Known as "the Land of a Thousand Hills" and most commonly associated with having access to the last of the endangered mountain gorillas, Rwanda frequently ranks high on active travellers' radars. Only a smatter of countries have access to these majestic apes and the newly opened luxury nature resort One&Only Gorilla's Nest vows to offer the closest encounter yet - observing them from your own private balcony. Not just reserved for monkeying around, Akagera National Park boasts a complete savannah experience as an exclusive Big Five safari destination. Catch rare encounters with lions, black rhinos and elephants shadowed by galloping antelopes, while riverboat cruises attract the attention of crocodiles and hippos. Impressive nature reserves aside, this small African nation is fiercely progressive; over half Rwanda's MPs are women and plastic bags were banned decades ago.