Rwanda is often called the Switzerland of Africa referring to how clean and organized this country is and of course also referring to the never ending hills. As you drive through the lush green hillsides in the north and west of the country you will begin to appreciate its other nickname, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’. Despite its small size (26,338km²), it offers a whole spectrum of activities for enthusiasts of wildlife, nature, outdoor activities and culture.
As the epicenter of the Great Albertine Rift Eco-Zone (ARE), Rwanda has an abundance of species (including many that are endemic), that will delight lovers of animals and birds alike. Rwanda is a primate lovers paradise, the most popular primate treks will take you to see mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and golden monkeys, but there are many more species living among the tree tops of Rwanda’s National Parks.
The country has a troubled past, visit the genocide museum in Kigali as well as other genocide memorials across the country to learn more about the Rwandan genocide as well as the measures put in place to prevent history repeating itself.
If you are more inclined towards outdoor pursuits, there are a whole host of options to keep you entertained. Those who want to do water sports can canoe, kayak or wind-surf on Lake Kivu. While those preferring to stay on dry land can choose between a multitude of hikes through National Parks or alongside Lake Kivu, that can incorporate waterfalls, tea and coffee plantations, orchid viewing, Dian Fossey’s Tomb, a crater lake and even a canopy walk. Hikes can range from 1 ½ hours up to 10 days depending on how far you wish to venture. Why not try a guided cycling tour. Which are a fantastic way to see the country, at the same time as improving your skills on the bike and also offering unique photo opportunities.