The essentials: what to do in Rwanda?

With its varied ecosystems and abundance of wildlife and national parks, Rwanda offers many activities unique to the country and the region, such as tracking gorillas, camping by a beautiful lake and discovering the local cuisine.

Hiking on the volcanoes

There are not many places in the world where hiking on a volcano can be accomplished over a weekend. The dormant volcanic peaks of Bisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura and Karisimbi all create a breathtaking natural panorama in the Musanze region. Day hikes are easy to organize, as are multi-day hikes that involve camping out at night before continuing to the summit the next morning. For a moderate morning hike, visit Mount Bisoke, an extinct volcano with a crater lake at the top that straddles Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gorilla tracking

It has already been said, but it is worth repeating: the tracking of gorillas in Rwanda is just wonderful! With fewer than 900 mountain gorillas worldwide, more than half of them reside in the Virunga mountain range that stretches from Rwanda through Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although tracking gorillas is expensive, it also contributes to the conservation of these beautiful and endangered creatures and is a great experience for visitors to Rwanda.

Coffee washing stations

Rwanda has recently developed a tourism industry around its coffee and tea production. Visit the Kinunu coffee washing station near the Gisenyi lake and taste the best coffee in Rwanda while learning about the process from bean to cup.

Bird’s eye view of the land of a thousand hills

Rwanda, although beautiful by land, is even more beautiful from the air. Treat yourself to a helicopter tour to admire the superb sites of this splendid country!

Eat large fish

Large grilled fish stuffed with onions and spices are found everywhere in the Nyamirambo district of Kigali. Traditionally the Muslim quarter of the city, it is one of the liveliest areas of Kigali. Eating big fish with your hands is a rite of passage and is one of the most delicious ways to dine in Rwanda.

Pine Island
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