Tourism in Rwanda is rising like a phoenix out of the ashes. Since 2011, tourism has been the country’s top foreign exchange earner and this sector continues to grow. This growth can largely be attributed to gorilla trekking, but in recent years other exciting destinations are opening up. National Parks, that 20 years ago were almost wiped out, are now starting to take their place again on trips to Uganda.
Kigali, the country’s capital, is fast becoming a centre of innovation and ambitious infrastructure development. Old traditional ways are being forced to take a back seat as the country looks to its youth (over 40% of the country is under 25 years old) to drive this renewal.
Rwanda, as part of Africa’s Great Lakes Region, was one of the countries from which the black tribes of southern Africa originated. Its reasonably recent history was tumultuous with most tourists having heard of the awful genocide that the population of Rwanda was subjected to. It more recent history is more encouraging and promising.
Conservation has been making great strides in Rwanda. Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest, in particular, have been brought back from the brink and the wildlife in these parks is well on the way to recovery. This means that Rwanda has much more to offer than Gorilla treks, it is also a Big5 destination.