10 Unique Things to Do in Rwanda

Lake Burera
Lake Burera | Courtesy of Leah Feiger
Leah Feiger

With its varied ecosystems and abundance of wildlife and national parks, Rwanda offers many activities unique to the country and region such as tracking gorillas, camping near a beautiful lake, and trying the local cuisine. Here are 10 unique things tourists can see and do while visiting Rwanda.

Bird’s-eye view of the Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda, while beautiful by road, is even more beautiful from air. Indulge in a helicopter ride to see some of Rwanda’s stunning sites from above. Akagera Aviation offers both tours and transfers.

Rwanda from above

Bike or hike the Congo Nile Trail

Stretching the majority of Rwanda’s Lake Kivu coastline, the Congo Nile Trail goes from Rubavu in the north to the Rusizi District in the south. The trail covers 141 miles (about 227 km) of some of Rwanda’s most spectacular landscapes. Hike or bike through the trail, stopping at tea plantations, coffee washing stations, lookout points, and cute guesthouses along the way.

Home St. Jean Guesthouse in Kibuye, a stop along the Congo Nile Trail

Watch Intore dancers

Present at most weddings and at the base of gorilla tracking, Intore—meaning dance of the heroes—is a beautiful and exciting artistic tradition unique to Rwanda. Intore dancers are skilled professionals, and the chance to watch their complex choreography and grace is a special experience.

Intore dancer

Spend time in Kigali

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, is quickly transforming into a vibrant and exciting city. Providing an eclectic mix of tradition and modernity, Kigali has a lot to offer. With markets, art galleries, hikes, and more, Kigali is a city on the move. Check out Go Kigali and join one of its fascinating tours around the city.

Go Kigali tours

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