Top tip: Flashing at a gorilla is a dangerous business.
The great peaks of up to 3000m divide the country running from north to south. Despite its proximity to the Equator, the climate in Rwanda is cooled by the high altitude. It is warm throughout most of the country but cooler in the mountains.
There are two rainy seasons: mid-January to April and mid-October to mid-December. The country enjoys average day temperatures of 30ºC with a possible maximum of 34ºC, except in the highlands where it is usually 15ºC cooler. In the north-east where volcanoes are swathed by rainforest – there tends to be more frequent and heavy rains.
Facts and Figures
|Area||26,338 sq km (10,169 sq miles).|
|Population||11,370,425 (2011 estimate)|
|Capital||Kigali – population 965,398 (2009 estimate)|
|Language||The official languages are Kinyarwanda, French and English. Kiswahili is used for trade and commerce.|
|Religion||Anmist (50 per cent), Christian (mostly Roman Catholic) and an Islamic minority.|
|Time||GMT + 2|
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