Since the horrific genocide of 1994 that tore the country apart, Rwanda has been through an astounding transformation and is now a united, politically stable country with an optimistic future. Visiting the Kigali Memorial Centre is a good chance to learn more about this horrendous civil war and to appreciate how far the country has come since.
Trek through Volcanoes National Park to see not only volcanoes but also the rare and critically endangered mountain gorillas and rare golden monkeys. Explore the Nyungwe Forest National Park and have the chance to go on hikes to track chimpanzees and see the largest group of arboreal primates in Africa – the Angolan colobus monkey. Visit the bustling capital city of Kigali or just relax and enjoy lakeside sports at Lake Kivu.
Rwanda’s culture is rich and vibrant, dominated by traditional dance, songs and drumming and witnessing one of these lively dances would be the perfect way to experience the Rwandan culture.
Due to its small size, Rwanda is easy enough to navigate, with decent bus routes that are more organised than other places in East Africa.