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Rwanda

The beautiful country, Rwanda, is chock full of adventures and excitements owing to the bustling city life, wild mountain gorillas, panoramic vistas of wildlife and nature, and more than words can describe. Watch out for the golden monkeys and gorillas at Volcanoes National Park and take a stroll through the untainted rainforest at Nyungwe National Park. Enjoy canoeing in peace at the picturesque Twin Lakes and examine the ethnographic collections at the beautiful Ethnographic Museum.

Must Do Adventure

  • The Gisozi Genocide Memorial is also popular as the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It honors the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. It has the remains of more than 250,000 people. Kigali is one of the most peaceful zones one can visit during the Rwanda Tour. The memorial was opened in the year 2004, just 10 years after that terrible and heart-wrenching massacre. It will take around two to three hours to explore the whole park. This memorial is all about the tragic consequences of human violence.

    The Heart Wrenching story of Gisozi Genocide Memorial
  • This national park is situated in northwestern Rwanda. It has covered 160 square kilometers of the rain forest and encompasses 5 of the 8 volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains, namely Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura, Bisoke, and Karisimbi. This national park is the home to the Mountain Gorilla and the golden monkey. Also, it was the base for the primatologist Dian Fossey.

    Nature’s Blessing-Volcanoes National Park
  • Nyungwe Forest National Park covers an area of 1,000 km² in southwestern Rwanda and is an area of incredible biodiversity with rainforest, bamboo, grasslands, and swamps. The main attraction of the National Park is primates, where up to 13 different species have been identified, a quarter of the continent, including some groups of chimpanzees and colobus accustomed to humans that can be visited accompanied by park guides. It is also a paradise for bird lovers with almost 300 species, butterflies, trees, and orchids that climb the tall trunks.

    Greenery of Nyungwe Forest

Bucket List Experience

Volcanoes National Park

Do not miss experiencing Gorilla trekking during Rwanda Tour. Without a doubt, the number one thing to do in Rwanda is gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park. The nerves and fears of trekking dissipate the moment you see the gorilla family. Seeing mountain gorillas is a magical encounter that surpasses any other safari experience. There are currently some gorilla families habituated to humans in Rwanda and each family can be visited by a maximum of 8 people per day.

Kigali

Kigali is the capital of Rwanda. Also, it is the most populous city. Kigali is situated in the center of the country. Uninhabited since the 11th century, what remains of Kigali is now home to the Twas, Tutsis, and Hutus. The city rests on several green peaks and beautiful lush valleys. It has a Muslim neighborhood and bustling market. The Rwanda capital is the side of the battles that left more than a million, most moderate Tutsi Hutus, dead. 

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.

king's-palace-museum

King's Palace Museum

The King’s Palace, located in Rwanda’s Nyanza ya Butare district, was the traditional seat of Rwanda’s kingdom. This historical location was of key importance during the colonial era. The museum itself is just as interesting as the four-legged creatures out back. It showcases a replica of a king’s palace from the 15th century with a thatched roof, royal hut, and fresh milk hut traditionally run by an unmarried woman.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

One of the most important forest conservation areas in all of Africa, Nyungwe Forest National Park contains a spectacular array of biodiversity, including 1,068 plant species, 322 species of birds, and 75 types of mammals. Most tourists come to this rainforest to track chimpanzees, which have been habituated to humans by park rangers. This animal encounter is a fraction of the cost of gorilla trekking, yet no less memorable.

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. It’s characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains and savannah. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles.

When to Visit

Peak Season

The ideal time to visit Rwanda is from mid-May to mid-October. During this time, it has a long dry season, and also this time is perfect for tracking gorillas.

Travel Guide

Location

Rwanda is in the Central and Eastern part of Africa.

Capital City

Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda.

Main Airport

Kigali International Airport is the main airport in Rwanda.

Language Spoken

Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French, and English are the widely spoken languages in Rwanda.

Currency

The currency of Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc.

Visas

Rwanda allows e-visa facilities to certain countries with a visa on arrival facility.

Electricity

Rwanda is able to generate electricity from natural energy resources including methane gas, solar, and hydro. Currently, it has only 218 MW of installed generation capacity.

Vaccinations

Rwanda is a Yellow Fever region of Africa. It is highly recommended to take proper precautions against Malaria. You should ask your physicians before traveling to Rwanda. Other than this, WHO and CDC recommend these following vaccines for Rwanda Tour: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, pneumonia, polio, rabies, meningitis, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chickenpox, shingles, and influenza.

Emergency Calls

112 to Call the police

FAQs about Rwanda

What is internet access like in Rwanda?

Internet connectivity is improving in Rwanda and a traveler can expect to get smooth access in most of the major hotels.

Can I use my mobile while in Rwanda?

Rwanda people still use landlines but standard 900 band mobiles usually work. 

How are the toilets like in Rwanda?

All standard hotels are gradually developing flush toilets but keeping the toilet papers in packing list will be a good idea.

Can I drink the water in Rwanda?

Tap water is fine in most of the areas in Rwanda for bathing and brushing. However, we recommend drinking only bottled water on your trip.  

Are credit cards accepted widely in Rwanda?

All the major credit cards are accepted in Rwanda. A traveler can withdraw 200,000 RWF maximum per transaction. 

What is the convenience of ATM access in Rwanda?

Getting ATM access in Rwanda’s urban area is no longer a challenge.

What to wear in Rwanda?

Try carrying light weighted dresses suitable for hiking and do not forget to take your hiking shoes while packing for Rwanda Tour.

Is Rwanda safe for women to travel solo?

Solo female travelers are totally safe here in Rwanda. 

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