Josh and I have two sponsor children in Rwanda and would love to visit. Thanks for this Sarah, I can't wait!
Rwanda is an African country that’s characterised by rolling hills, deep valleys, and stunning landscape. The original settlers of this region are said to have been be pygmy hunters, who are the ancestors of Twa people. This aboriginal group currently make up less than 1 per cent of the entire Rwandan population, which is estimated at around 8 million people. Before you decide to take a trip to this unique destination, make sure you read the following guide highlighting 5 things to do in Rwanda.
Visit the cultural village Iby’Iwacu and learn how to make sorghum flour
This village was originally set up to curb gorilla poaching. Local volunteers came up with new conservation ideas to help ex-poachers earn money and support their families. By visiting this village, you ‘ll get the opportunity to participate in the local community’s activities and learn about their customs and traditions.
Take a swim in Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu is the world’s 18th deepest lake that’s surrounded by rocks and mountains. This is Rwanda’s best-kept secret that no visitor should miss out on. Feel the soft sand between your toes as you take a dip in the rich blue waters of Lake Kivu.
Kibungu is located in the east of the country where you can see lots of waterfalls and lakes including Rusumo Falls and Mungesera Lake. If you’re a fan of watersports, why not go on a plane trip from Lake Kivu to the lakeside resort of Kibuye, where you’ll see the Rugege Forest with its many rare species.
No trip to Rwanda is complete until you experience seeing a gorilla up close and personal. This is one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences that you’re likely to have in your adventure trip. Gorilla trekking is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rwanda so you need to book your permit in advance or take a tour guide with you. There are many travel operators that organise guided tours for small groups. Depending on how fit you are, you can always join a specific group that either stays higher up at the forest or decide to catch a quick glimpse of the gorillas from the mountains below.
It is worth remembering that for safety of all visitors, there are many military units present at the national park. This park is one of the last surviving sanctuaries for the mountain gorillas and in order to keep the poachers out, it’s heavily guarded. Before you decide to take a trip to this beautiful African country, make sure you have adequate travel insurance set in place. This is for your own safety as you never know when you’ll need medical care.
This cultural city has many national museums that show the rich history of Rwanda and how it entered into the modern world. Don’t forget to visit the nearby royal palace where you can find out all about Rwanda’s monarchy.
Sarah Gellar fell in love with gorillas when she was just a small kid. It was her dream to go to Rwanda forever and then it happened. It was everything she thought it would be.