Rwanda

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Rwanda Travel Guide

A tiny central African country that’s comparable in size to Maryland, Rwanda has a population of about 12.6 million. Rwanda became independent from Belgium in 1962. Rivalry between two ethnic groups, the Tutsi ...

A tiny central African country that’s comparable in size to Maryland, Rwanda has a population of about 12.6 million. Rwanda became independent from Belgium in 1962. Rivalry between two ethnic groups, the Tutsi and the Hutu, culminated in the genocide of 1994, during which about 1 million Tutsi were murdered in the course of 100 days. An improbable degree of reconciliation has been achieved, and today, the country is stable and peaceful. The Virunga Mountains rise to nearly 15,000 feet where the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo converge. On the Rwandan side, the precipitous, cloud-draped slopes are famous as the backdrop for Dian Fossey’s “Gorillas in the Mist.” More than 30 years after her death in 1985, the tangled forests contain around 350 mountain gorillas, about half the entire world population. 

WHEN TO VISIT

Rwanda has two dry seasons — June to September and December to February — but in the mountains, the weather is unpredictable year-round. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

Recommended Luxury Hotels in Rwanda

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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