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Rwanda

Facts about country

Capital Kigali

Population

5 Million

Main Languages

Kinyanrwanda + French

Electricity

2 Plug System 220 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Rwanda Franc

Exchange Rate for US $ as of July 2001

450 RFr per 1 US$ 

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

26340 sq km

Transport

Bus, minibus, boat

Cash Machines (ATMS) No
Credit Card Usage No
Religion Christian +  Tribal Religions 
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation (Camp) Meals Transportation Other
20 $ 4 $  5 $ (Self) 6$ 5$

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Kigali Y Capital of Rwanda.  City sits upon the hill,  we just walked around the city before moving on. 6
Gisenyi Y A resort town situated on Lake Kivu. 7
Kibuye Y Situated on Lake Kivu.  It was a scene of a 1994 massacre of Tutsis at a church overlooking the town.  Now in the middle of town is a prison where you see the prisoners in their pink uniforms. They are also hiked through town to do their work duty.  Camping at the lake was beautiful. 7
Nyungwe Forest N
Ruhengeri N
Parc National des Volcans N Area, bordering the Congo and Uganda where the volcanoes are 4500 meters high and the one of the few last sanctuaries where the mountain gorilla is still found in the wild.  It is easier to get permits to visit the gorillas, but you will have to organize private transport.

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving
Historical Sites
Sightseeing tours

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding
Canoeing
Camping x
River Rafting
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing
Kayaking
Sailing  x
Mountain biking
Rollerblading  
Motorbike  x
Sand boarding
Snorkeling
Water Skiing
Others / Gorilla Trekking x

Feeling and Opinions on Rwanda

Rwanda is a beautiful country.  One would not think such a genocide could occur there,  the people were really nice and helpful.  It gave us a weird feeling in our stomach when we saw the genocide memorial and the prisoners in town.  We probably should have stayed a little longer than we did.  In such a small country there are a lot of things to see. 

 

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