Rwanda’s captivating landscapes and remarkable wildlife make it an adventure hot spot when it comes to African safaris. Nestled in the heart of East Africa, this lush country offers a unique safari experience like no other. From the breathtaking Volcanoes National Park to the awe-inspiring Akagera savannas, visitors can expect an unforgettable journey. Also playing an important part in the eco-tourism arena, Rwanda supplies access for international visitors to see and learn about Africa’s most endangered species including the rare mountain gorilla and the majestic lion. As well as the indigenous tribes and cultures that have lived here in one form or another for hundreds of years who carry the spirit of the region through their stories, legends and customs.
Wildlife Tours Rwanda, a privately owned safari enterprise run by founder Davidson Mugisha, has dedicated itself to opening this plethora of experience to those looking to delve into the African wilderness. Encouraging the adventurous spirit in his clients through unique eco-tourism focussed travel itineraries, David’s aim is to entertain, engage, educate and help ease local poverty.
Eco-tourism fosters sustainable development, preserves biodiversity, and supports local communities. David reveals that in Rwanda, eco-tourism has played a pivotal role in conserving the country’s endangered species, contributing to economic growth through responsible tourism practices. Based in Kigali, the country’s capital city, Wildlife Tours Rwanda specialise in high quality holiday expeditions incorporating pro-poor and responsible tourism. Combining local wildlife with local culture.
DEFINING A PLACE
The culture of a place echoes the values of the people that call it home. In Rwanda it is defined by the hospitality offered to strangers and the experience of sharing food over stories, songs and dancing. The poorest communities are often the most welcoming, hospitable and joyous.
David believes that no East African tour is complete without the cultural element. As such, his trips include a multitude of community visits, offering a one stop shop for travel itineraries across a wide range of countries. It offers a much fuller experience for a client to glimpse the depth of history that these communities have, helping them realise that Africa, as a seat of human activity, is older than any other continent.
RANGE OF TOURS
At wildlifetours-rwanda.com adventure seekers will find fully fleshed out itineraries across East Africa including Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Each country is unique though, so first-time visitors are encouraged to get in touch prior to booking to make sure that their bucket list adventure is matching their dreams.
“East Africa is huge, and each country has its own diverse catalogue of treasures,” David explains, “For example, if you dream of seeing mountain gorillas, you shouldn’t be heading to the Serengeti.”
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Travel specifications and advice about visiting the region can be found at wildlifetours-rwanda.com. Rwanda is a member of the East African Community, which allows citizens of all countries that are not visa-exempt to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. Otherwise, an e-Visa can be obtained online prior to departure (advised). A mandatory condition to enter Rwanda is that all visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months.
When it comes to clothing, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a good waterproof jacket because throughout the day there may be blistering sunshine one minute and torrential rain the next, and neither are done in half measures.
And like David says, “The memories and experiences are yours but please only leave your footprints behind.”