The Uniqueness of Safari to Rwanda with Reliable Tour Operators

Rwanda is a land Locked Country but a potential destination for Safari Holidays! Various Tour operators exist in Rwanda and are offering Safaris to Rwanda at discounted price Quotes.

The wildlife of Rwanda comprising its flora and fauna, in prehistoric times, consisted of montane forest in one third the territory of present day Rwanda. However, natural vegetation is now mostly restricted to the three National Parks and four small forest reserves, with terraced agriculture dominating the rest of the country.( Rwanda National Parks include Volcanoes National park  which is the home to the mountain gorillas the main tourists attractions in the region and the highest income earner to Rwandan Economy According to the official website(www.rwandavolcanoesnationalpark.com) Akagera National Park is the wildlife Destination in Rwanda and enjoy Wildlife Adventures from Rwanda Tourism and Nyungwe National Park is the one for primates like Chimps Trek in the Wild.

Rwanda’s geography is dominated by savanna grassland with approximately 46 percent considered arable land and 9.5 percent dedicated to permanent crops. Grassy uplands and hills are predominant characteristics of the terrain, while the country’s relief is described as mountainous, its altitude demonstrating a decline from the west towards the east.

A unique feature in the geography and geology of Rwanda is Africa’s Great Rift Valley. As part of this rift, Albertine Rift passes through the Nyungwe forest. It is a mountainous feature that “as a whole, harbors more endemic birds, mammals, and amphibians than any other region in Africa”.

A rift Valley is where sections of the earth are slowly spreading apart over millions of years, creating mountains, lakes, valleys and volcanoes.” Another feature is the Congo-Nile Divide. This mountain range passes through Rwanda in a north to south direction.

Nyabarongo River is a major river in Rwanda, part of the upper headwaters of the Nile and accounts for nearly 66% of the water resources of the country fed by a catchment which receives an annual average rainfall of more than 2000 mm.

The country has a temperate climate with rainy seasons twice per year. Temperatures in the mountains are mild, though there is the possibility of frost and snow.

Rwanda is a good Bird destination, Nyungwe Forest, in the west, has 280 recorded species, of which 26 are endemic to the Albertine Rift; endemic species include the Ruwenzori turaco and handsome francolin.

Eastern Rwanda, by contrast, features savanna birds such as the black-headed gonolek and those associated with swamps and lakes, including storks and cranes.

Nyungwe forest is a designated Important Bird Area listed by the Bird Life International. The great blue turaco is a very prominent bird species found in large numbers. The European bee-eater is a migrant bird species in this forest area during the winter season. The Rugezi Marsh shelters Rwanda’s largest breeding population of grey crowned cranes. The strange weaver and the collared sun bird have been featured on Rwandan stamps.

What to Take Note while going for Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Rwanda is also called the land of 1000 Hills that is located in the Central Part of Africa but belongs to the East African Community and so travelers here enjoy the previllage of the East African Tourists Visa.

Looking for Gorilla Safari Holiday? Rwanda Ranks the best for Gorilla Trekking and Undertaking a Rwanda Safari is the best Option to Encounter the Mountain Gorillas in the Wild. Gorilla Expeditions brings to you a complete Guide of what to bring while on Gorilla Safari in Rwanda.

Be honest about your fitness level! If you pick a difficult trek such as Susa Group and you are not in good shape, your experience will be horrible for you .On your trek day arrive to the RDB Kinigi office for registration as early as possible. The information sheet tells you 7 am.

Your hike will begin at one of the Volcanoes National Park Entrances located minutes away from RDB. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required to get to one of the entrances. Your entrance will be determined by your family assignment and your guide will let you know which entrance to meet him/her.

What to Wear/Bring:

Hiking shoes are preferable because the mountains can get rain at any time during the wet or dry season causing for more dangerous terrain.

Long pants are a must.

During warmer seasons bring a long sleeved light shirt to help protect you from the nettles. In the colder/wetter seasons bring a jacket or rain gear. If you have sensitive skin or issues similar make sure to cover all exposed skin.

You can wear hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.

Patience, a great attitude and respect for your guide, trackers, fellow trekkers and the gorillas. Remember you are not the only one in the group, and you are entering the gorilla’s home don’t be a jerk. Listen to the guides and trackers at all times!

Bring water with you! There are plenty of places to purchase water and snacks in Musanze or before your reach the Kinigi office.

Go with Camera, extra battery and memory cards.

Porters are available to carry your items for about 15 USD. If you have more than an average backpack plan on paying more. If you need a porter, ask your guide to assist.

Take the time to enjoy the view as you hike up the volcano. Part of the fun is the journey and some of the views are breathtaking.

Just before approaching the gorilla’s location the guide and trackers will secure an area where you will leave your packs, personal items and walking sticks. You and your camera are only allowed to continue to the viewing location. This will be your last chance to snack, drink.

Discover Rwanda National museum & Gorilla Trek on 2 Days Gorilla Safari

Gorilla Expeditions has designed this great Information about Rwanda Museums that can be visited on 2 Days Gorilla Tour Rwanda Combined with a City Tour before heading to volcanoes National Park.

This outstanding museum was given to the city as a gift from Belgium in 1989 to commemorate 25 years of independence. While the building itself is certainly one of the most beautiful structures in the city, the museum wins top marks for having one of the best ethnological and archaeological collections in the entire region. The seven exhibition halls contain some very interesting items and everything is unusually well lit and presented.

The first hall contains the museum shop. The second hall has geological displays including a large relief map that depicts the topography of Rwanda as something akin to a crumpled piece of paper. The middle halls exhibit items used in agriculture, hunting, animal husbandry, weaving, pottery and woodwork. The kagondo hut forms the centerpiece of an exhibit on housing and living compounds in pre-colonial times. The final halls feature traditional clothing including an isinde (wicker raincoat), pounded bark garments and goat-skin capes and information on Rwandan pre-history, including an interesting section on divination. There is also a side-hall used to house temporary exhibitions.

The museum is also the venue where the Intore dancers and drummers perform. Ask at reception about arranging a performance. The museum is about 1km north of the center, past the minibus stand. You can either walk or jump on a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi).

Built in the early 1990s, the National Museum of Rwanda is a good source of information on the cultural history of the country and the region and it is over and over again referred to as the best museum in East Africa. During the 1994 genocide, The National Museum located in Butare remained safe and sound. It was donated in 1990s by the Belgium government with some ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium.

Butare lies 135 km from Kigali and a visit can be organized as a day pleasure trip out of Kigali. A visit Butare is also possible on the way to Nyungwe National Park. Nyabisindu (Nyanza) is situated 45 km from Butare and 90 km from Kigali.

Butare museum the diverse sections of the museum demonstrate a wide-ranging assemblage of indistinguishable pictures, traditional artifacts and objects, tools and different craft products. Ethnographic objects are clustered together according to the theme giving quality information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region.

The Museum is the fine and reflects well the time spirit at the end of 19th Century when the East-African Kingdoms came in contact with the first Europeans. The wealthy insights about Rwanda’s traditional life and culture and the successive historical developments contribute to a better understanding of African history and should be compelled for everybody who’s interested in Africa.

Butare/ Huye was the largest and most significant city in Rwanda prior to 1965, when it lost out to the more centrally located Kigali, 135km to its north, as the capital of independent Rwanda. Today, Butare is hub of several academic institutions, including the country’s largest Butare University. Butare is still regarded to be the intellectual and cultural icon of Rwanda. It is also an appealingly compact and serene town of shaded avenues emanating from a main street lined with comfortable small hotels and blowy terrace restaurants.

Butare National Museum is the most prominent tourist attraction in Butare and houses conceivably the finest ethnographic collected works in East Africa. Absorbing displays of traditional artifacts light up by eye-catching assortment of turn-of-the-century monochrome photographs, providing insight not only into pre-colonial lifestyles, but also into the successive development of Rwanda as a contemporary African state.

Butare’s cultural significance is further underlined by a visit to nearby Nyabisindu, formerly known as Nyanza, the traditional seat of Rwanda’s feudal kingdom. The impressive Royal Palace at Nyanza, a colossal domed construction made completely with traditional materials, has been thoroughly restored to its 19th century state and is now safeguarded as a museum

 

State house museum/ Presidential palace museum

This former presidential palace on the eastern outskirts of the city is slowly being restored. It has few exhibits, but it’s interesting to explore, with ‘secret’ rooms and an odd presidential nightclub. Wreckage from Juvenal Habyarimana’s presidential plane can still be seen where it was shot down just over his garden wall. The perpetrators were never caught, but this act proved to be a rallying call for Hutu extremists and helped trigger the genocide. The museum is a short way east of the airport Kigali about 2 km from Kigali International Airport. To get here, catch a Kanombe-bound minibus to the military hospital, from where it’s a short walk.

The Palace served as home to Juvenal Habyarimana and Pasteur Bizimungu during the 1970s up to the late 1990s. The Presidential Palace Museum is one of the new museums in Kigali. It gives visitors a chance to visit the former state house as well as gain an overview of Rwanda’s history; one can also visit some of the flight debris of the FALCON 50 presidential plane that went down on 6th April 1994.

 

King’s palace museum-Rukuri/ National art gallery-Rwesero

Based in Nyanza, 88 km south of Kigali City, this was the residence of King Mutara III Rudahigwa and the Royal Palace that was traditionally built. This Palace offers a detailed look into Rwandan traditional seat of their monarchy, it is an impressive museum, restored to its 19th century state and made entirely with traditional materials. Recently the Long horned Traditional cows, known in Kinyarwanda as “Inyambo” were also introduced because of the fact that cows form an integral part of Rwandan Culture. On the neighboring hill of Mwima, one can also visit the burial grounds of King Mutara III and his wife Queen Rosalie Gicanda.

In 2006, the palace that had been built for King Mutara III Rudahingwa in 1957, and had seen numerous incarnations since, was converted into the National Art Gallery of Rwanda. Bringing international contemporary art to the country and promoting current artists living and working in Rwanda, the museum is a unique institution in the country.

Walking into the National Art Gallery in Nyanza for the Second International Art Exhibition, the first thing that draws the viewer’s attention is a line of busts, some tall, some short, and all made of wood and clay. These heads, each long face somewhat resembling the next, are sculptures of the last three kings of Rwanda, Yuhi V Musinga, and his two sons, Mutara III Rudahingwa and his brother Kigeli V. They were displayed alongside an array of sketches and case studies showing the process that their creators went through while making them. Three papier-mâché masks hanging on the wall stood out, as did small maquette heads made of red clay showing the evolution from sketch to sculpture. The faces, true to the photographs that inspired them, were characterized by long protruding teeth and mournful expressions.

These kings don’t sit here by chance. The building of the gallery is located on Rwesero Hill in Nyanza, Southern Province, which historically was the royal capital of Rwanda. From the end of the 19th century up to 1961 the Kings had their palaces on a neighboring hill named Rukari, and the current palace was built for King Mutara III Rudahingwa between 1957 and 1958. Unfortunately the King died unexpectedly in 1959 and never had a chance to live in his beautiful palace. For many years the palace housed different governmental offices, before becoming the National Art Gallery in 2006 under the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR).

The location of the place is wonderful, perched high on a hill looking out over a view of Rwanda’s famous thousand hills. Architecturally it is also well suited to its current role. Their palatial intention is manifested in spacious rooms now used as exhibition spaces. Large windows flood the rooms with natural light and make viewing the artworks easy and clear.

Museum of Environment

This museum found in Kibuye, it is the only museum in Africa that focuses on the environment. This museum have a Rwandan herbal garden located on the top of the double stall building, and also have a variety of exhibitions, like Energy. Energy produced in Rwanda and in the rest of the world, and the role Energy plays in an ever-changing environment. Museum of Environment is located at Karongi (Rwanda)-Western Province.

A complete Guide to visiting Rwanda the Land of thousand Hills

Rwanda is a country of diversity, stunning scenery, warm hospitality, and a whole range of resorts and activities to suit all tastes like Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park . A country spanning East African Region where east meets west and 10,000 years of civilization,Rwanda  is a treasure trove of history and culture with Genocide Memorials of 1994.

Rwanda Culture

The mix of cultural influences and traditions in Rwanda is one of the things that draw tourists to the country. Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage with a long history of influences from both Europe and Asia, which is reflected in the complexity and diversity of certain Rwandan  arts, language and handicrafts. Rwandans are proud of their centuries-old musical tradition, Rwanda has also adopted and developed ideas and traditions that combine Western, Asian, and Arabic elements.

The Family

Rwanda’s family units are extremely important. Children often stay with their families until they get married and then continue to be the main focus of their families’ lives. Grandparents are often available to look after the children allowing the parents to go out to work. There is a great respect for elders in Rwandan Culture and you can often see the younger generation kissing an elder’s hand and then touching the forehead as a sign of respect.

Rwandan  Women

Equal rights for women were officially added to the civil code in 2003, so women now have equal say in relation to family matters and property and assets are divided equally in the event of a divorce. Women no longer need their husbands consent to obtain jobs and they are also entitled to continue using their maiden name if they wish once they are married.

The Evil Eye

The ‘evil eye’ is an ancient belief and is one of the most widespread superstitions in Rwanda. It is believed that the ‘evil eye’ is created by feelings of extreme envy towards a person or object and that it can cast a spell on the object of it’s gaze bringing bad fortune. The ‘nazar boncuk’ or ‘evil eye bead’ is actually a benevolent eye used to ward off harm and evil. It can be seen providing protection everywhere – in homes and buildings, in the car, and they are even worn by babies and young children.

Family Holidays in Rwanda

Rwandees love children and always extend a warm welcome to our young holidaymakers. There are many activities in Rwanda which will keep children happy, the most popular being spending time on the gently shelving beaches which are ideal for families. For the more active, walking, horse riding, cycling and watersports are available.

Did you know?

Rwanda is home to the Great Apes of Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park which is the open destination for Gorilla Trekking Adeventures and Many Rwandan Tour Operators Offer Rwanda Gorilla Safaris at Very Discounted prices due to the Competition from Ugandan Based Tour Operators.

Gorilla Trekking Permit in Rwanda costs USD 750 and Most Tour Operators Offer the Short 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari at USD 980 for More than 1 Person.

Religion

Whilst the population of Rwanda is about 99% Catholics, the country is a secular state which allows complete freedom of worship to non-catholics. Tourists visiting Mountain Gorillas and Lake Kivu resorts, dress is generally relaxed beachwear for locals and tourists alike. It is only in smaller villages, more remote areas and the east of the country that the dress codes are more formal and more traditional.

Public Holidays in Rwanda

Government offices and banks will be closed on public holidays, but life in the resort areas continues much as usual. Money exchange bureaux and most shops and restaurants open as normal.

Rwanda Food & Drink

Rwanda food is amongst the best in the world. With enough climatic zones to grow most ingredients locally, there is a vast array of produce to excite and entice the palate.
Besides its famous kebab dishes, there are many other traditional Rwanda foods to choose from. Meze (appetisers) for which Rwanda is justly famous, are a range of hundreds of small dishes from simple combinations such as cheese with melon to elaborately stuffed vegetables. These are served in all Rwandan restaurants and are traditionally accompanied with Raki, a clear anise- flavoured spirit claimed to be Rwanda’s national alcoholic drink.

Shopping in Rwanda offers the most unusual and diverse range of gifts tempting even the non-shoppers amongst us.

Transport

Hiring a car is one of the best ways to get out and about, giving you the freedom to explore at your leisure.
Local transport within the towns and resorts consists of dolmus or minibuses (taxis) that run from one point to another and you can hop on and off anywhere along the route and pay according to the distance traveled.  Self Drive Car Rental Agency are Available Like Self Drive Rwanda (www.selfdriverwanda.com) and Rwanda Car Rental (www.Rwandacarrental.com)are the trusted Car Hire Companies to Book a Car With When Visiting Rwanda for a Self drive Adventure.

Things to do in Rwanda

Rwanda offers a wide variety of activities for couples and families alike.Rwanda Gorilla  Safaris in Volcanoes National Park and Wildlife Viewing in the great Wildlife National Park, Walking and trekking are becoming increasingly popular and they offer one of the best ways to explore the countryside.

What is driving like in Rwanda?
As in the rest of the African Roads , other road users may seem to the UK driver to drive unpredictably. The roads are generally well kept though some  mountain roads can be narrow and winding. You should be aware of the following points:

Traffic drives on the Left in Rwanda, which means you must give way to the right at junctions and roundabouts (vehicles joining the roundabout have right of way).

The wearing of seat belts is compulsory.

There are strict drink driving laws – the rule is absolutely no alcohol if you intend to drive. Random tests are quite common and police will issue on the spot fines.

If another vehicle flashes it’s lights, this means that it is coming through, not that they are giving way to you.
You should drive defensively at all times, and great care should be taken when driving after dark as you may come across inadequately lit vehicles, slow moving lorries or animals wandering across the road.