Rwanda is the best place in the world to see the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Sitting amidst these amazing apes must surely be one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences.

The thickly forested slopes of the Parc National des Volcans in the north, where the borders of Rwanda, the Congo and Uganda meet, are one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the species. With their survival under threat, it is truly a privilege to see them in their natural habitat.

For the ornithologist, botanist or primate enthusiast, Nyungwe Forest, which borders Lake Kivu, is well worth a visit. The vast tract of montane forest boasts a quarter of Africa’s primate species, hundreds of bird species, and over a thousand plant species. Mammals abound, although they are shy, and you rarely see them in the thick undergrowth, but it’s good to know they are there!

Rwanda’s recent history is tragic, and it is inspiring to see how determined the Rwandans are to move on. This is a country that has enjoyed impressive economic growth and is looking firmly forward to a brighter future. A visit to the genocide memorial in Kigali is highly recommended, but it’s not for the faint hearted.

Rwanda is a worthy addition to the end of an East African safari.