Rwanda: A pocket guide
This verdant country, known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is a place of intoxicating views: terraced hillsides laced with mist, colossal volcanoes, butter-flat lakes. Once the adopted home of the esteemed primatologist Dian Fossey, Rwanda found fame in the film Gorillas in the Mist. Its majestic mountain gorillas still live in the shadow of the Virunga volcanoes, thanks in part to Fossey’s work, and are the main tourism draw.
But Rwanda, which is located in East Africa’s Great Rift Valley, has an impressive variety of attractions, from mountain trails with sensational 360-degree views to the sandy beaches of Lake Kivu in the west. Antelopes, zebras, and lions can be seen on the open plains of Akagera National Park, and in the south, Nyungwe Forest teems with exotic flowers, including more than 100 species of orchid.
The number of luxury vacation rentals and private residences is a sign of deeper progress in a country that erupted in violence some twenty years ago. Since then, Rwandans have come together, restoring the tranquility of their homeland. The Rwanda of today is not only an inviting tourist destination but also a testament to their extraordinary resilience and strength.