Rent a car and get to drive through Rwanda and experience the best Mother Nature…
Rwanda is located in the East of Africa, one of the smallest countries in Africa but a very popular tourism destination. Rwanda’s popularity in the tourism world is accorded to its natural resources and biodiversity. This is a place with some many natural attractions to offer to its visitor. Due to its small size and abundance of natural attractions, it is a perfect place for a self drive safari a new trailblazer in the travel fraternity around the world. Self drive safaris is all about travelling on your own without the help of a local driver guide. Many people have found it very interesting and a growing number of tourists interested in it is very noticeable.
Rwanda has so many places to visit on a self drive safari but today let’s look at the best places to go:
Volcanoes National Park
This is Rwanda’s most popular and visited national park. It is a home to the endangered species, the mountain gorillas. This natural habitat is a shelter to a third of the total population of the mountain gorillas in the world. It is one of the few places in the world where you can watch gorillas in the wild and up-close in an activity commonly known as gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking is a very special and exciting tourism activity and people who have engaged in it have enthralling reviews about it. The most common remark from different travellers is that it is a “lifetime experience”. Other than mountain gorillas, volcanoes national park has golden monkeys rare and unique species of monkeys which are also seen in a tracking activity. This park also has five scenic volcanoes that are worthy to hike while on your self drive safari in Rwanda. The most notable ones are Karisimbi, Bisoke and Sabyinyo.
Akagera National Park
This is a popular natural biodiversity area of the big five (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes). It is the only place where you can go game driving since it is the only savannah park in the country. While on the game drive, the visitor is likely to catch up with the big five and other animals like giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, warthog, elands and so many bird species. The game viewing is very captivating and exciting if you are discovering these animals on your own on a self drive expedition. The park is also a popular place for a boat ride experience on its lake, Ihema where you encounter different marine animals like hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and a plethora of bird species.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
This is a large montane forest and one of the oldest in Africa. It is known as the capital of small primates in Rwanda. It has 13 different species of primates for example blue monkey, Angolan colobus, black and white monkey, pottas monkey, baboons and chimpanzees to mention but a few. The most outstanding specie of these primates is the chimpanzees. Tourists normally visit this eco forest park to watch the chimpanzees in the wild. Chimpanzees are one of the closest cousins of mankind in the animals with a 98% DNA similarity. The chimpanzees are shrewd animals and their social characters are very enthralling and mind blogging when watching them. while on a self drive safari in Rwanda, Nyungwe forest national park should not miss out on bucket list. If you do, you will have miss out a date with your relatives the chimpanzees.
Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda. One of the cleanest and fastest developing areas in Africa. It is an area with some history and infrastructural structures to experience on a Rwanda self drive. In Kigali, travellers visit Kigali genocide memorial centre, the parliament, the presidential palace, the market place and and different cultural and art centres. Kigali also has different recreation places like pubs and clubs, restaurants and elegant hotels. The Kigali city is a must encounter on a self drive safari because it is where the only international airport in Rwanda is situated on Remela road.
Rwanda being a small country, all these places mentioned above can be visited at ago on a 10 0r 8 self drive safari. A Rwanda self drive should be made your main agenda as a traveller on your next vacation because it is very fun filling and explorative.