According to the World Economic Forum, Rwanda is now Africa’s safest nation. It’s also one of the continents cleanest and least corrupt and is one of only two countries in the world with a female majority parliament. Compared to the rest of wildlife safaris in Africa, gorilla trekking is undoubtedly one of a few adventures in the world that allow tourists to have a close encounter with the Apes while in their natural environment and thus you can make a booking with us for this memorable exploration in the land of a thousand hills.
The tourism sector in the country hosts a million tourists which have boosted their economy with the main tourist potential being mountain Gorilla tracking. If there is an adventure that wouldn’t disappoint you with high chances of having an encounter with then look no further than Mountain Gorilla trekking however there other fascinating experiences to supplement gorilla-like bird watching, chimpanzee trekking, city tour, game drives among others.
Activities not to miss out on your Rwanda destination exploration include but not least to the following.
Visiting Kigali Genocide Memorial
A visit to this memorable place is where you find the remains of the genocide with about 250,000 victims who have been buried. This has been an education center about the entire prior atrocities in the country and the bloodshed poured in the land against the Tutsi.
The museum was designed with giant wall displays, archival documents, photos, video footage, and weapons encased in glass, the indoor exhibit sheds light on the Rwandan genocide, as well its pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial roots. Therefore a visit to this great museum may leave you struggling for words, in tears, or both and should be a must to every traveler’s itinerary.
Gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park
A visit to the world endemic primates is one of the eye-catching experiences that has thrilled and boosted the tourism sector in Rwanda. There is one habituated gorilla family in volcanoes national park with a total of 10 gorilla families each with more than 5 family members, these include Susa group, Hirwa family, Kwitonda family, Agasha family, Bwengge family, Uganda family, Umubano family, Karisimbi family and Amahoro family. a maximum of 8 people are allowed each of the ten habituated gorilla families and is allowed to spend one hour with the gorillas and it is prohibited to smoke or eat in their presence. Each of these gorilla families offers a very memorable experience as the rest of them.
Possibilities of seeing mountain gorilla on your gorilla trekking in Rwanda upon your planned safari is 99.9% as game rangers locate earlier the footpaths of the gorillas before clients are briefed to go to the jungle for a trek where you get to immerse into the strange intimacy of the rain forest along with the live call of colorful birds. In case you fail to see gorillas after a full day of trekking you are given a second chance to trek the next day.
Chimpanzee trekking Nyungwe forest national park
Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park compliment the primate world of the endangered species like mountain gorilla trekking activity which is done in Volcanoes national park in the country. Therefore the park as well is best for primate safari whereby there are 13 primate species found in the country. Being regarded as one of the closest relative to human beings with 95% Human DNA Chimpanzees at the park are being habituated which means they are used to human beings.
Bird watching experience in Nyungwe forest national park
Nyungwe forest is one of the best birders destinations whereby the park host about 300 bird species with both endemic and migratory birds, 16 endemics, 27 Albertine rift endemics, and 121 forest species. Some of these bird species include; the large blue turaco purple breasted and blue breasted sunbirds, White Hornbill, Regal Sunbird, and Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Ruwenzori Turaco, Batis diops, Ruwenzori Batis, Handsome Francolin, Regal Sunbird and so many more. Generally, Nyungwe is undoubtedly the most important forest for the conservation of montane birds in the region.
Morning, evening, and Night game drives
One of the eye-catching activities on a safari is to get a close encounter with wildlife species in the jungle which is one of the prime attractions in Akagera National Park. With the use of a 4*4 safari vehicle, Safari Vacations & travel Services takes you to a programmed encounter with the wildlife in Akagera which is conducted in three sessions i.e. morning, evening, and night game drives.
Game drives conducted during the daytime offer a unique but similar experience where you can spot the big five in the savannah plains north of the park from the southern part. Visitors to the park get exposed to spot different animals like giraffes, Impalas, Topis, the Zebras, bushbucks, African swallows, eland, the vervet monkeys, warthogs, baboons, Mongoose, the hippos, the crocodiles, as well as the elephants. Upon the trail, you as well get magnificent views of the top of the mountain across Lake Ihema towards Tanzania with a unique adventurous experience.
It’s on a Night game drive where you get exposed to nocturnal animals like leopards, lions among others as they look out for prey in the plains. There different trails which with help of experienced travel guides will take you through this experience with a memorable experience.
The wet environment in the mountains, home for the gorillas can make trekking difficult especially in wet seasons like March, April, October, and November visa vie the dry seasons of June to august which are the best for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and hiking as well, however, it is easier to trek chimpanzee in the wet. More so wet season has the advantage of being less crowded and lodges often offer lower rates and permits are easier to access.
Considering safety and security in the destinations adventures are usually accompanied by one well trained and experienced park ranger with AK 47 gun to ensure visitor safety while in the thick forest tracking the mountain gorillas, Uganda and Rwanda are safe for this lifetime experience, given the prevailing peace and stability that they have enjoyed compared to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which is still recovering from political instabilities.
Choose to travel with Safari Vacations & Travel Services ltd for a remarkable adventure to the wilderness of Volcanoes, Nyungwe, and Akagera National Park in Rwanda respectively. Contact us for further inquiries.