Rwanda

A tiny East African nation, Rwanda is a lush country of mountains and stunning scenery, epitomised by the peaks of the Virunga volcanoes. Rwanda’s premier attraction is Parc National des Volcans where, hidden among the bamboo and dense jungle of forbidding slopes, are some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. It is the opportunity to encounter these contemplative creatures at close quarters that continues to draw visitors.

Want more? The shores of Lake Kivu conceal some of the best inland beaches on the continent, while Parc National Nyungwe Forest is the most extensive montane rainforest in the region, and home to many primates.

Rwanda is all too often associated with the horrific events that unfolded in 1994. It has been etched into the world’s consciousness as the scene one of the most savage genocides in history. What happened is beyond belief, but the country has taken giant strides towards recovery and healing the wounds.