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Luxury has arrived in Rwanda. One&Only Nyungwe House is one example.ONE & ONLY

President Paul Kagame may have his detractors, but he has so steered his country that today it is known less for its 1994 genocide than for being safe, spotless, hilly, and high-end. The mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park have long been the main wildlife draw here, but now travelers can base themselves in lodges on par with the best in Kenya and Botswana. There’s Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate, a collection of
six podlike suites that look like bird’s nests suspended in the cloud forest; One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, which debuts later this year (and will have nine holes of golf in case you need to decompress after a face-to-face with a silverback); and Kwitonda Lodge, opening in August from Singita, the uber-luxe South African safari company.

Beyond the apes, Akagera National Park, the country’s only savannah park, is now officially a Big Five destination, and this month Magashi Camp opens, the park’s first luxury lodge, a joint venture of Wilderness Safaris and the NGO African Parks (of which Prince Harry is president). And on the edge of Nyungwe Forest National Park, you can now stay on a working tea plantation at One&Only Nyungwe House. Even Kigali, the capital, has its game on, with a creative scene worth exploring and a new boutique lodge, the Retreat.

TO BOOK: Kate Doty will connect the dots and can arrange additional insider experiences. KATE@GEOEX.COM


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