Author(s): Philip Briggs
Entering its sixth edition, the Bradt guide to Rwanda continues to provide the most comprehensive coverage of any English-language guidebook on the market. Bradt Rwanda has long been the go-to guide for visitors to this historical and resurgent land of a thousand hills, and it continues to be in a class of its own when it comes to in-depth information on this emerald slice of Central Africa. With freshly researched and updated information on developments across the country, this new edition includes information on the ongoing revival & repopulation of Akagera National Park, up-to-date maps of rapidly modernising Kigali, and the latest on excursions into the neighbouring DRC. Written in an engaging and colourful style, Bradt's Rwanda 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.
The land of a thousand hills comes with surprises over every ridge; trek the dew-laden forests searching for mountain gorillas, swim on the dramatic shores of Lake Kivu, and stop to contemplate the despair from which this country has so magnificently risen at one of the poignant genocide memorials. There is much to see besides gorillas: the mountain-ringed inland sea; the immense Nyungwe Forest National Park with its chimpanzees, monkeys, and rare birds; the wild savannah of Akagera National Park; and, perhaps above all, the endless succession of steep cultivated mountains.
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.
Contents Introduction vii PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography, Natural history and conservation, History, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture Chapter 2 Practical Information When to visit, Tourist information and services, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and events, Shopping, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, Becoming involved, Investing in Rwanda Chapter 3 Health Before you go, On the ground, Animals, Useful contacts in Kigali PART TWO THE GUIDE Chapter 4 Kigali Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Arts and entertainment, Sport, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions further afield Chapter 5 The Road to Huye (Butare) Muhanga (Gitarama), Ruhango, Nyanza Chapter 6 Huye (Butare) Getting there and away, Getting around, Security, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife , Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions from Huye Chapter 7 Nyungwe Forest National Park Orientation, Park fees, Natural history, Getting there and away, Where to stay and eat, Trails and activities Chapter 8 Lake Kivu Rusizi (Cyangugu), Karongi (Kibuye), Rubavu (Gisenyi) Chapter 9 Musanze (Ruhengeri) and Surrounds Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Tourist information, Other practicalities, Excursions from Musanze Chapter 10 Volcanoes National Park Wildlife, History, conservation and ecotourism, Getting there and away, Where to stay and eat, Gorilla tracking, Golden monkey tracking, Other hikes, Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village Chapter 11 Eastern Rwanda "e Gicumbi (Byumba) Road, "e Nyagatare Road, "e Rusumo Road Chapter 12 Akagera National Park Natural history, Getting there and away, Park fees, Where to stay and eat, Activities Chapter 13 Goma and Virunga National Park (DRC) Entrance and border formalities, Security, Goma, Virunga National Park, Bukavu, Kahuzi-Biega National Park Appendix 1 Language Appendix 2 Further Information Index