Rwanda definitely punches above its weight when it comes to its appeal as a safari destination. One of Africa’s smallest and most densely populated countries, it still offers incredible wildlife experiences in pristine habitats, thanks to a far-sighted approach to conservation.
The big drawcard has long been the presence of a protected and cherished population of IUCN red-listed critically endangered mountain gorilla, and trekking up a misty volcano to encounter one of our closest animal relatives is an experience that is both humbling and uplifting all at once.
Rwanda’s renaissance is a remarkable African success story, and has put this country – which punches well above its weight in terms of the experiences it offers – very firmly on the safari map. The country’s growing confidence has been reflected in a resurgence of interest and pride in the country’s traditional culture, with performances by white-maned dancers creating an unforgettable spectacle.
While the gorilla are not to be missed, the chimpanzee of Nyungwe Forest and the wildlife of Akagera National Park (including recently reintroduced black rhino, and incredibly diverse birdlife) can wonderfully round out Rwanda safari itineraries.