Rwanda Tours will take you to the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ is attracting more tourists year by year because Rwanda has much to offer! A Combination of Bamboo Forests, Tropical Jungles, Volcanoes and Savannahs. Rwanda tours also take you to home of the famous Mountain Gorillas, Chimps, 11 other monkey species and also Lions, Elephants and Giraffes.
Rwanda is a densely populated landlocked country in East Africa. The country is also called the land of a thousand hills because of its hilly landscape. Rwanda borders Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Tanzania. On the national territory, the main African watershed runs between the catchment areas of the Nile and the Congo. From 1884 to 1916, Rwanda belonged to the German colony of German East Africa, after which it was a Belgian UN mandate before it gained independence in 1962. The gorillas in the Virunga Mountains and the chimpanzees in the Nyungwe Forest National Park are particularly interesting for tourists on Rwanda tours. Other sights in Rwanda include the Nyanza Royal Palace, the National Museum of Butare and the Genocide Memorial in Murambi.
The Republic of Rwanda covers an area of 26,338 km², between the 29 and 31 ° east longitude and the 1 and 3 ° south latitude. The country borders Uganda in the north, Tanzania in the east, Burundi in the south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west. Rwanda is located on a high plateau that has an average height of 1,400 to 1,700 meters. The Central African ditch with Lake Kivu runs along the country’s western border. The highest elevations in Rwanda are the volcanoes Kalisimbi (4,507 m), Muhabura (4,127 m), Visoke (3,711 m), Sabyinyo (3,654 m) and Gahinga (3,487 m). In the northwest of the country, on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are the volcanic Virunga Mountains with the snow-covered Mount Karisimbi.
Despite the proximity to the equator, the climate in Rwanda is rather mild and one speaks of a tropical highland climate. The temperatures are usually between pleasant 19 ° C and 25 ° C. In some parts of the country it can cool down significantly at night due to the high altitude. In the west of the country, at Lake Kivu, it is mild and temperate, cool in the highlands, sometimes with relatively high humidity. The average temperature in the highlands is around 19 ° C. It is usually warmer in the east. There are two dry periods and two rainy seasons. A short dry spell extends from December to January, with average temperatures in Kigali of around 20.3 ° C. The great rainy season is from February to May. Rwanda tours are best during the great dry season, which lasts from June to mid-September, Kigali is around 20.5 ° C warm. In the little rainy season.
Society & Politics
Rwanda has approximately 10.5 million inhabitants. With an average of 432 inhabitants per square kilometer, Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa. Rwanda’s population has a common language and culture, but Tutsi, Hutu and Twa are ethnically different. The mother tongue of almost all Rwandans is the Bantu language Kinyarwanda. 88% of the residents only speak this language. Since the Belgian colonial era, other official languages have been French and English since 1994, which was mainly introduced by long-term refugees returning from Tanzania and Uganda. Swahili is also spoken in the trade centers. In the spring of 2017, the Chamber of Deputies decided to introduce Swahili as another official language as part of the ongoing integration into the East African community.
Rwanda is a constitutional republic, which is still strongly influenced by the aftermath of the war (1990–1994) and genocide (1994), the economic problems and the uncertainty in the region.
The road network is very complete for the size of the country, but only about 1,500 km are paved. Since the rest of the roads are often in poorer condition, trips should only be carried out during the day. With regard to air traffic, various national and international airlines fly to Kigali International Airport. Since 2010, the Internet has been greatly expanded and improved, and it is possible to go online all over the country. The state of the mobile network is similar, so that accessibility is usually permanently possible. The power supply is currently undergoing some conversions towards more regenerative energy generation. Around 50 percent of the electricity is now generated by hydropower plants. However, the power grid is hardly expanded and most of the electricity is used in Kigali.
The country has stabilized since the 1990s and is considered a safe travel destination. However, due to the current situation, the Federal Foreign Office warns against travel to the border areas with the Congo and Burundi. Pickpockets occasionally occur in cities, so try to avoid attending major events and be vigilant in public places such as markets and bus stations.