Best time to Visit Rwanda.

August 26, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

Humans occupied this fertile serene land shortly after the end of the Ice age. Inhabitants organized themselves in setups of kingdoms with the king locally known as Mwami as the head of the hierarchy and the epitome of honor. The first king was called Rwabugiri. Later on in the scramble and partition of Africa that took place in the stretch of time between 1884 to 1914, Rwanda was taken over by Belgium. 

Belgium ruled Rwanda for a good period of years but they later on gave her independence in 1962 on 1st July. Rwanda was made a Republic governed by the Hutu though later on clashes emerged between them and the Tutsi.

Some scholars have since then argued that Afrikaans weren’t ready for leadership at the time the colonialists left them and that's why there were many clashes in amongst Africans. These clashes claimed over 14,000 lives. There were elections organized subsequently that saw Kayibanda emerge as the first president elected. Behind schedule in 1964, violence prevailed again where the government suppressed political opposition,banned political parties and executed Tutsi members.

 Thousands of refugees flocked to neighboring countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo in a bid to save life.

In 1975, President Habyarimana came in with military rule which saw a little bit of peace in the area. However afterwards in 1994, following the killing of the president of Burundi and Rwanda in airplanes, genocide started between the Hutu and the Tutsi and here also millions of lives were lost and thousands displaced. On hearing the news, Paul Kagame sided with the forces of the neighboring countries and staged against the regime back home that they(Tutsi) later on defeated and ended genocide.

 Since then Rwanda has been peaceful and this has supported economic activities such as trade and tourism activities.

Uniqueness of Rwanda.

Rwanda prides itself as a pioneer of equal gender politics and it has the highest record of women representation in public spaces especially in its parliament which is a good example set for other African countries.

Rwanda is also one of the cleanest countries in the whole world that's why it's flocked by many visitors all year round. This is because of the sustainability processes that are practiced in the country by citizens.

What’s more, Rwanda offers the best coffee all over the world. This is because of the fertile soils where it's grown and also the value addition that is in line with the state-of-the-art that is used in the manufacture of the coffee into a finished product.

Kigali as a capital hosts car-free days, unlike many other countries in Africa and the whole world at large. Such a practice helps minimize the fumes that are emitted into the environment which helps keep the air clean and this supports biodiversity.

She is also a home to rare mountain gorillas and over 400 of the human cousins – Primates including the golden monkeys, chimpanzees and black and white colobus monkeys that are available to be tracked all around the year.

Rwanda is covered by a lush vegetation cover that provides cordial views that are good for photographers and filmmakers.

Tourist attractions in Rwanda.

Kigali city. This is one of the world’s cleanest cities and so many tours are conducted around the city to visit art galleries, museums, markets and also to experience the nightlife.

Magnificent lakes. Rwanda has amicable lakes that provide good views and also offer opportunities for boat cruises and trips. The lakes include Burera, Ihema, Kivu and Mugesera.

Artistic museums. Rwanda as a country has a unique to her own history and what an opportunity to be having some of the art pieces that can be seen right now to help give an insight into the history! These include Ethnographic museums, Kings palace museum, Kandt house museum and Campaign against genocide museum.

Mountain gorillas. Rwanda is a home to over 1/4 of the world's endangered mountain gorillas. These can be accessed through the various national parks of Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Akagera.

Beautiful mountains. These provide good sceneries to the tourists especially the photography enthusiasts and filmmakers who get a lot of concepts from these mountains especially; Karisimbi, Gahinga volcanoes and Huye.

Rwanda also has ecotourism parks that help promote the beauty of the country and also practice sustainability on the environment which improves biodiversity especially at Nyandungu.

Hotsprings. Rwanda is endowed with hot springs that have interesting history behind them and are a remarkable tourist attraction site that travelers often get overjoyed when encountering, a case in point at Nyamwumba.

Various national parks. Rwanda has designated a series of national parks over the years that act as conservation areas for endangered animal species especially the big 5 and these are Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Akagera national parks.

When to visit Rwanda.

Rwanda experiences two seasons in a year that is; the long rain seasons from as early as March to the end of May and the short rainy seasons from September to late November. The long dry seasons run from early June to August and the short dry seasons run from December to February. Tourism activities flourish most in the dry seasons since they provide uninterrupted experiences.

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