Rwanda presents to you one of the wonders of Africa with irresistible beauty and a virgin economy. It is famous for gorilla safaris and tours and wonderful culture in Africa. The movie hotel Rwanda presents the fact that the 1994 Rwanda genocide history is phased out of Rwanda. The economy is rising rapidly and the natives have left the past behind for new developments.
The land of a thousand hills, with endless expansive lush mountains and diverse natural beauty lies with in the great lakes region of central Africa and boasts a moderate climate. Mountains dominate the centre and west of the country, while the east consists of savannah plains and swamps.
Rwanda is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and the Democratic republic of Congo to the west. Despite being landlocked and one of Africa’s smallest countries, 26,338 sq km, Rwanda has an incredible treasure trove of diversity that requires protection. The Albertine-rift eco- zone (ARE), a region that stretches across six countries with Rwanda as its epi-centre, is of particular importance as it has an exceptional level of species endemism. Scientists regard it as having the highest levels of diversity on the continent.
The nature lover will be impressed by the variety and the rarity of what can be observed visiting Rwanda, but there is more to Rwanda than protected mountain gorillas and Albertine endemics. The shores of Lake Kivu boast some of the best inland beaches in Africa and offer an opportunity to explore the many small islands of Lake Kivu.
Kigali, the capital and conference hub of east Africa, forms a central stepping stone to various destinations with in the country and cent5ral and east Africa. The city is green, vibrant, safe and brews superb home grown tea and coffee.
Although Rwanda is all too often associated with the 1994 genocide that resulted in the mass murder of as much as 20% of the country’s total population, the country is taking giant strides towards cultural recovery and investment in the future.
Quick Facts About Rwanda
Independence Day : July 1st 1962
Religions : Roman Catholic, Traditional
State Motto: ‘Umbwe, Umurimo, Gukunda, Igihugu’ or ‘Unity, Work, Patriotism’
National Flag: The colours are blue, yellow and green with the sun in the top right hand corner.
Language: Kinyarwanda, French and English are official languages
Physical Features: Twenty three lakes, five volcanoes and numerous rivers.
Climate: Rwanda’s climate reflects the country’s location near the equator. Rwanda enjoys a tropical climate with two rainy seasons; March-May, and October – November, and two summer seasons. Average temperatures range from 24.6°C to 27.6°C.
National Parks: Rwanda national parks, Volcanoes, Akagera and Nyungwe, have a profusion of wildlife with mountain gorillas as the best tourist attractions. The gorillas keep moving to and from Uganda , Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda and gorilla trekking safaris are offered to these three countries.
Public Holidays recognized in Rwanda
1 January (New Year’s Day);
28 January (Democracy Day)
1 February (National Heroes Day);
Good Friday (Date Varies)
Easter Day (Date Varies)
7 April (Genocide Memorial Day);
1 May (Labour Day);
21 May Kamarampaka Day
1 July (Independence Day);
4 July (National Liberation Day);
15 August (Assumption Day);
1 October (Patriotism Day);
25 December (Christmas Day), and
26 December(Boxing Day).
On the fore fronts of economy, Rwanda is gaining considerably in the tourism sector. The national parks, mountains and lakes provide numerous habitats for a diversity of wildlife, birds and other safari attractions.
Hotel provide luxury and cheap accommodation to all travelers and the experienced personnel working their offer quality services. Indeed, a safari to Rwanda is truly rewarding!
Transport and communication section has built up standard road network from the different provinces of Rwanda to Kigali main stream.
The education system is improving starting from the grassroots far in the villages to the urban areas. The country is divided into administrative areas according to regions including Kigali province which embraces the capital city of the country in addition to the northern, southern, eastern and western provinces.