Rwanda is home to the impressive Mountain Gorilla. While Mountain Gorillas are clearly the main attraction, Rwanda itself is a fascinating place to visit. It is one of the cleanest and safest countries in the world and one of the friendliest too. The country has a horrific backstory of genocide, but has become a beacon of hope for an inclusive economy in recent years. Gorilla trekking is one of those bucket list, life changing encounters that have to be experienced to be truly understood. The trek to view them in the natural surroundings can be arduous, with steep climbs and dense vegetation, so a minimum level of fitness is required. We suggest adding a 4-5 night Gorilla Trek to a South Africa or Botswana safari itinerary.

Recommended length: 4-5 nights

Indicative cost: From USD 5,800 per person sharing, depending on your choice of accommodation. Excludes international flights.

Kigali — Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge