Rwanda Tours Not to Miss This Festive Season

Rwanda is currently many peoples dream destination especially those interested in Rwanda tours and classic safari experiences. The country is popularly known as the land of a thousand hills because of the many hills and mountains Rwanda has.

In terms of nature, Rwanda is highly gifted with diverse wildlife species making Rwanda tours remarkable. Over the years the country has attracted tourists from all walks of life including world’s most celebrated personalities.

As December begins, the festive season also sets in and many are looking for where to spend their holidays. Lets explore nature and wildlife attractions you must not miss while on Rwanda tours this December.

Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park located in the northwestern part of the country is home to the endangered mountain gorillas. The park is part of the Virunga massif and has half of the mountain gorilla population in the Virunga massif area.

Mountain gorillas are apes with about 95% DNA similar to humans making then unique wild animals. On the entire planet they only live in forested mountains in sub saharan Africa. Rwanda tours featuring gorilla tracking are very remarkable offering once in a life time primate safari experiences.

Gorilla tracking tours are on a high demand and are most sold tour packages in Rwanda. You should therefore ensure to buy your gorilla permits in Advance. The good news for all African citizens is that gorilla permits were discounted from USD 1500 to USD 500 therefore ensure to add this experience on your bucket list this December.

Mountain Gorilla Volcanoes national Park. Rwanda Tours
Mountain Gorilla Volcanoes national Park Rwanda. Photo by Lionel Egger

Apart from Mountain gorillas, Volcanoes national park Rwanda also has golden monkeys that are primates endemic to the Virunga Massif. Just like their names, golden monkeys are covered with blackish and golden fur that perfectly blend making them beautiful primates to watch.

Golden Monkeys live in groups of up to 30 individuals or more and a pure vegetarian mostly feeding on bamboo shoots, leaves and wild fruits. They are impressive primates to watch in their most preferred habitats.

Permits for golden monkey tracking cost USD 100 per person which is a very fair price. While on Rwanda tours this December, add golden monkey tracking on your itinerary for exclusive primates experiences.

Golden Monkey in Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda Tours
Golden Monkey in Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Jean Marie Wild
Chimpanzee Tracking Tours

Southwest of Rwanda is Nyungwe forest one of Africa’s oldest forests and home to chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest in Nyungwe national park offers great primate tracking experiences as you hike through the true African jungle.

There are several habituated chimpanzee families in Nyungwe that are open for tourist visitation. Chimpanzees tracking here introduces you to other hidden wildlife treasure in the park especially birds and small insects and reptiles.

Nyungwe national park is less crowded thereby offering exclusive experiences a perfect way to end the year. Adjacent to the park are several tea plantations where you can have a tea plantation tour after chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzee in Nyungwe National Park Rwanda
Chimpanzee in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Photo by Jonathan Gregson
Big Five Savanna Tours

These are possible on the only Savannah national park Rwanda has that is Akagera national park. This beautiful savanna park is located in the eastern part of Rwanda and has diverse savanna wildlife species.

Africa’s Savanna big five species in Akagera include lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and Rhinos. Many of these had gone extinct because of poaching and land encroachment but they were reintroduced in the park. Rwanda tours featuring the big five mammals offer classic African safari experiences.

Other notable savanna wildlife species in Akagera national park include waterbucks, hippos, Nile crocodiles, Topis, giraffes and many bird species. Many of these are seen while on safari game drives on the different trails the park has. Akagera national park can be visited anytime of the year and December is among the best months for a safari there.

Hippopotamus Akagera National Park
Hippos in Akagera National Park. Photo by Eric Manzi

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