Located in the heart of central Africa, Rwanda is a fascinating little country that shares borders with Burundi to the south, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Uganda to the north and Tanzania to the east. But is Rwanda a safe country to visit? Yes and you can now say, without exaggeration, that it's one of the safest countries in Africa. The genocide and civil war that ravaged the country in 1994 are well and truly in the past. The Rwandan people, who are magnanimous and enthusiastic, emerged from these dark times with a need and a desire to open their doors. A warm welcome in a stunningly beautiful country now awaits. Whilst hiking fans will love its forests, lakes and hills, Rwanda is in fact best known as home to one of the last colonies of mountain gorillas.