Landmarks of Rwanda

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Most interesting landmarks of Rwanda

Rwanda is densely inhabited country with undulating hills, gorgeous lakes and volcanoes. Country has left the nightmarish 1990s in the past and is progressive, tidy and welcoming.
Rwanda is increasingly popular destination for observation of fauna and jungle walks (including treetop walks). Nevertheless, in spite of the impressive landscape, there are few well-known landmarks of international fame.
Below are listed some of the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Rwanda.

Natural landmarks of Rwanda

Caves

  • Musanze Cave – Northern Province. 2 km long lava tube with many entrances, popular tourist destination. Served as a refuge for local people during unrest but, unfortunately in 1994 it was used as a site for massacre. Site contains natural bridge.
  • Ubuvumo Bwibihonga – Western Province. Longest known cave in Rwanda, 4,530 m long system of lava tubes.

Hot springs

  • Bugarama Hot Springs – Ruzizi, Cyangugu. Hot springs emanating in a large pool.
  • Nyamyumba Hot Springs – Western Province, Rubavu. Natural outflow of hot springs with healing properties.

Waterfalls

  • Ndaba Falls – Western Province, near Kivu Lake. Some 100 m tall waterfall which flows over almost vertical cliff.
  • Rusumo Falls – Eastern Province and Tanzania, Kagera. Waterfall on Kagera River, approximately 40 m wide and 15 m tall.

Man made landmarks of Rwanda

  • Nyanza King’s Palace (Rwesero Art Museum) – Southern Province. Palace of the king of Rwanda – Mutara III (ruled in 1931 – 1959), unusual building with circular form. Now it serves as art museum.

Described landmarks of Rwanda

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Rusumo Falls: -2.382370, 30.783262

Featured: Rusumo Falls

Rusumo Falls at high water, Rwanda
Rusumo Falls at high water / FrooiOhnesorg, / CC BY-SA 2.0

The fate of Rusumo Falls seems to be decided – in a few years here will stand the dam of Rusumo Power Station. This is a pity, as these beautiful falls have a special place in the history of Rwanda.

Recommended books

Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda


As stated by the C.S. Monitor, ” A breathtaking view of Rwanda and its people…dazzling pageantry ” names, famous and infamous, stream through the pages.

Rwanda (Bradt Travel Guide)


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.

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