BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE IN RWANDA
Like the name “land of a thousand hills”, Rwanda offers an in-depth understanding of the African wilderness, jungles and cultures through the numerous behind the scenes experience in Rwanda. These experiences around this beautiful country offer the most unforgettable encounters and most likely to inspire you to start your dream trip. They include;
Gorilla trekking, Volcanoes National Park
Waking up early for briefing and registration at the Park Headquarters in Kinigi, walk through the slopes of Virunga Volcanoes to search for the endangered mountain gorillas is very temping for Rwanda visitors. It is never an easy behind the scenes experience in Rwanda because it takes hard work and patience to hike through dense vegetation and mountain slopes in searching for the Giant Apes. However, the reward is what will blow your mind. The one hour offered after finding the habituated gorilla family allows observation and photographing as they enjoy their daily routines that include playing, resting, nursing their babies, grooming each other, foraging and sometimes mating.
Places to stay
If you desire to go-all-out, then consider staying at Singita Kwitonda Lodge, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest or Bisate Lodge but if you are a budget traveller, then consider Kinigi Guesthouse or Muhabura Hotel.
Explore Buhanga Sacred Forest
A small forest of about 31 acres with mysterious existence and phenomenally diverse ecosystem, Buhanga Sacred Forest is a must-visit behind-the-scene safari destination in Uganda. One of the interesting legends surrounding this magical site is the fact that it was once haven to Rwanda’s first King (Gihanga Ngoma Ijana) and a place for conducting coronation rituals. It is only 4.9 miles from Musanze Town, in Nkotsi sector and marked by Ficus and drago trees that form a jaw-dropping canopy over this pristine natural environment. Inside the sacred forest is a Coronation Cave, Caves that were used for cleansing bath by Kings and the Lava Rock that acted as a Conference podium for presiding over Kingdom affairs.
Hike to Rwanda’s highest point on Mount Karisimbi
Rwanda is undoubtedly filled with jaw-dropping natural sceneries, but none are more rewarding and picturesque than the view from the highest point in the country (4507 meters above sea level). Lasting two days, the hike on Mount Karisimbi rewards visitors with magnificent views of snow-like features, verdant vegetation, other surrounding Volcanoes and animals or birds along the way.
The Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest
The list of behind-the-scene experiences in Rwanda isn’t complete without the canopy walk experience within Nyungwe Forest National Park. The spectacular suspended bridge was launched in 2010 and is about 160 meters long and over 60 meters above the ground. It is surprisingly not a difficult adventure thus ideal for the entire family to relish.
Visitors not only experience all the layers of the millennium-year old montane forest, from the wet forest floor to the verdant leafy canopies, but there are a million and one opportunities of getting up-close and personal with different primates, birds and trees that are found in Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Cruise through Lake Kivu
Just two hours from the hustle and bustle of Kigali City lays out-of-this-World and serene Lake Kivu. This beautiful water body is surrounded by terraced rolling hills and marked by lush Islands. For your behind-the-scene trip in Rwanda, spend so e hours cruising through the Lake’s emerald waters and Island hopping on a boat or canoe.
Explore the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Centers across the country
The Genocide Memorial Centers are also amazing behind the scenes experience in Rwanda and make it possible for travellers to take a step back in time by discovering about one of the most painful times that shaped the country’s current and future. A number of places that were used as massacre centers during the 1994 Rwanda genocide have been turned into remarkable tourist sites to allow the strong-hearted visitors to see the skeletons, photographs and personal belongings of victims. You can visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, Murambi, Nyamata, Nyanza, Bisesero, Ntarama and Nyarubuye genocide sites in different places of the country.
Experience the cultures of Rwandans
Cultures and traditions are breathtaking and unmissable behind-the-scene experiences in Rwanda, where travellers are introduced to the warm hospitality as well as the ways of life of the people of Rwanda. During this activity, live dance performances as well as information on preparation and enjoying of local cuisines and traditional beer brewing are provided to cultural enthusiasts.