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Rwanda is called 'Land of a Thousand Hills'. The number of tourists visiting Rwanda is growing year by year because Rwanda has much to offer! A Combination of Bamboo Forests, Tropical Jungles, Volcanoes and Savannahs. Rwanda is home to the famous Mountain Gorillas, Chimps, 11 other monkey species and also Lions, Elephants and Giraffes.

For centuries, Rwanda existed as a centralized monarchy under a succession of Tutsi kings from one clan, who ruled through cattle chiefs, land chiefs and military chiefs. The king was supreme but the rest of the population, Bahutu, Batutsi and Batwa, lived in symbiotic harmony.

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The First Republic, under President Gregoire Kayibanda, and the second, under President Juvenal Habyarimana, institutionalized discrimination against Batutsi and subjected them to massacre.

More about Rwanda

The Rwandese Alliance for National Unity (RANU) was formed in 1979 by Rwandan refugees in exile, to mobilize against divisive politics and genocide ideology, repeated massacres, statelessness and the lack of peaceful political exchange.. In 1987, RANU became the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF). On 1 October 1990, the RPF launched an armed liberation struggle that ultimately ousted the dictatorship in 1994 and ended the genocide of more than one million Batutsi and massacres of moderate Bahutu who opposed the genocide.

In 2000, Parliament voted out President Pasteur Bizimungu and RPF appointed then Vice-President and Minister of Defense, Major General Paul Kagame as the President of the Republic to lead the coalition government. In 2003 President Paul Kagame was elected with landslide majority to serve a term of seven years. During those seven years, the country made unprecedented socio-economic and political progress and consolidated peace, stability as well as social cohesion among Rwandans.. In 2010, President Paul Kagame was re-elected to serve a second term and on a platform of rapid development for the transformation of the lives of all Rwandans.

Official Languages:Kinyarwanda, French and English.

Population: 11.46 million (2012)

Ethnicity: The largest ethnic groups in Rwanda are the Hutus (about 75% of the population), the Tutsis (24%), and the Twa (1%)

Currency: Rwandan Franc

Entry and exit requirements: Entry into Kenya requires a visa for all U.S. citizens in addition to a passport with a minimum of six months validity and proof of Yellow Fever immunization. The option to purchase a visa upon arrival exists; however, you should expect long lines and delays at the airport should you choose this alternative.

When to visit: Rwandas long rainy season lasts from about March to May, when the rain is heavy and persistent. Then from June to mid-September is the long dry season, this is generally the best time to visit.

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