Rwanda, the land of 1000 Hills has got amazing tourists attractions ranging from national parks, cultural and historical sites, water bodies to nature. Among the major attractions is the Volcanoes National Park which defines much of the country’s tourism. This park is a home to mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Golden Monkeys, Dian Fossey grave-site plus all the gorilla conservation projects, beautiful mountains ideal for hiking and many more. other attractions are, Nyungwe Forest National Park, the habitat to chimps in the south of the country, Akagera National Park, Gishwati-Mukura National Park, Lake Kivu, Genocide Memorial Centre plus several genocide memorial centres, The National Museum, Musanze Caves, Iby’iwacu Cultural Village plus many more.
Places to Visit in Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park, a home to Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda covers 160 sq km area in the north of Rwanda and is the oldest national park in Africa. The park facilitates Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Rwanda, attracting lots of visitors from all corners of the globe. The Park borders Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to the Ugandan side. This park is also a home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains whixch include Bisoke, Karisimbi, Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo that are all covered in the tropical rain forest and bamboo.
Lake Kivu is one of African great lakes with huge freshwater and it is believed to be the largest lake in Rwanda and attains sixth position largest lakes in Africa.
It is located in Albertine rift valley the western side of great Africa rift valley.it dominates both boarders of Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo .The shores Lake Kivu forms a number of inlets, peninsulas and a number of water falls. The main outlet is river Ruzizi that flows south towards Lake Tanganyika which is second largest freshwater lake in the world. The shores of the lake is surrounded by a number of mountains in the north and western side of the lake.it is a well highly densely populated with a number of towns like Gisenyi ,cyangure ,kibuye in Rwanda and kabare ,Sake,Bukavu and Goma in DRC.
Nyungwe Forest National Park is associated with Chimpanzee Safaris in Rwanda. Nyungwe National Park is located in the south western part of Rwanda at the border between Burundi in the south, Lake Kivu and Democratic Republic of Congo in the west .The park is a best preserved montane forest in central Africa with untouched natural tropical woodland that is filled with variety of exhilarating biodiversity. The park was established in 2004 covering an area of 1000 square kilometres. Nyungwe is known as a home to one of the east African intact population the chimpanzees which has attracted a number of tourists worldwide hence chimpanzee trekking making it the most popular activity carried out in the park.
Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village is located in the north province Musanze district around Parc National des Volcanoes in Nyabigoma at Kinigi in Rwanda.Your visit to Iby iwacu cultural village gives you a chance to meet local people in their environment, taste their cultural and their traditional life styles which includes ways of living, activities and artifacts. Visitors are warmly welcomed by the local people with their local special songs and cultural dances; they will also proudly present to their visits the different aspects of their traditional ways of living and beliefs and this could be the only way you can get to know more about these people.
Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda (Rwanda National Museum) is frequently known as the Butare Museum is the largest museum in Rwanda. The museum found in Butare about 35 kilometre’s drive from Kigali is one of the best places to learn about the history and geopolitics of the country. Several ancient items about Rwanda are found there with all the historical culture and traditions of the Rwandan people and have attracted tourists that share an experience of culture norms and traditional.
The Presidential Palace Museum is one of the frequently visited memorial places in Kigali. A tourist attraction in the city, the palace museum was the home to the former president Juvenal Habyarimana, who together with the Burundian President Cyprian Ntaryamira, who had been given a lift from Tanzania by the former had their plane shot down and coincidentally fell into his (Habyarimana’s) house compound. This incident sparked off the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Currently the place is a museum where visitors come to see flight remains and also seeing by themselves how the president lived.
Musanze Caves are a new established tourist spot set up in Ruhengeri, Northern province in Rwanda in Musanze District and they are being organised for visitors by fitting walkways, stairs, and as trails that take you to the dark ends of the caves which shows a image of a house with numerous corridors and rooms. The floor of the caves is surfaced with stairs as safety measures to simplify the movement of the tourists who tour these caves .
In 2015, the Rwandan government approved a law to develop Gishwati and Makura forest into a national park. On 1st February 2016, the law was contracted to establish the national park and its boundaries. The newly National Park Gishwati-Mukura forest is located in Rubuvu, Rutsiro, Ngororero and Nyabihu Districts of the western part of Rwanda. The park is a afforested area scattering up from the north of the country near to the Volcanoes National park down to Gishwati forest that shelters 1439.72 hectares and Mukura forest that also covers 1987.74 hectares hence making a total surface of 992.48 hectares.
Kigali City is the capital city of Rwanda and is positioned near the terrestrial midpoint of the country. It is the heart of the country Straddling numerous ridges and valleys, Kigali, with its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding avenues and lively streets, is perhaps one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, and more so the cleanest and safest city with population of over 1 million people, according to the previous population census. The city has also been the transport, economic as well as the cultural hub of Rwanda.