Discover Rwanda

RWANDA “THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS”

Rwanda is a land of great diversity and beauty. Popularly known as 'the land of a thousand hills', Rwanda has five volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the great River Nile.


The landscapes in this 'green country' are truly breathtaking. Rwanda’s mountainous topography is a product of her position on the eastern rim of the Albertine Rift Valley, part of the Great Rift Valley which cuts through Africa from the Red Sea to Mozambique, forming a mountain range that traverses the country from north to south. It is one of the most scenic tourist destinations that qualify to be a photographer’s paradise because it boasts wonderful people, awe-inspiring lakes, astonishing scenery, just right climate, rare species of apes particularly the mountain gorillas and an amazing irregular landscape whose valleys and peaks combine with the sky to produce captivating moods. The West coast of the country overlooks the beautiful shores of Lake Kivu.


Rwanda is blessed with abundance of natural beauty and breath taking scenery. The land of 1000 hills has tremendous topographical breath taking scenery, including the Rift Valley with its Volcano Mountains, lakes and ancient granitic hills.


Rwanda is a small landlocked country in Central Africa bounded by Uganda in the north; by Burundi in the south; on the East is Tanzania; and in the west is the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda is an extraordinary place where serene scenery and placid people greet you at every juncture. Rwanda is safe and secure with an overwhelming renaissance of national pride and cultural reconstruction. It is full of sights and delights, waiting to be explored.


The country is well known mostly because of its horrible past that culminated into genocide in 1994. Rwanda is experiencing a tourism rebound after falling off the map post-genocide. Due its small size, Rwanda tourist attractions are near each other and can be reached quite easily and safely.

Rwanda has three main conservation areas:

  • a) the Volcanoes Park,
  • b) Akagera Park and
  • c) Nyungwe Forest.

Each of these protects a very unique ecosystem and combination of large mammals. The Volcanoes Park is the best place in the world to track mountain gorillas. Akagera supports a typical savannah fauna dominated by a variety of antelopes and plains predators. Nyungwe offers visitors a good chance of viewing chimpanzees and 400-strong troops of colobus monkeys - the largest arboreal primate troops in Africa today.


SUMMARY OF RWANDA FACTS

Capital City      : Kigali, 340.000 inhabitants.
Total Area        : 26,338 sq km's.
Population       : 7.4 million people (2005 population cencus)
Languages      : Kinyarwanda (national) / English and French (official).
Religions         : Christians (various denominations) 65%, traditional religions 25% and Muslims about 10%.
Government    : Republic.
National Day   : 4th July – Liberation Day
Industry           : Coffee and Tea factories, Textile, Tobacco, plastics, soaps.
Agriculture      : Coffee, Tea, pyrethrum.
Climate           : Tropical


Location: - Great Lakes region of Central Africa, bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi.
Size: - 26,338 square kilometers.
Population: - About 10 million (33,000 indigenous, 0.4 percent of the population)