FACTS & GEOGRAPHY OF RWANDA

Also known as ’The Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda is a landlocked country situated in East Africa, bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and the democratic republic of Congo to the west.

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Land Area:  26,340Km²
Population: 11.78 million
Average Temperature: 24.6 – 27.6ºc. Hottest months: August, September. Rainy seasons: March – May and October – November
Altitude: 1000-4500m above sea level.
Main water bodies: Lake Kivu, Lake Muhazi, Lake Ihema, Lake Bulera, Lake Ruhondo, Lake Mugesera.
Highest point: Karisimbi volcano (4,507m)

Languages: English, French, Swahili, Kinyarwanda

NATIONAL SYMBOLS OF RWANDA

The Rwandan Flag
National Seal of Rwanda

The National Anthem 

Rwanda Nziza

Rwanda nziza Gihugu cyacu
Wuje imisozi, ibiyaga n’ibirunga
Ngobyi iduhetse gahorane ishya.
Reka tukurate tukuvuge ibigwi
Wowe utubumbiye hamwe twese
Abanyarwanda uko watubyaye
Berwa, sugira, singizwa iteka.

Horana Imana, murage mwiza
Ibyo tugukesha ntibishyikirwa;
Umuco dusangiye uraturanga
Ururimi rwacu rukaduhuza
Ubwenge, umutima,amaboko yacu
Nibigukungahaze bikwiye
Nuko utere imbere ubutitsa.

Abakurambere b’intwari
Bitanze batizigama
Baraguhanga uvamo ubukombe
Utsinda ubukoroni na mpatsibihugu
Byayogoje Afurika yose
None uraganje mu bwigenge
Tubukomeyeho uko turi twese.

Komeza imihigo Rwanda dukunda
Duhagurukiye kukwitangira
Ngo amahoro asabe mu bagutuye
Wishyire wizane muri byose
Urangwe n’ishyaka, utere imbere
Uhamye umubano n’amahanga yose
Maze ijabo ryawe riguhe ijambo.

 

The National Anthem (English Translation)

Beautiful Rwanda

Oh beautiful Rwanda, our country
Land of hills, lakes and volcanoes
Be blessed our motherland
Let us laud you and proclaim your greatness
You who brought us forth and keep us together
Be gracious, live long and always be praiseworthy

God be with you, our precious heritage
What we owe you is beyond measure
Our common culture is our identity
Our language unites us all
Let our minds, hearts and vigour enrich you
So that you may forever advance

Our valiant forefathers
Gave the best of themselves
To make you a great nation
You fought foreign domination
That befell our Africa
Independence was your prize
And we will all defend it

Stay the course our beloved Rwanda
For you we are ready to make the sacrifice
So peace may reign among your people
So you may live in unlimited freedom
May you be renowned for your zeal,
May you forge ahead
May you live in harmony with all nations
And may dignity be your strength