Dubbed the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda has taken advantage of its beauty to develop her tourism potential. The tourism in Rwanda is apparently a significant contributor to the Country’s foreign exchange and a hub for employment.
Rwanda is recognized as a gorilla safari destination since a section of habituated mountain gorillas thrive in her Volcanoes National Park in the North West. Besides gorillas, Rwanda is endowed with chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest along with Black and white colobus and other 11 primate species. The savannah destination of Akagera National Park is a haven for Rwanda wildlife safaris with the opportunity to explore the lions, elephants, Giraffes, Leopards, Buffaloes among others. The park also features an extensive wetland system which is the largest in the country.
Rwanda’s tourism is not vested in nature alone. The country is endowed with rich culture, heritage and history. Talk of the cultural hub of Butare where the National Museum is located with over 100, 000 artifacts, the Nyanza palace which is the traditional palace for the Kings of Rwanda not forgetting the Rwesero Art gallery present rewarding cultural attractions.
The 1994 horrific genocide is the darkest history that Rwanda has ever had. Its scars are all over the country and the genocide memorial sites are spread all over the country including the Kigali Genocide memorial at Gisozi, Murambi genocide memorial, Nyamata genocide Memorial among others. This has made dark tourism in Rwanda to flourish.