Rwanda has made massive strides in security and tourism development in the few decades since the 90s genocide and is now internationally recognized as one of the safest destinations in Africa.
A sense of order prevails: violent crime is nearly nonexistent, and police can be spotted at most major intersections. New roads and tidy villages characterize the countryside.
Citizens are required to participate in a monthly day of community service, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find litter on the streets, particularly plastic bags, which are banned. You’ll find new businesses, homes, and roadways under construction in every corner of the country.
It’s worth noting that Rwanda offers more than just gorillas: The primeval forests of Nyungwe National Park are inhabited by more than 75 different mammals, including hundreds of chimpanzees and nearly 300 bird species. Akagera National Park in the northeast offers the Big Five and a savanna safari experience without the usual khaki-clad crowds.