The Congo Nile Trail, Rwanda

The magnificent Congo Nile trail is arguably the best path for hikers and mountain bikers in search of adventure in Rwanda . It stretches from Rubavu in the north of Lake Kivu, traversing scenic landscapes with dirt roads through the magnificent Nyungwe forest in the south to Rusizi.

The 227km long trail is an extension of natural dirt roads plus single trails gently curving through a thriving jungle and flourishing farmlands. Bikers ride through banana and coffee plantations, fishing communities and meet several women carrying loads of foodstuffs especially bananas, fruits like avocadoes and firewood taking them to markets for sale. The Congo trail of Rwanda weaves through numerous hills and mountains and on the right are a number of peninsulas with terraced hillsides that give the lake a shapeless coastline.

From the lake, it is a delight ascending into the cool breeze around the rich green tea plantations with various tea pickers. The trail further ascends via a divide which separates the Congo Rivers and the Nile. This is how the trail gets its name. The long rugged dirt roads later on connect to the thinner route that gets into Nyungwe forest national park. Here, you are likely to come across orchid, butterflies and you’ll surely see various forest birds. Nyungwe is home to chimps and many other primates which the tourists have a great chance to spot or at least hear their calls.

The Congo Nile trail was founded in 2011, but later on in 2014, the latter half of the trail became a paved thoroughfare connecting Kibuye and Kamambe. You can return to the start by stopping at Kibuye and taking a ferry. If you still want to explore more of Lake Kivu using the Congo trail, connect to Kamambe in the south of the lake through tea plantations and Nyungwe forest national park. The Congo trail tour is an impressive trip that involves interacting with locals including the cheerful children, riding through scenic areas, hiking along stunning plantations and siting primates and other wildlife in Nyungwe.

Regardless of how primitive the dirt roads besides Lake Kivu are, the place is safe and secur. Rwanda is today one of the countries in Africa to be in and feel safest. The people are friendly, weather favorable and is filled with interesting things to see and discover. A guided biking tour along the Congo Nile trail is the best way to explore the Nile , villages and also get chance to interact with the locals as well. For more details about biking tour , contact us via info@rwandacarrentalservices.com or make a call on +256-700315510 to speak with our reservations personnel.

How to Book Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda

A gorilla safari permit is described as a document issued out by the Uganda wildlife authority to allow you participate in the gorilla trekking experience in any of the national parks that harbor the endangered Mountain Gorillas. You can book for a gorilla trekking permit online through a trusted Tour Operator in Uganda like Mumwe Global safaris or book directly with the Uganda Revenue Authority.

However, we advise travelers to book the gorilla trekking permit with a Tour Operator because it is easy and faster compared to booking with UWA where there is a lot of hustle involved during the booking process. And another additional benefit of booking with a Safari Operator, they can assist you organize the entire gorilla safari since they have got wider knowledge about the gorilla families, about various accommodation options as well as knowledge about the nearby communities thus they can assist you arrange your safari itinerary and also book you a suitable accommodation plus all the transportation. Therefore feel free to contact our professional reservation team here at Mumwe Safaris, we can assist you book your gorilla trekking permit as well as arrange the a thrilling memorable gorilla safari.

Alternatively, If you are interested in booking your gorilla trekking permit with the Uganda Wildlife Authority directly by sending an email to the UWA reservation office. The UWA reservation team assists you provide the availability of permits on your dates of travel and if there are no permits on that date then you can request them to update you about the nearest dates when they will be available.

It is also important to note that gorilla trekking in Uganda in done two destinations which include; Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, unfortunately due to the unreliable gorilla families in Mgahinga gorilla national park, A gorilla safari tour is best done in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. Therefore when booking for the gorilla trekking permits, it is crucial that you be specific on which park you would like to visit out of the above two.

A typical Uganda gorilla safari adventure starts with briefing at UWA park offices. Here you are grouped into groups of 8 and given a park ranger guide. You are grouped depending on your level of fitness and which gorilla family you are going to trek. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is worldwide known as the outstanding gorilla trekking destination since it is home to almost half of the remaining mountain gorilla population in the world.

Apparently, the park hosts about 19 habituated gorilla families that have been made available for gorilla tourism. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest has been made simple and extremely exciting by dividing the park into four sectors that harbor the various 19 gorilla families in the park. These sectors include; Buhoma sector in the north, Rushaga sector in south, Ruhija sector in the East and Nkuringo sector in the south.

Best time to book for your gorilla safari permit

What is the best time to book a Uganda gorilla permit ? is a frequently asked question by a lot of visitors. We advise tourists to book their gorilla trekking experience at least 6 months prior to the date of travel although the Uganda Wildlife authority allows booking up to two years prior your date of travel. The booking date should target the dry season or peak season which is the time to go gorilla trekking. This is in the months of June to early October and December to full end of February when there is little or no rains expected to interrupt the trekking exercise.

However during the dry/ peak season, the gorilla trekking permits are on a very high demand and very competitive thus they get sold out very fast therefore, remember to book in advance so that you don’t miss out of the stunning jungle adventure.

What is the cost of the gorilla permits in Uganda

The gorilla permits in Uganda is 700 USD per person per experience apparently for the Foreign non Residents, 500 USD for the foreign residents staying in East Africa and Shs 250,000 for the East African residents. As earlier mention, you will not be able to go for that gorilla trek without purchasing the permit. And tourists should note that the Uganda Wildlife Authority abolished low season discounted gorilla trekking permits in Uganda thus they no longer exist.

To after confirming the gorilla permit availability, proceed by sending your tour operator the personal details such as, passport number, name, telephone number, nationality and the date of birth. Later you will have to proceed with payments as well as informing your safari operator about the date of travel you would like to go gorilla trekking.

After booking for gorilla permit, you will receive a scanned copy of your gorilla trekking permit with in a few weeks or days and Upon arrival your Tour Operator has to provide you an original copy of your gorilla permit before you proceed your journey to the park to participate in the exercise. And if you booked with UWA then you will have to go to their head office to collect it.  Your gorilla trekking permit features a unique serial number plus your Personal details written on it.

For more information on how to book a Uganda gorilla safari & permit, contact our professional reservation team here at Mumwe Global safaris by sending an inquiry at info@rwandacarrentalservices.com or call us on +256-700135510 or Tel +256-414699459

Top 4 Rwanda Safari Packages

From the friendly people and rich culture, fascinating landscape, warm weather and an awesomely organized system of government, Rwanda is one of the best and safest places to visit in Africa for adventure, honeymoon and holiday relaxations. Known as “the land of a thousand hills”, Rwanda is consistently attracting various tourists from different parts of the world and almost everyone enjoys the moment spent in this beautiful country. Whether you are interested in wildlife, culture, history or romantic outings, there is something amazing for you in Rwanda. Each of her three national parks boasts interesting and the most sought out attractions including the endangered mountain gorillas found in Volcanoes national park, Chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest national park and rhinos and other game in Akagera national park.  

Rwanda’s past (both horrific and good) is depicted at museums and other sites which you can visit and get an insight. The people of Rwanda are gifted with talent to make cute artifacts which are displayed in markets that can as well be visited at any time of the year. If you have been looking for the best things to do on an African safari, Rwanda is worth adding to your destinations and here are some of the most popular Rwanda safari packages that you can choose from to get the most out of your tour.

1 day Rwanda gorilla safari

Rwanda offers the rare chance of having the thrilling gorilla trekking safari within less than 24 hours. The 1 day Rwanda gorilla tour starts and ends on the same day. It is suitable for travelers who are already in the country and have limited time for their safari. Hire a car with a driver to pick you up from the agreed location in Kigali, head to Volcanoes national park early morning and join the trekking team to search for the giant apes in the forest. The trek can last for as short as an hour or push for about 4 hours. Regardless, we return to Kigali immediately after the activity.

3 Days Akagera Safari

The 3 days safari to Akagera national park is a classical tour of wildlife viewing. First, we go for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema in the afternoon to see the numerous hippos, birds and crocodiles along the shores. The full day game drive from the south to north of the park gives an opportunity to explore the beauty of the park, spotting countless antelopes, zebras, giraffes and buffaloes. Occasionally, lions and rhinos are sighted.

3 days gorilla trekking Rwanda

The 3 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari is one of the most done tours for primate lovers with an interest for culture. This package takes tourists to Rwanda’s prime destination, Volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking and thereafter transfer to Iby’iwachu cultural centre for an entertainment and interaction with locals in Nyanza province located near the park. The locals in this community give a great chance of learning about the traditional lifestyle, beliefs and culture of Banyarwanda. Depending on your time of arrival in the country or departure time for the flight on the last day, a visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial can be fixed.

4 days Nyungwe forest national park

Book a 4 days Nyungwe safari and get immersed in one of Africa’s ancient forests for the adventurous chimp tracking and canopy walk experiences. On an early morning while looking for chimps, trekkers often come across many other primates in the forest especially monkeys. Later on in the afternoon, we head out for the canopy walk on the 91-metres long bridge suspended about 50 metres above the ground. It offers stunning views of the forest and sightings of some primates and birds. Checking your adrenaline here is one of the things not to miss out in Rwanda. At your leisure on the 3rd day, transfer to Lake Kivu for a relaxation on the sandy beach and lastly return to Kigali for your flight.  

1 day Kigali city tour

Just like most tourists take on a primate trekking tour, wildlife safari, so you can have a city tour in Kigali for an authentic introduction to Rwanda. First, the smartness and good management of the city is worth witnessing as we travel to the different attractions on our package. Get ready to listen to the sorrowful story of the 1994 Rwanda genocide at Kigali Genocide Memorial Site where we also meet some of the survivors of the massacre. Other destinations on our 1 day city tour in Kigali include the Presidential Palace museum or Kandt House and a visit to Caplaki market to purchase African arts and crafts.

In case you are planning to visit Rwanda soon or later, consider checking out the above tour packages to get a suitable choice for your interests. Get details about our Rwanda safaris and make reservations through info@rwandacarrentalservices.com or call us on +256-700135510 or +256 414-699459.

All About Kigali City

All about Kigali City

Kigali is not only the capital city of Rwanda but the biggest city harboring a population of about 850,000 people. Kigali city is ranked as one of the cleanest and extremely organized cities in Africa. The city was established by the Germans in the 1907, however Kigali was declared a capital city when Rwanda achieved its independence in 1962 from the Belgium government.

A number of tourists that visit Rwanda first tour Kigali city before they proceed to the national parks and other tourists destinations or sites. .Apparently, Kigali city has become one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Rwanda due to the numerous genocide memorial centres, national museums, Gisozi, Local art & craft shops and the fruits market among others.

Despite the deadly 1994 genocide war that affected the Country, the City has managed to recover very fast compared to other African cities. Right now, Kigali is a beautiful city, politically stable with a welcoming and friendly people. When you rent a self-drive safari in Kigali, feel free to always interact with the local people incase you need to learn more about Rwanda – “the Land of a thousand hills”. People in Rwanda are Linguistic, most of them can listen and hear languages like English, French and Kinyarwanda.

Whether a self-drive or chauffeur driven car hire in Kigali, grab an insight to explore impressive tourists’ destinations like Volcanoes national park. The park is worldwide popular home to some of the remaining endangered Mountain gorillas. It also harbors other attractions like the endangered golden monkeys, Mount Karisimbi and Bisoke that offers one of the most rewarding hikes in Africa, Dian Fossey grave, Karisoke research Centre among others. From Kigali city to Volcanoes national park, it is about 3 hours drive.

You can as well travel to Akagera national park that harbors a variety of impressive number of wildlife and it is about 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali city. From Kigali, it is about 5 hours drive to Nyungwe forest national park famous home to the biggest number of chimpanzees plus other primates.

It is easy to drive around Kigali city and explore a diversity of interesting features regardless of whether you are travelling on your own. It is important to note that there is a wide range of tourist’s attractions that are close to the Kigali city and these can be easily explored from the city.

Are you planning a wedding car hire, project trip, business meeting or a safari in Kigali? Feel free to get in touch with our reservation team to assist you customize your trip with the available car hire options. Our team can as well assist you combine your trip with other off beaten tourists attractions in Kigali which you gives an opportunity to enjoy a dreamlife road trip in Rwanda.

In case you are interested in booking with us, simply contact us at info@rwandacarrentalservices.com or call us on Tel: +256-700135510, +256414699459

Top Cultural Sites To Visit When in Rwanda

Rwanda is known as the “Land of a thousand Hills”. It is a small nation but blessed with a diversity of fascinating tourists features. Many people that visit this country do come with different motives such as; enjoy the most rewarding and exclusively luxury gorilla tours in volcanoes national park, explore the mesmerizing landscape beauty blessed with impressive wildlife in Akagera national park, chimpanzee experience in Nyungwe forest national park. However, as many are interested in visiting its amazing national parks, others love to explore the top cultural sites in its motherland.

Here are the top exceptional Rwanda cultural sites that will give a full feel of the Rwandan culture and history.

The Genocide Memorial sites

The genocide sites are places that were established after the end of the 1994 genocide war that left over 100,000 people killed. The bodies of the victims were buried in these memorial sites. Apparently, they have become one of the outstanding cultural attraction in Kigali. They include; Gisozi, Ntarama, Nyanza, Nyarubye, Bisesero, Gisenyi, Nyamata among others.

Iby’iwacu Cultural Village

A cultural trip with out exploring the Iby’iwachu cultural Village is regarded an incomplete one. Visiting the Iby’iwachu cultural village is one of the best ways to learn and understand the traditional culture of the Rwanda people. Here you get a chance to interact with the local people and listen to their legendary touching stories. This gives you a chance to understand how Rwanda has struggled to unit her people who have turned the country into one of the most welcoming places in Africa.

Bugesera Reconciliation Village

This is a village for reconciled villages and almost all people that live in this village are victims of the 1994 genocide. These were left homeless thus the government of Rwanda decided to set up this village that has helped to unit them and give them a happy new life. Apparently, people living in Bugesera village have reconciled and they have managed to live together in harmony. On this note a visit to this village gives you a chance to enjoy their hospitality if you interact with the local people.

Nyamata church

This is the church where a scene of over 45,000 people were killed during the deadly 1994 genocide. The people were trying to run away from genocide murders thinking the killers could not enter the holy place of God. Unfortunately, the innocent people of God were attacked and killed. Therefore, a visit to Nyamata church gives you an insight to pray for mercy to the innocent spirits of God.

National art Museum Rwesero

 The Museum is found in Nyanza with in the palace of King Mutara 111 Rudahigwa. When you visit the museum, you encounter the art paintings of contemporary stylistic Sculptures which symbolizes brotherhood, unity as well as the genocide events. The museum features a gift shops that have traditional dresses and artifacts that can act as take-home souvenirs. 

Ndaba rock

Enjoy exploring the Ngaba rock on a self-drive tour. The rock is 2 hours’ drive from Kigali and it is famous for its interesting legendary history and this is the reason why shouldn’t miss this awesome experience.

The King’s Palace

The King’s Palace is situated in Nyanza and it is about 25 miles from Butare miles. Get a chance to be crowned king and queen as you enjoy a tour around the pretty palace of the King. There is a diverse range of activities that take place with in the place such as; storytelling, royal servant calling and singing for the royal cattle which makes them calm, friendly and docile. You as well encounter other exciting kingship features like royal spears, royal drums.

Whether on a self-drive or driver guided holiday, don’t miss out adding these particular cultural tourist sites to your tour itinerary. You will get the full feel of Rwanda cultural heritage. We can craft for you an itinerary including all the above attractions or you can just rent a car for self drive or with driver and go explore them in your time.

For more information, simply contact us now by sending an email to info@rwandacarrentalservices.com or call us now on +256700135510, +256414699459.

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