For most tourists on a safari in Africa, Rwanda is mainly visited for gorilla trekking. While the latter may be true, there also many exciting experiences one can be part of while on safari in Rwanda. They include among others;
Gorilla trekking features as a major highlight in most travelers’ travel plans. This is what usually makes a safari in Rwanda complete and for any plans to visit this stunning country, it one of the kind adventures you need not miss to be part of. This life-changing experience in Rwanda is only conducted in Volcanoes National Park which lies in the northwestern part of the country about 2 to 3 hours’ drive. To be part of this thrilling adventure in the land of a thousand hills, you need about $1500 for you to secure your permit.
If there is that one thrilling and life-changing adventure you shouldn’t miss to be part while on safari in Rwanda then it is hiking through the remarkable volcanoes that make up part of the 8 Virunga Mountain ranges. For adventure lovers, hiking through Karisimbi volcano and Bisoke should be a must and you won’t regret thereafter. Mount Karisimbi lies just at the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and features as the tallest of all the Virunga Massifs. It comes with breathtaking views of the surrounding areas while Bisoke Mountain on the other hand takes you through its remarkable Crater Lake which straddles at the summit.
Hiking through Nyungwe Forest National Park
For those of you who love forest exploration, a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park takes you through a thrilling adventure via the tropical rainforest that features misty mountain tops and dark green forests. The hike takes you through waterfalls, tea plantations, and others. This forested park suitably lies in the southwestern side of Rwanda about 5-6 hours’ drive from Kigali capital.
Besides primate adventures, Rwanda you can as well embark on a kayaking adventure through Lake Kivu. While on this thrilling experience, have a chance to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding areas, the water, the lake itself, surrounding towns in the shores.
This is another most exhilarating primate experience one shouldn’t miss while on safari in Rwanda. You can be part of this lovely adventure in Nyungwe Forest National Park a home to 13 distinct primate species of which chimpanzees form the largest part. While on chimpanzee tracking, you will also enjoy amazing views of other primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys as well as several forest bird species, plants and tree species.
If you are interested in something a little bit rare then canopy walk is that one adventure you need to consider in your travel plan. It takes you through 200 meters walk way via Nyungwe Forest where you enjoy remarkable views of diverse primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, and others as well several bird species. This walk way lasts for about 2 or more hours and at the end of it all, you won’t regret it.
Big game viewing
Whereas game drives may seem obvious for some African destinations, to Rwanda, it is such unusual experience the fact that it takes you through Akagera National Park which is only Rwanda’s savanna grassland protected area. On a game drive, you have a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the big game especially the African elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, lions, leopards as well as other savanna grassland dwellers like giraffes, zebras, antelope families, and bird species.
Conclusively, with the above extra-ordinary adventures, you won’t be left out of choice while on Rwanda safari.