Rwanda is a captivating destination. Often described as the Land of a Thousand Hills, its spectacular landscapes include open plains, tea and coffee plantations and forested volcanoes that are home to more than a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and now the Big Five. Rwanda also has some amazing places to stay, particularly in recent times, with a number of our favourite brands opening their ‘Rwandan’ doors to the world, including Singita, One&Only and Wilderness Safaris.
Excitingly, these properties have not only sprung up in gorilla-tracking hotspots but also in lesser-known regions. While spending time with the extraordinary mountain gorilla is life-changing, there is more to Rwanda than some may know. Take Akagera National Park, for example. Very few people have even heard of this significant wilderness area, but it has become one of Rwanda’s greatest success stories. In the past, lions and rhinos were hunted to extinction and the park was taken over by cattle. However, through the hard work and collaborative efforts of conservation NGO, African Parks, these animals have been reintroduced. Akagera is now Central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda, home again to a healthy pride of lions, a significant number of black rhino and plentiful plains game.