The best places to visit in Rwanda... the icon of African tourism

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 Rwanda is blessed with a magical and unparalleled nature, which embraces mountain ranges, savannah forests, lakes, green hills and tropical forests, and is also known as the city of “a thousand hills”. In recent times, it has been able to gain a prominent position as the most important tourist country in Africa. In this article, we show you the places of tourism in Rwanda, and the prices of tourism in Rwanda.

Best time to visit Rwanda

Source: shutterstock website.Rwanda is characterized by warm weather, especially in the lowlands, while coldness prevails on the mountainous heights, and the year is divided into dry and rainy seasons.

Spring starts from September to November, when flowers bloom and bloom, giving your trip a romantic atmosphere. If you like the atmosphere, you can travel in it.

The short dry season runs from November to December and is the best time for watching animals, climbing mountains, practicing water sports and kayaking.

The long dry season from May to mid-October is the best time for tourism in Rwanda, and it is the peak of tourism thanks to the mild weather, during which you can explore wildlife and visit attractions.

The best places to visit in Rwanda


The most beautiful places to visit in Rwanda

1) Gisenyi City:

Source: shutterstock. Gisenyi is one of the most beautiful tourist cities in Rwanda. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu in the Virunga Mountains, which is why there are many summer resorts overlooking the waterfront.

Gissini is also home to chimpanzees and monkeys that you can see by wandering inside, and has a group of tourist places such as hot springs and dense trees, and you can enjoy watching the red smoke rising from the active crater of the volcano in neighboring Congo.

2) Kigali City:

Source: Kigali is the capital and vibrant heart of Rwanda, stretching across hills and valleys in a view that distinguished it and made it one of the manifestations of tourism in Rwanda.

Among the most prominent tourist destinations in Kigali; The Genocide Memorial, Kablaki Craft Village, a village that specializes in traditional handicrafts and wood carvings, and also the Presidential Palace Museum, which includes various presidential collections, and a visit to the distinctively designed conference center that is lit at night and adds to the city an atmosphere of joy.

You should visit the Natural History Museum dedicated to plants and animals and displays African sculptures and exquisite paintings expressing African art.

3) Volcanoes National Park:

Source: shutterstock. The Volcanoes National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rwanda, located northwest of Rwanda, and attracts millions of visitors annually to enjoy its natural scenery.

The park has all the places that provide you with an integrated journey, and it is home to the Virunga mountain range, volcanoes, trees and charming green spaces, and it is famous for the presence of the mountain gorillas that are characteristic of Rwanda and are a source of pride.

Your tour takes from four to eight hours, and you spend most of it on a long walk between the bamboo forests, the wild areas and the swamps where the gorillas live, to watch them closely and observe how they eat and take care of their families, and do not worry, the entire trip is secured by specialized guides.

4) Kibwe City:

Source: shutterstock.Kibwe is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Rwanda, and it is an ideal destination for all those seeking recreation, tranquility and seclusion, and is characterized by its view of the charming Lake Kivu.

And you can spend your vacation in isolation and recreation, and the most appropriate time to visit Kibwe is one day so that you can visit other attractions.

5) Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda:

The Ethnographic Museum houses collections of rare archaeological artifacts from Rwanda. It is one of the most important places for tourism in Rwanda and is located about 130 kilometers south of Kigali.

The museum consists of seven galleries displaying antiques and artifacts that express the culture of pre-colonial Rwanda, with hand-woven baskets, traditional clothing made of animal hides, weapons and bows, ancient farming tools and musical drums.

The museum also holds a group of performances of ancient African dances to celebrate the independence day of Rwanda.

The most beautiful nature places in Rwanda

1) Lake Kivu:

Lake Kivu is one of the most famous lakes in the world and in Africa and one of the most beautiful places for tourism in Rwanda, and it is one of the 20 largest lakes in the world.

Lake Kivu has a view that you can not miss while you are in Rwanda, as it is located near a group of green hills, and there are many boats that take you on a tour of Napoleon Island.

2) Akagera National Park:

Located in eastern Rwanda, Akagera National Park is among its five largest safari parks, and is characterized by its famous landscapes, swamps, hills, and savannahs.

Akagera National Park is one of the best places to visit in Rwanda, and you can see the wildlife of animals such as predatory lions, rhinos, giraffes and various birds.

3) Nyungwe National Park:

Nyungwe National Park is home to chimpanzees, and it is one of the most popular tourist trips in Rwanda, as it has green plants and dense trees.

It includes many long walking paths that enable you to see various animals and birds closely, enjoy plants and green spaces with golden sunshine, and have misty tea fields and this park is one of the most exciting places in Rwanda.

4) Mount Kigali:

You can have a panoramic view of the city of Kigali by climbing to the top of Mount Kigali and watching the distinctive green meanders and picturesque landscapes.

You can also see the flowing rivers from different angles and take memorial photos of them and you on top of the mountain.

What are the major markets of Rwanda?

1) Kimironko Market:

Kimironko market is a large covered market, which includes various shops to sell goods that you may need, and it is one of the places of tourism in Rwanda.

If you are visiting the market for the first time, you can hire a local guide to show you its various features, and you can buy meat, fish, fruits and spices from it, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.

2) Marembo Market:

Marembo Market specializes in selling handicrafts that are very professionally done by a group of beautiful African youth, so if you want to buy handmade bags, clothes or jewelry, you should head to this market.

Not only do you buy souvenirs, you can also order and receive your own piece, and you can ask for help from local guides or one of your friends who have visited Rwanda before.

The cost of tourism in Rwanda

Tourism prices in Rwanda vary according to your budget, the hotel you are staying at, and the tourism activities.

If you are traveling alone for tourism in Rwanda, the cost of the day in the average budget is about 239 Saudi riyals and the price varies according to the means of transportation and the food you eat.

In order to visit Rwanda, you may need a week, which will cost you approximately 1,600 to 2,800 Saudi riyals, between the average and comfortable cost.

But if you plan to travel from Riyadh to Kigali in Rwanda, the flight ticket will cost you about 1364 Saudi riyals, from Medina about 1683 Saudi riyals, and from Jeddah about 1510 riyals.

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