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What to see in Rwanda

Rwanda Attractions

Rwanda is certainly a nature lover's paradise, and the focus of its tourism is mostly eco-centered. It is an incredible country with a rich history, and a wildlife heritage unlike any other.

The world's largest population of mountain gorillas inhabits Rwanda's spectacular Volcanoes National Park, and these burly primates are by far the country's most popular tourist attraction. Accordingly, gorilla tracking is very much on every park visitor's to-do list. It doesn't come cheap though, and the park is careful to regulate visitors to avoid overtourism.

Nyungwe Forest National Park's residents include a large number of smaller primates, as well as more than 275 bird species, while Akagera National Park is big game country, where herds of elephants and buffalo, lions, hippos and plains game roam the archetypal African savannahs, swamps and lakes.

The waters of Lake Kivu are enclosed by green terraced hills that give way to beaches, inlets and the resort towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu, which also make for popular tourist sites.

For those looking to delve into Rwanda's sobering history, a trip to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre will be illuminating, and leave visitors in awe of a country that has come far in its efforts to become the peaceful and beautiful destination it is today.

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park lies on the border with Tanzania and encompasses savannah, mountain and swamp ecoregions across its 463 square miles (1,200 sq km) of territory. Named after…

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Once Rwanda's largest city, Butare (also known as Huye) is considered the intellectual capital of the country, whereas Kigali is considered the political hub. It is home to several…

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Dian Fossey’s Grave

American zoologist Dian Fossey became famous for her dedication to studying and protecting endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Her 18-year study inspired the 1988 film Gorillas…

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Karisimbi Volcano

Mount Karisimbi sticks out above the other seven major mountains of the Virunga range that divide Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo. With a name meaning 'white shell'…

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Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Opened on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is a sobering museum dedicated to the nearly one million people who lost their…

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is renowned as one of the continent's seven Great Lakes. Surrounded by verdant hills and spread over 1,040 square miles (2,700 sq km) on the border of Rwanda and the…

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Nyungwe National Park

Situated among tea plantations, the Nyungwe National Park is a high-altitude rainforest reserve in the Rwandan section of the Albertine Rift. Known for its extreme biodiversity,…

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Tea Plantations

Tea is a major product of Rwanda's economy, with thousands of tons exported each year, thanks to the country's temperate climate and rich volcanic soil. The government is slowly…

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Volcanoes National Park

Often considered the flagship nature reserve in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park (known locally as Parc National des Volcans) is located in northwestern Rwanda, not far from Kigali.…

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