Parc National des Volcans is best known for the tracking of Mountain Gorillas which are in 7 families which include, Amahoro group (15), Hirwa group (12), Umubano group (7), Sabinyo group (10), Susa group (35), Group 13 (21), Kwitonda group (10). Other tourist activities are; Golden monkey tracking, Karisimbi Volcano climbing, Climbing of Bisoke volcano, Tour of Lake Burera and Ruhondo, exploration of Musanze cave and the natural bridge and visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey, a distinguished primatologist.
Tour Attractions in Rwanda:
- Akagera National Park
- Parc National Des Volcanoes
- Nyungwe Forest National Park
- Lake Kivu
- National Museum in Butare
- Gorilla naming Event
There are currently SEVEN groups habituated to visitors in Rwanda.
- Amahoro group – 15 individuals located on the Visoke volcano.
- Hirwa group – 12 individuals located on the Sabinyo volcano.
- Umubano group – 7 individuals located on the Visoke volcano.
- Sabinyo group – 10 individuals located between the Sabinyo and Visoke volcanoes.
- Susa group – 35 individuals located high on the Karisimbi volcano (long and strenuous hike).
- Group 13 – 21 individuals located on the Sabinyo volcano.
- Kwitonda group – 10 individuals located on the Sabinyo volcano, sometimes in Democratic Republic of Congo and thus off-limits.
NB: Only the Park Authorities will assign which gorilla group you will visit.
Nyungwe Forest National Park:
Located 225 Km from Kigali, Nyungwe was gazetted as a national park in 2004. For a tourist, this park has over 100 species of orchids and giant lobelias, Chimpanzees and other primates like the Grey-cheeked mangabey, Olive baboon, Red-tailed monkey, Ruwenzori colobus, Silver, Golden, Vervet, Owl-faced, Den’t mona and L’Hoest’s monkeys. There are over 275 species of birds. Animals like leopard, golden cat, serval cat, side stripped jackal, Genet, African civet, slender and marsh mongoose represents the carnivores plus over 120 species of butterflies and reptiles. Other activities involve making excursions to Kamiranzovu Marsh, Lake Kivu and Gisakura tea factor, hiking Mt Bigugu and taking photographs.
National Museum of Butare:
This Nationa Museum of Rwanda was built in the early 1990s and is a good source of information on the cultural history of the country and the region. During the 1994 genocide, the Museum in Butare remained untouched. Butare is 135 km from Kigali and a visit can be organized as a day excursion out of Kigali. This museum can be visited on the way to Nyungwe National Park.
Lake Kivu is a 2,650 square km strangely good-looking inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along eastern Rwanda and stands at a height of 1,460 metres (4,790 ft) above sea level. This large lake stand astride the border between western Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and is encircled by forested hills, with sandy bays and fishing villages. Some 1 370 km2 or 58% of the lake’s waters lie within DRC borders.