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Rwanda

The slow deliberate pace of Rwandans is filled with orderliness, calm, cleanliness, respect and rules – rules that get followed so much more than any other African country we’ve traveled in.  One can only imagine that after the atrocities of the ’94 genocide, what Rwandans needed most was a sense of security along with stability to begin healing the hurts of the past.  Rwanda is so much more than just genocide and gorillas though… We invite you to explore the ‘little Switzerland’ of Africa and experience the wonderful sense of reconciliation, unity and hope that this beautiful country has to offer.

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Rwanda lies just south of the equator and slightly east of the centre of Africa. The capital city of Kigali is in the centre of the country and home to the Genocide memorial which is a worthy stop on any safari itinerary.

The main safari interest in Rwanda is gorilla trekking in the rainforest with its diverse range of species of which many are endemic.

The Rainforests in Rwanda

As the very first National Park to be created in Africa, Volcanoes National Park lies in the north-eastern corner of Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Gorilla Park (part of Bwindi Impenetrable NP) in Uganda.  Best known for its mountain gorillas, the park is also home to buffalo, spotted hyena, black-fronted duiker, golden monkeys and bushbuck.  Elephants are still reported to be in the park but sightings of them are very rare.

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Information & Videos

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Rwanda Highlights

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  • Rwanda is one of the smallest nations on Earth with size of 26 338 square kilometers.
  • Rwanda is the 4th smallest country on the African Continent.
  • Rwanda is only one of three countries in Africa where you can visit Mountain Gorillas in the wild.
  • Rwanda is largely a rural country with about 90% of the population involved in agricultural, agro-processing and mineral work.
  • Rwanda is Africa’s cleanest country and community cleaning days (Umuganda) take place every fourth Saturday of the month.
  • Plastic bags have been banned in the entire country and will be confiscated on arrival at any airport or border post
  • It’s impolite to walk over a manicured lawn in Rwanda, so stay off the grass!
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Rwanda Culture

Culture

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Modern-day Rwanda has a united culture with no single specific ethnic group, but instead a wonderful attitude of growing and building a better nation together.  Rwandan art includes beautiful basketry, pottery, carvings and unique Imogongo paintings from cow dung.  Though Rwandans are tea drinkers, the country produces some of the best coffee in Africa and this is widely exported around the world.

Weather

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The tropical climate in Rwanda is humid and fairly consistent throughout the year with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.  The dry seasons are December – February and from June through to August, with two rainy seasons around March/April and September – November.

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Preparing To Trek in Rwanda

Travel Tips

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Though the major focus is gorilla trekking, be sure to include enough time in your trip for golden monkey and chimpanzee trekking too.  A visit to the moving genocide museum is a must for anyone wanting an insight into the culture and history of this wonderful country.

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