A state almost literally at the heart or the center of the African continent, Rwanda has much to behold. Just like several other African countries, Rwanda is teeming with African wildlife and wilderness. One of the unique things you will get to do here is see rare mountain gorillas that find their home in bamboo forests. It’s really not just about the safari and savannah here, but of forests as well. There are also a few volcanoes there for exploration. Despite the tragedy that has occurred in this country, the people have become optimistic and remained strong. Indeed, an admirable trait that you will see in the faces of their people.
Rwanda – Interesting and Important Facts
- Rwanda is also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills because most of the country is covered by rolling, grassy hills.
- The Karisimbi Volcano (4,519 m high) in the Virunga Mountains, is the highest point in Rwanda.
- Mount Karisimbi is an inactive volcano in the Virunga Mountains on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Lake Kivu, Lake Muhazi, Lake Ihema, Lake Bulera, Lake Ruhondo and Lake Mugesera are the main water bodies in Rwanda.
- Rwanda is one of the smallest nations on Earth with size of 26 338 square kilometers.
- Rwanda is the 4th smallest country on the African Continent.
- Rwanda is only one of three countries in Africa where you can visit Mountain Gorillas in the Wild.
- Rwanda is largely a rural country with about 90% of the population involved in agricultural, agro-processing and mineral work.
- The head of the state of Rwanda is its president who is elected every seven years by its citizens. The President has been conferred great constitutional powers such as creating policy along with his cabinet, exercising the prerogative of mercy, negotiating and signing treaties, commanding the army, and declaring war or a state of emergency. The president also appoints the prime minister and the cabinet.
- Kigali in Rwanda is Africa’s cleanest country because they had a consistent schedule in community cleaning days which takes place every last Saturday of the month.
Rwanda – Cool, Fun and Funny Facts
- Rwanda’s Parliament has more female members than any other parliament in the world. 56% Rwanda’s Parliamentarians are women that put them as #1 for female member of a parliament.
- Rwanda is a leader of Gorilla tourism
- Kigali is the African city where things work. The police is pro-active in traffic so the street light work, the traffic lights work and traffic laws are obeyed.
- Unlike Kampala: the city that never sleeps, Kigali’s nightlife, rolls up the sidewalks at 7 to 8 pm.
- Rwanda’s policy is “No Plastic Bags Allowed”, At the point of entry plastic bags are actively looked for and confiscated.
- No Flip-Flop Sandals allowed in Rwanda.
- It is simply a no-no walk across lawns in Kigali, so stay off the grass.
- Rwanda has manicured lawn,if you step on it, you will be finger wag.
Rwanda – Historical and Cultural Facts
- In 1894 the explorer, Gustav Adolf von Götzen became the first European to explore Rwanda.
- Kigili, Rwanda was founded by Ferman Dr. Richard Kandt in 1907 where it had 6000 inhabitants at independence from Belgium in 1962 and today over 1 million Rwandans call Kigali their town.
- Rwanda (Ruanda) and Burundi (Urundi) became a part of German East Africa in 1890.
- During the First World War Belgian forces captured Rwanda and Burundi.
- Ruanda-Urundi, a League of Nations Trust Territory administrated by Belgium, was formed After the First World War.
- Ruanda-Urundi became a United Nations Trust Territory governed by Belgium following the Second World War.
- In 1959, The majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next few years, thousands of Tutsis were slaughtered and around 150,000 were driven into exile to nearby countries.
- In 1962, Rwanda attained Independence.
- In 1993, an agreement was reached to end the civil war (the Arusha Peace Accords) in Rwanda.
- Genocide and massacres that lasted until July 1994 took place because of the assassination of the Rwandan President.
- To deal with a number of people responsible for the genocide, the United Nations appointed an International Tribunal in 1995.
- Agriculture and cattle is the traditional way of life in Rwanda.
- Rwandan people do not form villages but each family is surrounded by its own fields
- The most dominant religions in Rwanda are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Adventist and Muslim.