The capital city of Rwanda is Kigali which is located slightly east of the center of the country and is surrounded by the Mugambazi, Kayenzi, and Ntyazo regions. The city was founded in 1907 under German colonial rule but became capital in 1962. Since Rwanda gained independence in 1962, Kigali has been the main center of culture, education, transport, and economic activity.
The climate of Kigali is considered a tropical savanna environment with cooler temperatures than most other cities around the Equator. Temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year with lows around 15.7 degrees Celsius and highs around 26.9 degrees Celsius at any time. Yearly rainfall reaches 950.9 millimetres.
Rwanda Gorilla Tours
The Virunga Mountains straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the D. R. Congo, are home to around 480 mountain gorillas, more than half of the world’s entire population. In Volcanoes National Park, the Rwandan part of the Virungas, twelve gorilla groups are now habituated for gorilla safaris, more than anywhere else in the world.
Look into the eyes of a large silverback gorilla and he'll look back with a thoughtful, intelligent gaze, mindful that you're another individual. Any apprehensions or nerves you might have had during your trek will melt away the minute you see your gorilla family. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other 'wildlife' experience we know.
Gisenyi, Lake Kivu
The chanting softly echoed through the hills, all the way from the valley up to top of the hill where we stood. We’ve just woken up and gotten out of our tent in search for the source of this beautiful singing. Our eyes looked down all the way towards the surface of the water glaring up in the morning sun. We couldn’t believe we were able to hear this spectacle unfolding - it felt as if they were just next to us, but really, they were at least half a kilometer away, down in the valley.
watch fishermen going out to fish in their three-haul-boats as they sing to the movement of their paddles. The whole bay of Lake Kivu, which we are looking at, was filled with the boats setting off towards open waters.
Congo Nile Trail
Perhaps the best bike packing route in East Africa, Rwanda's Congo Nile Trail traverses a scenic stitch work of dirt roads, lakeside single track, and a rerouted pass through the forested Nyungwe National Park. This a bucket list ride for any bike packer, and a great introduction to Africa for those yet to pedal in the motherland.
Imagine a stretch of primitive dirt roads and single trails winding through verdant jungle and farmland, exuberant children cheering and chasing as if you were riding for Team Rwanda. There are banana trees, coffee plantations, small fishing communities, and colorfully dressed women carrying impossibly large bundles of firewood, bananas, and avocados to market.