Rwanda Tourism
Discover the Real Africa

Rwanda Tourism is a very interesting idea for those who want to discover new destinations, especially in Africa. This is a landlocked country with amazing mountainous landscape, interesting wildlife and lush vegetation.

Its capital city is Kigali, located in the center of the country home to 850,000 inhabitants.

Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda

Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda

It is located on Rwanda’s western area and it is one of many freshwater lakes which lie along Africa's Great Rift Valley. It creates the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also the sixth largest lake in Africa.

It is a real joy to drive along the coast and the several villages and through hills and mountains.

Kigali Memorial Center Genocide Memorial

Kigali Memorial Center Genocide Memorial

It is a plain modern building surrounded by gardens, marking the site of one of the world’s largest massacres with a concrete mass of graves.

It tries to explain the genocide that destroyed Rwanda in 1994 with many first-hand documents and images. The whole population of this country was affected by these events.

Rwanda Tourism

Tropical Rainforest

Rwanda is home of one of the few remaining high-altitude tropical rainforests located in Nyungwe Forest National Park. It is one of the most bio-diverse forests in the world, and is home to more than 1080 plant species as well as 250 Albertine Rift Endemic bird types, an attraction which brings in bird-watchers from all over the globe.

The Congo-Nile Trail

This country is best experienced by hiking and this trail is the best to do it. It winds along Lake Kivu and offers the visitors dramatic vistas of the rolling hills from which Rwanda earns its affectionate nickname. The power of uninhabited nature here is spectacular, especially in the shadow of the majestic mountains passed along the way.

Gishwati Forest

Gishwati Forest

It was once over 250,000 acres, but it suffered sever destruction during the times of the genocide and the construction of refugee settlement camps.

However, it is still one of most impressive sites in Rwanda and offers spectacular views of Lake Kivu attracting also over 1450 types of bird.

There are plans in place to reforest the area and bring this forest to its former glory.

Mount Bisoke

This is an active volcano on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. A return trek up to Bisoke may take up to seven hours, but is highly recommended, even if it is a little steep at times.

Once on the summit there are splendid vistas of the crater lake, and during the descent visitors can follow a track where wonderful views of the Parc National des Virungas can be seen.

Akagera National Park

This is home to some of the most impressive animals on the planet, including zebras, buffalos, elephants, leopard, hyenas and baboons who have found a home here amongst the stunning savannas, dramatic mountains, green grasslands and tree-fringed lakes.

Flag of Rwanda

Flag of Rwanda

The flag has three colors: blue, yellow and green. The blue band represents happiness and peace, the yellow band symbolizes economic development, and the green band symbolizes the hope of prosperity. The sun represents enlightenment.

Map of Rwanda and neighboring countries

Map of Rwanda and neighboring countries

For more information visit Rwanda Tourism Official Website

images for rwanda tourism

lake kivu by adam jones
kigali memorial by fanny shertzer
tropical forest n/a
congo nile n/a
akagera by louis dewane
gishvati by antoine torrens
mt bisoke n/a

all courtesy of wikimedia commons

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