The Best Rwanda Safari Activities are those that are exceptional and awe-inspiring for travelers on safari to Rwanda. Top safari activities in Rwanda will excite you as you indulge yourself in this beautiful country to explore its hidden secret. Best safaris in Rwanda usually include trekking mountain gorillas In Volcanoes National Park.
Are you wondering “Why Rwanda?” The country may not be the ultimate African safari destination as it does not host large numbers of wildlife like the neighboring East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. However, it is definitely a top primate tracking destination with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
Primate adventure in Rwanda is the primary turn for safaris in this beautiful country as many travelers usually grab opportunities to witness some of the top primates like Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, Black and White colobus, Vervet monkey, and many others.
A safari to Rwanda offers such a unique and memory-lasting experience! Imagine taking a walk through the lush jungles of the country dubbed the land of a thousand hills, witnessing different wildlife species, birds, and natural beauty. For any first-time traveler, wondering what activities they can undertake when they choose to visit Rwanda, here are the best activities to choose from.
Mountain Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done at Volcanoes National Park. The National Park is one of the four gorilla national parks in East Africa, the other three being Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Virunga National Park, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Rwanda gorilla treks are a major draw card for tourism in Rwanda.
To have an amazing encounter with one of the 10 gorilla families in the park, a person must be 15 years and above. A gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs US$ 1500 for each trek.
80 permits are available each day to enable 8 tourists to trek a single family of the 10 habituated gorilla families in the park. Rwanda gorilla safari permits are the most expensive but still, travelers have opted to visit the country because it’s said to be easier to trek the gorilla in Rwanda than any other destination.
The top destination for chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is the Nyungwe forest. Nyungwe Forest National Park is a high dense rainforest in southern Rwanda on the border with Burundi. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the popular Rwanda safari activities that you shouldn’t miss on your Rwanda safari.
Nyungwe forest has about 500 chimpanzee individuals and two troops have been habituated for chimpanzee trekking. One troop of habituated chimpanzees is within the main Nyungwe forest and the other is in Cyamudongo which is a small patch of the forest in the eastern part of Nyungwe National Park.
Wildlife game drives
Akagera National Park is home to the big five wildlife African game which are the Buffaloes, Rhinos, Leopards, Lions, and Elephants.
Akagera is a much preferable East African destination since it is one of the closest wildlife parks to the country’s national Airport-Kigali International Airport. It is just about a 3 hours drive to the park from the Airport. You also spot other wild animals like giraffes, zebras, and hippos.
Bird watching or birding
Rwanda has 703 bird species recorded within her boundaries, 510 species known to be resident, and 183 being seasonal and migrant birds.
The best spots for birding in Rwanda are Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and several other spots outside the parks. With a much-vegetated large area, Rwanda arguably offers the best montane birding experiences in Africa.
The canopy walk is in the ancient Nyungwe Forest on a suspension bridge rising 70m high and covering 70m long.
A canopy walk is one of a kind as you see the forest from above while sighting several bird and primate species. The walk starts from any of the three trailheads where you will walk from the Uwinka visitor center. If you need a unique safari activity then the canopy walk is a preferable option with experiences like no other.