After the 1994 genocide, there was nothing left of Rwanda but ashes, blood and tears. Today, the country continues its rapid reconstruction, proud to be a model of resilience. One can only be admiring it, even if everything is not rosy. Kigali, once a sleepy capital, has become an entrepreneurial city that is changing dramatically. We are building with arms: towers are being built, new neighbourhoods are being built. The telecommunications sector is booming: mobile telephony, fibre optic networks, Internet... The country is even planning to become a kind of African Singapore! Elsewhere in Rwanda, asphalt is replacing the tracks, while hotels and restaurants are opening one after the other, proof of renewed confidence and the gradual opening of this country, which has suffered too much from being landlocked, geographically and mentally.
An abundant nature :
Green landscapes, hilly reliefs full of surprises, friendly fauna and flora, surprising lakes: the traveller, and especially the hiker, will find there enough to quench his thirst for nature protected from pollution. To the southwest, the primitive forest of Nyungwe will delight both budding botanists and skilled scientists, but also hikers in search of an eden to explore, smell and admire. In the north, Rwanda is dominated by the majestic Volcanoes Park, all extinct, and there are five of them: Karisimbi (4,507 m), Bisoke (3,711 m), Sabyinyo (3,634 m), Gahinga (3,474 m) and Muhabura (4,127 m). Their wooded slopes are home to a unique species: the mountain gorilla, our distant cousin. This meeting represents the ultimate experience as described by the Anglo-Saxon tourists, who are very numerous in the region. Finally, a third park, to the east, is reborn like a phoenix: Akagera. Even if it has been reduced by a third of its surface area, it remains one of the most beautiful sanctuaries of African fauna (it once again hosts lions and recently black rhinos which have earned it the title of "Big Five"), and benefits from very changing landscapes, between the plain and the striking escarpment, far from the traffic jams of off-road vehicles as in some parks in neighbouring countries...
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette