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.
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 flo...
The Nyungwe national rainforest is situated in the south-western part of Rwanda. The rainforest is one of the best preserved areas in the region of Central Africa. Towards the west of the rainforest is the Lake Kivu. It is situated in the watershed straddled between the river Nile to the east and the river Congo to the west. One of the sources of the river Nile is also located towards the eastern ...
Volcanoes National Park is situated in the north west of Rwanda and lies on the border of the Virunga National Park located in the Democratic Republic of Congo along with the Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The park is a well known haven for the elusive mountain gorilla and is also known for being home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains. These are covered in rainforests and b...
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 has updated information about all the tourist attractions, and events in Kigali. Visitors can gain information about places to visit, available tours and their schedules, upcoming exhibits and social events, and more—in Kigali, and Rwanda in general. Additionally, you can gain information and purchase resources about Rwanda’s culture and history, various historic places, and its scenic natural spaces. Additionally, the centre is also responsible for offering the official information regarding progress and development in Rwanda and various investment opportunities available for potential investors. Hence, visitors seeking investment opportunities in the region can also gain the needed resources to make more informed decisions. The centre is located on the Grand Pension Plaza, and visitors can head over to nearby Simba Supermarket for refreshments at the Simba Café.