Lake Kivu

In western rwanda – a large lake bordering the drc, it's a nice place to relax for a week or so.

Parc National des Volcans

Home of the mountain gorillas, and the setting for gorillas in the mist, author dian fossey's research. if you can afford it it's an excellent experience, and even possible as a daytrip from kigali. inquire at the rwandan office for tourism and national parks ortpn, boulevard de la révolution n° 1, kigali, +250 576514 or 573396,, ( each gorilla permit costs $750 per person from june 1, 2012. you can buy them at the tourism office or through a tour operator. there are two other treks that you can do at the park, which are considerably less money: the dian fossey trek and the golden monkey trek. these tours range from $75-100 usd and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a gorilla family. you will just not be allowed to take photos if you see the gorillas on one of these excursions. to get to the park headquarters, you will have to hire private transportation or ask the local tour companies for a ride share. private transportation from ruhengheri to the park headquarters costs $80 usd for the entire day.

Nyungwe Forest

(, in the southwestern region of rwanda, is one of africa's oldest and largest protected mountain rainforest. it is home to one of the largest concentration of chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. nyungwe is about 4-5 hours from kigali and you can get there by private transfer or by bus. you can purchase a chimpanzee permit $90 as of august 2012 at the nyungwe tourist office or through a tour operator. there are other treks within the park that are well worth a visit.