Rwanda, once a hidden gem in Africa experienced a tourism boom through movies that drew attention to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travellers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by these Gorillas.
Things to know before visit Rwanda
Rwanda has a moderate climate with temperatures remaining comfortable through the year. It rains mostly between two periods- January and April as well as October and mid December. The time in between is usually dry.
Nestled between verdant hills, Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda is a fine blend of modernity and tradition. Its a great place to relish Rwandan adventure. Whilst in the city definitely visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Camp Kigali Belgian Monument, a museum, the Presidential palace and the Natural history museum. You can find some good places to shop for local handicrafts and arts here as well.
Located along the Virunga Mountains, this breath-taking place is a cauldron of adventure, culture and nature. It has 8 volcanoes that it shares with neighbouring countries. Its dramatic landscape is home to Gorillas and the golden monkeys. You can trek around the national park in search of some varied kinds of flora and fauna and also immerse yourself in Rwandan culture at the Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village.
A stunning lake with crystal, clear water is one of the largest lakes in Africa and also has no fear of hippos or crocodiles. You can spend some lone time here fishing, boating and marveling at the wide range of bird life surrounding the peace and tranquility of the lake. You could also visit Gisenyi, a coffee plantation to see how the famous Rwandan coffee is grown.
Travel to the Nyungwe National Park, an untouched natural rainforest, one of the most pristine mountain rainforests and also one of the oldest in Africa. It said to have stayed green even through the Ice Age, that explains its variety of biodiversity. The majestic forest is teeming with wildlife. Trekking and hiking or even biking is a novel experience here.
This stunning city lies on the outskirts of Lake Kivu. You will be awed by the steep hills that merge with the deep green water and also a host of islands nearby, making it one of the most picturesque places in Rwanda. So if you are looking out for a mellow and laid back time, Karongi is the place to be.
Explore the placid waters of Lake Muhazi, unknown and unheard of by many. Lying 40 kilometers east of Kigali, are the winding shores of the lake. The hilltop town of Gahini lies on the opposite of lake’s east end and is a nice place to relish some of the Rwandan culture.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Rwanda it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter. The standard frequency is 50 Hz and standard voltage is 220 volts. Plugs sockets usually can take round prongs.