In spite of the unspeakable atrocities committed during the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has got back on its feet faster than expected. Its fast growing infrastructure is attracting many tourists, while the country is also succeeding in conserving its natural heritage.
As an up-and-coming destination for many tourists, here are 6 reasons why Rwanda should be on your bucket list:
1. Primate treks
Rwanda is best known for mountain gorilla tracking safaris in the Volcanoes National Park, which lie within easy access of the active volcanoes in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country is also a perfect place to do other primate treks if visitors are interested in seeing chimpanzees or the unique white colobus and golden monkeys in Nyungwe National Park.
2. A deep-rooted culture
Many visitors also like to incorporate cultural aspects in their travel itinerary. During the evenings in Volcanoes National Park it is possible to watch live performances held at Iby’iwacu Cultural Village in Musanze. The Ntore traditional dance, which involves Rwandan men trying to win over the women, is something particularly not to be missed. Various arts and crafts are also on display in the village, providing a wonderful opportunity to purchase souvenirs.
3. Relaxing on Lake Kivu
After a gorilla tracking safari, nothing beats relaxing on Lake Kivu’s beaches. A range of hotels cater for different needs, but if you’re looking for luxury then Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is a great choice. During a stay on these sandy beaches, you can enjoy a variety of water activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and boat cruises.
Rwanda is a small country, which makes it easy to embark on various adventures. Travelling by road can be an enjoyable adventure in itself, as it offers the chance to marvel at the beautiful landscapes. Bordering both the DRC and Uganda, it is also easy for tourists to visit all three countries in one trip.
5. Delicious cuisine
Tourists can also enjoy various cuisines in the country’s hotels and restaurants, which have evolved to cater for international needs. Local food can often be nice and spicy, but many hotels and restaurants also serve Western and Asian meals, thanks to the strong foreign interest in the country.
6. A great capital city
Kigali city is one of the safest cities in Africa, and travellers can expect a friendly welcome from locals. A tour in Kigali city is particularly worth the time, so that you can soak it up firsthand.
No matter how you choose to spend your time in Rwanda, you’re almost certain to fall in love with it!