Rwanda's Top 9 Tourist Attractions

Rwanda's top 9 tourist attractions


Rwanda is a blessed country offering to tourists the best travel itineraries including mountain gorilla trekking where is an act of the mystique going close to the gentle creatures sharing up to the 99 percent of the human being’s DNA that captivates most tourists from all over the world, Rwanda has more serious strides in protecting animals.

Rwanda gives travelers a chance to view the gentle apes in their natural environment is just the beginning of the best of what Rwanda has got to offer. Rwanda has other activities to offer such as Rwanda’s genocide of 1994.


Nature lovers can enjoy their big five safaris at Akagera National Park, get a chimpanzee-eye view, birds canopy walks of Nyungwe Forest national park. Travelers interested in culture can look out for the fascinating exhibits on beliefs, and the traditional customs of Rwanda at the Ethnographic Museum. Travelers shouldn’t miss the royal cows at the King's Palace Museum of Rwanda.


 Top 9 tourist attractions in Rwanda.

1. Volcanoes National Park

Mountain gorilla viewing is one of the best things to do in Rwanda at Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes national park of Rwanda Shares its border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo Virunga national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national of Uganda, Volcanoes national park accommodates the growing number of endangered mountain gorillas. Primates experts estimate that there are over 600 mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park.


Travelers interested in visiting any of the 18 mountain gorilla groups being habituated to human presence, every traveler requires a gorilla trekking permit that is always limited to a number of people daily, Volcanoes mountain gorilla trekking permits cost $1,500.


The gorilla trekking experience lasts from four to eight hours, most of the time is spent hiking through the dense mystical bamboo forests, swampy areas, and wild meadows. Guides from volcanoes national park will lead you to the allocated mountain family being habituated. Travelers can spend an hour viewing, observing all these creatures as they eat, care for themselves, and interact with each other.


Rwanda’s Gorilla trekking is considered a safe tourism activity where mountain gorillas are apathetic to visitors. Volcanoes national park armed guides use a bunch of clicking sounds to communicate to these giant mountain gorillas that keep guests safer from any potential dangers hence making the experience unforgettable and Porters are always available at the trails in Volcanoes National Park who are worth hiring for your one-day gorilla trekking. Porters can help in carrying your bags or as you avoid slipping and muddy paths.


Travelers who are interested in learning more about the endangered mountain gorillas After your mountain gorilla trekking adventure can head to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Karisoke Research Center just located in Musanze. It is small, but a full museum with all the information about mountain gorillas and the conservationist work at Dian Fossey.



2. Kigali Genocide Memoria

It's just unbelievable to imagine that Rwanda a couple of decades ago was in the midst of a horrific genocide in 1994 that left approximately over 800,000 people dead within 100 days. Rwanda came a long way from the disturbing massacre that impact so much on the relatives and just left a mark on the lives of many people and the coming generations.

Tourists can easily learn about Rwanda’s horrific Genocide of 1994 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The operating museum is driven by the timeline that caused the 1994 genocide.


The Kigali Genocide memorial museum includes an emotional site charged Children’s Room meant for the youngest genocide victims that keeps everyone’s memory alive through the big-sized portraits of the children, most of the infants were killed.


3. Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzees

Nyungwe forest national park is one of Rwanda’s important forest conservation areas, Nyungwe Forest National Park has a spectacular range of biodiversity such as over 1,068 plant species, about 322 bird species, and approximately 75 types of mammals. Although, most of the tourists come to Nyungwe tropical rainforest to track chimpanzees being habituated to human presence by the park rangers. This primate encounter is a fraction of the cost of mountain gorilla trekking.


4. King's Palace Museum

Take a visit to the King's Palace Museum certainly will which acts as the star attraction at the museum containing Rwanda's eight national museums having the inyambo commonly known as the sacred cows and their large longhorns. Throughout the day travelers are entertained by the traditional singers, poems, which is a ritual that makes Rwandan people unique.


The Kings’ palace museum is an interesting site with the four-legged creatures outback that showcases the replica of a king's palace ever since the 15th century presented by thatched roof royal hut, and fresh milk hut being led by an unmarried woman.


5. Akagera National Park

No trip to Rwanda is complete without a big five-game drive at Akagera national park. Traveler can engage themselves on a scratch of a safari just 2-3 hours away from Kigali city to Akagera National Park with rich biodiversity possessing an incredible experience such as viewing the Big Five animals, alongside the abundance of bird species, antelopes, zebras, elephants, hippos, Nile crocodiles, and giraffes. 


6. Lake Kivu

After all your adventures in Rwanda just be ready to experience no better place for relaxation in Rwanda than at Lake Kivu that stands in a 2,700-square-kilometer of an emerald-evergreen oasis amidst the misty mountains of Rwanda, Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake.


Soak yourselves from Rubavu, the resort town perched on the northern sector of Lake Kivu offering lively waterfront, sand beach, and stunning views. 


7. Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum is one the best for Africa's collections in terms of ethnological and archeological artifacts, Rwanda's Ethnographic Museum is set approximately 130 kilometers in the south of Kigali found in Huye.  The Ethnographic Museum was a gift from the Belgium government to Rwanda in 1989 in the honor of Rwanda’25th anniversary of independence.


The Ethnographic Museum has seven different galleries which take tourists back into the pre-colonial days in Rwanda. You will spot an impressive collection of woven baskets, woven grass, musical drums, traditional garments made out of animal hides, spears and bows, and old farming tools.


8. Gorilla Guardians Village

Volcanoes National Park is not just a place to trek mountain gorillas—it's also a top-class place to engage yourself in Rwandan culture at Gorilla Guardians Village.  Managed by the reformed poachers, its anon-profit cultural village offering tourists the chance to participate in the hand weaving of baskets which is Rwanda's famous craft, shoot an arrow for enjoyment, grain millet with stones, Gorilla Guardians village offers authentic experiences. 


9. Explore Kigali 

Kigali city offers the best on bespoke clothes from swirling patterned textiles experience, explore the energetic atmosphere at Kimironko Market which is Kigali's largest marketplace. Big warehouse space such as a maze, full of surprises in every corner.


 lookout for Kigali's creative scene at Inema Arts Center showcasing the works of 10 local artists within the residence. Head to the Rwanda Art Museum built at the former Presidential Palace displaying the finest contemporary Rwanda pieces from the nearby also showcases the debris from the presidential aircraft when it crashed in 1994. Kigali city tour includes other sites such as joe at Question Coffee Café and Hotel des Mille Collines .