Rwanda whose capital is kigali is located in East Africa, just South of the Equator. The neighbouring countries are Uganda to the North, Tanzania to the East, Burundi to the South and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West. Rwanda has a population of about 13,073,055 people, It’s actually one of the smallest countries on the African continent and has the highest population density in Africa.
Following the First World War, Rwanda was handed over to the Belgians who introduced French as an official language. With the return of 850,000 Tutsi refugees after the genocide of 1994, the government adopted plans to make English the official language and gradually replace the domination of French. In 2003, English became the official language alongside French and Kinyarwanda.
There are several airports located in the country which includes international airports at Kigali and Kamembe. In May 2017, RWANDAIR, the national carrier of Rwanda, launched its first flight from Gatwick to Kigali International Airport which runs three times a week. The airline has a mission to provide unsurpassed, safe and reliable services in air transportation, including strategically linking Rwanda with the outside world. When flying from London to Rwanda the airline offers an Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class service. The airline also operates flights to the Rwandan capital from Accra, Cape Town, Dubai, Harare, Johannesburg, Lagos, Mombasa, Mumbai and Nairobi. You can also find flights to Rwanda with airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, KLM, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Coastal Aviation.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF RWANDA AND HOW THEY BOUNCED BACK
For centuries, Rwanda existed as a centralized 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 Hutu, Tutsi and Twa 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. From 1959, Tutsi were targeted, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and sending almost two million of them into exile. The First Republic, under President Gregoire Kayibanda, and the second, under President Juvenal Habyarimana, institutionalized discrimination against Tutsi and subjected them to periods of massacres.
The Rwandese Alliance for National Unity (RANU) was formed in 1979 by Rwandan refugees in exile to mobilize against divisive politics and genocide ideology, repeated massacres, statelessness and the lack of peaceful political exchange. In 1987, RANU became the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF). On 1 October 1990, the RPF launched an armed liberation struggle that ultimately ousted the dictatorship in 1994 and ended the genocide of more than one million Tutsi and massacres of moderate Hutu who opposed the genocide against Tutsi.
After Kigali fell to RPA (RPF’s armed wing) on 4 July 1994, RPF formed a Government of National Unity headed by President Pasteur Bizimungu, bringing parties that did not participate in the genocide against Tutsi together. In 2000, Parliament voted out President Pasteur Bizimungu and RPF appointed then Vice-President and Minister of Defence, Major General Paul Kagame as the President of the Republic to lead the coalition government. In 2003, President Paul Kagame was elected with a landslide majority to serve a term of seven years. During those seven years, the country made unprecedented socio-economic and political progress and consolidated peace, stability as well as social cohesion among Rwandans. In 2010, President Paul Kagame was re-elected to serve a second term and on a platform of rapid development for the transformation of the lives of all Rwandans
EFFORTS PUT IN PLACE FOR TOURISM.
The government has encouraged development of the tourism sector, which is centred on the country’s attractive landscapes and wildlife diversity. National parks continue to be the primary draw, particularly Parc National des Volcans, home to the rare mountain gorilla. Akagera National Park is also a popular tourist attraction because of the diverse array of wildlife found there.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT.
The best time to visit Rwanda is from mid May to mid October or probably from June to September, this is the long dry season and has perfect conditions for tracking gorillas. Incase you want to pass the night in Rwanda, here are a list of amazing hotels you’d find there.
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT RWANDA AGAIN.
Rwanda is an amazing country with abundant natural sights around. It is now the third greenest country in the world. With Rwanda having so many natural wonders, it’s impossible not to enjoy an adventurous and exciting vacation you’ve always wanted. Rwanda which is known as a land of a thousand hills because of it’s hilly nature composed of several hills and valleys which will definitely catch your glimpse sight. So Instead of repeatedly visiting places like Canada,Tanzania Europe, Botswana or United State why not give Rwanda a trial and experience adrenaline pumping adventures and see interesting places. I bet, you’d always go back for more. Here are reasons why you should make Rwanda your next adventure.
Rwanda’s Artistic Nature
A wide range of traditional handicrafts is produced throughout Rwanda. Bring home a piece, ranging from ceramics and basketry to traditional woodcarvings and contemporary paintings. Many are available in Kigali at Ivuka and Uburanga Art Galleries.
FLY FROM THE SKY.
Skydiving is a very popular sport that has been introduced to Kigali. It is the ultimate thrill and not for the fainthearted when you will jump thousands of metres above the ground. Before you step aboard the small plane, you will need to take a course explaining how to pack your parachute and other safety advice. Once you venture out, you are not alone as your instructor will be with you all the way.
Take advantage to unwind and rejuvenate before your next adventure at one of the top-notch salons. Spa and wellness services are taken seriously. Whether it’s Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room or a pool, you will find peace and tranquillity. Many venues offer treatments from their spa menu you’ll never forget.
LAKE KIVU RESORTS
Lake Kivu is part of the great lakes of Africa. The lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains with settlements around the shore in places like Sake, Kahele, Gisenyi, Bukavi and many others. The lake has salient coastlines and beaches, with resorts such as View Palm Resort – Yvke Beach, Waterfront Resort and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel are located close to the shore of the lake.
Rwanda Lakes are popular destinations for those travelling to East Africa for vacation. With wide variety of accommodation surrounding Rwanda lakes, you will be able to find any lodge that will suite your taste and budget. Luxury lodges overlook the picturesque lakes, surrounded with incomparable pristine and steep beauty of the lake shores. Rwanda lakeside lodges include Inzu Lodge, Cormoran Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Paradise Malahide and many more.
KIGALI CONVENTION CENTER
Kigali is a city on the move. New buildings, stores, and even roads are common and no area in the city demonstrates this fact more than the Kacyiru roundabout near the Kigali Convention Center. The Convention Center, completed in 2016 and one of Kigali’s most interesting (and colorful) buildings is attached to the Radisson Hotel and across the street from the also new Kigali Heights shopping center. Grab some homemade ice cream from Delizia Italiana in Kigali and walk around the picturesque roundabout.
This independently owned cluster of two boutique hotels and two restaurants, set in a leafy residential street just a short walk from the city centre, works well for both a quick stop or a longer stay.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
A new resort in the foothills of the Virunga volcano range offers an idyllic base from which to visit the region’s mountain gorillas. With just 21 rooms and suites, this treehouse-style boutique hotel never feels crowded. Food is plucked from the chef’s garden – expect Rwandan cuisine with a European twist.
It’s actually difficult not to fall in love with Virunga Lodge which has earned a name as ‘Africa’s Best Romantic Retreat at the World Boutique Hotel Awards. The luxurious eco-lodge’s captivating views span glass-like lakes and dramatic volcanoes which are home to rare mountain gorillas and playful golden monkeys.
This Wilderness Safaris lodge is Rwanda’s most beautifully designed, luxury retreat set in 42 hectares of land with stunning views of Mount Bisoke. It was recently opened in may, 2020.
Magashi offers a stylish opportunity to view the ‘Big Five’ in a tranquil haven, and is a perfect wilderness experience ideal for bird lovers, it is perhaps better suited to the more experienced safari-goer, as the big game is not quite as plentiful as in neighbouring countries and lots more.
Rwanda has it all, stunning fascinations, beach and lakeside,history and culture,attractions, lively nightlife and amazing landmarks. These reasons should show you that Rwanda is really a great destination, suitable for your vacation. So if you’re planning to visit Rwanda any time soon, TravelWithDante has got amazing travel packages including cheap flights to Kigali. Let’s help you with your travelling logistics to Rwanda anytime.
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