Thanks to the huge development in recent years of the tourist industry in Rwanda, the country is constantly improving and evolving. Thanks to its many hotels, good roads, plenty of attractions and an abundance of wildlife to see, Rwanda is fast becoming a ‘must see’ destination.
Beaches and Lakes
Although Rwanda is surrounded by land, if you like to sunbathe or just relax outdoors, Rwanda has a good range of beaches to choose from despite its lack of connections to the ocean. Lake Kivu in West Rwanda is popular with tourists and locals alike and the freshwater of the lake is beautifully refreshing to swim in on a warm day. Most beaches are privately owned, so if you are staying in a hotel locally you can escape the crowds and sunbathe in peace.
Wonderfully preserved areas of natural beauty, the national parks of Rwanda are reason enough to visit the region. Volcanoes National Park, Akagera and Nyungwe are very popular with tourists and are renowned for their excellent safari, game drive and gorilla trekking activities. Thick with vegetation, surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and packed full of amazing creatures in their natural habitats, these national parks are definitely worth visiting.
Butare is one of the very popular cities in Rwanda, and thanks to its many arts and crafts shops, museums, garden and other shopping locations, it is great for tourists. The Murambi Genocide Centre is a great memorial to the victims of the 1994 genocide, and there memorials such as this in many cities including Kigali. There is a fantastic National Museum in Butare which allows you to learn about African history and culture, and is a great place to get information about the way of life of the Rwandan people.
Overall, you need to remember that Rwanda has a tragic past with the genocide being so recent in many people’s minds. In respect of this, there are little reminders of this wherever you go, and this is why Rwanda has so much heart and soul as well as a great deal of natural beauty.