Rwanda Attractions

Rwanda attractions, are sites and places that are worth visiting while in Rwanda. Rwanda is a small country, but is diverse when it comes to the different forests.

Rwanda Genocide Memorials

Rwanda has two memorials south of Kigali, both easy to get to as a day trip. The church at Nyamata, approximately 30 km from Kigali, was the event of a terrible massacre. The inside has been organized and left empty. The place is still having some blood stains on the walls, plus in the courtyard outside. At the moment, an underground chamber has been set up in which they are kept-and displayed-the skulls and of several victims. A guide will show you round and provide you with information about the background-and request you to sign the visitors’ book, in which you are like to see some internationally recognized names. Ntarama church, approximately 5 km down a right-hand fork, which goes off the Nyamata road about 20 km outside Kigali, has been kept empty and just as it was after the bodies had been removed-there are scraps of cloth and personal items still on the floor. Nearby it is one more building where more people, looking for safety, were massacred.

Kabgayi Church Museum:

The huge cathedral of Kabgayi, 3 km from Gitarama next to the Butare road, is the oldest in the country, built 1925; missionaries were already settled in Kabgayi by 1906 and it turned out to be the first seat of the Catholic Bishop. The cathedral, plus its enormous and peaceful interior, is an important place to visit, and there is a small museum close by

Musanze Cave:

Musanze cave is located in Ruhengeri 2 km from the Gisenyi road. The main cave apparently 2 km long, has away in the size of a cathedral and is home to an extraordinary bat colony. The huge ditch out of which the cave opens is decorated with marked black volcanic rubble, and at the other end there is a natural bridge which was created by a lava flow from one of the Virunga volcanoes.

Legend has it that Musanze was set up by a local king, and that it has been used as a sanctuary on a number of occasions in history. More lately, the cave was allegedly the place of a massacre in the time of the genocide, and until lately it was still decorated with human remains.

Nyungwe Forest park ;

Nyungwe shelters the biggest single tract of montane forest left behind in East or Central Africa. The forest takes on a liberating primal presence even prior to you going in. Therefore it is an amazingly rich place of biodiversity, harboring, among other things, 75 mammal species, 275 birds, 120 butterflies, and beyond 100 types of orchid. The major attraction of Nyungwe Forest is its primates.

Chimp tracking can be organized at short notice and somehow small expense. A number of other monkeys are readily spotted, plus the acrobatic Rwenzori colobus in troops of over 400 strong (the largest arboreal primate troops in Africa) and the fine-looking and greatly localized I’Hoest’s monkey. Nyungwe is also fascinating to the birders, botanists, and devoted walkers. What is interesting in about Nyungwe is its accessibility. Not only is the forest divided by the surfaced trunk road connecting Butare and Cyangungu, however it is serviced by an outstanding and reasonably priced rest house and campsite, and quickly explored next to a well maintained set-up of walking trails.

The Gorillas and Birds:

Amusingly the three countries of Rwanda, Uganda and the Republic of Congo usually have a share of the exceptional mountain gorilla whose major sanctuary is the Virunga. The Virunga Conservation Area, on the top most slopes of the Virunga volcanoes form three close by national parks specifically, Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, and Parc des Virungas in DR Congo. Beyond 350 mountain gorillas (half of the world population) survive in this area. On the other hand, Uganda has habituated one family of mountain gorillas where as Rwanda

Akagera National Park:

Akagera national park acquired it name after the Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary. It is fairly warm and low-lying, plus its rising and falling plains sustain a cover of dense, broad-leafed woodland interspersed with lighter acacia woodland and sections of undulating grassland. The eastern section of the park is made up of a broad network of wetlands and a multipart of a dozen lakes connected by huge papyrus swamps and winding water channels watered by the great Akagera River. More than 20 mammal species found in this Park Range from buffaloes and elephants to the small elephant-shrew and bushbaby.

The lakes sustain some of the greatest concentration of hippos in Africa, in addition to abundant large crocodiles, while lion, leopard, and maybe black rhino are still seen but in small numbers. As well as the birdlife which is phenomenal. Apart from the sort of rarities that will capture passionate birdwatchers in raptures, however also some of Africa’s most remarkable concentration of big waterbirds.

The park has had its Gabiro accommodation facility renovated greatly. Boat trips are present on Lake Ihema providing you with a chance to see huge crocodiles and large pods of hippo. You will as well find substantial breeding colonies of birds like the African darter, cormorant and open-bill stork. Additional waterbirds there include the fragile and vibrant African Jacana, fish eagles, jewel-like malachite kingfishers hawk, pied kingfisher, blue-eyed coucal and marsh flycatcher.