While it might have been the gorillas that entice you to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who will keep you coming back. Ancient traditions of honour and hospitality run strong here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for himself will find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you to their traditions. Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and prowess to humorous songs, light-hearted dances, and rural artistry with roots in traditional agriculture. Traditional songs are often accompanied by a solitary lulunga—a harp-like instrument with eight strings—while more celebratory dances are backed by a drum orchestra, which typically comprises seven to nine members who collectively produce a hypnotic and exciting explosion set of intertwining rhythms. Below we list different cultural experiences that you can easily incorporate into your trip to Rwanda.
Kigali is the dynamic capital at the heart of our country.
Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality.
Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it’s conveniently located in the geographic centre of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travellers’ will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums
A must visit holiday location.
A direct flight to Kigali from London with Rwanda Air (a national carrier) takes about 9 hours 54 minutes and there are flights every day of the week. Prior to this, flights were three times a week. This was one of the reasons Rwanda was a destination of choice. The fact that you can take a direct flight to a travel destination is always very encouraging!
Foreigners who intend to visit Rwanda do not have to go through the hassle of applying for visas. With $30 and lots of questions, you get a visa once you arrive at the Kigali International Airport. However, if you intend to do an East Africa tour, there is the option of purchasing a single tourist visa for Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya at $100.
It’s no exaggeration; Kigali is the cleanest and greenest African city. The government encourages citizens to plant trees/grass in their homes and need a permit to cut down any tree. It is also a crime to walk on lawns in Kigali and you get fined $2 if you are caught walking on one.
The tagline “Remarkable Rwanda” is apt as the Rwandans are truly impressive. The country and its people have come a long way from the genocide in 1994 and now live in peace and harmony. They are very welcoming to tourists and are always willing to help.
The land of 1,000 hills lives up to the greenery expectations with exceptionally gorgeous landscapes! The entire country is spread across various hills with abundant green. Potatoes, carrots, kale, chard, tea, cassava, sugarcane, coffee and passion fruit are key crops grown in Rwanda.
These horrific killings aimed at wiping out an entire tribe, is easily one of the worst massacres to happen on the African continent in recent times. With genocide museums spread across the country, the Rwandan people have documented this ugly past to the very last detail so the world can learn from it. Kigali Genocide Memorial is a must visit for everyone.
If you are an animal and nature lover, you’ll know that Rwanda is home to one third of the world’s population of mountain gorillas (the others are in Congo and Uganda)! There are only less than 880 mountain gorillas in the world and they can only survive in the wild. This means that to enjoy this one of a kind experience, you’ll have to “visit” them at home. Gorilla trekking is a major attraction in Rwanda and you are required to obtain a permit.
You get the opportunity to visit or sail across one of Africa’s great lakes, Lake Kivu which lies on the border between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. This was definitely a major highlight during your trip to Rwanda.
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Our tailored itineraries will include many of Rwanda’s most incredible destinations such as Volcanoes National Park; this park is famous for gorilla trekking adventures and is part of the Virunga volcano conservation region. Another of Rwanda’s famous parks is Akagera National Park. The park forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa and is home to a variety of game, including elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, leopard, hyena, lion, several species of antelope, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the elusive blue monkey. After trekking Volcanoes National Park, in search of mountain gorillas, a bit of R&R is required - the place for this is Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is the country’s largest body of water and one of Africa’s Great Lakes. Green-terraced hills surround the lake, making this the perfect setting to unwind and reflect on what will be an extraordinary trip