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Kitchen Connection Goes to: Rwanda!



View of the hilly horizon in Nyamirambo, an outlying part of Kigali, Rwanda

By Jennifer


Official Name: Republic of Rwanda

Capital: Kigali

Official Language(s): Kinyarwanda, English, French

National Dish(es): Ugali, Isombe, Matoke



By Fanfo


Fun Facts: Agriculture and cattle is the traditional way of life in Rwanda.

Fresh sugarcane

By comzeal

"Insider Foodage"

*Country:  Rwanda

*Continent:  Africa

*Capital: Kigali

*Largest City (ies):  Kigali

*Culinary travel destination(s):   

*Primary Language(s):   Kinyarwanda, English, French

*%Urban to Rural:  17.2%

*Primary Agricultural Exports:  Vegetables, Fruits

*Population: 13,653,385

*Food expenditure for one week:  $305.55

*Caloric intake available daily per person:  2,050 kcal

*Alcohol consumption per capita: 9 liters

*Obese population: 5.8%

*Big Mac Price:  $5.42

*Meat consumption per person per year: 6.5 kg

*Prevalence of Hunger:  31.4 %

*Culture:  Rwandan culture

The culture of Rwanda is a very diversified and it has a unified state since pre-colonial times unlike many countries in Africa. It not only includes the population of Rwanda but also Kinyarwanda speaking people in the neighboring states particularly Uganda and Congo. There are 3 main ethnic groups in the Rwandan culture namely Hutu, Tusi and the Twa and these are based on perceptions of historical originals and not cultural differences. All the three speak the same language, live interspersed throughout the same territory and also practice the same religions. Rwandans living in Uganda and Congo include refugees as well as Kinyarwanda speakers who lived outside Rwanda for generations and all these usually maintain a strong identification with the Rwandan national state.


*National Dish (es):   Ugali, Isombe, Matoke

*National Drink(s):  Fruit Juice, Milk, Wine, Beer

*Major Holidays/Special Holiday Foods: 

*Main religions: Roman Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity,Islam


*Banquet (party) dishes:

*Indigenous communities and their dishes: Hutus, Tutsis and Twa (Batwa). Populations of these groups have been estimated previously to be: Hutus (84 per cent), Tutsis (15 per cent) and Twa (Batwa) 33,000, amounting to around 0.3 per cent.


*Native species: Even-toed ungulates in Rwanda

Blue duiker

Common warthog

Black-fronted duiker

Yellow-backed duiker

Giant forest hog

Weyn's duiker


Bohar reedbuck

Common hippopotamus

Roan antelope

Grey duiker

African buffalo

Water chevrotain








Peter's duiker

Carnivores in Rwanda

African civet

Wild cat

African golden cat

Spotted hyaena


African palm civet

Marsh mongoose

Slender mongoose

African lion

Egyptian mongoose


Banded mongoose

Honey badger

Speckle-throated otter

African clawless otter

Striped polecat

African wild dog

Side-striped jackal

African striped weasel

Bats in Rwanda

Rüppel's pipistrelle

Peter's dwarf epauletted fruit bat

Lesser long-fingered bat

Greater long-fingered bat

Angolan free-tailed bat

Midas free-tailed bat

Geoffroy's horseshoe bat

Railer bat

Eloquent horseshoe bat

Rüppell's horseshoe bat

Gland-tailed free-tailed bat

Hildebrandt's horseshoe bat

Sundevall's roundleaf bat

Spotted free-tailed bat

Lander's horseshoe bat

Cyclops roundleaf bat

Little free-tailed bat

Long-haired rousette

Little collared fruit bat

Noack's roundleaf bat

African yellow bat

Nut-colored yellow bat

Cape hairy bat

Welwitch's bat

Bate's slit-faced bat

Hairy slit-faced bat

Madagascan large free-tailed bat

Large-eared slit-faced bat

Dwarf slit-faced bat

Egyptian slit-faced bat

Yellow-winged bat

Large-eared free-tailed bat

Straw-coloured fruit bat

Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat

Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat

Dobson's fruit bat

Franquet's epauletted fruit bat

Hyraxes in Rwanda

Bush hyrax

Western tree dassie

Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Rwanda

Cape hare

Bunyoro rabbit

Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Rwanda

Burchell's zebra

Black rhinoceros

Pangolins in Rwanda

Cape pangolin

Giant ground pangolin

Primates in Rwanda

Potto gibbon

Mohol galago

Lesser bushbaby

Black-cheeked white-nosed monkey

Owl-faced guenon

L'hoest's guenon

Blue monkey

Angolan black-and-white colobus

Eastern black-and-white colobus

Garnett's greater galago

Gray-cheeked mangabey


Elephants in Rwanda

African elephant

Rodents in Rwanda

Natal multimammate mouse

Carruther's mountain squirrel

Jackson's praomys

Forest giant squirrel

Woodland thicket rat

African groove-toothed rat

Shining thicket rat

Red-legged sun squirrel

Ruwenzori sun squirrel

Toad mouse

Pygmy mouse

Thomas's pygmy mouse

Gray-bellied pygmy mouse

Moon striped mouse

African wading rat

Peters' hybomys

Giant rat

Gambian rat

Ruanda mole rat

Montane hylomyscus

Stella hylomyscus

Boehm's gerbil

Cape porcupine

Delany's mouse

Kemp's gerbil

Rufous-nosed rats

Savanna gerbil

Remarkable climbing mouse

Charming thicket rat

Typical lemniscomys

Kivu climbing mouse

Kemp's thicket rat

Gray glimbing mouse

Greater cane rat

Tropical vlei rat

Chestnut climbing mouse

Medium-tailed brush-furred rat

Congo forest mouse

Rahm's brush-furred rat

Striped ground squirrel

Woosnam's brush-furred rat

Hinde's rock rat

Hildegarde's broad-headed mouse

Kaiser's rock rat

Boehm's bush squirrel

Hopkins's groove-toothed swamp rat

Dwarf multimammate mouse

Creek groove-toothed swamp rat

Guinea multimammate mouse

Aardvark in Rwanda


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