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Cyangugu KME     Kamembe Airport
Kamembe KME See Cyangugu
Kigali KGL Kigali International Airport

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The primary airport in Rwanda for international flights is at Kigali. Often, flights to Rwanda route through Nairobi in Kenya. There are a number of airports in Rwanda. However, not all Rwanda airports have regularly scheduled flights. We do not list the smallest Rwanda airports, since there is no way to provide you flights from those airports. AirGorilla offers flights, hotels, and rental car reservations for Rwanda.

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a small landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of east-central Africa, with a population of approximately 8 million. It is bordered by Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. Its fertile and hilly terrain, which gives it the title "Land of a Thousand Hills," supports the densest populations in continental Africa. The country is well known to the outside world for the infamous 1994 Rwandan genocide that resulted in the deaths of up to one million people. Dependence on subsistence agriculture, high (and increasing) population density, decreasing soil fertility and uncertain climate make Rwanda a country where chronic malnutrition is widespread and poverty endemic.

Rwanda's countryside is covered by grasslands and small farms extending over rolling hills, with areas of rugged mountains that extend southeast from a chain of volcanoes in the northwest. The divide between the Congo and Nile drainage systems extends from north to south through western Rwanda at an average elevation of almost 9,000 feet (2,740 m). On the western slopes of this ridgeline, the land slopes abruptly toward Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi River valley, and constitutes part of the Great Rift Valley. The eastern slopes are more moderate, with rolling hills extending across central uplands at gradually reducing altitudes, to the plains, swamps, and lakes of the eastern border region. In 2006, a British-led exploration announced that they had located the longest headstream of the River Nile in Nyungwe Forest.

Rwanda is a tropical country; its high elevation makes the climate temperate. In the mountains, frost and snow are possible. The average daily temperature near Lake Kivu, at an altitude of 4,800 feet (1,463 m) is 73 F (23 C). Rwanda is considered the lightning capital of the world, due to intense daily thunderstorms during the two rainy seasons (February–May and September–December). Rainfall is generally heavier in the western and northwestern mountains than in the eastern savannas.

Rwanda is a rural country with about 90% of the population engaged in (mainly subsistence) agriculture. It is landlocked with few natural resources and minimal industry. Primary exports are coffee and tea, with the addition in recent years of minerals (mainly Coltan, used in manufacture of electronic and communication devices such as mobile phones) and flowers. Tourism also is a growing sector, notably around ecotourism (Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu) and the world famous and unique mountain gorillas in the Virunga park.

Most Rwandans speak Kinyarwanda. Religions are Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim (4.6% Pre-Genocide, 14% Post-Genocide), original beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001). Due to the widespread involvement of both Roman Catholic and Protestant clergy in the genocide and the shelter and protection given to members of both ethnic groups of all religions by Muslims, widespread conversion occurred causing the Muslim population to jump from 4% to 14%. (airports)


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