Rwanda has become widely recognized as one of the safest countries in the world. The city of Kigali is the first city in Africa to be bestowed with the prestigious ? Habitat Scroll of Honor Award in recognition of its cleanliness, peacefulness and security. With its rich biodiversity, stunning natural beauty and excellent climate, Rwanda is becoming an
increasingly popular tourist destination.
In colonial times, the thrilling beauty of Rwanda's rolling
mountainous landscapes earned it the sobriquet "The Land of a Thousand Hills".
After independence, the nation leaped to fame as the Land of "Gorillas in the Mist", adopted home of Diane Fossey and the most important refuge for the rare mountain gorilla.
Gorilla tracking in the Virungas is the country's premier attraction, supplemented by the mesmerising savannah and
plains wildlife of Akagera National Park, the incredible biodiversity of the extensive Nyungwe rainforest and a range
of hills and lakeshore beaches around the expansively beautiful Lake Kivu.
Rwanda also has one of Africa's richest bird life. A staggering 670 different bird species have been recorded in Rwanda.