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The small and densely populated Republic of Rwanda, in the heart of Africa, is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” and noted for the scenic beauty of its landscapes and lakes. It made international headlines in 1994 through the genocide that killed almost one million Rwandans and displaced around four million more. After massive reconstruction, few physical traces remain apart from the various memorials that have been erected, and for some years now the country has been safe for travel.

Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, in an attractive location straddling several hills, has a variety of hotels and restaurants as well as an informative Genocide Memorial Centre, a golf course and various points of historic or cultural interest. Other towns include Huye, with its National Museum of Rwandan History and Culture, and Gisenyi, a tranquil resort beside Lake Kivu.

The country’s three National Parks demonstrate its wealth of flora and fauna. The Volcanoes Park in the north, where Dian Fossey worked, has the magnificent mountain gorillas, also golden monkeys and opportunities for scenic walks or trekking among the volcanoes. Nyungwe Forest in the south is one of the largest remaining tracts of montane forest in East or Central Africa, with 11 primate species including chimps, 278 bird species and rich rainforest flora; while Akagera Park in the east, whose lakes and undulating savannah are home to superb birdlife, has large concentrations of hippo, plus plains animals such as giraffe, buffalo, elephant, zebra and various antelope.
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Gisenyi, sur la riviera du lac Kivu est une station balnéaire très calme comparée au fracas de Goma, située en RDC, à 2 ou 3 km de là. La ville est faite de 2 parties, la partie touristique au bord du lac et la ville rwandaise sur les hauteurs où se trouve la gare des bus. Quelques banques, mauis pas moyen de changer des devises. Poste frontière avec le Congo. Le bus Beveldere de Kigali vous conduit à la grande barrière, la douane au bord du lac. Quelques beaux hotels: Stipp hotel, Kivu Sun. Le Palm Beach est fermé sauf indic contraire. Petit conseil: Allez plutot au Paradis Malahide, petit hotel à lodge trrrès romantique au bord du lac, avec de superbes couchers de soleils au moment où les pecheurs partent pecher la nuit sur le lac en chantant. Ils reviendront à l'aube. Repas délicieux le soir au tour d'un feu. Pour l'atteindre la charmante et raffinée directrice : 08 648650/756204 ou prendre la direction de la brasserie après le Kivu Sun et tourner à droite avant le port. A proximité: une source d'eau chaude, la brasserie Bralirwa, une station exploitant le méthane du lac Kivu.
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Kigali and Rwanda are like Europe - scarcely can one believe one is in Africa. Amazing how a country that witnessed possibly the world's worst ever genocide, could turn itself around to become the most developed country in the region in a matter of a few years. They say political leadership has been a key factor, and that Paul Kagema's unrelenting fight against corruption, racism and conflict has been the reason behind this turnaround. And then the people too. Scarcely is there a family in Rwanda today that has not been affected by the genocide, that has not lost friends or family, that does not bear the scar of the horror that took place not too far away in 1994 - so the 'development' must surely also be a sort of catharsis for ordinary people, to forget this horror and turn themselves towards a different sort of reality.
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