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1,000 Hills Panorama

1,000 Hills Panorama

One of the most exciting ways to see Rwanda is from the sky. A helicopter ride above the splendid rolling green hills and water bodies is an unforgettable experience. Remarkable Rwanda simply demands an aerial view.

The sound of whirring blades, the feeling of lift-off and the striking view of the ground falling away from you can only be experienced aboard a helicopter. The land of 1,000 hills is blessed with great attractions. From the air, Nyabarongo River looks like a snake gliding from the south-west to the north-east slithering through all five provinces.

If you are lucky enough to have a bird’s eye view, you will probably realize Rwanda has more lakes than you thought. The biggest of them all is Kivu which occupies the floor of the Albertine Rift along the western border. Volcanoes elevating thousands of meters above sea level are lined-up along the northern border. Most of the country is hilly but the east is predominantly Savannah. Nyabarongo River looks like a snake gliding from the south-wet to the north-east through all five provinces.

Aerial-scenic tours are spectacular. At night, Kigali looks like a patch of diamonds sprinkled on a dark surface. Low altitude flying over Akagera National Park is a great opportunity to see animals and enjoy the magnificent view of Lake Ihema.

Flying in a helicopter allows you to see what the pilot sees and doesn’t require a window seat to see the sky around you and the land beneath you. These little flying machines do not need a runway to take off or land. They simply ascent and descend. They can land almost anywhere. The experience is highly rewarding to both leisure and business passengers.

Exploring Rwanda from the sky is a privilege only a few used to enjoy but affordable tours are currently been offered by Akagera Aviation, the sole operator in the helicopter tours category. Tours range from spins above Kigali, Nyabarongo and Bugesera to longer rides over the volcanoes, twin lakes, Lake Kivu and the national parks of Nyungwe and Akagera. This selection of thoughtfully designed excursions has been packaged to ensure unforgettable experiences for customers. Boarding a helicopter is also an ideal solution for those who need to reach their destinations faster and save their valuable time.

Helicopters fly lower than planes and hover over points of interest. Akagera Aviation rates are fairly reasonable, considering their bucket-list nature and the bragging rights that come with them.

Some attractions require an aerial view for an exhaustive observation. Take the Nyungwe National Park for example, which stretches close to 1,000 square kilometers. The forest is too big to explore thoroughly from the ground. Rather than trekking in the jungle, a visitor can enjoy its view from above. You will have no idea how astonishing the forest is until you fly over it. Seeing how thick vegetation winds through the landscape, nourishing the surface and falling over deep valleys will take your breath away.

The author is a travel enthusiast on a mission to discover what Rwanda has to offer. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on ikazerwandatours.com.

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