Gorilla trekking is widely regarded as one of the most profound wildlife experiences on Earth. What a special memory to share with your teenager. The minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15, and this is strictly enforced by park authorities who check passports both when permits are purchased and once you arrive in Rwanda.
In addition to natural history and the numerous primate species in Rwanda, the people are friendly and open. Rwandans love to laugh and dance, and you will likely see some traditional dance during your vacation. This is also an excellent place to learn about contemporary history with the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Rwandans are generally very open to talking about this period in their history, although their stories are often heartbreaking. A visit to the Kigali Memorial Center is included.