The ‘land of a thousand hills’ is perhaps the ultimate African good news story, having embarked on a remarkable journey of reconciliation and rebirth following the 1994 genocide. The country has now put this chapter firmly behind it and in the process, become an essential wildlife destination – and that’s only one of many reasons to visit.
Rwanda’s unique landscape consists of many small hills, dotted with villages and covered in a patchwork quilt of tea plantations and farm plots. Rwanda is a relatively small country – about the size of Michigan – and its excellent road network means that guided tours can get you to most highlights in just a few hours.
- Gorilla and golden monkey treks in Volcanoes National Park
- Spot the Big 5 in Akagera National Park
- Relax on a working tea plantation in Nyungwe Forest National Park
- Enjoy water activites on Lake Kivu
- Experience life in Kigali with a mix of Rwandan arts, history, and culture
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains. Teeming with plains game, Akagera is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, large crocodiles, the rare sitatunga, and more than 500 bird species. An ambitious conservation project has seen both lions and black rhinos reintroduced to Akagera, Rwanda’s flagship national park and now a Big Five destination.
Experience life in Kigali with a mix of Rwandan arts, history, and culture. Taste local cuisine, browse fabrics at the market, enjoy a milk bar, and make traditional imigongo art painting. Visit a local Rwandan fashion boutique and meet a jewelry designer
To understand more about the history of Rwanda, the Genocide Museum offers a sobering reminder of man’s inhumanity to man – but it is also a testament to the power of forgiveness and the resilience of the human spirit. Emerging into the bright sunlight can be a little discordant at first, but the smiles and laughter of Rwanda’s young population will soon remind you that this dark chapter belongs in the country’s past. As a visitor, you’re helping to build its future.