Rwanda is a small country in eastern Africa with its capital in Kigali, on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east and Burundi to the south. Because of the hilly terrain was nicknamed the country of a thousand hills.

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Kigali - Rwanda's capital

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Rwanda map

In the world of Rwanda is known as a country where there was a genocide that kills speed exceeding five times the speed in the German death camps during World War II and the number of those killed in 100 days made according to various estimates ranging from 500 000 to 1 030 in 1994 000. So, the country is known for mountain gorillas, which attract a significant share of tourists in the country. Gorillas living in the Volcanoes National Park (Birunga National Park).

 

Rwanda visa

US citizens visa-free for 90 days.
Important
To visit Rwanda require a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever. In fact, it does not always asked. We are at the crossroads of land border 30 minutes tortured questions why visit Rwanda, and a certificate of yellow fever was not asked.

Rwanda climate

The climate is sub-equatorial in Rwanda. There are two wet seasons: from March to mid-May and mid-October to December, but despite that Rwanda is considered a comfortable stay for the entire year. The dry season lasts from mid-May to mid-October. Just a good time to visit would be the winter months, not long rains during this period, do not have a strong influence. In the warmest months the temperature in Rwanda keeps around 25 degrees, and the coldest is not lower than 17.

Rwanda attractions, things to do, where to go and what to see in the country

The main attraction of Rwanda for tourists and travelers is its nature. In the country since 2000, even denied cellophane. In Rwanda, three national parks: Parc volcanoes Nyungve Park and Akagera Park. The main national park and one might even say the planetary significance, is the Volcanoes park, as there are living mountain gorillas, which can be seen only in three countries (Rwanda, Uganda and Congo).
Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is located in the north-western Canada and bordering the national park Mhaginga in Uganda and Virunga National Park in Congo. The park is located at an altitude of 1700 to 4600 m. And has a 125 square meters area. km. By itself, the park, the five volcanoes (Karisimbi -4,507m. The highest point, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabino), slopes are overgrown with ancient tropical rainforest, above which, because of the peculiarities of the local climate, almost constantly hanging veil fog, betraying park mystical and mysterious atmosphere. In this fantastic place and home to the mountain gorilla. Just Volcanoes Park is home to seven families being monitored carefully. Each primacy has its own name and photo in the book of the census, and the appearance of the cub, here a real treat. In addition to the gorillas inhabit several species of monkeys, forest antelope, spotted hyenas and buffalo, as well as 178 species of birds in the park.
Flora Park is heavily dependent on the altitude: the lower parts grow bamboo forests, at an altitude of 3000 m Hagen, groundsel and lobelia, above 4000 m grow numerically small grass...
The nearest town to the park Ruhengeri, to which of Kigali can be reached in 90 minutes by car, as well as by public transport (minibus). In Ruhengeri is a large number of hotels for different budgets. From the city to the entrance to the park 12 km to get to the place you need to take a taxi. Movement through the park on foot.
The cost of visiting the gorillas (permit) in 2013 was $ 750, the highest price of all three sites (the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda). Where can I watch the gorillas.


Rwanda Volcanoes Park, Mountain Gorilla

National Park Nyungve

Nyungve National Park is located near the border with Burundi, and in fact goes to the national park of the country Kibera. The park is 1,000 square meters. km. Nyungve is the one of the most ancient forests, formed long before the last ice age. A unique feature of the park is that it is one of the few places in Africa that remain green throughout the glacial period, so in these areas preserved many species of animals, most of which are found nowhere else on the planet.
Another distinctive feature of the park Nyungve is what it is designed system of suspension bridges from which you can admire the wild beauty of being on top of the tree.
The park proizrostaet more than 1,000 species of trees, more than 200 species of these trees. about 13 primate species inhabit the park, including chimpanzees, various monkeys and colobus monkeys. You can also see leopards, jackals, mongooses, duiker and other animal species. In the park there are about 300 species of birds of which 20 can be found only in the aisles of the East - African Rift System.
From Kigali to park Nyungve 230 km., Reach the place by bus, on good roads it will take about three hours. Just before Nyungve Park can be reached in a tourist group, which organize almost all Rwandan agency tour. The main entrance to the park - through the tourist center Uvinka (Uwinka Visitor Center).
Admission to Nyungve National Park is not taken, but a walk in the park allowed only when accompanied by a local guide. The cost of this service will depend on the route and the average varies around $ 40-60.


Video tour of the park Nyungve

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is located in the northeast near the border with Rwanda, Tanzania, its plozhad is 1200 square meters. km. Most of the park - this shroud grassy places overgrown with bushes and acacia trees. In the park is the river Akagera which is the most distant tributary of the Nile. Thanks to the good water there are a lot of marshes and swamps in which they live hippos and crocodiles. Also in the park, you can see elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, spotted hyenas, several species of antelope and a large variety of birds. The park is located on relatively high altitudes (1250 -1850 m), on this, his visit would be comfortable for people with poor health.
From Kigali Akagera National Park, about 2.5 hours drive away. The trip can be organized in one of the tour agencies, Kigali.
Entrance fee to the park is $ 30. Throughout the visit you will be accompanied by a guide-ranger.


Video tour of the park Akagera

Lake Kivu

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is located between Canada and the DRC, in the East African Rift Zone, at a height of almost half a kilometer above sea level. Freshwater lake, its length is 100 km., And the width of 45 km., Average depth of 240 m. The coast of the lake is a resort destination, in addition to tourists, here love to relax themselves and Rwandans. On the lake you can ride on a speed boat, canoe or kayaks, windsurfing and developed.
At the same time in Lake Kivu, scientists call a time bomb. In its waters constantly growing concentration of carbon dioxide and methane, which turned it into an unstable "cocktail" that could explode at any moment.

Rwanda sex tourism and nightlife

Rwanda is a small country and the distance is very small, for this you can easily combine a safari and entertainment. First of all, the nightlife and sex tourism in Rwanda's capital Kigali developed in the country. There is a good selection of nightclubs decent level, where you can get acquainted with the girls, and then spend the night with them for a fee or for love. If the fee for the price to average $ 25-30. To visit the club can recommend Planet (aka KBC on the name of the building - Kigali Business Center). The club has three rooms: the main one where the dance floor, DJ music and a bar and there are a few sofas, entrance hall with billiards and another room with a dance floor, where basically the disco sounds. The optimal days for visiting this weekend, this time, comes the most girls. Login KBC - RWF 1000 (Thursday) 2000 RWF (Friday, Saturday).

Transport

In the cities, you can move around on bikes and ordinary taxis. Motorcycles come much cheaper, for a few dollars you can drive a considerable distance. In moto taxi drivers wearing a green vest and a hat, and issued to the passenger. In the periphery of the developed parts cab, still cheaper mode of transport.
For transportation over long distances, you can use minibuses services. In Rwanda, in most cases, unlike other African countries, the number of places is observed. Popular tourist destinations serve the individual bus routes: Virunga Express Bus, Belvedere Bus, Volcanoes Bus and Impala Express Bus.
Internal air Rwandair flight can fly from Kigali to Cyangugu port on Lake Kivu.

Security

Rwanda is one of the safest countries in Africa. Local people respectfully refers to the tourists. I felt it in the first cafe we went to eat. At the same time, people who are involved in tourism, trying to capitalize on travelers in any way. Starting from vyklyanchivaniya money after the stipulated amount and provided services and ending elementary fraud. But I never heard that to some point, ended in serious conflict.

To visit Rwanda require vaccination against yellow fever certificate which must be presented at the border. It is also recommended to be vaccinated against meningitis and hepatitis A. The country has a significant number of HIV carriers.

 
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