Tiny Rwanda lies encircled amongst the landscapes of the African Great Lakes region of Central and eastern Africa.
Once known as ‘Le Pays des Milles Collines’ (the land of a thousand hills), its lush landscapes are dominated by rolling hills and verdant plantations of tea and coffee. To the north-west lie the towering volcanic peaks of the Volcanoes National Park, home to a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and Rwanda’s big draw card. But this stunning country has more than just volcanoes and gorillas to offer. Its picturesque Parc National Nyungwe has the most extensive montane rainforest in the region, whilst the pristine shorelines and untouched islands Lake Kivu are teeming with birdlife.
Since the tragic genocide of 1994 thrust Rwanda into the public eye, the country has taken great strides towards recovering its pride and identity, striving to make the country a safe and thriving destination for tourists. The events of the recent past are never far from people’s minds though, and tributes to the dead in the form of memorials and museums are a constant reminder for generations to come. But visitors to this resilient and remarkable country will find an African success story, filled with scenic and cultural beauty that will leave a refreshingly optimistic view of hope for the future.
Visit the gorillas if you can; it's a once in a lifetime experience. You've got a great chance of seeing them and, although it's not cheap, part of the cost goes towards their preservation.