Facts About Rwanda You Need to know Before You visit

In this post, I’ve shared some of the interesting facts about Rwanda.

Rwanda is a landlocked country in Central Africa’s Great Rift Valley. It shares borders with  Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is located a few degrees south of the Equator. The country’s landscape is characterized by mountains in the west and savanna in the east, with several lakes scattered throughout.

16 Facts about Rwanda.

Here are 16 interesting facts about Rwanda that I have chosen and thoroughly researched.

  1. Kagali is the Capital and largest city of Rwanda, With a population of around 1.2 Million residents.

2. Kigali is the cleanest In Africa. The honor of being the cleanest city In Africa comes at a cost. It can be difficult for foreigners to keep up with their high-level lives. Throwing trash out of your car while driving in the capital is unthinkable. This is regarded as a taboo practice! 

3. Rwandans are all descendants of the Banyarwanda cultural and linguistic group. Within this group, however, there are three subgroups: the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa. The Hutus account for around 85% of Rwanda’s population, Tutsis make for 14 %; and Twa account for approximately 1%.

4. In Rwanda, Christianity is the most dominant religion; around 45% are Catholic, and 35% are Protestant. Islam is practiced by just approximately 5% of the population.

5. Kinyarwanda is Rwanda’s national language and the first language of nearly the entire population. It is one of the official languages of the country, along with French, English, and Swahili.

6. In comparison to neighboring nations, Rwanda has low levels of corruption.

7. Human rights groups cite persecution of opposition groups, intimidation, and restrictions on free speech. According to the 2021 Human Rights Watch Report, Rwanda’s political and civic space remains closed.

8. Homosexuality is typically seen as a taboo subject, and Rwandans have reported being harassed and blackmailed as a result. Same-sex sexual activity is not explicitly prohibited in Rwanda. Some cabinet-level government officials have stated support for LGBT rights. However, the  state does not recognize same-sex marriages since the constitution only recognizes civil monogamous marriages between a man and a woman.

9. Rwandan cuisine is centered on subsistence agriculture staples like  bananas, plantains (known as ibitoke), pulses, sweet potatoes, beans, and cassava. Tilapia is popular among Rwandese who live near lakes and have access to fish.

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Matoke with Vegetables

10. Football is the most popular team sport in Rwanda. The Rwanda national football team, nicknamed Amavubi, represents Rwanda in international football. They have never qualified for a World Cup finals and have only reached the Africa Cup of Nations once, in 2004.

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More Facts About About Rwanda

11. Rwanda is a sovereign state with a presidential system of government. President Paul Kagame of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) has been in office since 2000.

12. Rwanda is a member of the African Union, the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, COMESA, OIF and the East African Community.

13. Rwanda is a developing economy that aspires to become a Middle-Income Country by 2035 and a High-Income Country by 2050. The country suffered greatly as a result of the 1994 genocide, but has since recovered. The economy is mostly dependent on subsistence agriculture. The most important export income crops are coffee and tea.

14. Tourism is a rapidly expanding industry that is presently the country’s top foreign exchange earner.  Rwanda’s beautiful scenery and warm, welcoming people provide one-of-a-kind experiences in one of the world’s most amazing countries.

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It has remarkable biodiversity, with magnificent fauna dwelling in its mountains,  rainforest, and wide plains. Rwanda is one of just two countries where mountain gorillas may be visited safely, and gorilla trekking permits are expensive.

15. Rwanda has several lakes, the largest of which being Lake Kivu. With a maximum depth of 480 metres (1,575 ft),[150] this lake covers the Albertine Rift along much of Rwanda’s western border and is one of the world’s twenty deepest lakes.

16. Rwanda has a tropical climate influenced  by mountainous landscape that stretches from east to west. The country is divided into four major climatic zones: the eastern plains, the central plateau, the highlands, and the area around Lake Kivu.

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Buberuka Highlands – Rwanda

The eastern plains receive 700 mm to 1,100 mm of rainfall each year, with typical annual temperatures ranging between 20°C and 22°C. The central plateau region receives between 1,100 and 1,300 mm of rain per year, with an annual mean temperature ranging between 18°C and 20°C. Rwanda’s average yearly temperature is 19.1°C, with average monthly temperatures ranging from 19.5°C (September) to 18.5°C (July).

The annual precipitation total is 1,170.2 mm. Rwanda has rain throughout the year, with the most significant rainfall falling from September to May.

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