Rwanda has long been seen as the premier destination for gorilla tracking, but today more than ever there are dozens of reasons to extend your stay, starting with the 13 species of primates and East Africa’s only canopy walk, all to be found in the dense rainforests of Nyungwe Forest National Park. Still, it’s hardly a surprise that Rwanda developed its reputation for gorillas—experts estimate that there are only 780 mountain gorillas still in existence anywhere on earth, and one-third of these majestic creatures can be found in Volcanoes National Park alone. With the recent reintroduction of lions to Akagera National Park in the east, Rwanda has truly come into its own as a full-fledged safari destination, and to top it all off, it’s not even a day’s drive between each of these world-class attractions.
Outside of the national parks, visitors can check out (or even participate in!) a traditional Intore dance, tour one of Rwanda’s dozens of world-class tea and coffee plantations, and take a dip in Lake Kivu, all in the same day! After all that, soak up the real Rwanda with a hike through lakeside villages on the Congo Nile trail, pull out the binoculars to take a gander at the hundreds of species on Rwanda’s ornithological checklist, or just get out on the water and hook a few fish for your evening brochettes. After all that, save some time for Kigali’s vibrant dining scene, dozens of historic museums, memorials, and churches, and forward-looking population just waiting to welcome you to their home.
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Learn more about visiting Kigali, Rwanda, via the downloadable publication Dine & Shop Around Kigali, from the Rwanda Development Board and Rwanda Convention Bureau. The publication includes information about restaurants and coffeeshops, tours, national parks, banks, cab companies, and more.
From Dine & Shop Around Kigali:
Kigali is Rwanda’s rapidly growing vibrant capital city and most important business centre in the country. Founded in 1907 as a small colonial outpost with limited linkage to the outside world, it has today grown into a modern metropolis – the heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and the safest and cleanest capital city on the continent of Africa.
Kigali is the gateway city to the land of a thousand hills. Before heading out on one of Rwanda’s wonderful travel adventures showcased in the “Get Around” section, you will be delighted by our many varied restaurants, coffee shops and nightlife options in which to ‘Dine Around Kigali’. A haven for all things arts and culture, we have presented a range of craft, fashion, art and souvenir shops for you to explore. We invite you to enjoy the best of what our city has to offer.
Rwanda Key Facts
- Time Zone: Central African Time (CAT) – GMT +2 hours
- Size: 26,338 square kilometers
- Population: 11.46 million
- Capital City: Kigali
- Major Economic Sectors: Tourism, mining and agriculture
- Local Currency: Rwandan Franc
- Foreign Currencies: All major currencies are accepted
- Local Languages: Kinyarwanda, French, Swahili and English
- Official Language: Kinyarwanda, English
- President: H.E. Paul KAGAME
- Telephone Country Code: +250 (Telecommunication is among the best in Africa)
- ICT: High speed 4G LTE wireless broadband
- Climate: Temperate all year round (24 – 27 degrees Celsius) making Rwanda an ideal destination year-round.