Murakaza neza! Welcome to Rwanda, a magical landscape of a thousand hills and a million smiling faces.
The story of Dian Fossey’s gorillas and the brutality of the 1994 genocide have etched Rwanda into the global consciousness. However, the social and economic repair that has occurred since, is nothing short of miraculous. These days, the country is relatively stable, politically and tourism has become a key contributor to the economy.
The majestic Virunga Volcanoes are the jewels in the jungle green crown of the country. Here, passionate rangers and trackers fiercely protect habituated populations of endangered mountain gorillas as the headline feature. Primate safaris may be the primary drawcard for the country, but it’s not all monkey business. Active travellers who go beyond the gorillas are rewarded with an adventure playground that surpasses the ordinary.
Since the development of a partnership between the Rwanda Development Board and African Parks Network, the tourism circle has closed to offer a strong product. The Akagera National Park offers a traditional safari experience that means travellers can cover several bucket list items in one trip. Furthermore, adventure activities such as mountain biking, kayaking and hiking are opening up regions of Rwanda previously unacquainted with tourism.
Rwanda is an exemplary destination for both first-timers to Africa and seasoned repeat visitors. It is a country that is breath-taking in its beauty, enriched by people generous in their welcome.