Exploring Rwanda is a true nature lover's delight. This tiny landlocked country from central and east Africa is the land of a thousand hills. Rwanda is a nation that is enormously rich in flora and fauna along with being home to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the planet. It is a relatively stable country and exploring the various stunning attractions would be an absolute pleasure.
Kick-start the tour by heading over to the capital of Rwanda - Kigali. While visiting, be sure to spend some time at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. In 1994, around one million folks were murdered during the deadly Rwandan Genocite. Head over to the memorial centre to pay tribute to these victims. Stop over at the Presidential Palace Museum - the residence of the late President Habyarimana, who passed away in the plane crash of 1994. Do take a guided tour where one can get a picture of the life led by the Africa dictator in the 1970s and 80s.
Do visit the town of Huye (formerly Butare), which houses the country's national university. But the most significant feature of the town is the premium National Museum, home to some of the finest ethnographic collection in East Africa. For shopping, do explore the bustling Huye market for quintessential local items. Sharpen your haggling skills. Do take a trip to the town of Kibuye, residing on the shores of Lake Kivu. This picturesque resort is the ideal locality to unwind and relax. This stunningly beautiful destination is laden with steep, forested slopes that rise from glassy-smooth waters, which are packed with canoes and fishing boats.
One of the biggest and most spectacular tourist attraction is the Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Tourists get to spend time observing one of the habituated gorilla families. The Volcanoes National Park is a haven for mountain gorillas but there are plenty of golden monkeys, which are also endangered. These elusive creatures hang comparatively lower in the national park as opposed to their bigger cousins. A permit to view them is also relatively cheaper than it is for the gorillas. Wild-life enthusiasts would have a gala time exploring the Akagera National Park for it is home to lions, elephants, leopards, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, apes and around 500 different species of birds.
Take a trip to the luscious and dense Nyungwe Forest National Park. It is one of the biggest remaining high-altitude rainforests in Africa as well as houses the globe's biggest troop of colobus monkeys, which are coated in distinctive black and white. Do take a trek to spot these primates, as well as chimpanzees, which are usually sitting high up in ficus trees. It is also possible to spot the local mona monkeys as well. While in the Nyungwe Forest, be sure to go on the lofty canopy walk. Not for the faint-hearted, it is perched at at 50m (164ft) above the forest floor. This swaying walkway offers majestic views across the rainforest canopy.
When it comes to shopping, be sure to pick out a few souvenirs such as regional handicrafts, traditional masks, raffia work baskets, musical instruments, paintings, scarves, beading and so forth. As for cuisine, do try out the local 'Brochettes' (goat kebabs) for they are delicious. Several restaurants in the country also serve grilled fish and chicken as well as frites and frites-banane (fried plantain).
The stay options in Rwanda are plenty with the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and cheap lodgings available for the tourist to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget.
Despite Rwanda's proximity to the equator, owing to its high altitude for most of the country, the nation has a temperate climate. The best time to visit would be during the short dry season from mid-December to early February or during the long dry season months of June to September as the temperatures are pleasant.