Bordered by Uganda to the north and Tanzania to the east, Rwanda has great game viewing in its national parks and reserves, including Akagera, Volcanos, Nyungwe, and Gishwati-Mukura National Park, each offering something special.
Protected from poachers and free to roam in Rwanda’s national parks, the wildlife is thriving and the country’s volcanic mountains and high-altitude forests are world famous for their mountain gorillas. Although Rwanda is land locked, the beautiful Lake Kivu to the west of the country offers picture perfect beaches.
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- Volcanos National Park is the place to go to see the primates at play. Here you can take a guided trek into the mountains to see the golden monkeys and mountain gorillas. An experience not to be missed.
- Under the management of African Parks (a non-profit conservation organisation) Akakera and Nyungwe National Parks are flourishing.
- Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania here you’ll find zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork.
- At Lake Ihema, in the southern part of Akagera, you can spot hippos and crocodiles.
- At Nyungwe you can take a stroll across the canopy walkway and get a bird’s eye view of the stunning rainforest and its resident chimps.
- In the forests of Gishwati-Mukura you can take a guided nature hike, visit the chimps and monkeys, go bird watching, or a visit to the waterfalls.
- Most people will remember the terrible genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and it should never be forgotten. A visit to the outstanding museum and memorial to its victims is a must and is a very moving experience.
- Rwanda has two rainy seasons, March – May and October – November, with an average rainfall of 110-200 mm per month.