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Post  kosovohp on Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:22 am

Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors and is now the country's leading foreign exchange earner, generating US$214 million in 2008, up by 54% on the previous year.[53] Despite the genocide, the country is increasingly perceived internationally as a safe destination, and one million people are estimated to have visited the country in 2008, up from 826,374 in 2007.[53] The country's most popular tourist activity is the tracking of mountain gorillas, which takes place in the Volcanoes National Park.[112] Other attractions include Nyungwe Forest, home to chimpanzees, Ruwenzori colobus and other primates,[113] the resorts of Lake Kivu,[114] and Akagera, a small savanna reserve in the east of the country.[115]

The largest radio and television stations are state-run, with Radio Rwanda being the main source of news throughout the country. Most Rwandans have access to radio, whereas television is restricted mostly to urban areas.[116] The press is tightly restricted and newspapers routinely self-censor to avoid government reprisals.[116] Restrictions have been increased in the run-up to the August 2010 elections, with two independent newspapers, Umuseso and Umuvugizi, being suspended for six months by the High Media Council.[117]

The government has increased investment in the transport infrastructure of Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, with aid from the USA, European Union, Japan and others. The transport system centres primarily around the road network, with paved roads between the capital, Kigali and most other major cities and towns in the country.[118] Rwanda is also linked by road to other countries in East Africa, notably to the port of Mombasa via Kampala and Nairobi, which provides Rwanda's most important trade route.[119] The principal form of public transport in the country is share taxi, with express routes linking the major cities and local services serving most villages along the main roads of the country. Coach services are available to various destinations in neighbouring countries. The country has an international airport at Kigali, serving one domestic and several international destinations.[98][120] The country has no railways at present, although funding has been secured for a feasibility study into extending the Tanzanian Central Line into Rwanda.[121] There is no public water transport between the port cities on Lake Kivu, although a limited private service exists

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