With gorilla watching safaris, mountains, tropical rainforests, volcanoes and national parks home to many wild animal species, Rwanda has grown into a leading and friendly tourist destination. Recovered from the 1994 genocide, tourism has now become the biggest source of income in this former Belgian colony.
Despite its small size, the country houses a rich variety of flora and fauna. It was here that the American Diane Fossey researched the critically endangered mountain gorilla and watching these friendly giants in Volcanoes National Park is one of the country’s top highlights. Other popular things to do are hiking in rainforests and kayaking on Lake Kivu in the Great Rift Valley.
The capital is Kigali, with other major cities Butare, Gitarama, Ruhengeri and Gisenyi.
A tropical climate makes for temperatures around 25C throughout the year. The best travel months are January, July, August and September.
Kinyarwanda, French and English are the official languages.