Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda (Kinyarwanda: Repubulika y’u Rwanda; French: République du Rwanda), is a sovereign state in central and east Africa. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All of Rwanda is at high elevation, with a geography dominated by mountains in the west, savanna in the east, and numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons every year.

Rwanda Country Information

Capital and largest city Kigali
1°56.633′S 30°3.567′E

Official languages

Kinyarwanda
French
English

Ethnic groups

84% Hutu
15% Tutsi
1% Twa

Demonym

Rwandan
Rwandese

Government Unitary parliamentary
presidential republic
– President Paul Kagame
– Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi
Legislature Parliament
– Upper house Senate
– Lower house Chamber of Deputies
Independence
– from Belgium 1 July 1962
Area
– Total 26,338 km2 (149th)
10,169 sq mi
– Water (%) 5.3
Population
– July 2012 estimate 11,689,696 (73rd)
– 2002 census 8,162,715 (low / 166th)
Currency Rwandan franc (RWF)
Time zone CAT (UTC+2)
– Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+2)
Drives on the right
Calling code +250
ISO 3166 code RW
Internet TLD .rw

Rwanda Travel Guide

Rwanda, known as The Land of a Thousand Hills, offers superb natural scenery almost wherever you go. It is also a land with a very rich cultural heritage, not all positive, and a visit to Rwanda will always include a certain exposure to the terrible events of the 1994 genocide. Today, thanks to the efforts of all Rwandans, the country has an extremely friendly and busy feel: to glimpse the heart of contemporary Africa, a safari in Rwanda can be fascinating.

The highlight of a Rwanda safari is seeing the incredible mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park, which was home to researcher Dian Fossey, is home to few habituated gorilla families, and this region offers the most straight-forward gorilla tracking experience possible. Accessibility from Kigali (and therefore Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and even Serengeti) has made Rwanda the destination of choice for shorter, dedicated gorilla trekking safaris.

However, for anyone interested to explore further afield in Rwanda, there is plenty to experience: Nyungwe Forest is a spectacular forest reserve, with excellent birding and primate viewing. Lake Kivu offers the chance for some beach relaxation and more general sight-seeing, whilst Akagera National Park is a ‘recovering’ park with some good game-viewing and birding.

Rwanda is most known for hosting the endangered mountain gorillas and today more tourists are taking their adventure trips to this small country located in the Northern part of the country.

Top Destinations

  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Akagera National Park
  • Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Lake Kivu

Top Towns & Cities

  • Kigali City
  • Gisenyi
  • Huye
  • Kivu
  • Musanze

Top Things to Do

  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Genocide Memorial Sites Tour

Rwanda Safari Planner

Our Rwanda safari holidays are interesting & relaxing in the wilderness full of rural settlement but still showcase the most incredible Beautiful cultural experience in Africa ideal for those who value intimacy. Most travellers to Africa Begin a visit with to Rwanda the only country with a million smiles all through your stay as you enjoy the lovely weather year round. Meet scenic wonders in perfect locations sited a few kilometers from one another giving you the most wonderful Africa safari at its best. The destination of Choice “Rwanda” shadows the remarkable views, rolling hills, crazy roads and attractions which draw millions to Africa for Rwanda tour holidays. Volcanoes national park is a park unlike any other no matter how often you have seen it in photos and magazines but tracking the endangered Mountain Gorillas remain more memorable than any other adventure like hiking and tracking the chimpanzee’s. Also Rwanda offers superb art and lovely   landscape images of hills and mountain which shine in the skies above the rain forests and an everyday photo captions for every tourist to the country.

Grab life memories with a visit to lake kivu a true romantic destination holiday in Africa which change many lives. Appreciate the natural truth by looking at the magical lake views of islands ,hills and other water activities .Socking your legs in water makes you feel more relaxed sometimes you don’t even need to swim but chilling in the sun and cool wind sums it all. Changing the way of seeing the world and capturing real life experience than imaginations gives you a million smiles thought your stay. A room with amazing views makes Tourists love the country even more spending leisurely nights at a right place. Visitors normally stay beyond their wish after finding the perfect holiday location in Africa. Travellers call the lake the most attractive travel spot for peace and Unity in Africa spiced by soft music played in the hotel restaurant and bar late evening a right time for relaxing and chilling around reminding you of your best western artist and their shows back home. Without doubt the most surprising island beach in Rwanda Lake Kivu remains a compulsory stop of all Rwanda tours even if you arrive late evening and only enjoy the sunset or sunrise from your hotel or beach but the experience will always be fascinating.

Strategically located in the northern sector of the country, Volcanoes national park is another charming green forest and most intimate for mountain Gorillas & Golden monkey. Abundant hills, rocks, forest   were once   with few habituated Gorilla families unlike today when they are over ten habituated ready for Gorilla tracking visitors every day. The Rain forest has always captivated adventure tourists and locals though still many feel visiting Rwanda for Gorilla tracking is something they shouldn’t miss out in life. The blue skies, the shining sunlight and unique landscape have inspired travellers and researchers to come to Rwanda any time of the year provided there is time. Other attractions which entertain Rwanda tourist include the Rwanda cultural tour at Iby’Iwacu   cultural village full of exception cultural experience.

The village also offers opportunities to foreign travellers to mix up with locals in several different cultural activities. Grinding, performing the   king and Queen role, witch doctors performance, Rwanda marriage rituals, traditional dances and drumming ceremony etc. Travellers explore the Rwanda culture in depth and also get a chance to meet new people with different cultural aspects. Don’t mind about night coming because the village has huts to accommodate you in case it gets dark besides very convenient for Gorilla tracking visitors as well.