Nothing in the world quite compares to the experience of hiking through the mountainous jungles of Rwanda in search of the elusive and beautiful gorillas that live there. These critically endangered species will leave you feeling inspired and serene in equal measure. While it might not be your first choice for your next vacation, with some smart planning, a few days of roughing it in the mountains of Rwanda can be a life-changing experience. Here’s how to make the most of your journey.
1. Stay Safe in Rwanda (Which Isn’t Super Tough)
Things in Rwanda are most stable from a political standpoint, but there are a few things you should avoid if you want to steer clear of trouble. First, stay away from large crowds and demonstrations; they attract trouble you don’t want. Second, stay away from the area that runs along the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a nation where things aren’t so peaceful. Third, avoid walking alone outside after dark and keep your valuables on the down-low. You know, pretty much the regular stuff you’d do to avoid issues in a big, foreign country. Other than those natural precautions, you shouldn’t have any trouble navigating the cities and gorgeous terrain of Rwanda.