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Located in Africa, Rwanda (formally called the Republic of Rwanda) can be found at Latitude: -1.953611 and Longitutde: 30.060556 occupying 26,338 sq/km of area. At last count, Rwanda has the population of 9,877,000 residents (with an annual 2.80% growth rate) who are known as Rwandan(s).

The Flag for Rwanda

Rwanda, just south of the Equator in central Africa, is a land of plateaus, with rolling hills of grasslands and farms. In the west, volcanoes and mountains slope down to Lake Kivu, part of the Great Rift Valley. The rich volcanic soils allow intensive agriculture, and Rwanda has the highest population density in Africa. This small and landlocked country enjoys a mild climate due to its high average elevation. Rwanda gained independence from Belgium in 1962. Conflict and civil war between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis have marked the history of the country. In 1994, Hutu militias massacred around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus before Tutsi forces gained control of the country. Hutu militias responsible for the genocide often staged attacks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwandan troops periodically invaded to stop them. Genocide trials are still bringing the accused to justice, and the government works to ease ethnic tensions. Most Rwandans rely on subsistence agriculture, and coffee and tea are the main exports.

18% of Rwandan(s) live in urban centers, and 70% can read and write one of the many languages such as Kinyarwanda, French, English, Kiswahili (Swahili). Rwandan(s) have an average life expectancy rate of 48 years and most follow the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Adventist, Muslim religions. 90% Agriculture of Rwandan(s) work in the agriculture industry which produces , and 10% Industry & Services work in the industry producing cement, agricultural products, beverages, soap, furniture, shoes, plastic goods, textiles. Another work in the services sector such as tourism and retail environments. coffee, tea, hides, tin ore are regularly exported to other countries in the world from Rwanda. The Gross Domestic Product per capita is $900 with 5.50% annual growth.

Rwanda uses the telephone country code of 250 and internet hosts use the .rw suffix. Rwanda uses the Franc (RWF).


The franc became the currency of Rwanda in 1916, when Belgium occupied the previously German colony and the Belgian Congo franc replaced the German East African rupie. Rwanda used the currency of Belgian Congo until 1960, when the Rwanda and Burundi franc was introduced. Rwanda began issuing its own francs in 1964.
There are plans to introduce a common currency, a new East African shilling, for the five member states of the East African Community.

The smallest note is a 100 franc note with the front depicting a Farmer and buffaloes plowing a field and the reverse showing Kiwu Lake at Kibuye

(One Canadian Dollar equals 0 RWF)

My Experience

Although my time was short, I found myself falling in love wih this country that has gone through so many challenges. The people, are so friendly and warm wanting to accomodate. I would recommend to anyone to visit, and wil be returning.

Road Conditions: Best Road Conditions of all of Africa
Hills: They don't call this the land of 1000 hills for nothing.
Weather: Sunny
Best Beer: Mutzig

Visa Cost: $30 USD
Visa Length: 30 days days


Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while traveling through Rwanda. Click one to read!

Never Alone

Return to Rwanda

Ups and Downs

300 covered, 700 to go..



Distance Traveled: 993.14 km
Distance Ascended: 15,263 m
Distance Descended: 15,490 m
Energy Consumed: 60,791 calories
Overall Cost: $859.93
    Food: $229.59
    Drink: $192.00
    Lodging: $356.64
    Transport: $0.00
    Entertainment: $41.65
    Equipment: $39.98
    Misc: $0.00
Longest Day: 2013-09-22 - 114.25 km
Most Climbed: 2013-10-01 - 1692.00 m
Most Energy Burned: 2013-09-19 - 6727.00 calories
Most Expensive Day: 2013-09-25 - $ 81.48

Daily Statistics

Date Location Distance (km) Cost ($CAD) Map
2013-10-09 Kibangiro, RW 42.45 $33.98 Map
2013-10-08 Ruisizi, RW 51.18 $21.52 Map
2013-10-07 Kigogora, RW 71.52 $21.98 Map
2013-10-06 Kibuye, RW 0.00 $24.75
2013-10-05 Kibuye, RW 0.00 $51.50
2013-10-04 Kibuye, RW 61.81 $18.91 Map
2013-10-03 Kinunu, RW 51.47 $17.45 Map
2013-10-02 Gisenyi, RW 63.66 $19.45 Map
2013-10-01 Ruhengeru, RW 97.07 $24.60 Map
2013-09-30 Kigali, RW 8.52 $59.19
2013-09-29 Kigali, RW 0.00 $32.29
2013-09-28 Kigali, RW 0.00 $50.73
2013-09-27 Kigali, RW 0.00 $32.29
2013-09-26 Kigali, RW 0.00 $32.29
2013-09-25 Kigali, RW 23.76 $81.48 Map
2013-09-24 Kigali, RW 0.00 $32.29
2013-09-23 Kigali, RW 0.00 $32.29
2013-09-22 Kigali, RW 114.25 $34.75 Map
2013-09-21 Kibungo, RW 0.00 $4.61
2013-09-20 Kibungo, RW 15.71 $10.76 Map
2013-09-19 Ruro, RW 109.01 $6.36 Map
2013-06-16 Butare, RW 8.31 $35.36 Map
2013-06-15 Butare, RW 53.40 $13.53 Map
2013-06-14 Ruhanga, RW 73.60 $39.97 Map
2013-06-13 Kigali, RW 17.52 $26.14 Map
2013-06-12 Kigali, RW 22.35 $49.50 Map
2013-06-11 Kigali, RW 107.55 $51.96 Map


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