Quick facts

Capital Kigali
Population 11,208,000
Timezone GMT+2
Languages Kinyarwanda, French, English, Swahili
Currency Rwandan franc

Rwanda the Land of a Thousand Hills is a land of verdantly rolling hills, plunging ravines and rich cultivation. Studded with lakes, waterfalls and ancient forests she boasts 200 species of tree and 300 species of orchid.

Rwanda offers 13 species of primates including the world-famous mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the rare Golden Monkey.

Rwanda attraction include a wide range of antelopes, zebras, buffalos, giraffes, hippos, lions, leopard, spotted hyenas, golden cats and giant forest hogs. Kigali, the city that never sleeps ranges over several hills.

Serene and compact it offers a world-class range of hotels, restaurants and bars and is one of the best place to experience the extraordinary spectacle of the Intore Royal Ballet.

Also in the city is the world famous and exceptionally moving Genocide Memorial Center, a permanent exhibition documenting the tragedy of the 1984 Rwandan Genocide.

Not forgetting Intore dancers traditionally the sons of the king's noblemen who were originally based at his court in Nyanza where they performed for his pleasure, they perform series of rhythmic pieces, the most famous of which is the Crane Dance.