Rwanda is an incredible country offering so much diversity and packing a lot of punch for such a tiny place, relative to it’s huge neighbours in Tanzania and Uganda. Rwanda has a chequered history but has managed to make an extraordinary recovery in a short space of time, becoming a leading East Africa economy and becoming a much heralded example of what can be achieved with good governance. Historically, the main draw for Rwanda is the amazing mountain gorillas and golden monkeys of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park; one of the most enriching African wildlife experiences on the planet today.
Once just a haven for primate enthusiasts, Rwanda has fast become much more than that. As well as gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and chimp trekking in Nyungwe National Park, Akagera National Park now offers brilliant big fivesafari… and all can be done is serious luxury. Rwanda is taking the low volume, high price approach when it comes to wildlife tourism – some of Africa’s most exclusive lodges have opened here. This approach is good for conservation, but it does mean that it is simply too expensive for some – a more affordable and equally beautiful place to gorilla and chimpanzee trek is Uganda.