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The traditional Kwita Izina naming ceremony in which community members suggest names for a new born infant has been adopted for the gorillas. Park...

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Rwanda Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

26,338 sq km (10,169 sq miles).

Population

12 million (2013).

Population density

456.1 per sq km.

Capital

Kigali.

Government

Republic. Gained independence from Belgium in 1962.

Head of state

President Paul Kagame since 2000.

Head of government

Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi since 2011.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.

Known as the land of 1,000 hills, this country couldn't be further from the cliched African image of arid deserts and dry bush. Winding roads hug verdant slopes, every inch carved into fields with crops ranging from banana trees to maize. In the valleys are great sweeping tea plantations, rice fields and coffee groves.

Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery from the 1994 genocide which saw more than 800,000 people killed at the hands of Hutu extremists and much of its infrastructure collapse. The country is now leading the way in using tourism for sustainable development and conservation. The bamboo and mid-altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park in the north are home to the rare mountain gorilla and the high-altitude Nyungwe Forest in the south, one of the largest remaining rainforests in Africa, is home to 13 primates, including chimpanzees and colobus monkeys, rare orchids and nearly 300 different species of bird.

A landlocked country, Rwanda makes up for this with the stunning Lake Kivu, with beaches at Gisenyi and inlets and coves at Kibuye. Out in a kayak, you can paddle around forested islands and nod hello to the fishermen in dug-out canoes.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 29 September 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Travellers will be screened for fever on entry to Rwanda. You may be denied access if you have a temperature or if you’ve visited Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in the previous 22 days. Check the Rwandan Ministry of Health website for the latest information on restrictions before you travel.

The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains volatile, and there’s a continuing risk that the security situation in the region could deteriorate rapidly. You should remain highly alert to the possibility of military incursions, stray bullets and/or artillery fire entering Rwanda.

If you’re travelling near the DRC/Rwanda border, make sure you check this travel advice regularly and the travel advice for DRC regularly.

Since 2011, there have been a number of grenade attacks throughout Rwanda, mainly in Kigali and Musanze. The latest attacks were on 27 January 2014 (Musanze) and 14 September 2013 (Kigali). The Rwandan authorities reported making several arrests connected to a planned grenade attack in Kigali in April 2014. You should remain vigilant.

Crime levels are relatively low but there have been recent incidents of street crime.

There is a low threat from terrorism. 

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