Top Parks in Rwanda

Here are Safari parks you can choose from

Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans PNV)

Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans PNV)

 

This is situated in the far northwest corner of Rwanda around the great volcanic massif known as the Virunga Mountains, which straddles the Rwandan, Ugandan and DRC borders. The park is the most famous destination in Rwanda and is home to about half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas and golden monkeys, as well as 5 volcanoes – Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga, and Muhabura, each with lush slopes that provide a charming, dramatic natural setting for these majestic primates.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park

 

This park holds the honor of being is the largest protected rainforest in Africa. It offers an impressive selection of activities, including chimpanzee trekking, hiking and biking, tea plantations, bird watching of over 300 bird species, and the only canopy walk in East Africa.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Akagera National Park

 

Rwanda’s largest national park is teeming with wildlife, such as lions, hyenas, leopards, giraffes, servals, and jackals, as well as large herds of buffaloes, zebras, impalas, and several antelope species. There are lakes in and around the park where you can spot elephants congregating, as well as hippos and  Nile crocodiles. Akagera is also home to around 482 bird species including the endangered shoebill.

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

 

Lake Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda and the sixth largest lake in Africa. It is located in the quaint town of Gisenyi and offers an idyllic shoreside interlude before or after your gorilla trekking in the nearby parks. Spend the time kayaking, boating and simply unwinding as you soak up the captivating sights and sounds. The townsfolk are also warm and welcoming and will happily wave at you as you cruise past.

Lakes Burera and Ruhondo

Lakes Burera and Ruhondo

 

A trip to these twin lakes offer exploration opportunities of green volcano slopes and the magnificent landscapes sprawled across. You can also rent a boat or Canoe to sail serene blue waters and enjoy the soothing effects.

The Cultural Heritage Corridor

The Cultural Heritage Corridor

 

Located in the southern province of Rwanda, the corridor proudly showcases the country’s important cultural and historical sites. You can explore traditional royal living in the Royal Palace in Nyanza, former home of King Mutara III Rudahigwa dating as far back as 1931, which was later converted into a museum. There’s also the Ethnographic Museum in Huye district which houses an impressive exhibit of the  finest collections of pre and post-colonial ethnographic, artistic and archaeological pieces in Africa.

Musanze Caves

Musanze Caves

 

Located just out of Musanze town, the musanze caves are home to a large number of bats. Back in the day, the caves were used as a shelter during war times and is therefore an important place to the local people. Access is usually limited to guided visits, but the guides are well versed in the history and formation of the caves.

Camp Kigali Belgian Monument

Camp Kigali Belgian Monument

 

This is a small museum in Kigali City that was set up in honor of the 10 Belgian UN Blue Beret that were killed during the onset of the genocide. There are 10 stone pillars to memorialize each soldier.

Kigali Genocide Memorial Monument

Kigali Genocide Memorial Monument

 

Another heartrending tribute to the victims of the genocide that tore Rwanda apart in 1994. This memorial serves as a remembrance those who were killed and educate visitors about the causes, reality, and subsequent consequences of the tragic event. Today, however, the country is at peace and visitors are welcome from all over the world.

Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace

 

Located near the Kigali International Airport, the former state house of the late President Habyarimana was turned into a history and cultural museum.