Reasons Why Visiting Rwanda Should Be On Your Bucket List
Rwanda, the small East Africa country is found in the great lakes region. The country is bordered by savanna to the east and mountains to the west. Even though things went bleak during the 1994 genocide, the country, like the proverbial phoenix from the ash, has remarkably recovered and today goes by the moniker the “Singapore of Africa” because of its remarkable rapid development. Apart from its impeccably clean streets epitomized in Kigali City, it maintains topnotch security that makes the city one of the most secure in Africa and the world to live in. But it’s not only Kigali that you should visit Rwanda. We will take you to different enthralling attractions, including:
Volcanoes National Park
Located in North Eastern Rwanda, this park is famous for being the remaining strongholds of the Mountain Gorilla. It derives its name from the five volcanoes located in the famous park. The volcanoes are covered with rain forests and bamboo moors. Its terrain comprises mostly of marshes, swamps, meadows, rain forests, and mountain forests. The fauna here includes Golden Monkey, the famous mountain gorillas, spotted hyena, buffalo and bush-bucks among others.
The chain of volcanic mountains Virunga is found towards Rwanda’s northern border and is famous for its population of the mountain gorilla, and the lush green surroundings of mountain forest. This region plays host to eight volcanoes in total, most of which are extinct or dormant. These mountains also are major trekking hot spots in the world with some extremely amazing trek routes. For instance, Mt. Visoke is located at 3,711 meters above sea level, and has amazing and splending crater at its summit.
Huye / Butare
The forer capital of the country, Butare is found in the southern region of Rwanda. This city is characterized by clean streets, colonial buildings, museums, churches and a plethora of restaurants and terrace cafes. It was renamed Huye but the locals here still refer it with its old name Butare. The main attractions in Butare include Ginkoro Genocidal Museum, the National University of Rwanda, the National Museum of Rwanda and the bustling Huye market.
Because of its location in Africa’s Great Lakes Region, Rwanda is a natural paradise that’s surrounded by several charming and pristine lakes and lake beaches. Five volcanic lakes nestle on the border of Congo and Rwanda, and are full of the usual natural attractions. Lake Kivu is the largest freshwater lake in the country, located on the Congo border. This lake is encased between terraced hills and is home to among the most splendidly located resort towns in Africa.
Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera also are lesser lakes but known for their breathtaking beauty. These lakes are bordered by mountains and offer great place for trekking, water skiing, and hand gliding among other water sports.
There is much more to see on your Rwanda visit that will make you want to come again.