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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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Rwanda (Bradt Travel Guide)
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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

Inc Staff Fodor s Travel Publications
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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  • 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.
Manners in Rwanda: Basic Knowledge on Rwandan Culture, Customs, and Kinyarwanda Language (Multilingual Edition)
By Joy Nzamwita Uwanziga

Uwanziga Joy Nzamwita
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Manners in Rwanda: Basic Knowledge on Rwandan Culture, Customs, and Kinyarwanda Language (Multilingual Edition)
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  • Manners in Rwanda Basic Knowledge on Rwandan Culture Customs and Kinyarwanda Language
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If someone out there is planning on going to Rwanda, I would highly recommend picking up this book. It's light in tone, often humorous, and entails almost everything you will meet in terms of challenges and general wonderment when embarking on a surreal journey to Rwanda. The practical advice here will really help on your trip. Some amazing interactions with locals and cultural experiences make the book interesting. For those of you who are obsessed with the sheer variety in the many types of Rwandese cuisine, this is your book. It is pretty entertaining, and also I would recommend this to historians as well as those with an interest in African culture. This book is a must read, especially while travelling to Rwanda with a desire to explore. Prof. András Szöllösi-Nagy DSc, PhD Rector of UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands
Rwanda, 5th (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Philip Briggs

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Rwanda, 5th (Bradt Travel Guide)
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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.

Rwanda Travel Journal: Perfect Size 100 Page Travel Notebook Diary
By CreativeJournals

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Rwanda Travel Journal: Perfect Size 100 Page Travel Notebook Diary
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Lightweight and perfect for traveling, this soft cover notebook Rwanda travel journal is ideal for tucking into a full bag or suitcase. The cover is a glossy finish so that you can easily wipe it off (if it ends up covered in something delicious-tasting, or lands in a mud puddle ;) Keep your memories for longer by journalling them in your Rwanda travel journal. A nice affordable travel notebook designed with the traveler in mind. This would make a great gift for the traveler in your life. Bon voyage!
Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda
By Rosamond Halsey Carr

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Released: 2000-09-01
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Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda
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In 1949, Rosamond Halsey Carr, a young fashion illustrator living in New York City, accompanied her dashing hunter-explorer husband to what was then the Belgian Congo. When the marriage fell apart, she decided to stay on in neighboring Rwanda, as the manager of a flower plantation. Land of a Thousand Hills is Carr's thrilling memoir of her life in Rwanda—a love affair with a country and a people that has spanned half a century. During those years, she has experienced everything from stalking leopards to rampaging elephants, drought, the mysterious murder of her friend Dian Fossey, and near-bankruptcy. She has chugged up the Congo River on a paddle-wheel steamboat, been serenaded by pygmies, and witnessed firsthand the collapse of colonialism. Following 1994's Hutu-Tutsi genocide, Carr turned her plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children-work she continues to this day, at the age of eighty-seven.
Africa's Top Wildlife Countries: Safari Planning Guide to Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe ... Countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, R)
By Mark W. Nolting

Global Travel Publishers
Paperback (544 pages)

Africa s Top Wildlife Countries: Safari Planning Guide to Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe ... Countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, R)
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Africa's Top Wildlife Countries highlights and compares wildlife reserves and other major attractions in the continent’s best countries for game viewing — making the planning of the journey of a lifetime easy! African countries, and the wildlife reserves within them, vary greatly as to the types and quality of safari experiences they offer. This is the only guidebook that effectively assists readers in choosing the best destinations for the kind of wildlife experience they would most enjoy by comparing travel options among all the top wildlife countries.

Using the easy-to-read "When’s the Best Time to Go for Game Viewing" chart, readers can conveniently choose the specific reserves and country(ies) that are best to visit during their vacation period. From the "What Wildlife is Best Seen Where" chart, readers can easily locate the reserves that have an abundance of the animals they wish to see. From the "Safari Activities" chart, readers can choose the reserves that offer the safari options (night drives, canoeing, walking, ballooning, etc.) that interest them most.

Jam-packed with information essential to the successful safari:
* 512 pages of color with over 400 photos
* 15 Countries, including the top safari countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa
* Over 75 color maps, detailing countries and major wildlife reserves, including regional maps that conveniently point out the best reserves and their highlights
* 10 charts, including When's The Best Time to Go and What Wildlife is Best Found Where
* Accommodations graded for convenient selection — with the best highlighted as the author's top choice

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Photo Safaris
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Hot-Air Balloon Safaris
Night Game Drives
Walking Safaris
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Horseback safaris
Family Safaris
Honeymoon safaris
Ikinyarwanda - The Language of Rwanda: Language guide for travelers
By Odette Nyiramongi

Odette Nyiramongi
Released: 2009-07-23
Paperback (108 pages)

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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.
Tanzania, Rwanda,and Burundi (National Geographic Adventure Map)
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Home to Mount Kilimanjaro and some of Africa's most popular safaris, Tanzania has bountiful opportunities for adventure travelers. Covering the region with unparalleled detail is National Geographic's Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi Adventure Map. This expertly researched map combines topographical information, points of interest and a road network, making it the most comprehensive map available and the perfect compliment to any guidebook. The map's front side covers the western half of Tanzania and the entirety of Rwanda and Burundi, along with Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, and Serengeti and Ruaha National Parks. While the reverse side covers the country's eastern half to its Indian Ocean shoreline as well as the islands of Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba, the cities of Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, Selous Game Reserve, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Kilimanjaro National Park.

Find cities, towns and protected areas quickly with a user-friendly index. A mapped transportation network of major and secondary roads, tracks, border crossings, harbors, railway lines and ferry routes will help you get to your destination. Pinpointed on the map are national parks and reserves, kopjes, swamps, mangroves, areas of forest cover, scenic viewpoints, archeological sites, caves, churches, mosques, rock engravings, museums, hotels, lodges, campsites, beaches, diving areas, coral reefs and shipwrecks along with many other cultural, historical, ecological and adventure points of interest, including many hidden gems.

Every Adventure Map is printed on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough — capable of withstanding the rigors of international travel.

  • Map Scale = 1:1,315,000
  • Sheet Size = 25.5" x 37.75"
  • Folded Size = 4.25" x 9.25"
A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda
By Josh Ruxin

Brand: Little, Brown and Company
Released: 2013-11-05
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A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda
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One couple's inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising a family near the old killing fields, and building a restaurant named Heaven.

Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant?

While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country's rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success. Remarkably, they found that between helping youth marry their own local ingredients with gourmet recipes (and mix up "the best guacamole in Africa") and teaching them how to help themselves, they created much-needed jobs while showing that genocide's survivors really could work together.

While first a memoir of love, adventure, and family, A THOUSAND HILLS TO HEAVEN also provides a remarkable view of how, through health, jobs, and economic growth, our foreign aid programs can be quickly remodeled and work to end poverty worldwide.

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