Enchanting and largely unspoilt thanks to a commitment to conservation, the African nation of Rwanda is one for nature lovers to explore and adore. Volcanoes National Park is not only home to the spellbinding Virunga Mountains, but also Rwanda's most alluring attraction – mountain gorillas. Head out from your luxury lodge and trek into steamy bamboo forests for a face-to-face encounter with this intelligent and gentle endangered species, who also share the park with the equally rare golden monkeys. Seek out yet more adventure and high-end accomodation in Nyungwe Forest National Park, one of the largest remaining high-altitude rainforests in Africa. Hike through lush green valleys to catch a glimpse of distinctive black-and-white colobus monkeys. Look towards the sky and you’re also sure to see cheeky chimpanzees perched in the Ficus trees above. Whereas rural Rwanda plays host to traditional villages and unique cultures, the family-friendly capital of Kigali is calmly cosmopolitan and well worth a visit. Red-roofed houses and terraced farm plots retain much of Rwanda's old charm, but trendy bars and restaurants make for an increasingly modern metropolis. Hillywood is where Rwanda's blossoming film industry lives, while the colourful Nyamirambo serves up a slice of authentic everyday life.