TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN RWANDA
BEST THINGS TO SEE IN RWANDA- RWANDA "THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS"
Rwanda is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa. It is among the smallest East African country but endowed with the best things to see and most liked by serious tourist, students, researchers among others. Below are the top tourist attractions in Rwanda according to the level of preference:
Mountain Gorillas, according to Rwanda Development board, Mountain Gorillas earns the country the biggest percentage of income as far as tourism is concerned. This is because mountain gorillas are the most liked and Volcanoes National park receives a large number of visitors purposely for gorilla trekking. Many tour operators who organise safaris in Rwanda also testifies that most of the tour inquiries are based on gorilla trekking.
Mountain Gorillas are the most likely and the remaining few apes in the whole world. In Rwanda, mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes national park situated in series of the might virunga ranges. Currently Mountain Gorilla trekking cost US$ 750 per permit (foreigners), US$ 375 per foreign resident staying in Rwanda, US$ 475 per foreign East African resident and 30,000 frw per Citizens of Rwanda.
Chimpanzees, this is the second liked primate in the world but found in Nyungwe forest National park in Rwanda. It is approximately 6-8 hours dive from Kigali - the capital city of Rwanda. Nyungwe forest is one of the largest tropical forest in Africa and famously known for hosting 12 other primates namely olive Baboons, vervet monkeys, Mona Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Owl-faced Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Angola Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkeys, L'Hoest Monkey and so on. To that note therefore, tourists willing to encounter primates are welcome to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Currently, Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda cost US$ 90 per person.
Virunga Mountains, being a land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is gifted for sharing part of Virunga ranges. While in Rwanda, tourists view the dormant Virunga Volcanoes namely Visoke/ Bisoke, Karisimbi, Sabyinyo and Gahinga ranges. The mountainous relief of Rwanda attracts a large number of visitors and can be view at many points while in Rwanda so professional photographers are welcome to Rwanda to take photos of hilly/ mountainous relief. Currently, Viewing Virunga ranges up close or distant view is free of charge.
Golden Monkeys, these are found in Volcanoes national park- golden monkeys are the second liked primate species and the fourth tourist attraction in Rwanda. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor - Currently, golden monkey trekking cost US$ 100 per person.
GENOCIDE MEMORIAL CENTER
Genocide Memorial sites, the 1994 caterstrophic event that took many lives of Rwanda citizens and foreigners in the course of the war cropped up into genocide memorial sites like Gisozi Genocide memorial centre, Murambi Genocide memorial site, Nyamata Genocide memorial place, Gisenyi memorial site, Bisesero Memorial centre, Nyarubuye Memorial Site, Nyanza memorial site, Ntarama Genocide Memorial centre and so on. Many visitors to Rwanda find it hard to leave minus visiting the any of the memorial sites to pay respect to deceased.
Lake Kivu, it is the largest, cleanest and safest Lake in Rwanda. It is one of the top tourist attractions and many visitors are seen at the shores sun bathing, swimming, boat cruising, Canoeing, spot fishing while others just sit at the shores chilling off while taking drinks. The waters of Lake Kivu are free from bilharzia hence suitable for swimming.