Rwanda: For Nature Lovers 

Nestled in the heart of Africa, Rwanda is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts seeking awe-inspiring landscapes and unparalleled biodiversity. Despite its tumultuous history, this small, landlocked country has emerged as a bucket-list, must-visit country. With lush forests, huge open savannahs and mountains teeming with more species than you can imagine, it’s no surprise this wonderful country is popular with nature lovers seeking a magical escape. 

From the majestic mountain gorillas of Nyungwe National Park to the tranquil shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda is ready and waiting to be explored. If you’re planning to join one of the 40 million US citizens heading abroad this year, here’s why you might want to choose Rwanda. 

Things to do in Rwanda

1. Gorilla trekking

One of the best things to do in Rwanda is gorilla trekking. Your safari vacation will start by trekking up the steep slopes of Rwanda’s volcanoes national parks. Experiencing these beautiful animals living in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In 8 years, the population of gorillas has risen by 25 per cent, and these mountain habitats protect the gorillas. 

When you go on a gorilla trek, you can see first-hand the incredible work conservationists are doing to protect this wonderful species.

2. Lake Kivu

If you’re partial to a beach vacation, you won’t want to miss Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s Great Lakes and offers a wonderful place to relax and unwind away from the stresses of daily life. 

As you drive along the eucalyptus-lined roads, you’ll be able to witness the fantastic scenery as you make your way to your next adventure.

Lake Kivu has tonnes of activities for both nature lovers and thrill-seekers. Whether kayaking and paddleboarding are your thing or you prefer a fishing trip, this stunning lake provides plenty of opportunities for you to immerse yourself in all the outdoor activities this country has to offer – no matter your interest.

3. Nyungwe Forest National Park

Chimpanzees and other primates rule this spectacular national park. With over 300 bird species and more than 1,000 different animals, this park is as biodiverse as it is beautiful. Once you’ve done a spot of bird watching and primate trekking, head to the canopy walk. This suspended bridge gives unbeatable views over the valley and surrounding forests. 

4. Kigali 

The centre of Kigali is colorful, clean, efficient, and safe. Surrounded by rolling, luscious hills, Kigali’s modern skyline blends with historical significance and contemporary charm. From the poignant Genocide Memorial Centre to bustling markets brimming with local crafts, it’s hard not to be encapsulated by this city’s rich heritage and dynamic atmosphere. 

With a booming culinary scene and thriving arts community, Kigali is bound to leave a lasting impression on everyone who visits.

Final Thoughts

Rwanda is an excellent destination for your next vacation if you’re looking to explore a magical country and get a little bit closer to the creatures, we share the planet with.  

From the majestic mountain gorillas of Nyungwe National Park to the tranquil shores of Lake Kivu and the vibrant streets of Kigali, this captivating country offers an array of experiences for nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike. As Rwanda continues to flourish as a destination for sustainable tourism, its breathtaking landscapes and rich heritage promise an unforgettable journey for those seeking a magical escape into the heart of Africa.