Birdwatching

Birdwatching in Rwanda may not be in the same league as the rest of East Africa, but there are some good opportunities for ornithologists in Nyungwe Forest National Park, where a host of Albertine Rift endemics can be seen. Another decent spot is Akagera National Park, in the east of the country, which offers an alternative range of savannah birds.

Hiking & Trekking

Trekking has taken off again in Rwanda. As the waiting list for gorilla permits grows longer in peak season, many travellers are taking the opportunity to climb and trek the volcanoes in Volcanoes National Park. There is also an excellent network of walking trails at Nyungwe Forest National Park, the largest tropical montane forest in East Africa. You can also hike along Lake Kivu by following the Congo Nile trail.

Primate Tracking

Without a doubt, this forms the number-one attraction for all visitors to Rwanda: an encounter with the enigmatic mountain gorillas is simply magical. It’s possible to track the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park throughout the year.

While not as popular as the gorillas, endangered golden monkeys can also be tracked in Volcanoes National Park.

Chimpanzee tracking is one of the major attractions at Nyungwe Forest National Park. There are also huge troops of colobus monkeys in Nyungwe that are easy to spot from the well-marked walking trails that cut through the forest.

Safaris

The only opportunity for wildlife drives is in Akagera National Park, though with wildlife numbers still recovering from years of conflict, it is not quite the Kenya or Tanzania experience yet.