Rwanda is the world's premier gorilla-tracking destination and was made famous as the setting for the film Gorillas in the Mist. However there is much to see beyond magical encounters with gorillas: Lake Kivu, the mountain-ringed inland sea; the immense Nyungwe Forest National Park with its chimpanzees, monkeys, and rare birds; and the wild savanna of Akagera National Park. Written in an engaging and colourful style this new edition is packed with personal anecdotes of people and places met across the country. With an emphasis on eco-tourism, there is a dedicated chapter to each of the national parks outlining all the practicalities: how to get there, how to obtain a permit; where to spot wildlife; how to identify flora; and how to identify the best trips offered by tour operators. Rwanda provides the most comprehensive coverage of any English-language guidebook on the market.
- Paperback | 328 pages
- 134.62 x 213.36 x 35.56mm | 430.91g
- 19 Mar 2013
- BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
- Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
- 5th Revised edition
- 16pp colour photos + 20 maps
"Rwanda is excellent; it captures the mood of the place and gives a positive and accurate account of a fantastic country." - Art of Travel"Every now and again you come across a guidebook which goes far above and beyond the humdrum list of exchange rates, visa requirements and one-line descriptions of sights and amenities. This guide is just such a book. It gives the prospective visitor real and detailed insights into the country, its people, history, flora and fauna. Even if you end up never going to Rwanda, you will feel you know the place quite intimately by the time you get to the final page." - Wildside"At last, a well-written and dedicated guide to Rwanda." - Footprints"Rwanda is an excellent book that I have recommended to all the visitors who come to Rwanda and who want to know more than just the superficial accounts from the press. This guide presents a clear and balanced overview of events in Rwanda's recent past, considered by many Rwandans to be one of the fairest representations. The book also describes the charm and attraction that make this country so different." - Dr Annette Lanjouw, Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme
About Philip Briggs
Philip Briggs is a long-standing Bradt author who has written a series of pioneering guides to destinations that were practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry. These included the first dedicated guides to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Somaliland, Ghana and the previous edition of the guide Rwanda.
Table of contents
Introduction vii PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography 3, Natural history and conservation 3, History 6, People 24, Language 25, Religion 26, Education 28, Culture 29 Chapter 2 Practical Information 33 When to visit 33, Tourist information and services 33, Tour operators 34, Red tape 35, Embassies and consulates 35, Getting there and away 36, Safety 39, What to take 43, Money 46, Budgeting 47, Getting around 49, Accommodation 53, Eating and drinking 54, Public holidays and events 56, Shopping 56, Media and communications 57, Cultural etiquette 60, Becoming involved 60, Investing in Rwanda 63 Chapter 3 Health 65 Before you go 65, On the ground 69, Animals 74, Useful contacts in Kigali 75 PART TWO THE GUIDE 77 Chapter 4 Kigali 79 Getting there and away 82, Getting around 83, Tourist information 86, Tour operators 87, Where to stay 88, Where to eat and drink 97, Nightlife 102, Arts and entertainment 103, Sport 104, Shopping 105, Other practicalities 111, What to see and do 112, Excursions further afield 119 Chapter 5 The Road to Huye (Butare) 125 Muhanga (Gitarama) 125, Ruhango 133, Nyanza 134 Chapter 6 Huye (Butare) 141 Getting there and away 141, Getting around 142, Security 142, Where to stay 142, Where to eat and drink 146, Nightlife 146, Shopping 147, Other practicalities 147, What to see and do 147, Excursions from Huye 149 Chapter 7 Nyungwe Forest National Park 155 Orientation 156, Park fees 156, Natural history 157, Getting there and away 166, Where to stay and eat 167, Trails and activities 170 Chapter 8 Lake Kivu 177 Rusizi (Cyangugu) 178, Karongi (Kibuye) 184, Rubavu (Gisenyi) 192 Chapter 9 Musanze (Ruhengeri) and Surrounds 211 Getting there and away 211, Where to stay 213, Where to eat and drink 219, Tourist information 219, Other practicalities 220, Excursions from Musanze 221 Chapter 10 Volcanoes National Park 235 Wildlife 235, History, conservation and ecotourism 236, Getting there and away 240, Where to stay and eat 241, Gorilla tracking 244, Golden monkey tracking 251, Other hikes 253, Iby'iwacu Cultural Village 256 Chapter 11 Eastern Rwanda 259 The Gicumbi (Byumba) road 259, The Nyagatare road 262, The Rusumo Road 266 Chapter 12 Akagera National Park 273 Natural history 275, Getting there and away 281, Park fees 281, Where to stay 284, Activities 284 Chapter 13 Goma and Virunga National Park (DRC) 291 Entrance and border formalities 292, Security 293, Goma 293, Virunga National Park 297 Appendix 1 Language 303 Appendix 2 Further Information 309 Index 317