Lakes Burera and Ruhondo, close to the gorilla-tracking center of Musanze, are often neglected gems.
People living around Rwanda's many lakes try to make a living out of what these lakes have to offer. Amahoro Tours co-operates with a group of local people who use traditional fishing methods at the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo. The work is carried out either from the lake shore or from se lf-made traditional canoes that consist of a single piece of wood.
Visit an island, where you will get a boat or dugout canoe ride to the respective island in lakes Ruhondo and Burera. Enjoy the nice scenery and excellent birding opportunities. Bring a packed lunch and have a picnic on the island . Discover nature in traditional canoes, enjoy
A beautiful lake located between Rubavu and Musanze districts.
Lake Nyarakigugu : A magnificent lake with good fishing and birding opportunities.
The Rugezi Swamp is a drowned valley composed of old metamorphic rocks and forms a part of the Buberuka Highlands.
This rounded hill Swamp has been recognized as one of Rwanda's IBA's (Important Birding Area). The other IBA in the area is the Volcanoes National Park.
The swamp is home to a number of sought after birds, one of these being Grauer's Swamp-warbler who has taken nest here.
Buhanga Eco-Park is a small patch of forest 8km outside Musanze offering nature walks, picnics and camping facilities. The forest is dominated by magnificent dragon trees and is home to a number of exquisite birds.
Ethno Botany Tour with Traditional Healers.This field tour will introduce to you herbs and plants t hat help to cure different ailments. It is fo llowed by a visit the local pharmacy and an opportunity to meet individuals who are under treatment and fo llow up their recovery stages.
Kinigi - lby'lwacu Cultural Village offers a number of activities and the opportunity to experience Rwandan traditional living and what makes it authent ic. Grind mil let and sorghum on the local grinding stone to make food, cycle a wooden bicy cle around the village, shoot arrows with the Batwa people, listen to village elders explain their traditions and practices and so much more. There is even the opportunity to enjoy the traditional Intore dancers.
Banana and sorghum are staple food products in Rwanda. Learn about the four different species of banana plants and their use by joining the Banana & Sorghum Beer Production Experience.
Markets in Musanze are worthwhile exploring. Enquire about the Village walks where local Rwandese women demonstrate cooking Traditional Rwandese food. This includes food preparation and how to package food in banana leaves, the use of various local spices until the meal is served.
Brick Making Tour, visits the clay fields where you can watch and learn the art of local brick making with clay. Clay bricks are wrapped in banana leaves to dry over a two day period before being pressed in a wooden frame. This tour is often coupled with the opportunity to get you hands dirty and help build a community house.
The Mountain Gorillas survive thanks to Dian Fossey, a researcher who was buried at her research center alongside these mountain gorillas to which she dedicated her life. The trail leading to her tomb and Karisoke Research Center is a beautiful yet challenging 1 hour 45 minute hike up steep slopes where orchids, birdlife and even occasional mountain gorillas can be seen.
Most of the volcanoes forming the magnificent Virunga Mountain range chain are dormant, except for Mount Nyiragongo at 3462m and Mount Nyamuragira at 3063m above sea level, in the DRC. The most recent eruptions date of 2006 and January 2010. The highest volcano is Mount Karisimbi with 4507m, with the oldest volcano being Mount Sabyinyo which lies at 3634m. Mount Bisoke, Mgahinga, Mikeno and Muhabura volcanoes are the other volcanoes within the Volcanoes National park. There is a crater lake, Lake Ngezi on Mount Bisoke.