An African Country with Not Many but Unique Things to Do
Rwanda – The Destination with Volcanoes National Park, Home to Gorillas & Golden Monkeys
If you love mountains and lush forests, Rwanda probably should feature high on your bucket list. Rwanda, the slice of paradise is famous for its pristine beauty and culture. The unique things to do in Rwanda make for a more eclectic holiday. Pack your bags, head to Rwanda and meet Gorillas and monkeys with a golden touch.
Put Rwanda’s History into Perspective
Rwanda is still healing from its devastating and complex history that destroyed an entire generation. There are mass graves of over 250,000 people at the memorial. Head to Rwanda’s historical museum and indulge in the rich history and heritage of Africa.
Have a Chit-Chat with the Locals
Even though there is an air of seriousness in Africa that is still in healing, the locales of Rwanda are gentle hearts, friendly and fun-loving. The residents of Rwanda are helpful and explain their culture and tradition with a lot of patience.
Gorge on Some Delicious Street Food & Drinks
Rwanda’s food consists primarily of bananas, beans, and potatoes. Additionally, Rwanda cuisine offers variety and nutrition, and it tastes delicious. Besides an impressive menu, Rwanda boasts of an award-winning beer called Skol and specialty coffee that is being used by big coffee houses such as Starbucks.
Pro-Tip: For a unique combination of ingredients and instant service try Meze Fresh in Nyamirambo, a Mexican-Rwandan burrito bar.
Good to Know: Visitors can customize food order as it is prepared in front of them.
Salsa is the Way
The Pasadena Bar in the Gikondo region of Kigali is the place to be on every visitor’s itinerary on a Thursday night. Each week the Afro-Caribbean hall draws many people together from seasoned shakers to left-footed beginners for a marathon of uninterrupted salsa dancing. The atmosphere is joyous and the energy is contagious indeed!
We recommend! Papyrus in Kimihurura for a rooftop drink and unfolding views of Kigali.
Roam the Kimironko Market
Kigali’s Kimironko Market is a sensory rush of bright colors and strong smells. The market houses plantations of fresh food, fruit, and vegetables are laid out on tables and stacked to the ceiling. In the second half of the market, you will find a variety of traditional and second-hand clothes.
Tip: Don’t forget to try the tamarillo (tree tomato), a fruit with a slightly bitter and explosive taste; it’s also great for making jam.
Dip your Toes into Lake Kivu
Feel the sand with bare feet and then, dip them in the turquoise waters of Lake Kivu in the middle of Africa. It’s the world’s 18th deepest lake and is surrounded by mountains, outcrops of rocks, and beautiful green terraced tea plantations leading to a strikingly dramatic scenery.
A Tryst with the King Kong; Go for Gorilla Trekking
Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other ‘wildlife’ experience. Early in the morning, trackers will head into the mountains to locate each family, and the chances of seeing the gorillas are extremely high!
Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park would cost about US$750, but it’s worth that.
Precautions during Gorilla Trekking
Paths on gorilla treks can be slippery, muddy and steep so sturdy walking boots are essential. A water-resistant jacket may come in handy and take water bottles and snacks in case it’s a long trek. You might also find a walking pole or stick helpful.
Best Time for Gorilla Trekking
The most popular times for gorilla trekking are during the drier months, between December and February, and from about June to mid-September.
Rwanda Travel Tips
The best time to travel to Rwanda is during the dry seasons, periods between December to early March and June to September.