Season 1 Episode 9
HEY HEY HEY!!! We finally wrap up on Rwanda with beautiful places to visit. Start looking at the pictures and yes, favourite this post.
Volcano National Park
The Volcano mountain is best known for the mountain gorillas that reside amongst the bamboo forests on the upper slopes. About half of these gorillas live permanently in the Rwandan sector of the mountains and gorilla tracking here is one of the wildlife highlights of Africa.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Rwanda is home to one of Africa’s last remaining high altitude tropical rainforests, situated in Nyungwe Forest National Park. It is one of the most bio-diverse forests in the world, and is home to more than 1080 plant species as well as 250 Albertine Rift Endemic bird types, an attraction which brings in bird-watchers from all over the globe. Nyungwe forest national park is found in western Rwanda and is one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rain forests. It is dominated by a series of mountains, originating in northern Uganda and Congo, running south through the Rwenzori mountains, western Rwanda and Burundi, to the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
The prime activities in Nyungwe forest are chimp trekking, bird watching, colobus monkey trekking and the canopy walk.
Rwandan Genocide Memorial Centres
The Rwandan genocide memorial centers are spread all over the country with some more prominent than others commemorating the Rwandan genocide in 1994. It is believed that over 800,000 people were killed in a space of 100 days starting in April 1994. The centers have exhibits of remains, photographs, and personal belongings like clothing, shoes, and others of the genocide victims. The genocide centers act as a reminder of the evil act of genocide and an appeal that it should never be repeated in Rwanda or anywhere in the world. It is also a place of solace, mourning, and link for survivors with their dead relatives and friends. People come over at different times throughout the year but more especially during the national mourning time in April of every year.
Some of the major memorials centers are highlighted below;
Lake Kivu –
Lake Kivu is the country’s largest body of water and takes up about half of Rwanda’s western border. It is located in the western part of Rwanda and is shared with Democratic Republic of Congo with beautiful beaches, great tropical weather, and beautiful scenery.
Lake Kivu is known to be one of the world’s only three known “exploding lakes.” The lake is one of the 20 largest lakes in the world.
Mount Bisoke, an active volcano on the border with The Democratic Republic of Congo, is a must-see for anyone looking to explore the beauty of Rwanda’s provincial areas. A return trek up to Bisoke will take you about six or seven hours, and the pilgrimage is well worth it, even if it is a little steep at times.
Kibuye, a town located on Lake Kivu in Rwanda’s southern Karongi province, is as picturesque as it gets. Sparkling blue water, lush green hills, and bright flora make this small lakeside town one of Rwanda’s most sought after retreats.
And somehow you still think Africa is not beautiful…As for me, I’m in AWE!