Rwanda, “The land of a Thousand Hills”.
The Republic of Rwanda is in central and east Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and its geography dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.
The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture. Coffee and tea are the major cash crops for export. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. Rwanda is one of only two countries in which mountain gorillas can be visited safely, and visitors pay for gorilla tracking permits. Music and dance are an integral part of Rwandan culture, particularly drums and the highly choreographed intore (dance of heroes) dance. Traditional arts and crafts are produced throughout the country.