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RWANDA

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is making the headlines again – and this time, it’s all for the right reasons… this landlocked country has emerged as one of Africa’s most exciting destinations.
Indeed the country is a pioneer in eco-tourism, which it has used to fund conservation projects such as mountain gorilla protection in the steamy forests of Volcanoes National Park. Trekking to see these endangered primates is the main attraction in Rwanda, where the famous zoologist Dian Fossey, studied the great apes and inspired the Hollywood film Gorillas in the Mist.
It’s not all about gorillas, though. Nyungwe Forest is one of the last remaining rainforests in Africa and is home to 13 primate species, including chimpanzees and colobus monkeys, as well as rare orchids and nearly 300 species of birds. And, although landlocked, Rwanda still manages to serve up a coastal vibe on the shores of Lake Kivu, with beaches at Gisenyi and coves at Kibuye.