Travel Further Now & Take a Safari to Rwanda

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Take a Safari to Rwanda and discover an array of unique journeys across the remarkable destination. Be part of the new experiences as travel restrictions continue to drop around the world.

We invite you to All Budget Gorillas Safaris to discover what is waiting for you both wildlife lovers and primate lovers. You can choose to start your Rwanda tour with Akagera National Park, bordering Tanzania in eastern Rwanda, this is central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last refuge for savannah-adapted species in the country.

Stretching across a vast expanse of low-lying mountains and savannah plains, the park takes in the rolling highlands woodlands, swamp-fringed lakes, and wetlands of the Kagera River along the way. Crocodiles and hippos wallow in the park’s watery basins, predator’s prowl through its acacia groves, and elephants, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, and other animals roam across its grassy plains. Bursting with rich biodiversity, the park features a variety of rare species, as well as a plentitude of mammals and hundreds of bird species. Get an opportunity to explore Akagera National Park on your game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle allowing you maximum game viewing opportunity.

Welcome to your next gorilla escape to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, and set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Visitors flock here to track gorillas in Rwanda and golden monkeys. You may consider exploring a network of scenic hiking trails, with the beautiful day hike to the Crater Lake on Mount Bisoke being a particular highlight. Make sure to visit the new Dian Fossey Foundation & Ellen De Generous campus.

Your safari to Rwanda is wide and wild as you connect to the forests of Nyungwe, situated in south-western Rwanda, the park is composed of lush tracts of rainforest set high up on fertile mountain slopes. It is one of Africa’s most ancient forests and the home of Rwanda’s sole remaining chimpanzee population, as well as 85 additional mammal species, 43 reptile species, nearly 300 bird species, and over 1000 plant species.

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is popular here and visitors can enjoy spotting Colobus monkeys and other primates along the forest trails. Don’t miss the thrilling Canopy Walk; it is one of its kind in Africa and offers impressive views of the forest.

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Announcing the Newest Nile Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls Park

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Nile Safari Lodge is one of the best wildlife safari lodges in Uganda, perched at the boundary of Murchison Falls National park on the Southern bank of the River Nile. The lodge’s location is a unique combination of two iconic sections of the park giving easy access to the northern side of the park that is rich in wildlife populations.

Nile Safari Lodge offers a magical escape in the most luxurious, tranquil and eco-friendly setting Uganda has to offer. With outstanding breathtaking views of the River Nile from every corner of our lodge. Recently voted the #1 Sustainable Hotel in Uganda in the International Hotel Awards 2020/21!

Enjoy moments where wildlife congregates along the River banks to drink and marvel at the setting of the African sun across wildlife-filled plains. The safari experiences include wildlife viewing drives, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and a boat safari to the Nile Delta, Hiking to the top of the falls, balloon safari experiences and night game drives

Nile Safari Lodge contains only eight secluded luxurious bandas, each designed to be your home away from home, throughout your stay giving you the ultimate privacy and comfort. Each Banda is composed with a thatched roof, spacious seating area, day bed, a generous mosquito net, en suite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers, and a private viewing deck with a swing chair and deck chairs. Your Banda is your window onto some of the world’s more spectacular scenery.

Murchison Falls National Park is a prime predator and elephant habitat with highest concentrations of giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopard and hippos. There is phenomenal birdlife in this area for those looking for some ‘lifers’.

Rooms available at Nile Safari Lodge.

A family Villa.

This is an ideal option for larger groups. It accommodates four adults and four children. It has two master bedrooms with four single beds and two king size beds, spacious living room and private terrace with optional lunch service. It has a private swimming pool with a stunning view of the shoebill peninsula.

Exclusive Banda

With the most incredible views, with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, secluded from all other rooms. This room is our crème de la crème, it has it all.. Imagine floating in the plunge pool, gazing over the World’s longest river and the National Park; as the nightfall, a private candlelit dinner is prepared at the bank of the river. Before falling asleep on the outdoor bed star glazing.

Deluxe Banda

Our six bandas provide a high level of luxury and service inclusive of a traditional freestanding bathtub; perfect for relaxing and enjoying the evening views. A monsoon high-pressure indoor shower, vital for the early morning safari game drives and an outdoor shower designed to embrace the beauty of the nature surrounding your Banda.

From Kampala, it is a 5 hours’ drive north towards Gulu in to Murchison Falls National Park. Nile Safari Lodge is ideal for friends or families wanting to take the whole property for extended stays and to make it their own.

Ensure that your adventure holiday and discovery is an essential part of the journey to Uganda by staying at Nile Safari Lodge when luxury is the culture. Explore Uganda and more.

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Luxury stays in Rwanda

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Experience the luxury stays in Rwanda. If you wish to trek the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, visit the chimpanzees of Nyungwe Forest National Park and come face to face with the big five game of Akagera National Park, it is worth making the Safari Lodges your “home away from home” in Rwanda. The land of a thousand hills (as Rwanda is often referred to) has become one of the top safari destinations for luxury travelers, thanks to its growing stupendous stays.

With its thriving gorilla safaris, classic wildlife safaris, unmatched chimpanzee trekking experiences, and pristine white sand beaches of Lake Kivu and bustling Kigali City, Rwanda has continuously become a haven for World-class luxury stays. Are you interested in relishing the experience of luxury stays in Rwanda? Try these out;

For Volcanoes National Park, second to none luxury experiences are derived by staying at;

Singita Kwitonda Lodge.

singita-kwitonda-lodge - Experience the luxury stays in Rwanda, best luxury hotels in RwandaSingita Kwitonda Lodge is one of a kind when it comes to luxury stays in Rwanda and one of the things that make it stand out is its jaw-dropping sceneries of this amazing mountain gorilla’s natural habitat.

Are you planning a luxury family stay in Volcanoes National Park? Singita introduces you to the four-bedroomed Kataza House Villa that comes with a butler, personal chef, and expert manager. Each of the Villas provides mist-covered peaks as well as lush vegetation from the private heated plunge pool close to the roaring fire.

Amakoro Songa Lodge is marked by 8 stupendous Cottages made of black volcanic rocks to depict the mountainous side of the country. It sits on a private 7-acre plot with incredibly manicured lawns and each of the rooms has a private fireplace, indoor massage area for post-gorilla trekking treatments, and an outdoor fireplace for relishing an evening drink while getting entertained by the Traditional Intore Dance Troupe.

One & Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge.

One-and-only-gorillas-nest-lodge - Experience the luxury stays in Rwanda, best luxury hotels in RwandaStaying at One & Only Gorilla’s Nest means spending overnight/s within any of the 21 rooms configured in one or two-bedroomed suites. The quiet and Eucalyptus-shaded Resort has running paths, a modern gym, and a private spa with a heated swimming pool for relaxing after your gorilla trekking adventure.

Additionally, the interior designs of the rooms spell luxury to the dot with natural wood as well as geometric Rwandan Imigongo designs and basket porch swings for relaxing in a cool ambiance. Also, get treated to a private dinner of traditional cuisines.

Bisate Lodge

bisate-lodge - Experience the luxury stays in Rwanda, best luxury hotels in RwandaThe Experience of staying at Bisate Lodge is what every luxury traveler longs for during gorilla safaris. Thanks to its 6 private villas designed to mimic the thatched exteriors of the King’s Palace, luxury visitors are not only provided world-class comfort but also mind-blowing views of three Virunga Volcanoes. There are also private in-villa massage treatments for relaxing after a successful gorilla trekking adventure. Also, try out the Bisate Kwanda Day Lounge on an adjacent hill (launched on 1st June 2021) to unwind, take a shower, massage and have a light meal in the comfort as well as the understated luxury of this fully-staffed day lounge.

Make your luxury stay in Volcanoes National Park complete by taking a helicopter ride from Kigali City (provided by Akagera Aviation) as well as booking an exclusive gorilla trekking experience at $15,000 for an entire group that comes with a personalized tour guide service.

For luxury stays in Nyungwe Forest National Park, you can’t miss out;

One & Only Nyungwe House.

one-and-only-nyungwe-houseStart your luxury stay at One & Only Nyungwe House with a one-hour helicopter ride in the Lodge’s private helipad where magnificent views of the jungle are relished. Since its launch in late 2018 on a working tea plantation, this Lodge made a name as the only luxury retreat in this part of the country. After a great time trekking the chimpanzees or other primate species, undertaking the canopy walk, you can complete it by staying at one of the 22 forest villas. Their interior walls are covered by Geometric Imigongo designs in black, white, and red color scheme as well as hand-woven designed plates decorating the rooms.

For luxury travelers to Akagera National Park, the luxury stays include;-

Magashi Camp.

magashi-campThis luxurious Tented Camp is perfect for luxury visitors who wish to have an up-close insight into successful wildlife conservation stories. It is found in the northeastern part of Akagera National Park in a privately-managed area of about 16,000 acres along the tranquil shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga.

Magashi Camp is the only place in Akagera National Park where you can enjoy private walking safaris, off-roading, and night game drives. Each Tent here is exclusive and overlooks the Lake in addition to having traditional basket weavings that decorate the stone-clad bathrooms.

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Popular & new tourist activities in Rwanda

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POPULAR & NEW TOURIST ACTIVITIES IN RWANDA

New tourist activities in Rwanda are so exciting and memorable to visitors. Spend time and visit Rwanda for you to dive into some of the recent tourist activities in the destination. In an unforgettable wildlife encounter, you will be accompanied by our local and professional guides for your seamless visit.

These tourist activities in Rwanda include:-

White Rhino Tracking.

An early morning rise is required to track the white rhinos on foot inside Akagera National Park. Get on a guided bush walk in Kilala Plain to inspect the rhinos and their health conditions and security. White rhino tracking is for a minimum of 2 pax and maximum 4 Pax, the fee payable is US$ 75.00. Join the tracking team and contribute to the conservation of rhinos in Rwanda.

Nyungwe Night walk.

During your safari to Rwanda, spare time and visit Nyungwe forest national park for a night walk experience, for an opportunity to sight the nocturnal animals, feel the vibrancy of this living forest which is to chimpanzees in Rwanda. Enjoy what many tourists to Rwanda may not do, your day encounters in Nyungwe may including Chimpanzee trekking, Colobus monkey trek and the famous canopy walk.

Personalized Gorilla Trek.

This is a new and private gorilla trek experience set aside for the VIPs that wish to have their gorilla trekking privately. The cost of this private/exclusive gorilla trek is US$ 15,000 maximum 8 pax. The benefits of a personalized trek include, that you get to choose your gorilla family to track, gorilla briefing can be done at your camp or resort, and gorilla trekking starting time can be between 08 AM and 11 AM.

Visit Helen De Generous Campus.

The best safari to Rwanda will always combine gorilla trekking and a visit to the Karisoke research centre which I snow located at the Helen De Generous campus. Visit this new campus after your gorilla trek or golden monkey trek and learn about the Dian Fossey and her conservation effort toward mountain gorillas.

Tea Planation Experience.

Make your way to Gisakura tea plantations and explore what makes a perfect cup of tea in Rwanda. Do not miss visiting the tea planation and revealing the process of tea growing and process.  Let us treat you to some new places in Rwanda with new tourist activities and experiences.

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Updated Entry Requirements to Visit Rwanda

Updated Entry Requirements to Visit Rwanda

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Updated Entry Requirements To Visit Rwanda

Rwanda like the rest of the world is still battling with COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects ever since its outbreak in 2019. On March 14, 2020, Rwanda- The Land of a Thousand Hills recorded its first coronavirus case and with COVID-19 pandemic still prevailing, all travelers on Rwanda safaris need to exercise high level of care.

Rwanda is fully open to all travelers worldwide. But, as of April 9th 2022, revised COVID-19 measures were approved which all travelers on Rwanda safaris must take note. It should also be noted that all other preventative measures remain in effect and shall be reviewed after one month upon a health assessment.

Revised entry requirements to visit Rwanda

  1. All arriving visitors at Kigali International Airport (KGL) provide a negative rapid test conducted 72 hours pre-boarding aircraft. Upon arrival at KGL, a traveler will also take PCR test, but at his or her cost at USD60.
  2. For all departing travelers, a negative PCR test/rapid test is essential, but this will be dependent on the destination requirement. The PCR test must be taken 72 hours before departure and rapid antigen tests are also acceptable. All Rwandans departing the country must be vaccinated.

Existing entry requirements to visit Rwanda

  1. All Rwanda visas can be applied online (https://migration.gov.rw).
  2. Facemasks wearing is still mandatory in public- whether you are fully vaccinated.
  3. All travelers intending to visit Rwanda must complete the Public Health Locator Form- PHPLF. This applies to all arriving visitors to Rwanda- The Land of a Thousand Hills.
  4. After fully filling the Passenger Locator Form- PLF, next upload the Negative Covid-19 test certificate before taking flight to Kigali Airport Rwanda. The PLF is available on the left side of Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) website- https://www.rbc.gov.rw.
  5. Rapid testing is still conducted and visitors who test negative can proceed with the normal Rwanda tour program or other programs without being isolated.
  6. COVID-19 tests are mandatory to adult travelers with exemption of children of 5 years and below.
  7. Body temperature screening is still mandatory at all check points including Kigali International Airport before entry.
  8. For all transiting travelers, they can be screened on entry and need not to go through testing again on arrival.
  9. Hand washing or hand sanitizing is mandatory at all entry points to Rwanda.
  10. Fully or partially vaccinated, a proof of a negative PCR test certificate taken 72 hours to visiting Rwanda must be provided to authorities by all travelers.
  11. All transiting travelers via Rwanda must complete the PLF and they must upload the negative rapid test card taken 72 hours to arrival at Kigali Airport.
  12. For departing visitors at Kigali Airport, print out of the travel certificate essential and this can be accessed via https://www.rbc.gov.rw which must be provided prior entry to the airport to take departure flight.
  13. Valid yellow fever vaccination certificates and passports are some of the other essential entry requirements to visit Rwanda.
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Why a Boat Safari is the Best Way to Explore Murchison Falls

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Why A Boat Safari Is The Best Way To Explore Murchison Falls

You can’t say you explored Murchison falls National Park without enjoying the signature boat safari to the bottom of the falls. While many visitors are familiar with game drives that make it possible to come face to face with four of the big five game (Cape buffaloes, leopards, African bush elephants and lions), Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, Jackson’s hartebeests, Roan antelopes, bushbucks, Defassa waterbucks, vervet monkeys, giant forest hogs, sitatunga, duikers, Topis, Olive baboons and Hippos among others, it is no brainer that the boat safari is the best, if not only way to explore the Murchison falls.

One of the exciting reasons why the Boat safari is the best way to explore Murchison falls is because it takes travellers to the wildlife hot spots on comfortable boats and accompanied by experienced Park Rangers who not only give personalized attention but also provide information on the ecosystems, animals and birds. Enjoy the Murchison falls’ breathtaking views with a moment of photography on getting to the bottom in addition to having an exceptional perspective from the Boat with sights and sounds of wetland and aquatic birds that include the beautiful bee-eaters, African fish eagles, the jeweled giant and pied kingfishers, Great white and pink-backed pelicans as well as the iconic shoebills storks.

Are you interested in drifting gently down the Nile while discovering the tranquil Riverbanks? Book for the 3-hour boat safari that starts from Paraa jetty, streaming upstream towards the breathtaking waterfalls, for over 10 miles. Expect to be surrounded by lush greenery as well as rugged Rocks before getting to the bottom of the falls where you will be amazed by how high volumes of water surge through a narrow gorge of 7 meters before falling into a Devil’s Cauldron that is about 45 meters below. While the spray of water is every traveller’s exciting moment, having a view of the rainbow symbol over the Murchison falls is a moment many can’t wait to marvel at. This creates the perfect backdrop for unforgettable photographic opportunities.

The Boat safari is not just a perfect way to explore Murchison falls but also a unique introduction to different wildlife species that include Hippos and Nile crocodiles that can be spotted all year round in the shallow waters. Interestingly, huge herds of African bush elephants, Defassa waterbucks, Cape buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, Uganda Kobs and bushbucks are usually drawn to the banks of the River during the dry season to quench their thirst or feed on greener pastures.

Daily boat trips depart Paraa area twice-in the morning from 9:00am and afternoon at 2:00pm. They are led by expert Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger guides who first offer safety briefing as well as life jackets before the start of each adventure. Here, expect a wealth of information on the Park’s maiden (inaugural) boat safari, the ecology, wildlife and birds along the way. The Boat safari costs only $30 per person for foreign visitors and Shs. 30,000 for the East African Citizens (at the time of writing) and is open all year round. However, the dry season (December to February and June to September) is always preferred for a number of reasons that include the possibility of seeing lots of animals gathered at the Riverbanks.

Treat yourself to some of the popular places in Uganda on your next trip in style and explore exciting experiences including gorilla habituations in Bwindi that allows you more than four hours with the mountain gorillas, a visit to the Batwa pygmies for a unique cultural safari in Uganda. Choose the best way to have your Uganda safari with us and in style.

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Villa Kigali – Luxury hotel in Rwanda

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Planning a trip to Rwanda and looking for a quiet and comfortable place to stay on arrival at the Capital? Allow us to introduce you to Villa Kigali, a real Paradise on Earth for luxury seekers. The sophisticated Hotel is serenely hidden within the City’s secluded Nyarutarama district and is surprisingly not just a perfect place to stay but also a quiet ambiance to have all kinds of meetings, made possible by the World-class conference facilities.

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Guests of Villa Kigali are offered all-day terrace dining marked by magnificent views of Rwanda’s Capital just rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul that you will only experience in Rwanda. Accommodation is offered within the 51 exquisite rooms that provide effortless access to the business class lounge, where indoor and outdoor dining options are found. Of these rooms, 10 of them are in form of suites with bright and airy living rooms as well as delightful complimentary treats while others are standard and superior rooms.

Each of the rooms at Villa Kigali is exceptionally furnished with 24/7 housekeeping and unmatched room service in addition to extra towels, toiletries and clean beddings items, air-conditioning, laundry service, Flat-screen Television with many premium channels, a fully-stocked mini-bar, high-speed internet connectivity, functional telephones with direct dial access, and many others.

Are you planning to have a meeting or conference within Kigali City? Villa Kigali has got you covered with its unrivaled social as well as corporate venue that not only hosts social functions but also business meetings and several corporate activities. Surprisingly, there is an option of customizing the sitting arrangement and the largest venue can accommodate up to 250 participants while the exceptional Muhazi Hall takes 70 guests and the Boardroom has a holding capacity of 25 guests. Be prepared to enjoy modern meeting and conference facilities that include business support (in form of internet, secretarial services, and photocopying), comfortable and state of art furniture, a business class lounge, stand-by generator, secure parking, Delegate pens, pads, and bottled water, available registration and conference organization support, to mention but a few.

Dining here is offered at the main restaurant area where local and international cuisines are served between 12 pm and 10 pm. However, guests have options of enjoying meals in the comfort of their rooms while drinks can be enjoyed at the Pool Bar or the coffee and Bar Lounge area. Exercise enthusiasts can take advantage of the well-equipped gym to stay in shape during the Rwanda safari or better still visit the spa for rejuvenation. Thanks to the exquisite swimming pool at Villa Kigali, visitors can relax and cool off after a hectic day of exploring the Capital.

Location and how to get to Villa Kigali

Villa Kigali is situated within the quiet Nyarutarama district, just 5 minutes drive from Kigali Golf Club as well as Ivuka Arts Center.

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Why Visit Uganda For An African Safari?

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Why Visit Uganda For An African Safari

Visit Uganda, a small and land-locked country much endowed as a perfect safari destination.  Uganda is one of the few places on Earth that will captivate you with breathtaking natural wonders as well as exotic animals. The Pearl of Africa as it is fondly known is one of Africa’s exceptional places that no matter your travel needs, aspirations, budget, and age, will always deliver the unrivaled safari experience that you will never find anywhere else. When it comes to the reasons why you should visit Uganda, most travelers are spoilt for choices because this country has everything for everyone. From its diverse cultures, a plethora of wildlife, and beautiful weather to the breathtaking sceneries, Uganda is simply every traveler’s place to be.

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Therefore, the following are the reasons why you must visit Uganda for an African Safari;

The plethora of beautiful exotic wildlife species

When it comes to wildlife species, Uganda is undeniably magical because you can spot as many wildlife species in their natural environment as possible. From watching the mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga, grazing Rhinoceros and African bush elephants, hunting lions and leopards, running Uganda Kobs, impalas, or the Defassa waterbucks, everything is literally possible within Uganda. If this is not enough, you can even get the chance to see Nile crocodiles in the waters of Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth National Park), Lake Mburo or Victoria Nile (Murchison falls National Park) or the tree-climbing lions that are found in only two places in the entire World.

Phenomenal nature and sceneries

Uganda is undeniably a haven for some of the most phenomenal landscapes and sceneries that you cannot find anywhere else. You can relish views of rolling hills, see sweeping savannah plains, Tropical rainforests, wide and deep valleys, stunning Lakes and Rivers, to mention but a few.

Friendly people and diverse cultures

Another reason why Uganda is irresistible to visit is its friendly people and diverse culture, as it is typical for Ugandans to welcome and be friendly to strangers. Talking of culture, the country is a melting pot with traditions and experiences from over 56 local tribes in form of traditional cuisines, dance performances, unique dressing, languages, traditions, customs, and practices.

Lots of adventures

Thrill-seekers can visit Uganda for its opportunity of having an adrenaline rush. Are you interested in going bungee jumping, rock climbing off a mountain, whitewater rafting through grade 1 to 5 rapids, mountaineering experiences on the Mountains of the Moon, Mount Elgon, and the Virunga Volcanoes, quad biking, horseback rides, kayaking or jet skiing? Uganda has it all.

World-class safaris

You can’t say your visit to Uganda was complete without enjoying the World-class safaris and regardless of how many countries you visit, none can match up to the Pearl of Africa. Places like Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Mburo National Park offer some of the best chances of seeing lots of animals, ranging from large mammals such as Rhinoceros, African bush elephants, Cape buffaloes, and giraffes to the small ones like mongoose, to mention but a few.

Therefore, it is easier to feel fulfilled when you visit Uganda and we would like to make your safari dreams true. What are you now waiting for? Make your bookings and understand why millions of travelers visit Uganda for African safaris.

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Visit Rwanda, Top Three Reasons!

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Visit Rwanda, Top Three Reasons!

Rwanda, the fabled “Land of a Thousand Hills” is a small landlocked country in east-central Africa. The country lies 75 miles south of the Equator, 880 miles west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 east of the Atlantic Ocean – literally in the heart of Africa.

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Here are the top three reasons to visit Rwanda;

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, seeing these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.

Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Trek to see them and you’ll be introduced by your expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an awe-inspiring hour, often crouching just a few feet away, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives.

Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel after seeing the gorillas!

Expert guides give a pre-trek briefing on specific protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas that live within an altitude of 2500 and 4000m. Porters are available to help carry backpacks and cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work, but well worth it.

Rwanda Cultural Experiences

While it might have been the gorillas that entice you to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who will keep you coming back. Ancient traditions of honour and hospitality run strong here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for oneself will find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you to their traditions.

Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and prowess to humorous songs, light-hearted dances, and rural artistry with roots in traditional agriculture.

Traditional songs are often accompanied by a solitary lulunga—a harp-like instrument with eight strings—while more celebratory dances are backed by a drum orchestra, which typically comprises seven to nine members who collectively produce a hypnotic and exciting explosion set of intertwining rhythms.

The finest displays of Rwanda’s dynamic traditional musical and dance styles are performed by the Intore Dance Troupes. Performed wearing grass wigs and clutching spears this dance is a true spectacle of Rwanda.

Live dance performances can be seen at cultural villages, museums and as entertainment at many lodges and hotels across Rwanda. The Iby’ Iwacu cultural village in Musanze, and the National Museum of Rwanda have regular performances and daily dances occur at the RDB office at Kinigi, Volcanoes National Park.

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The genocide memorial in Kigali is included on every city tour and is a must-see. Rwanda’s painful past has haunted the country for years; however, their impressive recovery story has turned them into an inspiration. The genocide memorial acts as a humbling reminder to those present and honors those lost.

This is a worthwhile visit for travelers who want to gain insight into the history of genocide in Rwanda. It will also help travelers appreciate how far Rwanda has come. The memorial Center is open every day from 8am to 5pm, but the last entrance is at 4pm.

It opens at 2pm on Umuganda Saturdays (the last Saturday of every month when Rwandans get together for community clean up). There is no fee to enter; however, guides are available at a small fee. The Center is located in Gisozi.

While the largest memorial is in Kigali, the genocide touched all corners of Rwanda, and as such there are many emotionally charged memorials located throughout the country.

Some are as simple as a quiet garden space for contemplation, while others are larger and hold relics, remains, and exhibits on the genocide itself. Beyond the main memorial centre in Kigali, a few of the memorials that belong on any Rwandan itinerary include:

Rwanda National Parks

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms and in 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km (nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda) to its current extent of 1,122 sq km. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glories.

It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Nyungwe National Park

Covering over 1000 square kilometers, Nyungwe National Park is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity.

Home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primate species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal.

Volcanoes National Park

The “Parc National des Volcans” French for Volcanoes National Park (or PNV as it’s known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two hour drive from Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor’s list, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys.

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Top Birds to see in Uganda

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Top Birds to see in Uganda – Bird watching in Uganda

Uganda is potentially one of the best bird watching destinations in the world with over 50% of the total birds found on the African continent.

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Uganda has over 1057 bird species of which 27 need confirmation as they are bracketed in the Uganda Birds Atlas for reasons there in and so have been bracketed in this list.

Uganda has the same number of bird species as the whole of Europe, for its size (Carswell et al 2005) it can be seen as a splendid destination for bird watching.

Bird Watching takes place in National Parks, Wildlife Reserves, Forest Reserves, Important Bird Areas, Ramsar Sites, Private Homes and Compounds.

Do you enjoy birding? Checkout the key bird watching sites in Uganda;

  1. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  2. Echuya Forest Reserve
  3. Nyamuriro Swamp
  4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  5. Rwenzori Mountains National Park
  6. Kibale Forest National Park
  7. Queen Elizabeth National Park
  8. Kyambura Wildlife Reserve
  9. Semliki Reserves.

Must watch birds in Uganda;

Long-crested Eaglethe only bird with prophetic abilities

It is believed that the Long-crested Eagle has prophetic abilities in foretelling marriages. You ask where you will get the bride or groom and the direction it turns is the source of the mate.

Marabou stork, the only bird with a Christian name.

The only bird with a Christian name, Kaloli or Charles! Very common in most Ugandan towns and fishing villages on lakes in the Albertine Rift Region.  As a scavenger it is probably the most useful bird of all. In Uganda it is a common sight in the city center of Kampala, its biggest breeding colony in the world.

African Fish Eagle, The most Photographed bird?

Most Elegant Eagle in the world and the most photographed. They can be seen in all fresh water lakes in Uganda, but for the best views, visit lake Mburo, Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Nile Valley in Murchison Falls National Park

Shoebill, Most exciting and sought-after bird by tourists in Uganda

If you missed to see a dinosaur, you are not late! The shoebill still occurs in Uganda. It derives its name from the massive shoe-bill. It has gained superiority as the most exciting and sought-after bird by tourists in Uganda. They can be found in Murchison Falls National Park.

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