Rwanda, a tiny nation with rolling mountains and green valleys, may have a violent past, but the locals are eager to show tourists a different side of their country. There is a massive effort to conserve the gorillas and the chimps in their natural environment – the bamboo forested slopes of Rwanda’s peaks and the Parc National des Volcans – while chimpanzees find refuge in The Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Traditional game viewing is offered at Akagera National Park with a variety of birds and big game while there are 13 different types of primate to explore at Nyungwe National Park. The dormant volcanos of the region are now lush, green filled craters perfect for guided exploration. Lake Kivu even offers a tropical beach environment on the freshwater lake, rounding off the incredible diversity on offer in this relatively off the beaten track country. Having laid to rest it’s tumultuous past, Rwanda is now perfectly safe and accessible. With over half of the world’s last remaining wild mountain gorillas, it’s the quintessential ‘bucket list’ destination and one that will leave a lasting positive memory for all adventurous travellers.