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The country of one thousand hills is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is the perfect setting to trek to see the mountain gorillas in the misty Virunga Mountains, probably the greatest wildlife experience in the world. There are also other safari options, particularly for primates in Nyungwe Forest as well as the ideal relaxation spot of Lake Kivu. Rwanda’s public perception may still be blighted by the 1994 genocide but that shouldn’t stop you exploring this beautiful country and a friendly and resilient people. Explore in depth highlights of Rwanda.

Travel Information for Rwanda
Time zone:GMT +2 (Central Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili
Currency: Rwandan francs (RWF)

1 = RF0.00, $1 = RF819, £1 = RF0.00

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.rwInternational Dialling Code:    250

For help planning your trip to Rwanda including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Rwanda trip planning page.

Further information on Rwanda

Discover more about Rwanda - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of rwanda

Total area: 26,338 sq km (1,390 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Burundi (290km), Democratic Republic of the Congo (217km), Tanzania (217km), Uganda (169km)

Climate: Temperate climate with two rainy seasons (February to April and November to January).

Highest mountain: Volcan Karisimbi (4,519m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Rwanda from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 135/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 65/179
Press FreedomVery serious situation 159/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 55/174
Overall Ranking:    150/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Rwanda     Status: Independent Country

Population: 12,337,138 (rank: 73/196)     Density: 468.4 people/sq km (rank: 14/196)

Ethnic groups: Hutu (Bantu) 84%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 15%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%

Religions: Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001)

GDP (PPP): $16.37 billion       GDP per capita: $1,500 (rank: 172/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.