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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

PLAN YOUR TRIP TO RWANDA - It should be FUN!

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Rwanda is a small East African country, that draws visitors from all over the world, primarily to see its endangered mountain gorillas. Rwanda's horrendous genocide in 1994 has not been forgotten, the memorial museum in Kigali is a "must-see". On the surface (and highly encouraged by officials) Rwandans have decided to move on to better things, and it is a peaceful and safe destination for visitors. Rwanda's infrastructure is good; most of the roads are paved making it easy to get around. The country has banned plastic bags and it certainly has kept it cleaner, all the better to marvel at the stunning landscape of rolling hills and volcanoes. The capital Kigali is booming, with a friendly vibe, lots of new construction and a generally positive atmosphere. Alot of people doing a Kenya Safari find Rwanda a good place for safari extensions.
Rwanda safaris are capitalized with gorilla tracking near the Ugandan borders. Majority of Kenyan safari operators book their clients to Rwanda for gorilla tracking.

Location: 

Rwanda is in East/Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo with Uganda to its north and Burundi to the south. Rwanda also shares its eastern border with Tanzania.
Area: Rwanda covers 26,338 sq km, slightly smaller than Maryland, US.

Capital City: Kigali

Population: Almost 10 million (Rwanda is Africa's most densely populated country).
Languages: Kinyarwanda, French, English, Kiswahili
Religion: Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%
Climate: Rwanda has a temperate climate with two rainy seasons from February to April and November to January.
When is the best time to travel to Rwanda?? Go Anytime
Currency: Rwandan Franc

Rwanda's Main Attractions

  • Tracking Mountain Gorillas - Rwanda's tourist economy is centered around tracking mountain gorillas in the Park National Volcano and it is well worth the trip, add on extra days to see the golden monkeys and trek to Dian Fossey's grave/research site.
  • Kigali - A safe, friendly capital city. Highlights include the Genocide Memorial Center, the fruit market, lunch at the Hotel Mille Collines (of Hotel Rwanda fame) and a ride on a motorbike taxi through town.
  •  Butare - Rwanda's pleasant university town hosts the excellent National Museum
  • Akagera National Park - see elephants, hippos and crocodiles in this attractive, recently rehabilitated, national park.
  • Nyungwe National Park - home to 13 species of primate, this huge montane forest in southern Rwanda is where you can see chimps, Columbus monkeys as well as lots of birds.

How do I get to Rwanda??

Rwanda's International Airport : Kigali International Airport (KGL) is small but efficient and only 10 minutes
from the town center. Airlines arriving here include: SN Brussels, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Burundi and RwandAir Express.

Getting to Rwanda: Flying into Kigali's international airport is the easiest way to get to Rwanda. Daily buses travel between Nairobi - (Kenya) to Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali. You can catch a variety of minibus taxis to the Tanzanian border and travel onto Mwanza (Tanzania). The border to Burundi may be dangerous, but is easy to get to by minibus taxi. To get to the DRC travel via Gisenyi to Goma (DRC) by minibus taxi. We have alot of Kenya tourists trans-versing through Uganda to Rwanda for a safari tour.

Rwanda's Embassies/Visas: 

A valid passport and a tourist visa are required for many nationalities. Tourist visas are available at Rwandan embassies and consulates around the world.

Rwanda's History/Politics

Rwanda has a rich history that you can only learn better while there. May be when you see with your own eyes. The Genocide that is the most memorable when you think of Rwanda, gives every human being a reason to strive for peace. The country is now stable and peaceful.

Rwanda's Economy

Rwandas 90% of the population engages mainly in subsistence agriculture. The 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda's fragile economic base, severely impoverished the population, particularly women, and temporarily stalled the country's ability to attract private and external investment. However, Rwanda has made substantial progress in stabilizing and rehabilitating its economy to pre-1994 levels. Rwanda is currently a member of the East African Community and is aligning its budget, trade, and immigration policies with its regional partners. Working closely with countries like Kenya and Uganda she can only be better. Tourism is picking in Rwanda with alot of support coming from Uganda and Kenya Safari organizers.