Rwanda has quietly been reinventing itself as a modern African success story, and a wonderful destination for discerning travellers.
A Rwanda luxury safari can include tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. This remains the most iconic experience, but the ‘land of a thousand hills’ has plenty more to offer. The resurgent Akagera National Park provides classic wildlife safari moments, while Rwanda’s unique cultural traditions are a fascinating diversion. Although dwarfed by many other African nations, Rwanda punches above its weight when it comes to eco-friendly, sustainable tourism.
Rwanda is gradually making peace with its tragic recent past – the Genocide Museum in the neat, tidy capital, Kigali, is a sobering memorial to the events of 1994 but also a poignant reminder of how hope and love can triumph over the darker facets of human nature.
Nyungwe Forest in the south of this small country offers a counterpoint to the misty forests of the Virunga Mountains. Lighter and more open, it is home to a number of primate species, including highly charismatic and vocal chimpanzees, whose antics provide an immersive introduction to the world of our closest animal relatives.