INTRODUCTION TO RWANDA
The land of a thousand hills!
Known as the “land of a thousand hills” (milles collines in French), Rwanda is a stunningly beautiful country and offers wonderful natural scenery almost wherever you go.
Comprising barely 10,000 miles, Rwanda is one of Africa’s smallest countries. Rwanda is a country located in East Africa. It borders Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. Rwanda is landlocked other than its western border of Lake Kivu.
Although much of the economy relies on subsistence farming, Rwanda has a mixed economic system in which there is a variety of private freedom, combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation.
It also has the highest population density in sub-Sahara Africa: 11 million people call Rwanda home. Yet one certainly does not feel as though Rwanda is an overcrowded place. The populace is divided between major cities (Kigali, Butare, Gisenyi), and farms and compounds in which families live in the countryside. Smaller towns and villages are rare in Rwanda.
Today, the country has an extremely busy and friendly feel, and travelling around by road, you are able to really take in the positive atmosphere and beauty of this land.
TOURISM IN RWANDA
Rwanda is a land with a very rich cultural heritage, not all of it positive, and a visit to Rwanda will always include ‘limited’ exposure to the terrible events of the 1994 genocide (whether visiting the museum in Kigali or hearing about events from your guide or Program Coordinators).
Tourism is a huge industry in Rwanda, with travelers flocking to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. The highlight of a Rwanda visit is safari to seeing the incredible mountain gorillas, on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, just a few hours drive north of Kigali.
However, for anyone interested to explore further afield in Rwanda, there is plenty to experience.
GO VOLUNTEER RWANDA
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