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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

Bradt Travel Guides
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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, Uganda, and Victoria Falls (Full-color Travel Guide)
By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-05-22
Paperback (592 pages)

Fodor s the Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Victoria Falls (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best African safari destinations in both eastern and southern Africa. Travelers will be able to determine which African safari destination is best for them and plan their trip step by step starting months before departure up to the day of arrival. We cover the best local and international safari tour operators with information on how to create a dream safari, whether it's a luxury, bespoke experience, or a rustic in-the-bush excursion. Plus, Fodor's reveals the best beaches for must-needed post-safari relaxation. More in-depth planning information is given for popular gorilla treks in Rwanda and Uganda.

This travel guide includes:

    UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: New recommendations include the best new safari camps and tour operators
    ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Special full-color "Fodor's Features" throughout the guide provide rich information on the Big Five, the Great Migration, the Dunes of Namibia, and African culture. Gorgeous photos throughout, many by Fodor's travelers, provide endless inspiration.
    INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Travelers can discover details about animals and birds, including the Big Five, with checklists for each country. Fodor's offers a hierarchy of safari parks in each country, with detailed lodging options, and compare tour operators with an easy-to-read chart broken down by experience, expertise, and clientele. Internet resources, a planning timeline, packing lists, must-ask questions, and information on what to expect after arrival are provided in easy-to-use, compact features.
    DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris offers well-informed advice and recommendations from expert and local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife.
    COVERS: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, Victoria Falls, South African Wine Country, Zanzibar, Kruger National Park, Skeleton Coast, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Serengeti National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro
Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda
By Rosamond Halsey Carr

Plume
Released: 2000-09-01
Multicolor Paperback (272 pages)

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.
Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi (National Geographic Adventure Map)
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National Geographic Maps
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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"
Manners in Rwanda: Basic Knowledge on Rwandan Culture, Customs, and Kinyarwanda Language (Multilingual Edition)
By Joy Nzamwita Uwanziga

Inkwater Press
Paperback (368 pages)

Manners in Rwanda: Basic Knowledge on Rwandan Culture, Customs, and Kinyarwanda Language (Multilingual Edition)
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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

Bradt Travel Guides
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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.

Lonely Planet East Africa (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Stuart Butler & Trent Holden

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Lonely Planet East Africa (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet East Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the winding backstreets of Lamu, trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, or watch the annual wildebeest migration in Masai Mara; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of East Africa and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet East Africa Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, culture, art, architecture, music, geography, politics, cuisine, landscapes, wildlife
  • Over 118 maps
  • Covers Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet East Africa is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Africa, Kenya or Tanzania guides.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Stuart Butler, Mary Fitzpatrick and Trent Holden

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL: A Pocket Guide to East Africa's Uganda & Rwanda (Volume 14)
By Terrance Zepke

Safari Publishing
Paperback (232 pages)

TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL: A Pocket Guide to East Africa s Uganda & Rwanda (Volume 14)
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Uganda and Rwanda are small countries, but they are BIG on adventure.

Options are plentiful, ranging from jet boating to bungee jumping. They also offer unique wildlife safaris, such as gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking. You'll also find many other primates, hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, and dozens of magnificent mammals. Many of these animals cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

There are lots of historic sites too, including the Rwanda Genocide Memorial, Lubiri Palace, Uganda Museum, Dian Fossey's Grave, and Royal Kasabi Tombs.

And the list goes on...

*See mountain gorillas up close in the wild. These are the only places in the world where these gorillas can be found.

*Bike the Congo Nile Trail.

*If you want to get lost from civilization for a night or two, you can at the "Hidden Islands."

*Go whitewater rafting on the Nile.

*Enjoy a scenic sunset cruise on Lake Victoria--or fish for yummy Nile Perch.

*Hike an extinct volcano.

*Discover the Batwa Experience.

*Kayak Lake Kiva.

*Be a keeper for a day at Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary.

*Venture to the cusp of the Congo.

*Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.

*Thrill at the sights and sounds of a night safari.

*Enjoy the best boat safari on Kazinga Channel or Murchison Falls or both!

*See Jinga, the fabled source of the Nile.

...and have the time of your life!
Rwanda: with Virunga National Park & eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Philip Briggs

Bradt Travel Guides
Released: 2018-11-07
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Rwanda: with Virunga National Park & eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Bradt Travel Guide)
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Now into its seventh edition, and written by Philip Briggs, the world's leading writer of guidebooks to Africa, Bradt's Rwanda has been the go-to guide for visitors to this historical and resurgent ‘land of a thousand hills' for nearly two decades, 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 details on developments across the country, Bradt's Rwanda includes information on the ongoing revival and rhino repopulation of Akagera National Park, up-to-date maps of rapidly modernising Kigali, and a newly expanded chapter on excursions into the neighbouring DRC.
In this new edition are extensive and recently updated maps and natural history information, details of kayak and canoe excursions on Lake Kivu and the Mukungwa River, all you need to know about tracking not only mountain gorillas in Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park but also lowland gorillas in Congo, and information about overnight stays on a tea plantation at Sorwathe or Gisovu. Also covered are Nyungwe Forest National Park, where a wealth of endemic birds and primates inhabit the largest surviving montane forest in East Africa; Nyanza, where the hilltop Rukari Palace Museum marks the site of the old Mwami's (King's) palace; and the National Museum of Rwanda, the top cultural site in Rwanda's second city, Huye. Coverage of nearby cities and national parks in the neighbouring DRC has been expanded since the last edition, providing all the necessary information to take a thrilling and increasingly popular excursion into Rwanda's enormous and poorly understood neighbour.
Rwanda continues to change and develop at an unprecedented pace, and there's hardly a more accessible slice of Africa to be found anywhere on the continent. It's no less intriguing for the convenience, however, and Rwanda's superlative natural attractions seem to improve by the day, with growing animal populations and an on-going reintroduction program.
Having now gone through nearly 18 years of editions, Bradt's Rwanda is not only the most in-depth guide available, but also the guide with the longest history in the country itself.


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