Reasons to visit Rwanda

Posted on 16 May 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Rwanda is known for its rich history, stunning scenery, impressive wildlife and warm hospitality. The destination offers a bit of something for every kind of traveller.

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There are plenty of reasons why Rwanda should be on your bucket list. Here are a few of them:

Incredible wildlife encounters

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, Rwanda has some exciting experiences in store for you. Go on a safari at the Akagera National Park where you can spot the Big 5, as well as a variety of other species.

Gorilla Trekking

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Keen for some gorilla trekking? The Volcanoes National Park is home to many mountain gorillas, and you can see them in their natural habitat on a guided trek.

A warm and welcoming atmosphere

The people of Rwanda are known for their warmth and hospitality. As you explore all which Rwanda has to offer, you are sure to encounter friendly locals.

From the vendors at the bustling markets, to the Rwandans you meet as you explore the countryside, you can expect kindness and a willingness to share knowledge about the Rwandan way of life.

History and cultural experiences

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Rwanda is a destination with a very rich culture. It also has a deep and interesting history worth exploring. As you engage with local communities, you will learn more about old and interesting traditions which still form part of the Rwandan way of life today.

To delve into some history, be sure to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial which serves as a place of remembrance and learning. The site is dedicated to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi which took place in 1994.

Stunning scenery

Despite being one of Africa’s smallest countries, Rwanda boasts impressive and stunning scenery. Also known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’, the destination is home to lush green hills, a picturesque countryside and serene lakes.

For passionate nature lovers, the Nyungwe Forest is a definite must-see. It is one of the continent’s oldest rainforests and boasts awe-inspiring natural beauty.

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