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Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda, is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. It is surrounded by volcanic mountainous ranges with interior highlands of green rolling hills which is why it is famously known as the land of a thousand hills.

This peaceful and beautiful country offers the visitor many attractions like the majestic Virunga volcanoes where hidden among the bamboo forest are some the world’s last remaining wild mountain Gorillas, or the shores of Lake Kivu with some of the most picturesque inland beaches of Africa.

The entire country is at a high altitude which makes it enjoy a temperate tropical highland climate year round. Its natural beauty makes it a perfect destination for travellers who enjoy majestic landscapes of volcanoes, forests, lakes and mountain ranges, as well as very unique primate encounters with endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and golden monkeys.

Capital City



Rwandan Franc

Official Languages

Kinyarwanda, French, English, Swahili

International Airport

Kigali International Airport (Kigali)


As in Uganda, the average high temperature is 27 degrees Celsius or 81 degrees Fahrenheit year round, and the average low temperature is 16 degrees Celsius or 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • The rainy seasons are from February to June and from September to December.

Volcanoes National Park

Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the park is named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif: Karisimbi – the highest at 4,507m, Bisoke with its verdant crater lake, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura. It is home to a large population of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas and other interesting wildlife such as the golden monkey.

Akagera National Park

The plains of Akagera comprise savannah, woodland, wetland and a dozen lakes. The park almost disappeared in the early 90s due to a turbulent past of poaching and settlers, but once there was peace in the country and with a great conservation effort the park was recovered and now thrives with a variety of wildlife including the big five, and an incredible 490 bird species. Today Akagera is central Africa’s largest protected wetland, and a shining example of the power of conservation.

Lake Kivu

One of the Great Lakes of Africa located in the Rift Valley. The beautiful Lake Kivu at the border with Congo in the west of Rwanda is surrounded by mountains and its shores are dotted with sandy inland beaches, making it the best spot to relax after a gorilla trekking trip.

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