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Where in the world: Africa  /  Rwanda  /  Northern Province  /  Musanze District  /  Ruhengeri

Top 9 things to do in Ruhengeri

1. Volcanoes National Park

Home to the majestic mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park encompasses a dramatic landscape of wildlife, rainforest, and active and extinct volcanoes. Lying in the northwest of Rwanda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, the park boasts a famous abundance of mountain gorillas, with gorilla-tracking visits topping most tourist itineraries here. Uncover the thick rainforest paths of this dense mountain jungle, with trekking also available on some of the five Virunga Mountain volcanoes, or to the grave of acclaimed zoologist Dian Fossey. Gorilla tracking is limited; book early, and come prepared for challenging hikes.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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2. Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, Kinigi

Exploring Iby'iwacu Cultural Village allows you to learn about the country's history and traditions and support community-based tourism. The village is designed to illustrate what life used to be like here in the past, so you can see traditional dancers and actors dressed as shamans, blacksmiths, warriors, and wedding parties.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Kayaking & Canoeing

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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5. Congo Nile Trail, Rubavu

Encompassed by scenery of true African wilderness with a view of the Nile and Congo rivers, Congo Nile Trail provides an active vacation in nature. The trail is rustic--you'll need four-wheel drive, or plan to hike or cycle--and prepare for at least two- to three-days' journey. Besides of the beauty of unspoiled nature, the trail gives you the opportunity to glimpse the rural life through native villages. As this is a home to many African animals, consider going gorilla or primate tracking or birding as you traverse the trail.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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6. Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp

Hike up the mountainous terrain of Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp to see the resting place of the researcher who started it. Walk through the various forests and keep an eye out for possible animal sightings. Visit the research center and learn about the endangered mountain gorillas and their habitat. The national park encompassing the center also plays home to other animals, including hyenas, monkeys, and elephants. Come well equipped for the trek, especially on a rainy day.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, Northern Province

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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9. Byumba Cathedral, Byumba

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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