About Rwanda

Primate Tracking & Hiking

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.

Volcanoes National Park View

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 national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.

Akagera National Park View

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms and in 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km (nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda) to its current extent of 1,122 sq km. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glories.

Umuganura View

Umuganura

The national harvest day was an event that came second to the enthronization of a new king. Big as it was, “Umuganura”– literally “Thanks Giving day” was performed by Rwandans at the beginning of every harvest.

Miss Rwanda's crown View

Miss Rwanda's crown

The "Miss Rwanda" pageant needs no introduction to anyone who has lived in or travelled Rwanda in the past few years. It certainly is not your average beauty pageant (Miss World etc) since it commendably attempts to penetrate the early culture of Rwanda, a culture many Rwandans are unfortunately out of touch with. A central part to any pageant is the crown(s) itself.

Rwanda Museums View

Rwanda Museums

The diversity and range of museums and heritage sites gives the The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda an opportunity to present more to the global community. Rwanda has traced the history back further to World War I in collaboration with the German Embassy based in Rwanda.

Walk to Remember View

Walk to Remember

The Walk to Remember was created by young Rwandans as a way to stand against genocide.

Kwibuka View

Kwibuka

Kwibuka means ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Geography of Rwanda View

The Geography of Rwanda

Rwanda is a landlocked country situated in central Africa. Also known as ’The Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda has five volcanoes, 23 lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the River Nile. The country lies 75 miles south of the equator in the Tropic of Capricorn, 880 miles ’as the crow flies’ west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean - literally in the heart of Africa. Rwanda is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south

Brief History of Rwanda View

Brief History of Rwanda

For centuries, Rwanda existed as a centralised monarchy under a succession of Tutsi kings from one clan, who ruled through cattle chiefs, land chiefs and military chiefs. The king was supreme but the rest of the population, Bahutu, Batutsi and Batwa, lived in symbiotic harmony. In 1899, Rwanda became a German colony and, in 1919, the system of indirect rule continued with Rwanda as a mandate territory of the League of Nations, under Belgium.