Rwanda is probably best known for the genocide 16 years ago. Since that time the stable government has worked hard to re-build the country, they’ve made English the official language and tourism is the fastest growing sector of the economy.
It is landlocked in Central Africa and is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is about the size of Maryland. However it is the most densely populated country in Africa with a population of over 11 million people. It’s known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”" and was the home of the movie “Gorillas in the Mist”. Tourists visit Rwanda now to go on safari, and to view the rare Mountain Gorilla. Most of my travel has been humanitarian and coordinated with Partners in Health, though we’ve also done some safari and sightseeing.
A great book to give you a recent historical perspective on the Rwandan conflict is “Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder. I’ve met both the author and the subject of the book. It’s a powerful story and a fabulous read.