WELCOME TO RWANDA
Rwanda is a small East African country that draws visitors from all over the world, primarily to see its critically endangered mountain gorillas. The country’s history is marred by political strife and civil war, and in 1994, Rwanda was the setting for one of the world’s most horrific genocides. Nevertheless, Rwanda has evolved into one of the African continent’s safest and most stable countries. Its infrastructure is good, its capital Kigali is booming, and its mountainous landscapes are some of the world’s most spectacular.
Rwanda is part of Central Africa. It shares its borders with four countries, including Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
Rwanda has a total area of just 10,169 square miles/ 26,338 square kilometers – making it slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Maryland.
The capital of Rwanda is Kigali.
Rwanda is one of Africa’s most densely populated countries, with July 2016 estimates placing its population at 12,988,423. The majority of Rwandans are Hutus, an ethnic group that accounts for 84% of the population.
Rwanda has three official languages: Kinyarwanda, French and English. Of these, Kinyarwanda is by far the most widely spoken, serving as a common tongue for 93% of the population.
Christianity is the predominant religion in Rwanda, with Roman Catholicism being the most widely practiced denomination.
Together, Catholics and Protestants account for almost 89% of the population.
Rwanda’s currency is the Rwandan franc. For current exchange rates, use this accurate conversion website.
Despite its equatorial location, Rwanda’s high elevation means that the country enjoys a surprisingly cool climate.
Although averages vary depending on where you’re going, there is very little difference between seasons in terms of temperature. Rwanda has two rainy seasons – a long one that lasts from early March to late May, and a shorter one that lasts from October to November. The driest time of year lasts from June to September.
When to Go:
It is possible to track Rwanda’s famous gorillas all year round, but the optimum time to do so is during the dry season (June to September), when the going is easier and the weather is more pleasant. The roads are easier to navigate at this time, and mosquitoes are less abundant. The dry season is also best for game-viewing in Rwanda’s national parks, as the lack of rain encourages animals to congregate at the waterholes. If you want to track chimpanzees, however, the rainy season offers the best chance for success.
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Volcanoes National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Murambi Genocide Memorial
King’s Palace Museum – Rukari
Akagera National Park
Landmark in Gisenyi (Rubavu) Rubona Peninsula
Village in Musanze (Ruhengeri) Nkotsi Village
Cultural Centre in Volcanoes National Park, Gorilla Guardians Village
National Arts Gallery – Rwesero
Beach in Gisenyi (Rubavu)
Cave In Musanze (Ruhengeri) Musanze Caves
Inema Arts Center
Factory in Gisenyi (Rubavu) Pfunda Tea Estate
Waterfall in Eastern Rwanda Rusumo Falls
Museum Of Natural History
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International – Karisoke Research Centre
Nyanza Genocide Memorial
Bisesero Genocide Memorial
Presidential Palace Museum
Market in Gisenyi (Rubavu)
Church in Huye (Butare)