Surface area : 26338.0 km2
Population : 9907509 inhabitants
You will find basketry: beautiful mats with geometrical patterns used as wall decorations, or cylindrical baskets with pointed lids. Woodwork is also present, in the form of small representations of shields (ingabo), games (isigoro games) or even traditional musical instruments. Rutongo embroidery is one of the country's specialities. There is a wide range of table cloths, handkerchiefs and sheets available to buy, as well as framed African or Western embroidered patterns. Pottery is also very popular, most objects (vases, jugs, small dishes) are designed for domestic use. Shops are open Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm and to 10 pm in cities.
The Rwandans eat roots (manioc, sweet potatoes, yams) and cook them in all sorts of ways, but especially deep-fried. Peas and beans are the base of Rwandan food. They are generally suggested as a casserole, seasoned with chillies and palm oil and served with fish or chicken dishes. A typical dish is sombé with dried isambas: they are sardines from lake Kivu and manioc leaves. Umutsima is mashed banana or pumpkin, served with various dishes. Zebra steak is one of the most prized dishes. There is local beer and banana wine, considered one of the national drinks.
You must be careful, Rwanda is a country emerging from one of the civil wars that has marked the XXth century. The trials of the genocidal figures are currently being held, prisons are overcrowded and the process of recovery could go on for many years. However, the mountain gorillas of the Virunga volcano range offer, without a doubt, the most renowned attraction. Additionally, the picturesque shores of lake Kivu are recommended for a holiday.