In colonial times, the magnificent beauty of Rwanda’s mountainous landscape earned it the title ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’.

Rwanda is increasingly setting itself up as a purely luxurious destination. The country is most popular for its mountain gorillas which were brought into international attention by Diane Fossey’s conservation efforts.

Aside from gorillas, Rwanda has excellent tourism opportunities, offering a wide range of wildlife and biodiversity - creating a wider range of experiences to take part in. The country has three popular national parks that cover approximately 10 percent of Rwanda’s total area. The parks Include; Volcanoes National Park, Akagera national Park and Nyungwe National park. Recently, another park was added to this list however there’s need to attain more information in order to add it to Dust Absolut travel itineraries.

Tourism in Rwanda has a unique story where a violent past that dominated the image of the country is slowly becoming a bygone. The country is using the right strategies and instruments to turn a post-conflict environment into successful high-end tourism destination.
In recent years, several possibilities have emerged leading to diversification of the tourism sector in the country. New experiences have been introduced such as balloon safaris in Akagera National park, wildlife is being re-introduced in conjunction with African Parks and also privately-owned luxurious lodges have been set up across the country to make travel even sweeter.

Most leisure visitors in previous years visited the region as part of multi-country itinerary but as of today Rwanda is considered a stand-alone destination. Dust Absolut is ready to show you the Land of a Thousand Hills.

Volcanoes National Park

This park is Rwanda’s home to some of the endangered mountain gorillas. This fact makes it the most popular national park in Rwanda. The park is covered in a magnificent mountain range rich in a mosaic of montane ecosystems, bamboo forests, open grasslands, and swamps. Mountain gorillas eat over 60 different plants and probably more, including fruit. therefore, the vegetation in volcanoes park sustained their survival. The gentle giants enjoy bamboo shoots, giant thistles, and lobelias and crunchy wild celery – contains a lot of water.

The existence of mountain gorillas has led to the inception of one of Africa’s greatest conservation - the gorilla naming ceremony. This event locally called Kwita Izina takes place in Kinigi town and has increasingly become popular since its inception in 2005. During the event, mountain gorilla babies born in the previous 12-month period are named following the human naming process. The main event is accompanied by several other events, including a cross-country cycling tour, a conservation conference, and the newly publicized Car-Free initiative in Kigali.

Things to do in the park include; Gorilla Trekking, Golden monkey trekking, Diane Fossey resting place, Forest hikes.

Akagera National Park

In brief, Akagera National Park is a combination of savannah, woodland, wetland, and a dozen lakes. On the other hand, offers a wide range of wildlife, such as elephants, baboons, hippos, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and an incredible 490 bird species. In Africa, the presence of water bodies in the savannah areas provides a basis for wildlife to thrive. The waterbody in question is Ihema lake, where resident

Would you like to have a safari from above – you just never know what amazing citing’s will be captured! Balloon safaris have been introduced in Akagera National Park and they are exactly what you have been waiting for.

Activities in the park include; Game drives, Boat rides, Balloon safaris, Nature walks.

Nyungwe National Park

The park is established from the forest which is one of Africa’s oldest forests that is rich in biodiversity and spectacular beauty. Nyungwe Forest is the largest tract of montane forest left in Africa and is home to over 200 bird species, 23 of them endemic to this ‘central refugium’ region.

Within the park also live 23 primate species including chimpanzees, L’Hoests monkeys, and Ruwenzori colobus. Chances of tracking these shy primates are readily available.
One other thing that makes this park popular is the canopy walk; hanging high above the forest trees. Visitors are welcome to walk high-up in the sky, looking down below into the thickness of the montane forest.

Things to do in the park include; Chimpanzee trekking, Canopy walk, Birding excursions, Nature walks.

Gishwati Mukura National Park

This is Rwanda’s newest park an dis made up of two forests namely Gishwati and Mukura. The forests sit on the ridge that divides the Congo and Nile eater catchment areas along the Albertine Rift. Studies are still underway however this park is home to about 20 chimpanzees that live alongside golden monkeys, and an estimated 232 bird species.

Dust Absolut Safaris encourages our visitors to book other life changing national parks.

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is a fresh water resource shared between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda whose bed sits upon a rift valley that is gradually being pulled apart in volcanic activity. The lake is said to be 485 m deep.

The lake is surrounded by magnificent views, and is lined by some of the best inland beaches in Africa. It is a secret holiday destination, less crowded with low density of visitors.