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RWANDA

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a sovereign state in central and east Africa. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All of Rwanda is at high elevation, with a geography dominated by mountains in the west, savanna in the east, and numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons every year.

At 26,338 square kilometres (10,169 sq mi), Rwanda is the worlds 149th-largest country. It is comparable in size to Haiti or the state of Maryland in the United States. The entire country is at a high altitude: the lowest point is the Rusizi River at 950 metres (3,117 ft) above sea level. Rwanda is located in Central/Eastern Africa, and is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, and Burundi to the south. It lies a few degrees south of the equator and is landlocked. The capital, Kigali, is located near the centre of Rwanda.

When to go:
Rwandas long rainy season lasts from about March to May, when the rain is heavy and persistent. Then from June to mid-September is the long dry season; this is generally the best time to visit if you have the choice. October to November is a shorter rainy season and its followed by a short dry season from December to February.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

Timezone (GMT):
+2 hours (Rwanda).

Language:
Kinyarwanda, French, English.

Currency:
Rwandan Franc (RWF).

Tourist/Visa/health information:
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are recommended aswell as malaria tablets for protection against disease. Yellow Fever is required for travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area.

Flight information:
There are indirect cheap flights from the UK to Rwanda, arriving at Kanombe Airport which is 10 kilometres from the capital Kigali. The average flight time from London is 8 hours, 26 minutes.

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