A land of rolling green hills and lush forests, Rwanda is a lively and fascinating country with so much to offer international travelers. Welcoming and friendly, this nation is not just moving on from a painful past but thriving in the modern era. Innovative and progressive sustainability measures have made Rwanda a leader not just in Africa but also worldwide. Thanks to a very conservation-minded government, the national parks are also doing beautifully.

Trek through the mist covered slopes of Volcanoes National Park where wild mountain gorillas roam free. Watch for rare birdlife and golden monkeys hidden amid the vine laden trees. Take in the sweeping forest views from your private balcony as you sip on coffee brewed from locally grown beans.

Venture into the newly reopened Akagera National Park, known as one of Africa’s most successful conservation stories, where rich volcanic soils and a large lake have created a haven for wildlife. Spend the morning tracking lions and leopards or drift past grazing giraffes and elephants you go birdwatching on the lake. Soak in the panoramic lake vistas from the deck of your camp as you sample local flavors.

Back in Kigali, explore the rhythms of the city by perusing local markets or visiting the Genocide Museum.