Volcanoes National Park
Sharing a border with Uganda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Volcanoes National Park is arguably one of the most thrilling wildlife destinations in Africa. Encompassing five volcanoes, the otherworldly beauty of the Virungas is something you will want to see for yourself, and if you weren’t already aware, it’s the place where you can get up-close and personal with the real gorillas in the mist and the rare Golden Monkey.
Akagera National Park
Although the mountain gorilla steals the show, Akagera National Park offers a quintessential luxury safari experience. Located in the northeast of Rwanda, Akagera is one of the largest protected wetlands in Africa and has it all: wooded savannah plains, lakes surrounded by rolling hills and mountains with dense thickets of jungle-like woodland. We’re thrilled to note wildlife numbers are on the rise and, having recently reintroduced lion, the park is now home to the legendary Big Five.
Rwanda’s capital city – with its buzzing art and music scene and serving some of the best coffee in Africa – is proving to be worth more than just a stopover destination. Despite carrying the weight of the 1994 genocide horrors, Kigali has gone through a rebirth and is easily one of the cleanest and beautiful capital cities in Africa.
For those wishing to further their understanding of Rwanda in a historical context, one needs to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. As the burial site for the victims, it’s a truly moving experience that offers you an insight into how far this country has come.
Located in Southwestern Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the most important areas of biodiversity in Africa. Here’s where you’ll find one of Rwanda’s top luxury lodges, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, and where you’ll get a chance to track down chimpanzees . While the chimps may be on top of your list, Nyungwe is also home to the Angolan colobi, Dent’s monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and diademed monkeys .