Rwanda, which shares borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi, is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It is located in the east-central African highlands; the lowest elevation in the country, along the Rusizi River, is more than 3000 feet in elevation. Rwanda is best known today as the scene in 1994 of one of the worst civil-ethnic conflicts in modern history, leaving over 500,000 dead; it is a horror with which the survivors are still coming to grips. On a much more positive note, Rwanda is home to a third of the surviving mountain gorillas, and features other wildlife including lions. These natural riches are attracting tourists now that the violence (and ebola) seem to be a thing of the past. In addition to preserves like the Akagera National Park, Rwanda offers a rich native culture, tea and coffee plantations and the cooling waters of Lake Kivu. And since Rwanda is so small, it is possible to visit all of these places in a single day (though that would hardly be enough time to do any of them justice).
To these other attractions may be added a pair of golf courses. The standout is the Source du Nil Golf Club, which opened in 1987 near Kigali. Set at a full 4800 feet above sea level, this 18-hole layout begins with a short par three, and has a par rating of 35 and 37 for the front and back nine, respectively. The other course in Rwanda is at the Mountain Gorilla’s Nest Hotel in Kinigi, about 75 miles to the northwest.