When it comes to things to do in Rwanda, almost every visitor has one activity on their bucket list: gorilla trekking. The allure of getting up close and personal with creatures that share 99 percent of our DNA draws visitors from all over the world, and there’s no better place to do it than Rwanda. To protect the animals, the country has made significant progress in conservation.
However, seeing these gentle giants is only the beginning of Rwanda’s attractions. After being ravaged by the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the country has made remarkable progress in recent decades, becoming a peaceful, welcoming destination with plenty to see and do.
Nature lovers can go on a safari in Akagera National Park and take a canopy walk to get a bird’s-eye view of Nyungwe Forest. If you’re interested in culture, go to Rwanda’s Ethnographic Museum to see the fascinating exhibits on traditional customs and beliefs. At the King’s Palace Museum, don’t miss the royal cows (and the singers who sing to them).
Nairobi’s bustle and hustle, as well as its high rises and lovely restaurants, impress visitors. Kenya is a country on the rise. Humans give way to the primacy of the wondrous animals in the country’s treasured national parks and conservancies, where they rarely fail to enchant, both in numbers and in up-close, soul-enriching observation. “The sight of a lion goes straight to the heart,” Isak Dinesen wrote in Out of Africa.