Rwanda is a landlocked country in East Africa. Though most travel guides put it in Central Africa, Rwanda belongs to the East African community. It is located a few miles south away from the equator. It is one of the smallest countries in the eastern African region but one of the most beautiful countries to visit. It is bordered by Uganda in the north, DR. Congo in the west, Tanzania in the east and Burundi the south. Kigali city is its capital.
Although Rwanda is a young national and way back in the mid 1990s has some conflicts, Rwanda has turned to be a very fast social and economic developing country as it is going towards a middle income country in just a few years after the 1994 civil war.
Leaving the development at bay, Rwanda has also grown rapidly in the tourism world as it is one of the most sought after destination in Africa when it comes to ecotourism. Rwanda has lots of natural environment beauties of which many travelers around the world have captivated serious interest in.
Due to the high influx of visitors into Rwanda, there are tourism trips organized in Rwanda to cater for the needs of traveler who come to encounter the natural environment and the culture of Rwanda and these trips got themselves a name Rwanda safaris. You can venture into this country either on a guided trip or even opt for a self guided tour. However it is important to know that a self drive tour in Rwanda can only be taken by tourists who have ever driven in Africa.
A Rwanda safari involves traveling from anywhere around the world to Rwanda through the international gateway of Kigali international airport then tourism to the various tourism destinations in Rwanda. The Rwanda safari does not take one day, the traveler has at least to spend a night in Rwanda. The traveler should not be worried of where to stay in Rwanda become there are a lot of accommodation facilities established around Rwanda. The accommodation facilities appeal to all people around the world that is we have budget, mid range and high end accommodation spread all over the country, it is up to the traveler to choose what best suits him/her.
We can not only leave the definition of Rwanda flat lets go deep into the various tourism destinations the traveler visits on his/her Rwanda safari.
There is volcanoes national park located in the northwestern part of the country in Musanze district and this is a haven of mountain gorillas one of the most endangered species of animals. Volcanoes inhabits a third of the world’s population of mountain gorillas 320 in number. This is the most popular park in Rwanda since the mountain gorillas are one of the most sought after animals in the world due to the unique characters that are almost similar to human beings. Their social character has made so many nature lovers come to Rwanda to see them.
Rwanda also has Akagera national park located in the eastern part of Rwanda at the border of Rwanda and it is the biggest national park in Rwanda. it is the park known for having the big five animals this the elephants, leopards, lions, buffaloes and the rhinos which are in contention to be introduced in the park. So this park is for visitors who would love to see the come exotic animals fighting for survival in their natural setting.
Last Rwanda also has Nyungwe national park located in the southwestern park which is famously known as the home of the primates in Rwanda. it has 13 different species of primates that is the chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, grey cheeked magabey, vevert monkeys among the special one. It also has tremendous bird species of which 13 of them are endemic to the Albertine rift and also while at this park the visitor can go for a canopy walk to look at the beautiful scenery of the park up above 50 meters.
The above are the most common destinations visited on a Rwanda safari but there is always supplementary destinations like Kigali city tours where by the visitors takes ride through the city as he/she encounters the various attractions like the genocide memorial, the market place, presidential palace, the national museum and some may attractions.
With those some of those attractions above, the tour operators always organize itineraries to their clients in order to have a comprehensive experience of a Rwanda safari.