Summer Vacation with an Edge: Meeting Your Ape Relatives in Rwanda
Walk in Dian Fossey's footsteps and see your genetic descendants up close: Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is one of only five international parks where you can see mountain gorillas up close. If you manage to snag one of the coveted park passes--40 are given out each day--you could be within Frisbee-throwing distance of the mighty quadrupeds.
Tourism in Rwanda is on the upswing despite several years of civil war and internecine conflict with surrounding countries. We might have been skeptical when Travel + Leisure turned the spotlight on the country in 2005, but these enormous and fascinating creatures deserve a closer look.