The mountainous nature of Rwanda– the relief is amazing since over 80% of Rwanda is made up of Mountains and Hills thus “the land of a thousand Hills”. If you are to stay in Rwanda for along period of time – you need to be some physically fit to manage climbing mountains.
Lake Kivu– the beautiful Lake Kivu is the largest in Rwanda with the best scenic view of Rwanda. It is situated in Gisenyi – 1-2 hours drive from Volcanoes National park.
The twin Lakes: Lake Burera and Buhondo which is situated few minutes drive from Volcanoes National Park.
The hospitality of the people of Rwanda- they welcome visitors and willing to stay with foreigners.
2. Safe Country
Rwanda is a very safe country! The country has been politically stable for now two decades. The country is safe ever since 1994 genocide which cost lives of many people. Rwanda’s a country moving forward and with the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide approaching, several books worth reading are the heart-wrenching tale of the genocide—Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform You, Stephen Kinzer’s expansive A Thousand Hills, Rwanda Inc., and A Thousand Hills to Heaven, my memoir of my family’s near decade of living in Rwanda.
3. Great History
You can visit Kigali city –The Genocide Memorial museum in Kigali is expertly handled. The Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum in Kigali is a must visit. Other attractions in Kigali include Local art and craft shops, Fruit market among others.
Huye / Butare – National Museum of Rwanda – The former colonial capital of Rwanda, Butare is located in the southern region of Rwanda. The city is characterized by colonial buildings, clean streets, churches, Museums and a plethora of terrace cafés and restaurants. The city was renamed as Huye but the locals still prefer to use Butare. The major attractions in Butare are The National Museum of Rwanda, Ginkoro Genocidal Museum, Huye Market and the National University of Rwanda.
4. Rich Culture
The friendly Local people- When you visit Rwanda, step outside your comfort zone and make memorable experiences. The Rwandans are friendly and welcoming; their hospitality is known to all visitors and tourists. The affection and tenderness of the people and their willingness to assist you any way they can – is amazing.
Learn about the history of the Rwandan genocide – The 1994 genocide in Rwanda is one of the most tragic events to ever occur on the African continent. But visiting and learning about it will help to ensure that something like that never happens again. You can go to the memorial and museum in Kigali to learn and pay tribute to those who lost their lives. Some of the Genocide memorial museum centres you can tour include Murambi Genocide Memorial, Nyamata Genocide Memorial museum and Bisesero genocide Memorial museum among others.
Visit palaces where former royalty lived – If you head south to Nyanza, you’ll find the former royal palace and grounds of the ancient Mwamis (kings) of Rwanda. Visitors can go on a tour of the palace and learn about Rwanda’s history. At Nyanza, even the cows are royals and have horns which reach six feet across.
You can also taste the local food prepared locally or taste local beer- this can be achieve on community safari and you can gain skills of how to do it.
5. Exciting & Rare Experiences
You can trek Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National park. Mountain Gorillas are the number one tourist attraction in Rwanda. Without meeting Gorillas in their natural habitat- you have not fully explored Rwanda. You can only trek Gorillas and Golden monkeys in Volcanoes National park.
Akagera National park –It is the smallest park in Rwanda, followed by Volcanoes National park and Nyungwe national park. Take a tour to Akagera national Park for Game viewing, birding, boat crises and nature walks among others.
Nyungwe Forest National park – The forest hosts 13 primate species including the chimps, ververt monkeys, mona monkeys, Colobus Monkeys among others. Take tour to Nyungwe Forest for primate trekking.
The financial institutions are easily accessible especially in towns and city. If you want to make transactions, just visit Kigali city or other towns like Gisenyi, Butare and Musanze among others.