Tiny, sweet little Rwanda is better know for its tragic history than its extraordinary wildlife and inspirational population. But who could fail to love this tiny gem of a central African country, where the whole population (yes, even the president) stops to clean the streets once a month? With some of the very best gorilla trekking in Africa (and that means some of the very best gorilla trekking in the world) so easily accessible, and gorgeously pretty terraced countryside, it makes the perfect add-on to an African safari.
Rwanda: more than just gorilla trekking?
Inquisitive visitors, or those who just want to get deeper under the skin of this remarkably endearing country, will find plenty to keep them for longer than two or three days of gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park. Nyungwe Forest flutters with butterflies and echos to the hoot of chimpanzees. You’re probably more likely to hear than see them, but the forest itself is gorgeous, and well worth a visit if you can spare a little longer. If the last thing you want to do is more walking, snoozing on the shores of Lake Kivu provides the perfect antidote to the high energy of trekking the Rwenzoris. Spend at least a day exploring Kigali– a visit to the Genocide Museum is an absolute must for any visitor who wants even the smallest insight into Rwanda’s past, and if you want to have the sort of safari that you just don’t have to share, visit the rolling hills and open grasslands of Akagera.
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