Rwanda ‘Land of thousand hills’
Rwanda is a tinny state in the heart of Africa popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’ with green and true breathtaking landscapes. Rwanda is about 26,338sq km, nearly 10times smaller than Uganda and smaller than the Maryland state in the USA. You will only believe once you are there.
Rwanda sits at a plateau ‘probably’ the hub of Africa. Here, at the center of the Albertine Rift, where deep volcanic forces are pressing the continental plates apart, you'll discover a world of exquisite beauty and unsurpassed biodiversity. The average elevation of the plateau is about 1.700 m
The landscapes in this 'green country' are truly breathtaking. A tour to Rwanda, you will See for yourself why Rwanda can be called "the place where Africa comes together".
History and culture.
It was long time regarded as a mysterious kingdom with a legendary military force which was carefully bypassed by Arab traders and the great Nile Explorers. Rwanda together with Burundi and Tanzania was part of the German East African colony. After the First World War, it became a Belgian protectorate. It's at the National Museum of Butare, on your way to Nyungwe NP that you can find fascinating displays on the history and culture of one of the great pre-colonial kingdoms of East-Africa.
Rwanda is unfortunately remembered for having experienced genocide in 1994. There are public holidays to remember these atrocities and only time will heal. However having experienced turbulent period in mid 90s, today, calm, peace and prosperity has been restored under the current leadership of President Paul Kagame that has seen tourism boom to the extent that Bill gates of Microsoft last year visited this tinny country for gorilla tracking.
Rwanda is not the first country on the African continent having its part of civil strife. The Adventure Traveler coming to Africa knows this and will disregard the country's image if he can travel safely. Rwanda is surely regaining its reputation as gorilla destination.
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VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.The park is best known for the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei).
Other mammals include: golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus niger), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) and bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus).
KIGALI MEMORIAL CENTRE
The Kigali Memorial Center was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan
Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried. These graves are a clear reminder of the cost of ignorance.
Nyungwe Forest is a high-altitude rainforest located on the Albertine Rift in the South-East of Rwanda. It is a unique and ancient region pre-dating the last Ice Age. Though much of Africa's mountain rainforest has disappeared, Nyungwe's 950 square kilometres of timeless landscape has remained untouched and it is now protected as the largest montane forest area in East or Central Africa.
Gisenyi is a city in Rubavu district in the Western Province of Rwanda. Gisenyi is contiguous with Goma, the city across the border in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The population of the city is about 106 000.Rwanda's biggest beach resort and border city.
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera National Park lies in the drier eastern part of Rwanda. A large variety of game can be seen here in the open grasslands dotted with marshes, lakes and rivers. Zebra, gazelle, hippo, warthog, buffalo and an amazing variety of bird life are just a few of the attractions here.
Diane gained international attention for her extensive efforts to save the mountain gorillas of Africa. In 1967 she moved to Rawanda and established Karisoke, a research camp in the Parc National des Volcans. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at Karisoke on December 26, 1985. In 1988 the Life and work of Dian Fossey was portrayed in the major motion picture Gorillas in the Mist, which starred Sigourney weaver.