Rwanda is a tiny landlocked republic in the heart of East Africa, which is for many people one of the continent's biggest surprises. Much of the country is covered in lush, cool mountains - in the Volcanoes National Park, the peaks reach above the clouds and provide a large natural habitat for the legendary mountain gorillas. Treks into the forests to see the gorillas are the major attraction for any visitor to Rwanda, and provide vital income for the country and for the conservation efforts for the region, as well as of course an unforgettable experience for the traveller!
Of course the country is also famous for the tragic genocide in 1994, a brutal chapter in a complex rivalry between the Hutu and Tutsi tribal groupings, and we will visit the incredibly moving memorial centre in the capital of Kigali. Rwanda has made enormous progress in rebuilding itself following the tragedy of the 1990s, and is rapidly acquiring a reputation for the warmth of the welcome provided to travellers.