A tiny landlocked country in east-central Africa, Rwanda has now come out of shadows of brutal ethnic genocide that claimed the lives of an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus in the mid-1990s.
Since its independence in 1959 from Belgium, it has been plagued by tension between the majority ethnic group, the Hutus and Tutsis minority.
The horrific ethnic violence made Rwanda the scene of one of Africa's most brutal conflicts at that time. Rwanda, which shares its border with Burundi, Congo, Tanzania and Uganda, is enjoying its new avatar as a peaceful and growing economic power.
Kigali, the cosmopolitan capital of Rawanda, is a lean city and boasts a wide array of bars, restaurants, eateries and hotels. With its skyscrapers, Kigali has one of the most memorable skylines which are a reflection of its new found optimism.
Kigali Memorial Centre, Camp Kigali Memorial, Museum of Natural History, Hotel des Mille Collines, State House Museum, Nyanza Genocide Memorial, Inema Art Center and St Famille Church are the famous travel attrations in Kigali.
Rwanda may be landlocked country, but that will not prevent you from having a beach holiday in the country. Head towards the market town of Gisenyi located on the edge of Lake Kivu, one of the deepest lakes in the world. The languid sensuality of the shores of Lake Kivu has made Gisenyi a huge draw card for the travelers.
Ruhengeri ( Musanze )
Musanze is the base which can be used by the tourists to visit the wonderful Volcanoes National Park, best known for the mountain gorilla.
Nkotsi Village and Musanze Caves are the places of interest in and around Musanze.
Home to some prestigious universities, research and educational institutes, Huye has an academic and cultural air to it. It is the self-proclaimed capital of Rwanda’s intellectuals.
During the colonial era, the town served as the capital of the northern half of Ruanda-Urundi.
National Museum of Rwanda, National University of Rwanda and Cathedral are the top highlights of a trip to Huye. National Museum of Rwanda is an ethnographic museum, showcasing traditional artefacts.
Situated on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu, the city of Kibuye allows the tourists to unwind, relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings of the area. The city is also home for Rawanda’s outdoor adventure activities, including kayaking and swimming.
Travel to Rwanda
The beautiful country of Rwanda is fast emerging an alluring destination for travellers because it is packed with attractions including rainforests, vibrant cities and stunning landscape. Tracking the mountain gorilla in their own courtyard will be an experience-of-a-lifetime. These mountain gorillas attracted the legendary Amerian zoologist, Dian Fossey, whose autobiographical book, Gorillas in the Mist, was adapted for a Hollywood movie with the same name starring Sigourney Weaver as Dian Fossey.
A holiday in Rwanda provides all that a traveller can ask for.
Volcanoes National Park
One of the most biologically diverse protected parks in the world, Volcanoes National Park is Volcanoes National Park is home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas. The park is also a natural habitat of golden monkeys, which are also endangered species.
Here you can find the grave of Dian Fossey a famous American naturalist who is known for being a leading authority on the mountain gorillas. She was murdered in 1985 in Rwanda. Her grave lies next to that of her beloved mountain gorilla Digit.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is an entrancing preserve for the chimpanzees. Though the undisputed highlight of the park is obviously the chimpanzees, the park is home to largest troop of monkeys including Angolan colobus, Dent’s monkey and grey-cheeked mangabeys.
Potto and galagos are another notable species.