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Bradt Travel Guide: Rwanda

Travel Guide

Series: Bradt Travel Guides

By: Philip Briggs(Author), Sean Connolly(Contributor)

359 pages, 13 pages with colour photos, 2 pages with 1 colour map; b/w maps

Bradt Travel Guides

Paperback | Dec 2015 | Edition: 6 | #226765 | ISBN-13: 9781841629278
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About this book

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. Bradt Travel Guide: Rwanda provides the most comprehensive coverage of any English-language guidebook on the market.

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Introduction vii

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

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

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Philip Briggs is the world's leading writer of guidebooks to and about Africa. He has been exploring the continent for 30 years. This edition has been updated by Sean Connolly. Raised in Chicago and educated in New York, Sean is a full-time culture fiend (read: anthropology graduate) and stays on the move whenever possible. He has been an English teacher in Somaliland, a student in Ghana, a writer in Mozambique, and a backpacker across much of the African continent.

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