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Rwanda

Rwanda

Etymology

Modern human settlement of what is now Rwanda dates from, at the latest, the last glacial period, either in the Neolithic period around 8000 BC, or in the long humid period which followed, up to around 3000 BC. Archaeological excavations have revealed evidence of sparse settlement by hunter gatherers in the late stone age, followed by a larger population of early Iron Age settlers, who produced dimpled pottery and iron tools. These early inhabitants were the ancestors of the Twa, aboriginal pygmy hunter-gatherers who remain in Rwanda today. Between 700 BC and 1500 AD, a number of Bantu groups migrated into Rwanda, clearing forest land for agriculture. The forest-dwelling Twa lost much of their habitat and moved to the mountain slopes. Historians have several theories regarding the nature of the Bantu migrations; one theory is that the first settlers were Hutu, while the Tutsi migrated later to form a distinct racial group, possibly of Nilo-hamitic origin. An alternative theory is that the migration was slow and steady, with incoming groups integrating into rather than conquering the existing society. Under this theory, the Hutu and Tutsi distinction arose later and was a class distinction rather than a racial one. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Global South Technology Meetup Kigali – GlobalSouthTech Meetup purpose is to forge closer ties between the Global South (Latin America, Africa, Middle East, India, SEA) and local Kigali technology ecosystems. This Meetup is ideal for people interested to find key connections and knowledge on emerging tech ecosystems. [meetup]

Kigali Crocheting Meetup – This group in for anyone who is interested in crocheting and knitting. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Afro Romance – It’s time to say goodbye to the single life, and make genuine connections with women in Kigali Ville – join AfroRomance today! Sign up today at AfroRomance, create a profile and start getting to know the other members of our website dedicated to interracial romance. At AfroRomance you can browse thousands of available singles ready and waiting for someone like you. [afro romance]

Topface – A fast and easy way to date in Kigali, Préfecture de Kigali, Rwanda. No registration needed, login using Facebook or Vkontakte , use apps for iOS and Android to be online more often. [topface]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Kigali Walk Tour – Kigali Walk Tours specializes in offering exciting and informative short/day tours in Rwanda’s capital Kigali city. We take you to interesting places within Kigali including; the Gisozi genocide site tour and other genocide spots like Nyamata church , Ntarama church, the Nyamirambo Women’s Center, various art studios – Ivuka Studio, Uburanga Studio and Inema Studio, 1 day gorilla trekking trips, community walk to the Iby’Iwacu cultural village , visit Kigali local markets, Lake Kivu eco tours, mountain climbing, golden monkey tracking and so much more. [kigali walk tour]

Rwanda Gorilla – Our work team comprises of professional, passionate and knowledgeable staff members will advise you, provide you with adequate knowledge about your desire safari itineraries and educational tours to exclusive and specialized Rwanda Uganda Safari locations showcasing the rich African culture, people and history, Nature, Wildlife and Primates tracking and the most fantastic activity, gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda as well as Bwindi national park in Uganda. [rwanda gorilla]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

A Visit to the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village – The Iby’iwacu Cultural Village is the most visited cultural village in Rwanda. An interactive cultural visit here is most interesting enlightening. Many of those who you will meet were poachers and now are making a living for themselves and their families from cultural tourism. [kabiza]

Dip your toes into Lake Kivu – Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s best place to relax and chill out after gorilla tracking, after being on safari in Rwanda. Lake Kivu is bilharzia free and not only can you dip your toes here, you can swim in it, there are no hippos nor crocodiles found here. [kabiza]

Enjoy the sunrise with one of the World’s best Coffees – from Rwanda – The founder of Kigali Richard Kandt distributed many coffee plants all over Rwanda and one can be sure that others followed. Today some of the world’s best Arabica Coffees come from the Land of a Thousand Hills – Rwanda. [kabiza]

Grilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park – Track the Mountain Gorillas – the experience of a lifetime and the 1 reason most visitors journey to Rwanda – Land of a Thousand Hills. There is nothing like it – that one hour with the Mountain Gorillas in the shadow of the Virunga Volcanoes is simply the most amazing experience and well worth the effort involved. [kabiza]

Have a meal at Hotel Rwanda – Hotel des Mille Collines – Most everyone has seen the movie Hotel Rwanda – and one of the things you can is have a meal and drink at the real Hotel Rwanda – Hotel Des Mille Colllines. It is amazing how many people have their picture at the entrance by the Hotel sign, well it is more enjoyable to have a meal within. [kabiza]

Spend a day with those lovable Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest – You can hear them before you see them, those lovable and most interesting chimpanzees found in Nyungwe Forest. Chimpanzee Trekking, one of the top things to do in the Land of a Thousand Hills Rwanda. [kabiza]

Spend time with the Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park – Tracking the endangered Golden Monkeys is a great activity while at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. You are already here, tracking Mountain Gorillas, simply allow for a morning to track the endangered Golden Monkeys that are only found in the Virunga Volcanoes and here in Volcanoes National Park is a golden opportunity to track the Golden Monkeys. [kabiza]

Take the Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park – Imagine being 40 to 50 meters above the forest floor, looking into the canopy of the forest and now it is at eye level and you can see primates, birds, butterflies in a way that you would have not seen before. [kabiza]

Try Rwanda’s National Dish – Goat Brochettes – Try eating one of Rwanda’s favorite Dish – Goat Brochettes. If you do not like Goat, try a Beef Brochette, in restaurants you can even get a chicken one. Every bar, pub, restaurant, has some version of Brochette, some even come with some vegetables. At times you might hear them referred to as Kebabs, however most will call them Brochettes and you have not eaten in Rwanda until you have tried some Goat Brochettes. [kabiza]

Visit the Kigali – Gisozi Genocide Memorial – Rwanda is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries, it is also a country where one of the continent’s most horrific events took place, the Genocide against the Tutsi People. In 100 days one million people were slaughtered. [kabiza]

Festivals

Festivals

Assumption Day (August 15) – About 65% of the population in Rwanda is Christian, of which the majority are Catholic, so a celebration surrounding the assent of Mary into heaven is a vibrant and lively affair. Assumption Day marks the time when Mary, the mother of Jesus, ascended into heaven after her death. Rwandan communities honor this with ginormous feasts, dancing and music. Like any other public holiday, this feast will make getting around in the morning and afternoon fairly difficult in Rwanda, so make sure to plan ahead if you are preparing to travel out of any Rwandan city that day. [the culture trip]

International Peace Marathon – Rwanda is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” and although this may seem a daunting setting for runners, it has become the perfect place for the International Peace Marathon held annually in May. This is always a jubilant event, bursting with color and oozing with enthusiastic and energetic participants. The first marathon was held on 15 May 2005, a poignant date which marked a decade since the Rwandan Genocide. Over 2000 runners of varying abilities from over 20 countries come to participate in the International Peace Marathon, drawing athletes from all over Africa and Europe. It’s an activity-filled day which also inspires a communal interconnectedness, and it is definitely worth entering if you’re an avid long-distance runner looking to explore Rwanda’s gorgeous hills. Be careful, however; the altitude reaches 1500 meters, so it’s worth undertaking altitude training before you begin the race. [the culture trip]

Kwita Izina: The Gorilla Naming Ceremony – The birth of a baby is considered a momentous occasion in Rwanda, with each newborn presented to the public amongst a tummult of happiness and praise. And this tradition even extends to gorillas. For an experience unlike any other, attend the Kwita Izina, the Gorilla Naming Ceremony, a country-wide event where baby gorillas are introduced to the local communities, formally named and celebrated. The event is extremely popular, with gala balls held in honor of the ceremony throughout the country, and in recent times an increasing number of conservationists and celebrities have supported the celebration, and the strong importance it places on respecting, appreciating and monitoring wild animals. [the culture trip]

Umuganda (Public Cleaning) Day – Umuganda is a Rwandan national day of community service. Between 08:00 and 11:00 on Umuganda, Rwandan civilians take part in a country-wide ban on road traffic, whilst everyone participates in communal work for the public good. Much like a day of community service in the United States, most of the work involves cleaning, including a washing of the streets and parks. There are other ways of commemorating the holiday too, and some locals choose to plant trees and participate in environmental work. A strange and endearing spectacle to see a busy and bustling country coming together to engage in public service activities, this event is deeply respected by the Rwandan people, and is a revered communal day which aims to better the health of the country. [the culture trip]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus & Minibus – Rwanda has efficient and reliable public transport. Privately run buses cover the entire country and, with scheduled departure times, you won’t find yourself waiting for hours while the driver scouts for more passengers. Tickets are bought in advance from a ticket office, which is usually the point of departure. [lonely planet]

Moto-Taxi – Most towns are compact enough to walk around, but otherwise a moto-taxi is a good bet. They’re generally fast but safe, and there’s nearly always a helmet for the passenger. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Taxis are only really necessary in Kigali, though taxis are available in most other major towns. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

NetSquared Kigali – We are a chapter of NetSquared, a global community that enables nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and free agents to leverage the tools of the social web for change. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Rwanda – Muraho, and welcome to InterNations’ expat community in Rwanda, where you can find all the information you need before you begin your adventure. It’s perfectly natural to have anxieties when considering taking such a big step as relocation, and you might have questions like, “should I move to Kigali or Butare?”, “what is the overall safety of Rwanda?”, or “which vaccinations will I need?”. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

Places in Rwanda

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