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Rwanda is a landlocked country in central Africa. It has land borders with Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. The country is in the great lakes region, and for the most part at a relatively high elevation, and thus has a temperate climate despite being almost on the equator.

As of 2009, the population of the country was estimated to be around 10.7 million. Of those, it is believed that just under 1 million people lived in the country's capital and largest city, Kigali.

In 1994, a campaign of genocide inspired by the then-ruling government of the country led to the deaths of 800,000 people and extensive damage to the country's economy and infrastructure. Because of civil war, the country's GDP declined in three of the five years preceding the genocide, and by more than 40% during 1994, the year of the genocide.

Since 1994, Rwanda's economy has been growing. The country is increasingly popular as a tourist destination because of its abundant wildlife, including mountain gorillas. Nevertheless, semi-subsistence agriculture remains the backbone of the economy (39.4% of GDP in 2006). There are also a number manufacturing enterprises in the country, although these tend to be focused around import substitution, such as building materials (cement and plastic pipe), mattresses, and alcoholic and soft drinks.

Rwanda Country Details


Country Name Rwanda
Political Status Country
Geographic Location East-central Africa
Principal Language French
Capital Kigali


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Rwanda (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Philip Briggs

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Entering its sixth edition, the Bradt guide to Rwanda continues to provide the most comprehensive coverage of any English-language guidebook on the market. Bradt Rwanda has long been the go-to guide for visitors to this historical and resurgent land of a thousand hills, and it continues to be in a class of its own when it comes to in-depth information on this emerald slice of Central Africa. With freshly researched and updated information on developments across the country, this new edition includes information on the ongoing revival & repopulation of Akagera National Park, up-to-date maps of rapidly modernising Kigali, and the latest on excursions into the neighbouring DRC. Written in an engaging and colourful style, Bradt's Rwanda is packed with personal anecdotes of people and places met across the country. With an emphasis on eco-tourism, there is a dedicated chapter to each of the national parks outlining all the practicalities: how to get there; how to obtain a permit; where to spot wildlife; how to identify flora; and how to identify the best trips offered by tour operators.
The land of a thousand hills comes with surprises over every ridge; trek the dew-laden forests searching for mountain gorillas, swim on the dramatic shores of Lake Kivu, and stop to contemplate the despair from which this country has so magnificently risen at one of the poignant genocide memorials. There is much to see besides gorillas: the mountain-ringed inland sea; the immense Nyungwe Forest National Park with its chimpanzees, monkeys, and rare birds; the wild savannah of Akagera National Park; and, perhaps above all, the endless succession of steep cultivated mountains.

Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda & the Seychelles (Full-color Travel Guide)
By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-06-09
Paperback (656 pages)

Fodor s The Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda & the Seychelles (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of Africa, including Kenya's Masai Mara, South Africa's Kruger National Park, and Botswana's Kwando Reserve. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first safari or your fifth.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps 
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· In-depth breakout features on The Namibia Dunes, African music and dance, and Victoria Falls
· Coverage of Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana, Namibia, Victoria Falls, and The Seychelles

Planning to focus on South Africa? Check out Fodor's travel guide to South Africa.
Ikinyarwanda - The Language of Rwanda: Language guide for travelers
By Odette Nyiramongi

BookSurge Publishing
Released: 2009-07-23
Paperback (108 pages)

Ikinyarwanda - The Language of Rwanda: Language guide for travelers
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An essential language guide for English speaking travelers to Rwanda. Contains words and phrases to use in many instances associated with traveling, including clearing customs, hiring a taxi, finding hotels and restaurants, touring the country, seeking medical help, and much more. Also serves as a guide to Rwandan cultural etiquette and gives ample information on the country and its people. English-Kinyarwanda and Kinyarwanda-English glossaries at the end of the book facilitate word searches.
Rwanda, 5th (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Philip Briggs

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Rwanda is the world’s premier gorilla-tracking destination and was made famous as the setting for the film Gorillas in the Mist. However there is much to see beyond magical encounters with gorillas; Lake Kivu, the mountain-ringed inland sea; the immense Nyungwe Forest National Park with its chimpanzees, monkeys, and rare birds; and the wild savanna of Akagera National Park. Written in an engaging and colorful style this edition is packed with anecdotes of people and places met across the country.

Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife East Africa (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Mary Fitzpatrick & Kate Thomas

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Get up close and personal with East Africa's incredible wildlife with this all-in-one safari guide.

The hoofbeats of 500,000 wildebeests echo across the Serengeti Plains; a group of mountain gorillas lounge in shady undergrowth; a pink haze of flamingos wades in the shallows. Whether you're on a top-shelf luxury safari or going it alone in a rented minivan, prepare for the wildlife experience of your life. This guide covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

  • What do you want to see? Highlights and customised itineraries give you the top wildlife experiences
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