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Rwanda

The land of a 1000 hills and home of the mountain Gorillas

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Rwanda is a small, land locked country in eastern / central Africa. It has five volcanoes and 23 lakes as well as several rivers. A large part of the country has an elevation of between 1,500 and 2,500 meters. In prehistoric times as much as one third of Rwanda was covered with montain rainforest.

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Today the only large tract of forest left in Rwanda is Nyungwe in the southwestern part of the country; it covers almost 1000 square kilometers. Some areas of forest are also found in the Volcanoes National Park in the northeast, but most of the natural vegetation here is bamboo forest and open moorland. The highlands in large parts of the country are now dominated by the terraced agriculture that gives the Rwandan countryside its beautiful and pleasant character. The eastern part of Rwanda has entirely different vegetation, the typical African bush, a mix of savannah and grassland dominated by acacia trees as well as large tracts of marshlands and swamps.

  • Land area; 26,340 sq km
  • President; Paul Kagame
  • Official languages; Kinyarwanda, French, English & Kiswahili
  • Population; Approximately 9 million
  • Capital; Kigali
  • Natural resources; Tin, gold and natural gas
  • Average temperature; 24 – 27 degrees. Hottest in August – September
  • Elevation; 1000 – 4500 meters above sea level
  • Vegetation; from equatorial forest in northwest to savanna in the east
  • Land use; 48% agriculture use, 23% forest, 20% grazing land, 9% other
  • Main exports; Coffee & Tea
  • Local Currency; Rwanda Franc
  • Credit cards; Only accepted at few major establishments

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