Although the genocide memorials are the first thing that comes in the mind of most people when they hear about Rwanda, that was history and for now, Rwanda is the best tourism destination in the whole world. The land of a thousand hills has a lot to offer ranging from natural, cultural, historical and man-made features all interesting to the travelers. However, there are certain features and attraction that every traveler who wants a memorable and great experience must visit, these include among others:
It’s in the Volcanoes National Park where travelers find the rare mountain gorillas in the whole of Rwanda. The national park is a home to more than 360 mountain gorillas split in 10 gorilla families. This is alongside Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic republic of Congo. All these national parks are found in the Virunga Conservation are that stretches across the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic republic of Congo.
The gorilla permit is sold at USD750 and can be accessed at the Rwanda development board. The permit allows a traveler to interact with the great apes on a gorilla safari for the maximum of one hour and 8 people maximum. Its only gorilla trekking that has been ranked as the most interesting wild life encounter and therefore travelers to Rwanda should not miss out this experience.
It is so interesting that travelers interested in chimpanzee trekking have the greatest opportunity. The chimpanzees are found in the Nyungwe forest national park which is a tropical rain forest. The process of trekking chimpanzees is accompanies with other animals and bird species in the forest which all add to the final experience of the traveler. Still in Nyungwe, travelers can do a canopy walk where they walk on the top of the trees and this provides them with a clear aerial view of the national park and different wild lie in it. It’s a great experience that travelers must not miss out.
Akagera national park
This is the only national park in Rwanda that has open savannah grass lands famous for the game drives other than the other tropical rain forests. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera National Park to be amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa. The game dives provide an opportunity to see wild life such as elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bush babies often seen on night drives.
Genocide memorial sites
There are several memorial sites that were put in place all over Rwanda as a remembrance to the many people who died innocently when Rwanda was struck by the genocide in 1994 that left many people dead. These sites include Gisozi, Gisenyi, Nyamata, Bisesero and Nyanza among others. It is believed that approximately 300,000 people died during the genocide. Travelers always are interested in visiting these sites in commemoration of the dead and it is a sorrowful moment that most people who visit the sites come out with tears flowing in their eyes. There are several videos that show how everything happened from the start to the end. It is so touching and travelers must visit these sites for the memorable experience in addition to the written stories.
In conclusion therefore, there are several attractions in Rwanda but the above are the most sees that every travelers should not miss out if he/she needs a great and memorable experience.