda, on the border with Burundi, where it is contiguous with the Kibira National Park to the south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
The Nyungwe rainforest is probably the best preserved montane rainforest in Central Africa. It is located in the watershed between the basin of the river Congo to the west and the basin of the river Nile to the east.
From the east side of the Nyungwe forest comes also one of the branches of the Nile sources. Learn More about Nyungwe Forest National Park