Your trip begins in the capital city of Rwanda. In Kigali, you can visit various art galleries and enjoy the stunning view that you can get from the top of Mount Kigali. While in the city, you should definitely visit the Kigali Genocide memorial. Taking part in the museum tour allows you to learn all about the country's tragic history and is sure to leave you feeling quite emotional. As the Rwandan Genocide is part of the country’s more recent history, you also have the opportunity to meet and speak to first-hand witnesses at the museum.
The food in Rwanda is just as colourful as the country itself. You can choose between international cuisine, traditional Rwandan cuisine and a combination of the two. Make sure to plan for at least one day spent strolling through the streets and countless markets of the city.
Sleeping in a 6-person dormitory at a hostel will cost you €11 per night.
For many visitors, this is the starting point for their adventure into gorilla country. The region does, however, have even more to offer. In the adjoining Volcanoes National Park, you can see not only mountain gorillas but also other primates, golden monkeys and countless species of birds. In addition, you can enjoy hiking on the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at some of the cave formations or spend the day by Lake Karago – the absolutely stunning nature there is sure to capture your heart and mind.
Pitching a tent on one of the hostel’s campsite will cost you €8 per night.
Lake Kivu is another highlight of any trip to Rwanda. Natural beauty surrounds the lake in abundance.
You can take your pick from a variety of seaside towns, each a welcoming spot for tourists. In Rubona/Gisenyi, you’ll find plenty of resorts that make for great places to relax. Boat tours, kayaking, hiking and bike rides are among the most popular activities to take part in while in the area. There’s also a public beach. Be sure to ask the locals about the current quality of the water and, if in doubt, don’t swim in the lake for too long. Take a stroll along the shore and visit a beach bar from which to enjoy the sunset with a drink in hand. The town, of course, also has a main market. While there, consider looking for a souvenir or two.
Spending the night in a 10-person dormitory at one of the hostels in town costs €20 a night.
Nyungwe Forest is one of the oldest forests in Africa. The area’s rich diversity of wildlife, which also includes several colonies of chimpanzees, can be explored via 15 different routes that lead you through deep forests and towards stunning waterfalls. You can also book various safari trips that include several days of trekking. The 160 metres long suspension bridge, which runs high above the peaks of the national park at a height of 70 metres, is definitely a highlight of any trip to Nyungwe Forest. If you’re up for it, you could even spend an entire week here and still find something new to discover every day.
The hostels near Nyungwe National Park offer great accommodation. For €17 per night, you’ll be able to sleep in a single room that is located close to the forest.