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Rwanda

It wasn't long ago that everyone was talking about Rwanda, largely because of the terrible news of the genocide. About 25 years later, Rwanda is one of the most popular holiday destinations in East Africa with the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with mountain gorillas.

Nothing is as it was since the country sank into a bloody civil war with the genocide of the Tutsi in 1994. But nobody thinks about giving up here. Both politics and the people in Rwanda are now looking forward together and they are actually moving a lot. Holidays in Rwanda are always marked by the tragic history of the country, which is omnipresent and which comes up in most of the encounters with the population. In many places you can find memorials, mass graves and memorial plaques. It is hard to imagine that something like this was possible, because the Rwandans are extremely hospitable and courteous.

Travel to Rwanda: The cleanest capital in Africa

The capital Kigali does not give the impression of an East African city. Because it's clean! Not a single plastic bag is on the side of the road because plastic packaging is simply forbidden. If you get fresh mangoes or avocados from the street vendor, you get them in a paper bag. Water bottles can be refilled cheaply and there are trash cans on every corner.

But the greatest achievement in terms of cleanliness is undoubtedly Umuganda - translated: Achieving something together. On the fourth Saturday of the month, the Rwandans meet in their communities to collectively improve life in the neighborhood. The streets are swept and rubbish is disposed of, but schools, medical and agricultural facilities are also built. Umuganda not only serves to protect the environment and promote development, but is also the result of the events during the genocide, when family members and friends were turned against each other.

Round trip Rwanda: From Kigali to Lake Kivu and the national parks

Since the genocide, Rwanda has changed and is a peaceful and green oasis of calm, especially for East Africa travelers. The people radiate a zest for life and a spirit of optimism - the Rwandans take their future into their own hands with confidence. When it comes to developing democracy, so many western countries can learn a lot from Rwanda. About half of all Rwandan companies are run by women, and women also hold over 60 percent of the seats in the current parliament - this is unique in the world!

Green is not just Rwanda's hilly capital, where banana plantations adorn the hilly valleys. During a tour of Rwanda, you will also visit Lake Kivu on the border with the Congo. On the two-hour journey, it is important to secure a window seat in any case. Thousands of cultivated terraces, rivers and waterfalls shape the landscape west of Kigali. Lake Kivu itself is a popular recreational destination for both locals and tourists.

Safari trip: Holidays in the national parks of Rwanda

The south of the country, bordering Burundi, is still barely developed for tourism. Extensive tea plantations and spectacular landscapes in the Nyungwe Forest make the trip a varied trip off the beaten track. On trekking tours through the rainforest, you will encounter chimpanzees and other species of monkeys. At the other end of the country, near the border with Tanzania, is Akagera National Park. In addition to hundreds of bird species, hippos and Nile crocodiles, antelopes, lions and leopards also live here. The landscape consists largely of savannah and lakes with papyrus islands.

Gorilla trekking in the mountains of the Virunga volcanoes

In the north of Rwanda, in the dense forests around the Virunga massif, live the world's last remaining mountain gorillas. Travelers can experience entire gorilla families up close in their natural habitats during a one-day trekking tour - it is undoubtedly the highlight of any Rwanda trip. Great lodges in the middle of nature make the experience of a gorilla trek an unforgettable experience. Anyone who has once looked into the eyes of a huge silver back will be fascinated for a lifetime by the irrepressible magic that the endangered primates exude.