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The Republic of Rwanda is a sovereign state found in central and east Africa, just a few degrees south of the Equator. The landlocked country has a 26,338 km2 territory that borders Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The capital is Kigali.

What to see & do

Kandt House Museum of Natural History - The Kandt House Museum of Natural History is a museum dedicated to German physician and African explorer Richard Kandt. The museum is housed in his former home on the Nyarugenge Hill in Kigali. Under the responsibility of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, the museum depicts the evolution of the ground, animals, and plants, and to present and explain the interdependence between living things and their environment.

Akagera National Park - Akagera National Park is situated along the border shared with Tanzania. Founded in 1934, the park protects the animals and vegetation of the three eco-regions (savannah, mountain, and swamp) in its 1,200 km2 territory. Over 1/3 of the park is made up of a complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps, making it the largest protected wetland pin central Africa.

Ethnographic Museum - Ethnographic Museum, formerly known as the National Museum of Rwanda, is located in Butare. The museum was built in the late 1980s. Those looking for information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region will find plenty at the Ethnographic Museum. Interestingly, the museum is the site where Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda and several other people died during the Rwandan Genocide.

Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre - In 1994, an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed in the historical event known as the Rwandan Genocide. The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali commemorates this tragic occurrence in Rwanda. The centre was opened on April 2004 with the partnership of the Kigali City Council, the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), and the UK-based genocide prevention organization Aegis Trust.

How to get around within Rwanda

Three types of taxis can be found in Rwanda: taxi-velo, taxi-moto, and regular taxis. The taxi-velo, or bicycle taxi, is the most inexpensive. It entails a driver cycling, while the passenger sits at the back. Taxi-velos are not allowed in urban areas. An upgrade is the taxi-moto, or motorcycle taxis. These are prevalent in Kigali. Regular taxis are less common, and can be found at taxi stations, at a taxi sign, or at bus stops.

Another type of public transportation in Rwanda is Matutu, which are basically white minibuses. For shorter distances, going around on foot is an option.

How to get there

Getting into Rwanda is easy through the Kigali International Airport, formerly Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport. It is located in Kigali, but serves as the main air gateway for the country. There are direct flights to Kigali from Brussels, Entebbe, Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, Dubai, Nairobi, Amsterdam, Doha, Accra, Brazzaville, Cyangugu, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Johannesburg, Juba, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Libreville, Lusaka, Mombasa, Mwanza, and Istanbul. Airlines with flights to Kigali International Airport are Brussels Airlines, Coastal Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, flydubai, Kenya Airways, KLM, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, and Turkish Airlines.

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