mountainous landscape and borders with four countries: Uganda to the North, United Republic of Tanzania to the East, Burundi to the South and Democratic Republic of Congo to the West.
Rwanda has 5 Volcanoes, 23 lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the River Nile.
One of Africa’s smallest countries, it is also one of the most exciting and modern. Accessed by air through Kigali International Airport and served by Rwanda Air, Kenya airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Rwanda owns its fair share of adventure, history, food, wildlife, and culture. It is famed for being among the cleanest, safest, and most forward facing environments on the continent.
President: H.E. Paul Kagame
Official Languages: Kinyarwanda, English, French and Kiswahili
Time Zone: Central African Time (CAT)
Currencies: Rwandan Franc (All major currencies accepted)
Visa: On arrival for All nationalities without prior application.
Climate: Temperature all year round (24-27C)
Telephone Country Code: +250
ICT: High speed 4G LTE wireless broadband in major cities
Electricity: Voltage 230V at 50Hz
Health: Consult your doctor about Malaria and Yellow Fever vaccination prior to your visit
– Home to a third of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorilla population in Volcanoes National Park
– 4,507 meters to the top of the highest volcano, Karisimbi
– 14 species of primates including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and more
– Home to the 1 and only canopy walkway in East Africa-some 70 meters above the Nyungwe forest floor
– 227 kms of breathtaking Congo Nile Trail
– 4,000 hectares of bamboo forest
– 1000+ hills
– 700+ bird species and 7 important Birding Areas
– 151+ animals species
When visiting Rwanda, it is impossible not to see and learn about the impact of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
While this is a remarkably moving experience, it is at the same time surprisingly uplifting, as you will experience first-hand how the people of Rwanda have moved forward together positively and are an example to the World of a success story in peace and reconciliation.
Rwanda is committed to fighting the ideology of genocide. The memorials found throughout the country are moving testimonies in memory of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Inaugurated on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide , the Kigali Genocide Memorial is where 259,000 victims have been buried. This memorial also serves to educate about genocide around the World in the 20th Century.
Today Rwanda is a peaceful, vibrant and forward-looking country. No longer divided through tribal affiliation, Rwandans are now one working together in rebuilding the Nation.
The country has advanced enormously in terms of improved education, health, social security and encouraging individual entrepreneurship. It is the second easiest place in Africa to do business according to the 2016 Doing Business Report.
When visiting Rwanda you will be pleasantly surprised by many little things such as the cleanliness of the streets and the standards of many of the roads…but most of all, you will fall in love with the warm smiling people.
The ‘Land of a Thousand Hills‘ compact size is no secret; this means minimized travel time that allows visitors to explore our natural and cultural attractions, one hill at a time.
Peacefully seated along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it is conveniently located in the geographic centre of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums
Kigali is within easy reach of a rich offering of cultural and natural treasures. Take advantage of a range of experiences in discovering Rwanda.
Venture into our national parks to track the endangered mountain gorilla on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, enjoy a ‘Big 5’ safari in Akagera, rated amongst the most scenic national parks in Africa, or learn about the rich biodiversity in Nyungwe, the largest protected mountain rainforest in Africa.
Our Cultural Heritage Corridor, community tours, tea and coffee plantations, adventure experiences and the shores of Lake Kivu await you.
Our delicious local cuisine, unique culture and arts, combined with breathtaking natural beauty are waiting for you to come and experience a taste of Rwanda’s warm hospitality and wonderful people. You will quickly learn what makes Rwanda remarkable, and
why it is becoming one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations.
We invite you to take time to explore Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills and a million smiles.
Kigali offers a range of three to five star accommodation options. One of the best things about Kigali city is that it is safe to wander the streets and explore the city on foot. Immerse yourself in the local art, fashion and culture scene as you shop for souvenirs, sip some of the best coffee on the continent grown right here in Rwanda or taste the excellent local cuisine at a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views of the city. If looking for nightlife there are many options in clubs and bars with great music, beer, good food and happy crowds to explore.
CAVING IN MUSANZE
Rwanda’s caves dating back 65 million years lie within the volcanic region where lava flow layers long ago created the Albertine Rift Valley. The caves offer easy hiking of up to 2 kms and showcase stunning rock formations and many entrances with most being roof collapses. There is nothing more magical than than the dense silence broken only by the drops of water that hit the rock floor below, and the sounds of the hundreds of bat wings rebounding through the caves
Another hidden gem near VNP, Buhanga Sacred Forest, is a site of tremendous ecological importance, astonishing beauty and cultural significance where Rwandan Kings of the past had their initiation ceremonies. Full of myth and legend, where you will experience majestic dragon trees and sightings of many different birds and colourful butterflies, the forest encompasses a network of trails made entirely from cut lava stones.
FROM CROP TO CUP
Some of the world’s best tea and coffee is grown in Rwanda; the breath-taking high mountain verdant landscapes, cool climate and rich volcanic soil result in our award winning quality tea and coffee products. Explore growing and production processes from the nursery to plantations, pruning, picking, washing, drying and the many steps in-between to finally (in the case of coffee) roasting. Finish off with a memorable tea tasting or coffee cupping experience.
Located in the western part of the country about 100km south of Rubavu, Karongi (Kibuye) is one of the prettiest, most relaxing and romantic of Lake Kivu’s towns. It is an ideal place to enjoy lakeside recreation with pristine beaches and crystal clear waters where along with water sport activities, authentic experiences of daily Rwandan life can be enjoyed. Visiting Napoleon’s Island (home to a colony of thousands of fruit bats), night fishing with locals in traditional boats, and Amahoro Island (aptly known as ‘One Bar Island’ because all it has on it is one bar). For the adventurous hiking, mountain biking and kayaking tours along the Congo Nile Trail, or visiting the moving Bisesero Genocide Memorial with breathtaking views of the lake are just some of the experiences that can be found in the area.
If you’re visiting in August, you may catch thousands of yellow-billed kites here flying over Lake Kivu on their annual migration. Most of Karongi’s hotels are in beautiful locations overlooking the lake and facing the sunset.
Rwanda’s location in the Albertine Rift valley and its dense forests and mountains create a unique and remarkable environment for the eco-tourist and birding enthusiast to enjoy. Though small (26,338 kms2) Rwanda boasts the highest concentration of birds per square kilometer in Africa, with a bird list of over 700 species and the second highest number of Albertine Rift endemics than any other country. There are seven Important Birding Areas (IBAs) including the three National Parks. Rwanda’s wetlands and marshes cover 10% of the country of which the main protected areas include Rugezi, Akanyaru and Nyabarongo Wetlands. Birding in Rwanda will reward you with many rare bird species easily accessed across remarkably diverse habitats.
Cultural Heritage Corridor
Rwanda is more than just home of the iconic mountain gorilla. In the southern province you’ll find incredible cultural and historical sites in the Cultural Heritage Corridor that showcases Rwanda’s rich history and unique culture.
King Mutara III Rudahigwa’s 1931 Royal Palace museum in Nyanza, stands today as it did when the King was in residence along with the ‘Inyambo’, traditional Rwandan cows known for their impressive long horns. Alongside the King’s Palace, Rwesero Art Museum, King Rudahigwa III’s modern palace, now displays contemporary Rwandan artworks and serves as the National Art Gallery. The Ethnographic Museum in Huye houses one of Africa’s finest collections of pre and post-colonial ethnographic, artistic and archaeological displays.
IBY’IWACU Cultural Village in Musanze is a living museum of Rwanda’s ancient ways supporting the local community; here you will see a traditional healer, grind sorghum, shoot arrows after being greeted by traditional Intore dancers and drummers.
Rwanda is also rich with remarkable religious sites and attractions some of which are Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Kibeho – a place of pilgrimage and apparitions and the only Shrine in Africa officially approved in 2001, the Divine Mercy Statue of Jesus – a bronze statue 16ft tall and weighing 2 tons brought to Rwanda by the Marian Fathers in 2004, and Nyanza Christ the King Catholic Parish built in 1935 – one of Rwanda’s oldest churches and where King Rudahigwa was baptized