Since the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Titsi the government began modifying the nation, and tourism was considered as a major pillar that the nation would use to fetch a lot of foreign exchange required, additionally change the image of misery that the international community had of the nation.

First the Rwandan government under the leadership of President Paul Kagame worked hard to restore peace and security in the country, welcomed back all the nationals who had gone off as refugees in the neighboring countries. The government also did a great job to secure the Volcanoes National Park in Musanze district, Northern Province, the home of the rare and endangered mountain gorillas which is the main tourist attraction in the country.

After the genocide, Rwanda as a tourist destination was difficult to market because the tourists saw the country as a dangerous one to travel to. The genocide period gave Rwanda a very bad image to the outside world.

Right now things in Rwanda have totally changed and the country is now well established as a tourist destination and thousands of tourists from different parts of the world are flowing in to see the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Amazing wildlife in Akagera national Park, Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest national Park and the historical attractions in the country.

As of late, the country’s tourism industry has achieved a huge development within just the previous 15 years, developing from a sector earning $62 million a year sector in 2000 to $303 million a year in 2014 — a blast that has been driven by the nation's political, economic and social recovery. Tourism is currently Rwanda’s highest foreign exchange earner after tea and coffee.

This achievement is exceedingly associated with security, good infrastructure and sanitation. Generally insecurity and poor transport infrastructure scares off visitors.

Reflecting back at Kenya a generally fruitful and lucrative tourism destination, has suffered the impacts of instability at its Coastal circuit, which has almost killed off the tourism sector in the country.

As per the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), 1.17 million sightseers visited Rwanda a year ago, mainly attracted by the prospect of seeing mountain gorillas, particularly the silverbacks — a rare and endangered species found in the Volcanoes National Park.

Most of the tourists visiting Rwanda come from the United States, Britain, India, Belgium and Germany. American visitors contribute 20% of Rwanda's total tourism revenues, as indicated by Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

Restoration efforts and standards in Rwanda

To restore the tourism industry after several years of stagnation, the government set out on a aggressive marketing effort geared towards showcasing mountain gorillas of the volcanoes National Park which is part of the Virunga Volcanic mountains chains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the Volcanoes national park, from numerous tourists who have had the opportunity to see eye to eye with the mountain gorillas, gorilla trekking is viewed as a unique product and is sold to tourists at a premium of $750 per gorilla permit per person (Uganda charges $600). Then again, Rwanda's pride is in the ability for one to ably do a 1 day gorilla trek and fly back home, which is impossible for Uganda because in Uganda the tourist have to travel a 9 hours drive from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi Forest the home of mountain gorillas and in Rwanda it is only a 2 hours drive from Kigali International Airport to Volcanoes National Park the Home of mountain gorillas.

In 2005, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) introduced the Kwita Izina celebration as a highlight of the tourism year. This is a yearly baby gorilla naming and conservation ceremony aiming making people aware of effort to conserve the critically endangered species. This event has inculcated community ownership of the mountain gorilla tourism.

Since the introduction of Kwita Izina 10 years back, RDB says the nation's mountain gorilla population has increased from 370 in 2005 to around 514 in 2015 and is the Rwanda's greatest tourist attraction. Rwanda earns $10 million yearly from gorilla tourism alone, RDB says.

Rwanda is famusly known as "A Country of A Thousand Hills", located in East Africa, and a home to one of the last groups of mountain gorillas in the world. The fact that mountain gorillas is a critically endangered specie, Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is one of the best places to go gorilla trekking in the World. A wide variety of Rwanda gorilla safari packages available online offered by over 100 travel agents found in Kigali capital city and in Ruhengeri town on the edges of Volcanoes National Park. and is renowned for its excellent tourist infrastructure and wide range of accommodation, from luxury game lodges and five-star hotels to friendly country houses, small hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and camping and self-catering establishments.

Luxury: Rwanda has some of the most luxurious lodges and hotels in the east Africa, with names such as Lake Kivu Serena hotel, mountain Gorilla view lodge, Akagera game lodge and hotel Mille Collines. You’ll also find that you often pay less in Rwanda for your luxury than elsewhere in the world. Safari lodges usually offer an all-inclusive package incorporating game drives, meals and drinks. Most up market establishments also have spa facilities on site.

Mid-range: To save a bit of money, consider checking into one of the numerous bed-and-breakfast establishments on offer in Rwanda, or even hire a self-catering unit. Self- catering accommodation in Rwanda ranges from apartments and holiday villas to lodges and farm cottages. Guest houses are generally slightly more expensive, but also worth considering if you want to experience a warm Rwanda welcome.

Budget: Rwanda has a well-developed network of backpacker accommodation options, some of which are surprisingly comfortable and luxurious. There is also an active camping community and you will find well- serviced campsites throughout the country, particularly in the national parks, including the popular volcanoes National Park. Pre-booking is generally advisable.

Special events: Rwanda offers a range of accommodation for special celebrations, including weddings. Plan an authentic African wedding, a ceremony in the bush with wildlife around you, a beach or mountain wedding, or a reception in the romantic landscapes.

Nip and tuck: Rwanda is among the most sought-after destinations to receive the best medical procedures and treatments at reasonable cost with, if time permits, a recuperative holiday in the sun and some spectacular sightseeing thrown in. Medical tourism includes medical procedures such as cosmetic surgery, dentistry, fertility or rehabilitation, for which there are many excellent private facilities in Rwanda.

TRAVEL TIP: Bear in mind that grading in Rwanda is voluntary and so there may be many guest houses and Bed and breakfast that do not have star-grading but are still quality establishments. Look for recommendations from fellow travelers. Also check for off-season specials as there are great bargains to be had, especially in the luxury sector.

When to visit

Rwanda is in the southern hemisphere, so it is dry here when it’s winter in Europe and North America (November to February), which makes it ideal for anyone wanting to escape the cold weather. If you’re planning a safari, wet season in Rwanda are very pleasant as it’s warm during the day and dry and cool at night. Late wet season is popular for game spotting game because the vegetation is sparse and animals visit the waterholes to drink.

Stay healthy

Rwanda has a well-developed healthcare system. There are public hospitals throughout Rwanda, but as in many other countries, you’ll probably get quicker care at a private hospital. Be sure to top up on medical insurance before leaving home. Well-qualified doctors, dentists and other specialists can be found in the main centres but you will have to make an appointment to see one, unless it’s an emergency.

Consult a healthcare professional in Rwanda about a suitable prophylactic. Your choice of drug will depend on how long you are visiting the malarial area, the time of year and your personal health. The old adage ‘prevention is the best cure’ also holds true. Use repellent and cover up at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are most active by wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and shoes and socks, if possible.

TRAVEL TIP: If you develop a bad headache, have aching joints and recurring fevers and chills after your trip, advice your doctor that you have been in a malarial area. Malaria symptoms can sometimes be confused with flu symptoms.

HIV/Aids: While Rwanda has a high prevalence of HIV/Aids, your only real risk of contracting this syndrome is if you have unprotected sex with an infected individual. There should be no reason for unprotected sex as condoms are freely available in pharmacies and convenience stores. Antiretroviral are issued free to rape victims at Rwanda hospitals. Should you be the victim of a sexual assault, it’s essential that you get prophylactic treatment for HIV/Aids within 72 hours.

Personal medication: There are pharmacies throughout Rwanda and many everyday medications, such as painkillers, are available over the counter. Some large chain stores, like Clicks, also have in-store pharmacies that offer good value for money.

If you have a specific medical condition, it’s wise to carry the relevant doctor’s prescription with you. In the event of you losing your medication, a qualified pharmacist should be able to source a replacement, even if the trade name differs in Rwanda.

Uganda is a home to eight of the world's official heritage sites, as determined by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee. The committee seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of "outstanding value to humanity". Internationally, there are 851 World Heritage sites in 141 countries (as of April 2008). Uganda has a total of three - one cultural and two natural sites. Starting with the first site added to the list, ending with the latest, these are:
• Rwenzori Mountain National Park(1994)
• Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(1994)
• Tombs Of Buganda Kings At Kasubi (2001)

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Just two hours’ drive from Kasese town-Uganda, the Rwenzori National Park is a slice of heaven here on earth. It boasts Africa’s highest mountain range north of Kilimanjaro. With endless, rolling grasslands, snow-capped peaks, river valleys and gorges, and a wealth of flora and fauna make this site perfect for nature lovers. Giant heathers, ground-sells, Ericas and lobelias of the tree heath and alpine zones also make it one of the beautiful places in the world. Bird watchers can look out for some of the 89-plus species of birds that live in this Eden including Francolins, Purple-Breasted Sunbirds, Olive Pigeons and Rwenzori Turacos while game seekers can keep an eye open for the many primate species like Rwenzori Colobus monkey, common Chimpanzee and L’hoest monkey, Tree hyraxes, duikers, Leopard and Elephants.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Bwindi impenetrable National Park has a rich biodiversity and boasts more species than the any other park in Africa. These include world’s largest concentration of mountain gorillas (over a half of the world’s population), 400 species of plants, 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes and 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi covers an area of 321km2 and was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. Gorilla trekking is most popular attraction as the park inhabits about 440 mountains, which is half of the world's last remaining popularion according to gorillas census 2011.

Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi

Kasubi Tombs (burial place of Buganda kings and royal family) is located on Kasubi hill in Kampala capital city. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. The tombs are regarded as an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom-- the largest of the traditional kingdoms in present-day Uganda. The Kingdom of Buganda is situated in the Central region of the country known today as Uganda. The huge thatched-roof palace was originally built in 1882 as the palace of Kabaka Mutesa I, before being converted into his tomb following his death two years later.

If you want to see these unique and endangered mountain Gorillas then Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a must. So many tour packages available online, ranging from a 1 day Rwanda gorilla trek to as many as you want combined with Uganda and / or Republique Democratic de Congo (RDC). To many writers allover the world, a safari in Africa is incomplete without tracking mountain gorillas in the magnificent Virunga Volcanic mountains in East and Central Africa.

The incomparable volcanoes national park is without doubt one of the world's greatest wildlife destinations and beat the delight of superb, year-round game viewing let alone all the thrills of the Great mountain gorilla tracking.

Gorillas live in volcanoes national park - a remote jungle that is wild and beautiful. Rwanda climate is hot and humid and the rain can be relentless from September to November. The long dry season is from June to August and is a good time to visit.

About 880 mountain Gorillas are thought to survive in the world according to 2011 gorilla census, only found in Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda, and thus listed as highly endangered. In order to protect these amazing creatures, primatologists Diany Fossey built two extremely comfortable camps within Karisimbi area and initiated the habituation of Gorilla groups in the forest.

The six night itinerary in Rwanda includes two nights visit to Volcanoes National Park and 4 nights Akagera and Nyungwe forest National Park - driving from the capital, Kigali, you reach at Akagera where you are met by your guide.

Akagera safari lodge and Ruzizi Tented camp have a good location from which to explore Akagera National Park, and the service is friendly. They have fantastic views over Lake Ihema, with swimming pools perched on the edge of the savannah. Akagera Game Lodge is located in Eastern Province; about 2 hours drive from Kigali. The surrounding area has a wealth of big game and other wildlife on the open savannah, protected wood land, deep valley and Lakes. Akagera game lodge can accommodate several guests and offers a combination of walking and game drives. There is a wide range of tropical birds, wildlife and nocturnal visitor to Akagera national park is leopard.

Volcanoes popularity means a number of factors must be considered when choosing a place to stay around Volcanoes National Park where gorillas stay. Choosing which area to visit and when to go will impact on your experience. The Volcanoes’ region is busiest during peak season June-August and its many lodges and safari hotels cater for large numbers of people. The Area around Volcanoes national park offer more privacy and tucked-away accommodation such as luxury tented camps and decadent safari suites. You will be able to enjoy a greater selection of activities like guided walks, hiking and gorilla tracking. Volcanoes national park offers a great wildlife viewing throughout the year and your safari experience will certainly be different out of peak season. Our selection of accommodation in the Volcanoes National Park includes safari lodges and family-friendly hotels, colonial-style tented camps and even mobile camps - all you need to do is decide when to go, contact us, and we'll do the rest.

Mountain View Gorilla Lodge is located at the edge of volcanoes National Park where you will base to track mountain Gorillas and it usually takes an attempt to get a good sighting. Gorillas are constantly hunting for fruit and other foods but the trackers monitor the location of the gorillas to make the tracking a little easier. Once your tracker spots hand prints on a path or listens to alarming gorilla noise, then you are ready for a remarkable experience.

Gorilla tracking is recommended to every one traveling to Africa including those on honeymoon safari in Rwanda and viewing is limited to an hour but it only takes that hour to feel you have gotten to know the characters and personalities – watching the group play, fight in the trees, dig for roots and nurse their babies. Adult male gorillas are usually very shy and there is only one silverback per family. When a young male has matured, he leaves and heads out alone to start a family of his own by enticing females from other families to join him. The opportunity to watch these rare and fascinating creatures in their natural habitat is a huge privilege.

Apart from gorilla tracking in Rwanda, you can extend your safari with more exciting activities in nearby countries like Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar depending on the number of days you have. An extension into Uganda offers an opportunity to trek more gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National park as well as other wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls and Semilik Parks, Birding, Chimpanzee and other primates tracking as well as fantastic boat cruise.

Kenya and Tanzania is also popular for big game viewing including the Africa's Big 5 Animals that include Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhinos. Here we also have the popular wildebeest Migration, many primate species, birds and beautiful sandy beaches. Zanzibar Island is one of the best places to relax after your safari in Africa, with beautiful sandy beaches, cultural and Historical monuments.