Known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda is remarkably stunning and home to some of Africa’s premier primate wildlife watching and tracking. Immerse yourself in the intact nature of rolling green savannahs, hills studded with tropical rainforests and bamboo forests, tranquil lakes and dormant volcanic mountains.
As Rwanda’s top highlight, gorilla tracking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone who travelled all the way to meet these rare mountain gorillas. Trek up the dense rainforests of Volcanoes National Park, where famed primatologist Dian Fossey conducted her gorilla research up until her death in 1985. Watch a family of silverback gorillas frolic among the foliage and observe their demure nature during this intimate encounter. With an expert park guide by your side, learn more about these gentle giants and their fight against poaching.
Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, boasts of a lively and bustling metropolitan life, teeming with amazing restaurants, trendy bars and interesting galleries. Be sure to visit the Kimironko Market, the biggest complex in town selling fabric, food and the unique Agaseke baskets. For a more authentic experience, head over to the Nyamirambo Women’s Center, which addresses gender inequality by empowering women through employment. Here, you can find ethnic goods, from tote bags to handwoven baskets. Learn deeper about Rwandan culture by participating in traditional cooking classes and basket-weaving workshops.
Tea is one of Rwanda’s largest exports. The fertile volcanic soil coupled with its temperate climate has allowed Rwanda to grow some of the finest quality of tea in the entire world. North of the Nyungwe National Park lies the Gisovu Tea Estate, a major tea plantation in the country. Offering day tours and accommodation for tea connoisseurs and tourists alike, immerse yourself in this tranquility while tasting steaming cups of freshly-brewed tea. Learn more about the plantation’s history as you observe the workers harvesting tea leaves along the hills.
Sandwiched between the borders of Rwanda and Congo, Lake Kivu is considered as one of the Great African Lakes. With its deep teal waters and magnificent mountains in the backdrop, Rwanda’s largest lake is a scenic destination for a variety of water activities or waterfront dining. Kayak or windsurf across its pristine surface, meander around the waters with a relaxing cruise or simply dine at one of the restaurants overlooking this sprawling lake.
Feeling inspired? Take a look at our sample Rwanda 6-day gorilla-tracking itinerary here.
From magical moments with mountain-dwelling gorillas to the striking backdrop of the country’s natural gems, Rwanda will deliver experiences unlike any other. Let Uniq Luxe tailor your very own Rwanda luxury holiday today!