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All you need to known About Rwanda

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge. One of the smallest countries on the African mainland, its capital city is Kigali. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is highly elevated, giving it the soubriquet “land of thousand hills”, with its geography dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country.

The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year. Rwanda has a population of over 12.6 million living on 26,338 km2 (10,169 mi2) of land, and is the most densely populated mainland African country. Rwanda presents excellent tourism assets ranging from the natural attractions such as the world famous mountain gorilla in the Volcanoes National Park, 13 species of primates in Nyungwe National park, about 700 species of birds, flora including the orchids, to the unique culture and heritage that make it a desirable

Why visiting Rwanda

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains. Travellers come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the magnificent gorillas, yet there is so much more to see and experience

Rwanda is a country with countless possibilities! The good quality of the roads makes it possible to discover all the various parks during short journeys. Ideal for travelers who do not have weeks, but still want to experience the diversity of Africa.

Best time to Visit Rwanda

  • March is the beginning of the longer rainy season which goes on through April and May. The end of May can often be dry already, however, and yet still devoid of visitors avoiding the ‘big rains’.
  • June to mid-September is the long dry season and the most popular time to visit. You may still get showers during this time though.
  • September sees a very special event take place in Musanze: Kwita Izina, which is a gorilla naming ceremony and celebration of mountain gorilla births.
  • The Kigali International Peace Marathon takes place in May and is a very special event. If you are taking part or just watching. There are three races, a full marathon, half marathon and a 10km run for peace.
  • Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day is 7 April, a public holiday and understandably a very solemn day indeul>
  • If you are going gorilla trekking, things have dried up again in December after the short rains of October and November. So if you’re looking for alternative Christmas holiday ideas then you could do at lot worse than heading to Rwanda to go gorilla watching. Same thing goes for January for a spectacular New Year celebration.
  • The Tour du Rwanda is a spectacular country wide race run by the Rwanda Cycling Federation. It keeps changing dates, however, so keep an eye on their website. At the moment it is scheduled for February/March, although it originally ran in November and has also taken place in August. It’s a good one though, just a bit of a moveable feast.
  • Independence Day takes place 1 July every year in Rwanda, celebrating the day in 1962 when Rwanda was freed from Belgian colonial rule.

Volcanoes National Park

Mount Gahinga is a dormant/extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and Uganda. Gahinga lies between Muhabura and Sabyinyo, but is the smallest of these three. Mount Gahinga, also known in the local Kinyarwanda/Rufumbira dialect as “a small pile of stones”, has a swampy caldera on its peak.

The caldera is believed to be about 180 m wide. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also got its name from this volcano. Mount Gahinga, whose elevation is 3,473 m, is part of a chain of eight volcanic mountains of the Mufumbiro ranges.

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

This is one of the biggest national parks that have boosted the tourism industry of Rwanda as a nation generating millions annually, Nyungwe. Nyungwe is well known for chimpanzee tracking/ chimpanzee trekking this has been the main activity that is carried out in Nyungwe forest. The National Park has only 2 chimpanzee groups habituated in it and the small one of 30 chimpanzees is tracked in Cyamudongo Forest area of the Park.

The larger group has about 60 chimpanzees habituated in it. Nyungwe forest Rwanda chimpanzee trekking area is Africa’s largest Afro-Montane Forest and another of the most famous activities is Nyungwe Forest National Park is the Canopy walk where travelers get to hike up to the top of the trees and take a walk on a hanging bridges as they admire the beauty if the forest.

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Kigali

The Kigali city tour offers you an authentic outlook of Kigali which hosts some of the “thousand hills” in Rwanda. You can take this tour as part of your Rwanda safaris like gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, Rwanda cultural tour or Rwanda birding safari where you can add one day Kigali city tour or half day city tour.

Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda and the country’s vibrant commercial center with all year round moderate climate allowing you to visit any time of the year. It is one of the cleanest and safest of Africa’s cities attracting numerous visitors and investors yearly. In the recent past it has hosted several high level conferences and activities bringing a number of delegates from all over the world.

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

Located in western Rwanda, Lake Kivu is not only the largest freshwater lake in the country, but also marks the natural border with neighboring Congo. In particular, it is an ideal location for travelers to relax for a few days. A visit to the lake is also very worthwhile for hiking enthusiasts and travelers who want to get to know the local inhabitants of Rwanda.

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