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Country: Rwanda also known as “the land of a thousand Hills.”
Capital City: Kigali
Location: East Africa
Head of State: President
Area: 26,338sq km
Population: Approximately10 Million people
Currency: Rwandan Francs
Religion: The biggest percentage of the population is Christian while Islam has the least followers, Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1% and Muslim 4.6%.
Languages: French and English are the official languages where as Kinyarwanda is the local language, Swahili is also understood by many local people.
Climate: A combination of tropical location and high altitude ensures that most of Rwanda has a temperate year-round climate. Temperatures rarely stray above 30 degrees Celsius by day or below 15 degrees Celsius at night throughout the year. The exceptions are the chilly upper slopes of the Virunga Mountains, and the hot low-lying Tanzania border area protected in Akagera National Park. Throughout the country, seasonal variations in temperature are relatively insignificant. Most parts of the country receive in excess of 1,000mm of precipitation annually, with the driest months being July to September and the wettest February to May.
Access: Flying into Kigali's international airport is the easiest way to get to Rwanda. Daily buses travel between Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali, they take about 10 hours. You can catch a variety of minibus taxis to the Tanzanian border and travel onto Mwanza (Tanzania). The border to Burundi may be dangerous, but is easy to get to by minibus taxi. To get to the DRC travel via Gisenyi to Goma (DRC) by minibus taxi.
Visas: A valid passport with visa is mandatory. In view of the bilateral agreements, nationals of the following countries may visit Rwanda without visa for a period up to 90 days: USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sweden, Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong. Visas can be applied for online or bought upon arrival.