Attractions

Rwanda is certainly a nature lover's paradise, and its focus is mainly ecotourism. It is an incredible country with a rich history and a scenery and wildlife unlike any other.

Home to the world's largest population of mountain gorillas within the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda's gorillas are certainly the country's most popular tourist attraction. Gorilla tracking is very much on every visitor's to-do list. Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to a large number of smaller primates, as well as more than 275 bird species, while Akagera National Park is big game country where herds of elephants and buffalo, lions, hippos and plains animals inhabit the archetypal African savannah landscape set among a web of swamps and lakes. The waters of Lake Kivu are enclosed by green terraced hills that give way to beaches, inlets and the resort towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu, which also make for popular tourist sites.

For those looking to delve into Rwanda's sobering history, a trip to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre will enlighten visitors, and leave them in awe of a nation that has come far in its efforts to become the peaceful and beautiful country it is today.


Shore of Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

One of the African Great Lakes, Lake Kivu covers 1,040 square miles (2,700 sq km) on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three lakeside towns, Cyangugu, Kibuye, and Gisenyi, are increasing in popularity with tourists with their oppertunities water sports,...  see full details



Topi in Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

Located on the Rwandan border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park encompasses savannah, mountain and swamp ecoregions across its 463 square miles (1,200 sq km) of territory. Named after the Akagera River that flows through it, the park is made up of forests, swamps, volcanic...  see full details



The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Dian Fossey’s Grave

American zoologist Dian Fossey became famous for her dedication to studying and protecting endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Her 18-year study inspired the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, and promoted primate conservation worldwide. She was murdered in 1985, and buried at Karisoke, a...  see full details



National Museum of Rwanda in Butare

Butare

Once Rwanda's largest city, Butare (also known as Huye) is considered the intellectual capital of the country in contrast to Kigali's political supremacy. It is home to several important Rwandan landmarks, including the Christian Cathedral and the national University of Rwanda. The two most...  see full details



Tea Plantations

Tea Plantations

Tea is a major product of Rwanda's economy, with thousands of tons exported each year. The government is slowly privatising plantations into cooperatives and 'Tea Societies', empowering local farmers. Many visitors to Rwanda will enjoy seeing the plantations with their dramatically-sloped fields and panoramic...  see full details



Mount Karisimbi

Karisimbi Volcano

With a name meaning 'white shell' is Kinyarwanda, Mount Karisimbi sticks out above the other seven major mountains of the Virunga range that divide Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo. An inactive volcano, Karisimbi provides hiking and overnight trekking opportunities for those in...  see full details



Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Opened on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is a sobering museum dedicated to the nearly one million people who lost their lives in the conflict. More than 250,000 people are buried at the centre,...  see full details



Gorillas in Rwanda at the Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Often considered the best nature park in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park (known locally as Parc National des Volcans) is located in northwestern Rwanda, not far from Kigali. A haven for the elusive and fascinating primates, the park encompasses the Virunga Mountains and is the...  see full details



Mantled guereza, found in Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park

Situated amongst tea plantations, the Nyungwe National Park is a high-altitude rainforest reserve in the Rwandan section of the Albertine Rift. Known for its extreme biodiversity, Nyungwe is home to thousands of species, including primates like chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, and...  see full details