Best Things To Do In Rwanda: Tourist & Attractions

The things to do in Rwanda are not many, but very unique.  The country is long passed its war torn days and now is one of the safest countries to visit in Africa.  I was blown away when I first arrived in the country because it didn’t feel like Africa at all, it felt like Germany.  Unlike other Eastern Africa countries there is strict law and order, there isn’t any garbage on the streets, and lawns are manicured to impossible perfection.

The country is extremely small and there is one thing that everyone knows you can do in Rwanda, gorilla trekking.  I would implore you to get to know the people of the nation as they have been through very tumultuous times and have risen above that to create a very unique place in Africa. I will be sharing my Rwanda travel guides soon so stay tuned!

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Kigali: Capital of Rwanda

A very unique city in the heart of Rwanda, Kigali is a gorgeous city with great weather.  You can get a taste of history here by visiting the genocide memorials and learn about the turbulent past of the country.  While I lived in Kenya & Ethiopia while I was living overseas in Africa, after visiting Rwanda you could definitely settle down here.  The internet is also reliable as I was able to day trade from the capital.

Gorilla Trekking

Most people think that the only thing to do in Rwanda is to see the Gorillas.  A very unique experience when you can get inches away from Gorillas is something that you can’t put a price on.  The largest group of gorillas are in Uganda but you can also have a great experience in Rwanda. I chose Uganda, check out my travel blog for stories of my trip!

National Parks

A Rwanda tourist attractions list wouldn’t be right without adding the list of national parks in the country.  Rwanda is a host to a great variation of animals aside from gorillas including chimpanzees and a variety of birds as well.  Some of the popular parks are Akagera and Nyungwe.

Lake Kivu

Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu is the border between Rwanda & DR Congo.  A great relaxing region where tourists are safe to visit and swim (ask locals where) and its also extremely picturesque.  Make sure that you try to visit cities like Kibuye and Gisenye near the DR Congo border.

Butare (Huye)

This is the cultural hub for the country and was once the most important city before 1965.  Here you will find a great national museum that will show the great history of Rwanda and also it’s entrance into the modern world.  Visit the nearby Nyabisindu (Nayanza) where you can find the impressive royal palace of Rwanda’s fuedal monarchy.