WELCOME TO RWANDA
Rwanda is famous for their gorilla tours. You can have your own "Gorilla in the Mist" experience when you visit this country. Unfortunately too many tourist come and out and only do the gorilla tours and miss out on the many other treasures the country has to offer. The golden monkeys living in the bamboo forest near the gorillas is something not to be missed.
The Nyungwe Forest Lodge that is located in the middle of a working tea plantation is a experience on its own.
Many people do not realize that they are less than a hour away from a tropical beach, "Gisenyi "on the shores of Lake Kivu while they visiting the gorillas. This is a beautiful place to add one or two nights to your gorilla vacation.
The Akagera National Park is home to elephants and one of the largest hippo populations in Africa. The park itself is spectacular.
In Kigali you will find "Gisozi Genocide Memorial". The exhibits are moving and include coverage of other genocides around the world.
HISTORY AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
Uganda Tourist Attractions: The best African Tours Destinations and Safari Activities
The are several Uganda Tourist Attractions and destinations that qualify it for the Pearl of Africa title. Found in East Africa, Uganda has several places and sites that are the basis for the success of its tourism industry.
Tourist Attractions in Uganda include the following categories
Uganda has 10 National Parks in Uganda plus several games reserves and many tourist sites which when joined together can only be comprehensively toured for over a month. From beautiful national parks, rolling hills and mountain, magnificent lakes and rivers, Natural tropical forest to amazing cultures and hospitable people, they make Uganda one of the most marvelous holiday destinations in Africa.
National Parks of Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Home of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda), Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Mount Moroto National Park and Semuliki National Park.
Others Tourist Sites in Uganda include Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, The Source of Rive Nile in Jinja, Sezibwa Falls in Mukono, Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, Mabira Forest, Sempaya and Kitagata Hot springs in Semuliki and Bushenyi respectively plus Lake Bunyonyi among others.
Others are Kampala’s attractions which include the Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, Namugongo Martyr’s’ Shrine, The Bahai Temple, Kabaka’s Palace in Mengo, The National Theatre, Ndere Centre and many more.
Tourist Activities in Uganda
With all the mentioned tourist destinations, activities include Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Game Drives Safaris, Mountain Climbing/Hiking, Community Tours, Picnicking, Nature Walks, Mountain Biking, Forest Walk, Chimpanzee Habituation and Bird Watching among the many. More are Bungee Jumping, Quad Biking, Horse Riding, Golfing and Hill climbing to mention.
There are several water activities like Launch Cruises/Boat Rides, White water rafting on the Nile, Kayaking, Jet Boat Cruise and sport Fishing.
Tourist Attractions in Rwanda
Rwanda on the other hand boast of reasonable tourist attraction including Volcanoes National Park, the home for mountain gorillas, Nyungwe Forest National Park, the habitat for chimpanzees, Akagera National Park, the only destination in Rwanda where wildlife game drives are undertaken. Other tourist attractions include the Genocide Memorial Centers, The National Museum in Butale, Lake Kivu, Musanze Volcanic Caves, Kigali City, Iby’wacu Ex-Poachers Village and several others.
Tourism Activities in Rwanda
Rwanda with its few National Parks and tour destinations has solid and amazing activities that pull hundreds of visitors every year to the country. The major items on the What to Do List of Rwanda include; Mountain Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park and followed by Chimpanzee Safaris in Nyungwe Forest. In Rwanda, there are Gorilla Groups or families available for trekking by visitors daily. Eight tourists are allowed per group per tracking. Other tour undertakings are nature walks, boat cruise, Golden Monkey trekking and Hiking to the Dian Fossey grave at Karisoke, situated between Mount Visoke and Karisimbi. Visiting the Genocide Memorial Centre during the amazing Kigali Tour, touring of Musanze Caves and a wildlife safari to Akagera National Park, to mention are among the items among the Things to Do in Rwanda.
Most nationalities require a visa for Rwanda, including USA, Canadian, Australian, New ZZealand and South African passport holders.
In Rwanda the visa on arrival system has been replaced by an online visa that you need to apply for three days before arriving.
EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA
If you are planning on visiting Uganda and/or Rwanda when travelling to Kenya then you can apply for an East Africa tourist visa that will cover all countries. The visa allows multiple entry into these countries and is valid for 90 days. It can be applied for in advance or upon arrival at Nairobi International airport.
The high altitude of Rwanda provides the country with a pleasant tropical highland climate, with a mean daily temperature range of less than 2° C (4° F ). Temperatures vary considerably from region to region because of the variations in altitude.
Electricity in Rwanda is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Rwanda with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.