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Rwanda

Land of a thousand hills

Embark on an Extraordinary Rwanda Safari

Take on a journey to discover the untamed beauty of Rwanda's National Parks, home to some of Africa's best-kept secrets. From lush rainforests to sprawling savannahs, these parks offer a captivating experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Immerse yourself in the thick jungles of Volcanoes National Park, where you can track the rare and majestic mountain gorillas. Witnessing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will leave you in awe of their sheer power and grace. Venture into the pristine

wilderness of Akagera National Park, where you'll encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, hippos, and giraffes. Take a game drive through the vast plains and witness the drama of predator-prey interactions unfolding before your eyes. For those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path adventure, Nyungwe Forest National Park awaits. This ancient rainforest is a haven for bird lovers, with over 300 species to spot. Trek through the forest's dense canopy and discover hidden waterfalls, rare primates, and captivating flora. Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast, nature lover, or simply seeking a unique travel experience, Rwanda's National Parks offer an enchanting getaway that will leave you mesmerized by the untamed beauty of this remarkable country.

Why choose Rwanda for your safari adventure

Rwanda's National Parks are teeming with unique wildlife and boast an impressive biodiversity. From the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park to the golden monkeys of Nyungwe Forest, to the game life of the Akagera national park, each park offers a distinct ecosystem and a chance to encounter rare and endangered species. In addition to the iconic primates, Rwanda is home to other remarkable animals such as the African elephant, buffalo, hippo, leopard, and various antelope species. The parks are also a birdwatcher's paradise, with an abundance of avian species, including the colorful turacos, honeyguides, and the iconic African fish eagle.

The diverse ecosystems within the parks contribute to their rich biodiversity. From the mist-covered volcanoes of

Volcanoes National Park to the dense rainforests of Nyungwe, each park supports a wide range of plant and animal life. By visiting these parks, you not only witness nature's wonders but also contribute to their conservation and

protection.

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Primate trekking

Get to visit the primates of Rwanda in the Volcanoes national park, the Gishwati Mukura national park and the Nyungwe forest national park. All these parks offer different primate encounters such as the mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes, the chimpanzees in the Nyungwe forest as well as the Gishwati Mukura which is a sanctuary for chimpanzees, monkeys, and a variety of bird species

Wildlife encounters

The Akagera national park is the only wildlife park of Rwanda where guests get to explore the wild. this park showcases the remarkable diversity of wildlife that thrives in its savannahs, wetlands, and lakes. Embark

on a game drive through vast plains, where you'll have the chance to spot elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, and antelopes grazing peacefully.

Take a boat safari along the picturesque Lake Ihema, where you'll encounter hippos, crocodiles, and a dazzling array of water birds.

Gishwati Mukura

Stunning Landscapes

Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills and this is surely what one gets to experience on a Rwanda safari. Get to enjoy the beautiful views from different points of the hills.

Cultural Encounters

Get to enjoy the culture of Rwanda right from the moment you land until you exit the country as the people pf Rwanda are proud and depict their culture any chance. There are a number of lodging that prepare cultural dancers for their guests on check in or in the evenings. Be sure to stay at one of these or better yet visit one of the cultural sites.

Places to visit while in Rwanda


Tips for a successful and memorable Rwanda safari


Before embarking on your Rwanda safari, proper planning is essential to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here are some factors to consider when planning your trip:

Travel Documents

Ensure that you have a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at the Kigali International Airport or at land borders for East Africans however for foreigners, you will be expected to apply for their visas in advance before arrival.

Vaccination & Health

Check with your healthcare provider regarding necessary vaccinations for Rwanda. It is recommended to have vaccinations for diseases such as yellow fever, typhoid, and hepatitis A.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is advisable for the unforeseen situations.

Book in Advance

A travel itinerary is a must requirement for your visa so it is important for one to book the trip in advance. It is also better to book in advance to avoid last minute disappointment of lack of availability.

Packing Essentials

For a Rwanda safari, be ready to pack your safari gear, preferably neutral colours so as to blend into the nature. If it is for a trekking, be sure to carry long sleeved shirts and long trousers and a pair of great hiking shoes. Don't forget to pack your camera.

Budget

The tours offered by Mantis Africa safaris have all budgets from budget to high end luxury all depending on what you may be interested in.

Respect Wildlife & Nature

It's also important to respect the wildlife and follow the guidance of your guide or park rangers. Keep a safe distance from the animals, avoid making sudden movements or loud noises, and never feed or approach them. Remember that you are a guest in their natural habitat so it's important to minimize your impact on their behavior and environment.

Our Sustainable tourism practices

All safaris offered by Mantis Africa Safaris ensure to respect the environment as we use environment friendly safari gear and respect all the environmental guidelines.


Safety and health considerations for a Rwanda safari


While Rwanda is generally a safe destination for travelers, it is essential to take certain precautions to ensure a safe and healthy safari experience. Here are some safety and health considerations:

Observe Local Laws & Customs

Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of Uganda to avoid any misunderstandings or cultural offenses. Respect local traditions and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites

Stay Informed

Before you travel, it is advisable to research more about the current affairs of the country so as to act accordingly incase of need be. Be sure to check out the weather. You can engage your safari agent for more information that you may need to know.

Drink bottled Water

The water from taps in Africa is not safe for drinking or even brushing so it is advisable to only consume the bottled water provided by the operator or the lodge.

Use insect repellant

Mosquitoes are a common sighting in Rwanda, so it is crucial to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Use insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants, and sleep under mosquito nets, especially in areas with high mosquito activity.

Medical Facilities

It is advisable to move with your drugs incase you have some that you may need. This is majorly because most of the places visited are in remote areas and the medical support may be limited.

What tours can i do for my Rwanda Adventure?

Beyond wildlife encounters, Rwanda's National Parks offer a plethora of activities and attractions to suit every traveler's interests. In Volcanoes National Park, you can immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the nearby Musanze Caves or exploring the vibrant

markets of Ruhengeri. The park also serves as a gateway to the Virunga Mountains, offering opportunities for mountain climbing and hiking.

Nyungwe National Park, with its extensive network of hiking trails, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Embark on a guided hike to the summit of Mount Bigugu, the highest peak in

Nyungwe, or traverse the Congo Nile Trail, which stretches for 227 kilometers along Lake Kivu's scenic shores.

Akagera National Park not only offers game drives but also provides the opportunity for a unique experience - a hot air balloon safari. Soar above the savannahs and witness the wildlife

from a different perspective as you glide through the sky.

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