Rwanda, though small and landlocked, is one of the most gorgeous countries in the world. Offering winding roads, peaceful lakes, volcanic landscapes, and endless green hills, Rwanda is incredibly special. As far as tourism is concerned this smart and small country offers incredible gorilla safaris based on mid-range, budget and eco-friendly luxury safari lodges across the country.
Spanning almost the whole length of the country, Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake and is shared with the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Spot fishermen rowing their way out of small towns in the early evening, singing traditional Rwandan melodies and songs, and watch native cormorant birds winging their way across the coast, flying across sunlit skies and misty hilltops. Dozens of towns in Rwanda dot Lake Kivu; Gisenyi and Kibuye are two of the biggest and the most popular with local and international tourists.
The Big Five
Located in Eastern Rwanda, Akagera National Park is the country’s only big five safari park. Its diverse landscape features forests, swamps, hills, mountains, and an expansive Savannah. Very few other spots in Rwanda boast a better view than the campsites in the park’s northern section, though the southern Lake Ihema also enjoys a gorgeous Akagera vista. Elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes, zebras, and many other gorgeous animals live here.
Volcanoes National Park is the country’s pride and joy for the gentle apes. There are expansive and panoramic views of volcanoes at every turn, and the bamboo forests inside the park itself are a delight. Of course, the chance to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and on the side of extinct volcanoes is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Rich African Culture
Rwandan culture includes not only the population of Rwanda but people in neighboring states, particularly Congo and Uganda, who speak the Kinyarwanda language. The important ethnic divisions within Rwandan culture between Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa are based on perceptions of historical group origins rather than on cultural differences.
All three groups speak the same language, practice the same religions, and live interspersed throughout the same territory; they are thus widely considered to share a common culture, despite deep political divisions.
The Rwandans in Congo and Uganda include both refugees, who generally maintain a strong identification with the Rwandan national state, and Kinyarwanda speakers who have lived outside Rwanda for generations and therefore have a distinct cultural identity within the wider national culture.
Rural Rwanda is home to many vibrant communities who live in harmony with their natural surroundings; and these people play an important role in preserving wildlife, culture and history. As one drives through the countryside, you realize that much of Rwanda comprises of green terraced hills, evidence that 90% of Rwandans depend of farming.
Rwanda Innovation Centre
Kigali Innovation City is a growing tech hub home to CMU – Africa, large corporations, and technology companies. Its goal is to drive Rwanda’s economic growth through digital transformation. is at the core of Rwanda’s vision to become a Pan-African hub for tech and innovation.
The project is a joint venture to co-develop and co-finance with private sector investors. Kigali Innovation City is building a supportive and connected ecosystem with a concentration of game-changing start-ups, innovative companies, financial investors, academia, and support services that facilitate the creation and commercialization of new ideas.