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7 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Rwanda

Also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda is an incredible African destination with stunning topography, lush landscape and unique attractions. With a unique blend of wildlife, culture and natural beauty, Rwanda offers memorable and special honeymoon experiences which are both romantic and enriching. 

For newlyweds in need of a meaningful and unique way to start their life together, Rwanda is the ideal destination to make your honeymoon wishes comes true. 

In this article, we take a deep dive in the top 10 best honeymoon destinations in Rwanda. 

Home to the rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, Volcanoes national park is one of the top destinations to visit in Rwanda for a honeymoon. The park offers a unique blend of adventure, incredible wildlife encounters and natural beauty. 

While in the park, you get the opportunity to see mountain gorillas up close which is a truly magical experience, a great way to start your married life. 

In addition to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, the park’s misty forests inhabit other wildlife such as forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, duikers, spotted hyenas among others. The volcanic peaks and lush forests provide a romantic backdrop for your honeymoon trip. 

During your honeymoon in Volcanoes National Park, you can engage in several memorable activities such as tracking golden monkeys and mountain gorillas, hiking volcanic peaks, guided nature walks, visiting Dian Fossey’s grave and visiting the local people. 

In Volcanoes National Park, there are several accommodation options found in and around the park, they range from budget to luxury options such as One & Only Gorillas Nest, Wilderness Bisate lodge, Wilderness Sabyinyo lodge, Virunga Lodge, The Bishops House, Amakoro Songa Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Ingagi Park view Lodge, Ndaza Escape, Davinci Lodge,  Gorilla Mountain View Lodge and many others offering comfortable, luxurious accommodation, modern facilities and amenities as well as onsite restaurants serving local and international cuisine for you to enjoy during your honeymoon.

Gisenyi is a picturesque town of Rwanda located on the shores of Lake Kivu, this town is a beautiful destination for honeymoon providing a mix of relaxation, adventure and cultural experiences making it an excellent choice for a honeymoon holiday. 

In Gisenyi, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the lake, explore the local culture, visit lake Kivu for stunning views, clear waters and opportunities for swimming, kayaking and boat rides. Also, you can relax on the lakeside beaches, soak in the warm waters of Gisenyi hot springs, visit the Inema Art Center, and visit the Iby’Iwcu cultural village for cultural experience. 

For adventurous individuals, you can embark on hiking and biking on the Congo – Nile Trail. 

There are plenty of accommodation facilities in Gisenyi Town including Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Paradise Malahide, Inzu Lodge, Palm Garden Resort and many others

Though it may not be your typical honeymoon destination, Kigali – the capital of Rwanda is a beautiful city with a lot to offer to couples looking for a unique and enriching honeymoon experience.

A honeymoon experience in Kigali City offers enriching cultural experiences, culinary exploration and opportunities to connect with the local community. 

Couples can enjoy a balance of relaxation, adventure and education making it a distinctive and memorable honeymoon experience. 

In Kigali, you can visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial for historic tours, explore Inema Art Center for local art and cultural exhibitions, Visit the Nyamirambo for walking tours, food and history. On the Kigali City tour, you can visit the Kigali Convention Centre, Kimironko Market and the Presidential Palace Museum. 

Kigali City has many luxury accommodations to choose from for your honeymoon holiday, these include Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, Kigali Marriott Hotel, Kigali Serena Hotel, The Retreat by Heaven, Ishyo Arts Centre Guest House and so many. There are also many budget friendly hotels you can choose from. 

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a pristine forest and home to several species of primates such as chimpanzees, golden monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and other wildlife such as impalas, giant forest hogs, blotched several, carnival genet, mongoose serval among others. 

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a great place to have an encounter with the playful chimpanzees and other primates, enjoy sights of several colorful birds and do a walk on a high suspended metallic bridge above the forest canopy.

Accommodation in Nyungwe Forest National Park varies from luxury lodges to affordable forest cottages like Nyungwe Forest Lodge, One & Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Top Hill View Hotel, Gisakura Guest House and many others lodges offering comfortable and affordable prices for your honeymoon stay.

Akagera National Park – the only savannah national park in Rwanda is a great place for wildlife viewing in Rwanda making it a great honeymoon destination for wildlife lovers. Akagera lies in eastern Rwanda near the border with Tanzania, the park is distinguished by woodland, swamps, low mountains and savannah.

The varied terrain shelters several wildlife species including the Big Five (lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes and leopards), zebras, giraffes and hundreds of bird species such as the rare shoebill stork. 

In the southern part of Akagera National Park is the vast Lake Ihema, home to hippos and crocodiles. 

There is plenty to do in Akagera National Park on your honeymoon such as game drives through the park’s African savannah on which you will enjoy encounters of the Big Five and other animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy a thrilling boat safari on the waters of Lake Ihema, explore some aquatic wonders and the vibrant birdlife including pelicans, herons and the iconic African fish eagle. 

Akagera National Park has many luxurious accommodations which you will enjoy during your honeymoon holiday such as Akagera Game Lodge, Akagera Rhino Lodge, Magashi Camp, Ruzizi Tented Lodge and many others offering panoramic views, romantic dining and personalized service to enrich your honeymoon experience.

The beautiful Lake Kivu nestled in the heart of Rwanda is an exquisite destination for a honeymoon holiday in Rwanda adorned with captivating attractions, exhilarating activities and luxurious accommodations. 

During your honeymoon on Lake Kivu, you can embark on a sunset boat cruise on the azure waters of the lake, go swimming, sport fishing and visit the Gisenyi hot springs. Engage in water activities such as Kayaking, paddle boarding or delight yourself with a lakeside dining experience. You can head to the lake’s private beaches for some alone time with your spouse. 

There are lots of luxurious and affordable accommodation options available from lake side resorts, beach hotels and Airbnb’s such as Lake Kivu Serena Hotel and many others. 

Karongi Town is a charming and serene honeymoon destination full of tranquility and natural beauty, this town is perfect for an intimate honeymoon holiday. 

While in Karongi Town, you can enjoy a romantic bosta cruise on Lake Kivu which is nearby, go on nature walks, go for some culture experience, explore local cuisine and also visit the beaches for fun activities like relaxation, spa treatments, swimming, visit the Bisesero Genocide Memorial for historical encounters, be lured by the beautiful shores of Lake Kivu and so much more. 

In Karongi Town, accommodation facilities include Rwiza Village guest house, Home Saint Jean, Moriah Hill Resort, Cormaron Lodge, Cleo Lake Kivu Hotel, Serena Hotel Kivu, Roberto Kivu Lodge, Inn on the Lake and so many other options you can choose from including Air bnb. 

In conclusion, Rwanda is a great travel destination and the best choice for your honeymoon holiday.

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