According to CNN’s list of best destinations worth visiting in 2018, Rwanda has been surfing a tide of good news stories in recent years as it distances itself from a troubled past with glowing accounts of its amazing volcanic landscape, clean streets, stable government and efforts to preserve endangered mountain gorillas.
May 2017 saw Rwanda gamble on doubling the price of gorilla trekking permits to $1,500, making it up to three times the price of some permits in neighboring Uganda. The plan is clearly to corner a more upscale market, catered for with the opening of new premium lodges, including One&Only’s Nyungwe House, and help supercharge the country’s tourism economy.
As Africa escapes go, it does look attractive if you can afford it. Verdant national parks such as Akagera, Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest are home to safari favorites including lions, hippos, crocs and rare primates.
In 2017, Akagera completed its Big Five list with the triumphant reintroduction of eastern black rhinos after they vanished 10 years ago.
Throw in pleasant year-round temperatures of about 27 Celsius and direct flights from London and Rwanda could become one of the most tempting luxury year-round escapes on offer.
“Don’t miss Suspended a knee-wobbling 50-meters above the floor of the Nyungwe Forest, the Canopy Walk takes visitors across a narrow 200-meter bridge through treetops teeming with life,” reads CNN article.
Best destinations on the list are Cape Verde Islands; Botum Sakor National Park-Cambodia; Malta; Serbia; Nevis; Banff- Canada; Nagano-Japan; Puebla-Mexico; Essaouira- Morocco; Perth-Australia; Rwanda; Crete; PyeongChang-South Korea; Lisbon-Portugal, Cajamarca- Peru; Yunnan- China; Asheville-North Carolina and New Orleans.