Progressive infrastructure and air access in Rwanda has led to a heightened interest in the country. Take a look at these awesome experiences.
“Rwanda itself is a bucket list destination,” says Chris Roche, chief marketing officer at Wilderness Safaris. He suggests visiting the Volcanoes National Park to track gorillas. Volcanoes National Park spans 160 square kilometres in Musanze, northern Rwanda. The park can be accessed by public transport from Gisenyi, Kigali or the airport. Visitors will need to arrive at the headquarters of Rwanda’s Office of Tourism and National Parks in Kinigi, and be at the park entrance by 07h00. Additional activities at the Volcanoes National Park include hiking Karisimbi volcano (3 800 m), a one-day Mount Bisoke volcano hike, and visiting the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera.
Kigali Genocide Memorial
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is located in Gisozi and is the final resting place for more than 250 000 victims of the 1994 Genocide. Visitors can choose between guided tours or purchase the Kigali Genocide Memorial digital guide, which provides an audio-visual tour of the memorial. Many of the guides at the memorial are survivors of the genocide. Touring the entire memorial can take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
A 1 200-seat amphitheatre was constructed at the memorial to mark the 20th commemoration of the genocide and is used to host memorial events, educational workshops, dramatic performances, cultural and historical events and film screenings.
Coffee And Tea Plantations
Rwanda’s fertile volcanic soil and mild climate makes it the perfect environment for growing tea and coffee. Visitors can tour plantations and learn more about how tea leaves and coffee beans are grown, harvested and processed, with many farms also offering people the chance to taste the finished product. The main tea plantations can be found around Nyungwe National Park, Gisovu and Gisakura. Most of the coffee production takes place around Gisenyi.
The Musanze Caves
Formed by the geological activity around the Virunga volcanoes, the 1.25-mile long (2 km) Musanze caves are located just outside of the Musanze town, about a 90-minute drive from Kigali. The caves have a huge opening surrounded by lush green vegetation. The caves were also used as a shelter during wartime, and out of respect for this, access is limited to guided visits only. Guides are able to explain the history of the caves from formation up to present day.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Sue van Winsen.