What you must not miss while in Rwanda

As the 26th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa ends today, we recommend guests to visit some of the country’s fascinating sites-from cool bars to work up a thirst, restaurants that offer abundant and tasty menus to historic monuments, before returning to their respective countries.
Gorillas.
Gorillas.

As the 26th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa ends today, we recommend guests to visit some of the country’s fascinating sites—from cool bars to work up a thirst, restaurants that offer abundant and tasty menus to historic monuments, before returning to their respective countries. 

Here are some amazing places that we recommend for you;

Gorilla Trekking: There are certainly very few countries in the world where you can find the mountain gorillas and Rwanda is among the few lucky countries. While still in the country, visit Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park that consists of 125 km2 of mountain forest and home to the world famous mountain gorillas. The Volcanoes National Park is in Musanze District, a 90-minute drive from Kigali.

A trip to Akagera National Park: Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda, along the Tanzanian border. The park is creatively carved with a labyrinth of swamps that flow into River Akagera. It is characterized by the savannah landscape, and a home for over 500 different species of birds. Two hour’s drive from Kigali is all it takes to reach Akagera National Park.

Walk on top of Nyungwe Forest: Launched in 2010, this canopy walk located in southwestern Rwanda, is the first of its kind in the region. Hovering a hair-raising 50m (164ft) above the forest, the swaying pathway offers fantastic views across the rainforest canopy.

Trek chimps and Colobus monkeys: Besides the canopy walk, Nyungwe forest is home to the world’s largest horde of colobus monkeys, which have a distinctive black and white colour. A trek to spot them could have you surrounded by hundreds of the pretty primates, as well as chimpanzees, which are often perched high up in ficus trees. You can also visit the beautiful twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo.

Check out Kibuye: Located on the limpid shores of Lake Kivu, this idyllic resort is a perfect place to unwind. It’s also unremittingly beautiful: steep, forested slopes rise from crystalline waters, which are dotted with canoes and fishing boats. It’s a great place for relaxing and swimming. The drive from Kigali to Kibuye is about three hours.

Hit some of the beaches: Rwanda may be a landlocked country, but has a number of amazing beaches and resorts, most of which are located on Lake Kivu’s Gisenyi shores in the Western Province. Gisenyi is about a three and a half hour bus ride from Kigali.

Golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park: Volcanoes National Park is best known for its mountain gorillas, but visitors can also go in search of golden monkeys, which are also endangered. These elusive creatures hang out quite low down in the vertiginous national park, so are a good warm up for their loftier-living cousins.

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre: In 1994, more than a million Tutsi were killed during the Genocide. Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi and pay your respects to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Out of Kigali, there are several other Genocide memorials you can also visit and pay tribute to the Genocide victims.

Car Free Zone: You can kick start off your weekend at the Car Free Zone today with Tito Al Uribe, he will be jazzing up all evening through the night. Listening to live jazz is a beauty merged with glum and an impeccable way to unwind an evening. Entrance is free and it will start at 7p.m to 10p.m.

Cuisine: Well with regards to foodstuff, Kigali has some of the finest eating establishments let alone a wide variety that one can freely choose, whether it’s fancy or fast food. You can visit Lebanese, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, German, French restaurants among others. Fast food restaurants include Chicken Tonight, Mr. Chips, and KGL fast food among many others.

KLAB: A visit to one of the places that nurtures and breathes ICT can be so meaningful for the delegates since the forum also points at digital migration. The place provides an open space for IT entrepreneurs to collaborate and innovate.

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