Rwanda Family Safaris: The Ultimate Wildlife Encounters

Rwanda Family Safaris: The Ultimate Wildlife Encounters Nestled deep into the heart of Africa, this natural wonderland famously known as “A Land of a Thousand Hills” – Rwanda, offers exceptional and extraordinary safari tours that offer lifetime awe-inspiring experiences. From gorilla trekking safaris where you encounter the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, the […]

Sep 2, 2023

Rwanda Family Safaris: The Ultimate Wildlife Encounters

Nestled deep into the heart of Africa, this natural wonderland famously known as “A Land of a Thousand Hills” – Rwanda, offers exceptional and extraordinary safari tours that offer lifetime awe-inspiring experiences. From gorilla trekking safaris where you encounter the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, the Big Five encounter to cultural safaris where you immerse into the rich African heritage.

What are Rwanda Family Safaris?

Rwanda Family Safaris refer to special tour experiences where a group of people join to explore and experience the wildlife, nature, and culture of Uganda. Uganda is a natural wonderland with diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and unique cultural heritage, making it a popular safari destination. Rwanda Family safaris offer huge discounts on gorilla trekking tours, and accommodation.

Where to go for Rwanda Family Safaris?

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Amidst the East African lush and diverse landscapes, in the land of thousand hills known as Rwanda, rests a sanctuary of unparalleled beauty and ecological significance known as Nyungwe Forest National Park. As dawn breaks over this awe-inspiring expanse, a symphony of bird calls echoes through the mist-laden trees, making foundations for a day of discovery and wonder.

Spanning about 1,019 square kilometres, Nyungwe Forest stands as a living testament to the natural treasures in the land. Its ancient trees and roots date back in centuries, connecting the modern world to the primordial past.

Towering trees, form a canopy that embraces the forest floor while protecting the diverse wildlife that thrives there. Established in the year 2004, Nyungwe National Park spans over an area of approximately 1,019 km2 of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km from the west.

Akagera National Park

Nestled deep in the heart of East Africa’s Rwanda, in the vast awe-inspiring landscapes, Akagera National Park stands as an ancient testament to Rwanda’s incredible commitment to conservation and rejuvenation. Its story is one of persistence and redemption, where nature and humanity associate to create a tapestry of life that spans across vast savannahs landscapes, peaceful lakes, and dense woodlands.

Akagera National Park in Rwanda, is far different today compared to the past 20 years when it was on the verge of being irreparably degraded. The consequences of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi had a terrible impact on the area making its story of recover even more remarkable.

A harmony of life unfolds as the early morning sunrays pierce through the mist engulfing the park. From afar off, lion roars echo through the air as a permanent remembrance of the park’s ongoing efforts to restore its once-thriving predator population. The journey of Akagera National Park has been a full transformation, from a mere shadow of its former self to an outstanding ecosystem where diverse array of wildlife roams freely.

Volcanoes National Park

Within the heart of East Africa in Rwanda, lies an epic wonderland where nature’s outlook encounters the untamed awesomeness and beauty, known as the Volcanoes National Park. A natural sanctuary landmark teeming with ancient forests and mist-covered mountains holds a mystical significance which surpasses even the boundaries of geography. Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda’s largest national park and a natural wonder in the northwestern region of Rwanda spaning over 160 km2 of rainforest and also encompasses 5 of the 8 volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains, which include Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. The park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. And this place was the base for the primatologist Dian Fossey located.
Deep in the heart of this vast natural wonderland, rests the magnificent Mountain gorillas.

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is a huge freshwater lake situated along the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth largest lake in Africa. The lake is 89 kilometers in length and 48 kilometers wide, covering a surface area of 2,700 km squared at an average depth of 240m with maximum depth at 480 meters, water volume of 500 km³ and surface elevation of 1,460 meters.

Lake Kivu as well stores huge quantities of methane gas that Rwanda is extracting to produce electricity. Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

What are the Activities to do on a Rwanda Family Safari?

Mountain gorilla tracking

This is the top activity to do by most visitors in Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. The park is a home to about 10 habituated gorilla families that are available for trekking. Visitors are required to buy gorilla permits at $1500. All permits are issued out by Rwanda Development Board.

Trekking gorillas basically takes upto 4-6 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family, and trekkers are allowed for a 1 hour period to physically encounter the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This is one of the most thrilling experiences that forever holds to the soul and mind.

Game Viewing

Partake in game drives in Akagera national park to witness the leopards, hyenas, and lions. Along the carnivores, enjoy the awe-inspiring scenic landscapes of the park and other big mammals like Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, Zebra and Giraffes.

The park also offers night game drives. Night game drive basically take over 2 hours starting from 6pm to 8.30pm in the night. A spotlight is provided to help in watching the different nocturnal animals. You get an opportunity of sighting the leopards or lions as they hunt.

Canopy walk

A 50 meters high steel bridge canopy walkway offers you an opportunity to explore Nyungwe forest in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. This walkway was built on the treetops and its the largest of its kind in East Africa.

Nyungwe forest canopy walkway starts from the Visitors Centre in Uwinka and takes about 2 hours while offering viewing points along the walkways where you witness great scenic views of the forest, primates, birds among others. The canopy walkway is a thrilling adventure for both adventurers and nature lovers.

Birding Safaris

In Rwanda, the popular destination for birding activities include Akagera national park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, and Volcanoes National Park .

Birding enthusiasts find birding rewarding as it offers great opportunities to sight numerous bird species such as the papyrus gonolek, shoebill and the more easily sighted species like weavers, egrets and several Kingfishers.

Birding is done during a game drive, nature walks with a ranger guide and also on a boat safari along Lake Ihema in Akagera national park. Birding on lake Ihema also offers you the pleasure of witness water bird species which are cannot be seen while on the game drive in the Savannah grassland.

Water sports

For adventure enthusiasts, Rwanda’s Lake Kivu has a number of water-based activities such as Kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding allow you to glide across the calm waters while taking in breath-taking views while Jet skiing and speedboat rides provide an adrenaline rush, creating memorable experiences for water sports lovers.

Hot Springs and Geothermal showers

Geothermal activity in Rwanda’s Lake Kivu has led to the rise of natural hot springs. These therapeutic springs offer a unique way to relax and rejuvenate. Gisenyi, a town on the side of the lake, is famous for its lakeside hot springs, where you can soak in warm mineral-rich waters amidst breath-taking scenery.

What is Best time for Rwanda Family Safaris?

Better to note that safaris in Rwanda are offered throughout the whole year. No public holidays so tourism activities carry on every day. However there are high and low peak seasons for visiting the country.

The dry seasons are the peak season where Rwanda flocks with numerous visitors because during this time, the game drive trails, mountain trekking trails are dry and more navigable rewarding you with awe-inspiring experiences.

However during the wet season (low peak in March, April & May), the nature trails are slippery and less navigable thus limiting some exciting safari activities like bush breakfast, sundowner among others.

In conclusion, Rwanda has its unique charm, offering a blend of relaxation, adventure, culture, gorilla trekking activities and natural beauty. From a serene boat cruise retreat, an immersive cultural experience, to heart-pounding outdoor adventures. Explore Rwanda with Friendly Gorillas Safaris today.

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