Africa offers a wide variety of spectacular natural landscapes and attractions for tourists. From witnessing wildlife to forests and deserts, there are many destinations in Africa that tourists can find interesting. Rwanda, for instance, is one place that best fits these descriptions. If you’re planning to visit Rwanda for your upcoming summer holiday, you will definitely not regret it.
But, if you don’t know where is Rwanda or what the many places to visit in Rwanda are, here is an article that can provide with you basic details about the country, its people and its many attractions.
Where is Rwanda?
As one of the smallest countries in the African continent, Rwanda is located in the region of Africa Great Lakes. It borders with Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi, and is regarded as the 4th smallest country in the world. It has total area size of 26,388 square kilometers or 10,169 square miles, and a population of more than 11.2 million inhabitants.
Rwanda is dominated mostly by savanna and mountains, and its subtropical climate makes it a key destination for tourists to explore the remnants of great African landscapes. Rwanda’s has one of the highest population densities in the continent. Its population is largely rural, and Roman Catholicism is the dominating faith in the country.
As for tourism, there are many places to visit in Rwanda. The following are 2 areas you definitely need to know about.
It can be misleading to think that all Rwanda has to offer is to see gorillas in locked cages in zoos. But, that is completely true. Exploring wildlife is something that is common across the entire African continent, but an opportunity to be standing inches away from gorillas is something that only Rwanda can take pride in.
If you are in for a chance to get up close with gorillas, then going on Gorilla Trekking can offer you the chance of your wildest dreams.
This lake forms the border between DR Congo and Rwanda and forms a section of the Great Rift Valley. If wildlife is not your thing, you can always go on a relaxing adventure with other tourists. Lake Rivu is safe for visiting, and you can even swim in it. Not to forget, it is remarkably picturesque, so be sure to take your camera with you at all costs to capture moments of some of the most captivating and breathtaking views.
No tour of Rwanda is complete without a visit to the Lake Muhazi. According to legend the Kingdom of Rwanda was founded due to its proximity to this lake, and the lake continues to be a vital part of the country. It is very popular with tourists and it is easy to see why. First off, we would recommend taking a boat ride through the lake. African coasts and coastlines are completely different from ...
The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Tourist Information Centre is the focal point of all tourist activity in Kigali. The centre offers tourists and visitors the information they need to plan their stay in Kigali and any trips beyond. It should be the starting point for any visitor who wants to make the best use of their time while in Kigali, and as they continue their trip across Rwanda. The centre...
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is a mass burial-site that honors the deaths of over 250,000 Tutsis and Hutus that were systematic killed during the operation by the Interahamwe and army. The memorial tries to bring to light how the genocide unfolded, the atrocities committed during the time, and how the world watched as it unfolded. The memorial starts with an informative audio tour about the backgr...
Akagera National Park is located in the north east side of Rwanda and borders Tanzania. Named after the Akagera River that is located on its eastern most border, it is connected to a large number of lakes along with the largest, Lake Ihema. The park also boasts verdant hills and the Brachystegia Woodland and boasts scattered grasslands along with swampy lakes that are home to wildlife tourists flock to see on a yearly basis. This, along with the meandering and sparkling Akagera watercourse make the park one of the most popular tourist destinations for families and couples alike. The park covers over 1,120 km per square inch of Rwanda’s eastern border and is considered to be one of the country’s oldest natural parks. The north side comprises of the savannah and low lying grasslands similar to the scenery a traditional safari explores. The west features rolling hills and vast valleys that are typical to the country’s topography and to the east lies a series of sparkling lakes, swamps and marches that make up Africa’s largest wetlands. These offer a variety of habitats to a diverse wildlife and some of the loveliest scenery in Africa.