7 Fascinating Things About Rwanda You Probably Don’t Know
Are you curious about Rwanda and would like to learn more about this small and beautiful country during your African safari?
Do you wish to learn about the breathtaking attractions and strange laws of the country? Well, this is the time for you to know, everything you need to learn about her and untrue facts you need to clarify. However, some of the things you will find out will take your breath away and these include;
The World’s finest coffee comes from Rwanda
The Land of a thousand Hills favors the growth of some of the World’s finest coffee beans. Due to Government, farmer co-operatives and Non-Governmental Organizations’ efforts, the quality of coffee exported from Rwanda is always the best thus allowing to tourists to not only track the Mountain gorillas but also taste some of the World’s finest coffee brands.
One of the three countries to encounter the critically endangered Mountain gorillas
If you didn’t know, then you need to know that Rwanda is among the three exceptional countries in the World that can be visited for the critically endangered mountain gorillas. They are found within Volcanoes National Park, in the North-western side of the country thus can be visited at anytime of the year. Additionally, it is easier to track the mountain gorillas in this country than it is with the other countries (Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo)
Another interesting fact about this country that will take your breath away is the annual naming ceremony of the newborn mountain gorillas popularly known as the “Kwita Izina Ceremony” introduced in 2005. You can plan your next gorilla safari and Kwita Izina in September.
Plastic bags are not allowed (are illegal) in the country
You will discover that when you buy anything (be it souvenirs, groceries, food, shoes or clothes) in a store or supermarket, it will be packed or wrapped in a paper bag instead of plastic/polythene bags as it is done in the neighboring countries. Plastic bags were banned by the Government in 2006 in an effort to reduce the litter within the streets of the country.
Kigali is the cleanest City in the African Continent
One of the obvious reasons why Kigali is among the cleanest Cities in Africa is probably because Plastic bags were abolished in the country and surprisingly, you can be arrested if found littering rubbish on the street. This is strange for a Ugandan because in this country, even a smartly dressed man or woman will not be ashamed to throw rubbish on the streets and no one cares. Besides that, everyone including the President of Rwanda participates during the “cleaning days” of the City known as Umuganda. This culture is said to be contained in the traditional practice of Communal cleanliness.
Golden monkeys can also be tracked
Besides Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys can be tracked within Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and this also takes places within Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The country suffered a genocide and has now recovered
The year 1994 was the most painful time for the people of Rwanda because over 800,000 people especially the Tutsi were killed and more than 2 million became refugees to the neighboring countries of Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda is a land of a thousand Hills
Oh yes, Rwanda is the land of a thousand Hills, thus offering one of the most picturesque views you can ever find during an African safari. Not only that, this country has been known as the Switzerland of Africa, due to the numerous Hills and the cool climate.
Did you know that Rwanda is the only place with majority female parliamentarians?
Strange as it sounds, the country is the first place in the World with majority of female Politicians and mainly female-run institutions. It was actually ranked by the UN as the highest country in the World with most women in Parliament as of January 2017. There are currently 59 women in the 106-seat of Parliament (representing more than half).