1. Musanze - Gorilla National Park
Just a short two hour drive from Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. It lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys.
The Park is also one of Rwanda’s conservation epicenters, where many non-profit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.
2. Twin Lakes - Burera & Ruhondo
These beautiful twin lakes are located at the base of Volcano Muhabura and close to the border of Rwanda and Uganda in the northern part of Rwanda on the outskirts of Musanze.
They are located close to the Volcanoes national park of Rwanda known as “gorilla’s home” with their blue water surrounded by the Virunga high hills. Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhondo are separated by a 1km wide strip of land.
Their deep blue water surrounded by steep hills and tall waterfall with the outlines of the nearby virunga (volcanoes) provide a spectacular backdrop. A canoe boat or Boat trip can be taken along the waters of the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo for sightseeing