Rwanda is a country of rolling, grassy hills that does not allow the use of single-use plastic. It’s very protective of its environment. You will be amazed at how clean the country is and the length they have gone to protect and preserve their natural resources. If you need a vacation from the hustle and bustle of the city life, come to Rwanda- one of the best places to visit in Africa. It’s not only great for adults, it is also a great place to visit with the entire family.
Here are 5 top things to do in Rwanda with kids:
1) Volcanoes National Park
This national park is home to a massive rainforest and 5 of the 8 volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. One of the main attractions and activities in the park is the trek to see the endangered gorillas up close. It is said to be a life-changing adventure that one should not pass up when visiting Rwanda.
One of the top things to do in Rwanda with kids is to have a close encounter with the gorillas in their natural habitats. Aside from the gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is also home to variety of birds, golden monkeys, amphibians, reptiles, and so much more. Spending just a day in this massive national park may not be enough, but not to worry because there are plenty of accommodations in the area such as Jack Hannah’s Cottages and Volcanoes Lodge.
2) Akagera National Park
Visiting just one national park won’t do justice to your Rwanda trip which is why we highly recommend visiting Akagera National Park as well. This is located in eastern Rwanda bordering Tanzania. The “Big 5” can be found here.
This is also one of the least crowded national park in Africa which would make it an ideal place for you to visit and have the feeling of having the place all to yourself. Here you will see dozens of elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, leopards, monkeys, and variety of birds. Bird watching and animal spotting is one of the top things to do in Rwanda with kids.
3) Kigali Genocide Memorial Center
Another top thing to do in Rwanda with kids is to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. The history is grim and sad, but it is important to know and understand these things.
Local guides are around to be able provide more information about the displays in the memorial center which is heavily centered on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
4) Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park is one of the oldest rainforest in Africa. It is a top tourist attraction in Rwanda because if its rich biodiversity and breathtaking beauty. Visitors are known to stay for at least a week here. There are so many things to do in this national park. There are at least 15 trails in the park where you can trek, hike, or go biking.
There are about seventy-five mammals that are known to be residing in Nyungwe National Park. These mammals include serval cat, leopard, mongoose, clawless otter, etc. When wandering in the park, make sure not to forget your camera. You will be amazed by the breathtaking view of the nature and the serenity of the place.
Top tourist favorite include canopy walk suspension bridge and the hike up to the Izumo waterfalls. The park is also bordered by tea plantations which is thriving in the area. Local tea in Rwanda is a must-try. You can also purchase authentic tea leaves at the souvenir shops to take home to your friends and family back home.
5) Inema Arts Center
One of the top things to do in Rwanda with kids is to visit the Inema Arts Center. It is a great place to see to appreciate arts and crafts of the local artists in Rwanda. The mission and vision of the arts center is to bring together artists from East Africa and showcase their works on a global stage.
Inema Arts Center also offers creativity programs that helps aspiring artists, especially orphans, learn and grow through the common language of art. Spending an afternoon here may encourage your kids to let their creativity come out.
There are different events offered by the art center such as dance performances, happy hour mixology, and even yoga classes in the art gallery. During your visit, you may want to check their website in advance to see if there are any events that you are particularly interested to participate it.