Facts about Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills

rwanda_hillsRwanda is a mountainous Central African country located on the south of the equator. The country is located with Burundi to the south, Tanzania to the east, Uganda to the north, and DRC in the west. The major ethnic groups are Hutu and Tutsi. With a population of 11,689,696 on an area of 26,338 sq. km, Rwanda is Africa’s most heavily populated country. 70% of Rwandans are literate. The country is home to must see memorial Museum to remind people about the horrendous genocide and why the slogan ‘Never Again’ should be honoured.

Infrastructure and the Environment: After the genocide, Rwandans have dedicated their efforts and handwork into economic growth and development. The efforts have made Rwanda to be a safe and peaceful destination for international visitors. The roads are modern and paved for ease while moving around. Interestingly, in Rwanda, plastic bags are banned in an effort to keep the country cleaner. The landscape is fascinating due to the stunning hills, mountains and volcanoes. The city, Kigali, is friendly, welcoming to investors who bring new constructions and accommodative environment. The country is charming green with tea plantations, hills, gardens and beautiful landscapes that offer the best places for visitors who come to see mountain gorillas.

Ethnic Diversity and Culture: The ethnic composition of Rwanda is very lop-sided with 85% of the population being Hutu, and the minority being Tutsi. However, the government and other elite positions have historically been taken by a minority ethnic group, the Tutsis. The country prides in rich and diverse culture of fine arts and unspoiled traditions. There is unique pottery, paintings, basketry, wood carvings and metal carvings.

Getting Around: The country has a good transport system, well maintained and modern minibuses. Unlike the neighbouring African countries, Rwanda buses follow policies of bus carrying the allowed capacity without overloading. The capital Kigali has an efficient taxi system as well as motorcycles. International travel services are provided by the airlines such as Rwanda Air Express.

What to do: A visit to Rwanda is welcomed by an irresistible to do list of fascinating activities and visits. Inema Art Centre in the Capital Kigali is rich of creativity on African art. The Gisosi and Kigali Memorial centre is a must-do, despite the devastating reminder that comes along with it. The centre doesn’t charge any fee, just allows willing people who wish to give donations. Akagera national park is an enthralling place for travellers who get a chance to watch a great wealth of wildlife.

When to visit Rwanda: The question about when to be in Rwanda is a bit complicated to answer. The time to visit is determined by things like interests, the destination and the reason for making a visit. One person’s favourite visit time can differ from another person. The African country located near the equator enjoys a pleasant and friendly tropical climate. The country experiences long rains between March to May and short rains between October to November.

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