Many foreigners associate Rwanda with two things – mountain gorillas and the 1994 genocide. But the attractions of this small land-locked country in East Africa extend beyond tracking the world’s largest primate in its natural habitat. And whilst the genocide is an unforgettable chapter in the country’s history, Rwanda is now considered one of Africa’s safest and most peaceful countries.
My travels in 2009 and 2017 took me through Kigali, Akagera National Park, Nyanza, Butare, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park and the twin lakes of Burera and Rohunda.
I discovered a peaceful country of unrelenting natural beauty, encountered spectacular wildlife and met friendly people excited about their future.
I learned that there is more to Rwanda than the gorillas and genocide.
Rwanda has a new story to tell.
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