Traveling to Rwanda for holidays
What’s the location of Rwanda? Rwanda branded as “The land of a thousand hills” is geographically located in the Eastern part of the African continent sharing borders with Uganda in the North, Tanzania in the East, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West and Burundi in the South.
How to get there? Usually visitors from different countries of the World access it by air transport means and there are several flights of different airlines flying in and out to different countries of the World. Rwanda also has its main airline branded as Rwanda Air with direct flights to different countries of the World.
Where to land in Rwanda? Usually all flights from different countries of the World including Rwanda air land in Kigali international airport which is a few kilometres from Kigali city.
What’s required for entry permission. There are three documents required at the customs such that you are issued with entry permission to Rwanda including valid passport, entry visa and valid yellow fever vaccination card
- Valid passport. This is a major requirement for entry permission to Rwanda and it’s considered to be valid when it’s still valid for six months to its expiration date. It’s should be reading the details of the holder including names, photo, nationality and more.
- Entry Visa. You can either apply for this in advance before your travelling dates using any Rwanda embassy or consulate in your home country or apply for it on arrival. It costs $30 USD per person.
- Valid yellow fever vaccination card. This card usually approves and indicates that you are free from yellow fever disease; it should be signed and approved by a doctor from your home country.
How to transfer from the Airport. You can either book with a local tour operator for pick up from airport or hire a special taxi on arrival for transfer up to your hotel of residence. But its advised that you arrange all pick up services with a local tour operator than using on arrival hired special taxi as you will be over charged when compared to using transport services for a local operator.
Where to stay on arrival. Arriving at Kigali airport, the nearby city is Kigali situated with different accommodation facilities reserved for visitors to stay at affordable prices. Depending on your time of arrival it’s also possible to transfer to any other town or place in Rwanda for overnight stay if it’s your need or depending on itinerary.
Which means of transport are used in Rwanda? There are three means of transport in Rwanda including Road transport, air and Water transport but Road transport and air transport means are the mostly used particularly in the tourism sector.
What’s the nature of accommodation in Rwanda? Rwanda is situated with different accommodation facilities in its different regions reserved for tourists and other visitors to stay at affordable prices.
These facilities are categorised into three including budget, mid-range and luxury facilities which are characterised with good services offered to clients.
Is Rwanda characterised with different services? Exactly Rwanda is a rewarding destination characterised with different services offered in different towns and cities including banking services, public transportation, Forex exchange services, internet services, shopping malls for shopping like supermarkets, Baltics and more, Communication services like phone shops, service centres for different Telecommunication companies, Car service centres, fuelling stations, mobile money services, fast foods, Electricity, Water, hospitals, Casinos, different eating outlets and more.
Is Rwanda secure? Rwanda is one of the safest destinations in the Eastern part of the African continent characterised with stable security, no rebel attack threats and politically stable. Different police stations are distributed in different regions of Rwanda to provide security to local residents and visitors to the country.
Food in Rwanda. Rwanda is recorded with different local foods served in different restaurants and hotels although other food staffs on international level are served in hotels and restaurants which allow in international clients from different countries of the World to Rwanda.
Culture in Rwanda. Rwanda is recorded with different tribes including the Hutus, tusi and more plus different cultural sites, language of origin is Kinyarwanda although most people in Rwanda speak French since they were colonised by France but currently most people and the entire country are resorting to English speaking.
Some of the cultural sites in Rwanda include Kigali genocide memorial and other genocides, National museum, Aziz life, craft shops, Iby’wacu cultural village and more. Several cultural events are carried out in Rwanda per year including Omugaanda, Kwita Izina and more.
Currency used in Rwanda. Rwanda’s currency is called Rwandan Francs, other currencies which are exchangeable while in Rwanda include US dollar, UK Pound, Euro, South African Rand, Ugandan Shillings, Kenyan Shillings, Tanzanian shillings and more.
If you are to stay in Rwanda for a couple of days and hoping to seek for their services, it’s recommended that you convert your home currency into Rwandan Francs at any Forex exchange outlet.
What’s the nature of Rwanda’s climate? Rwanda experiences two seasons annually including the dry season which is characterised with low precipitation and high temperatures plus the rainy season which is characterised with high precipitation rates and low temperatures.
Which mode of travelling to use while in Rwanda. Usually three options of travelling while in Rwanda are resorted to by different tourists from different countries of the World; these options include hiring a 4x4 Safari jeep for self-drive, use of public transportation services and travelling with a local tour operator.
Basing on experience use of public transportation is not recommended but others are fine to use and most recommended, public transportation is not convenient characterised to be time wasting due to delay on the way and to some extent not secure at all because even clients who tend to use it end up getting problems on the way like theft, loss of properties and more.
Best way of exploring Rwanda on budget. The best way of exploring Rwanda on budget is opting to use cost friendly services which include accommodation, transportation services, meals and activities performed.
For transportation its better you hire a Car with a good car rental agency in Rwanda and go self-driving to its major points of interest, if not budget self-contained rooms hiring camping gears at affordable prices and go camping in Rwanda’s major tourist sites is the best option.
Besides self-driving you can also book for a customised Safari with a local tour operator but sticking on budget services to be used.
Best time of Visiting Rwanda. Rwanda the land of a thousand hills experiences both dry season and rainy season per year, so it’s advisable that you visit Rwanda during months which are characterised with medium rainfall and sunshine since Rwanda is dominated by hills you should mostly consider the ease of accessibility to different National parks in Rwanda and other places of interest.
The best recommended months of visiting Rwanda include June, August, September, December, January and February.
Where to go while in Rwanda. Rwanda is recorded with several exciting places to go located in different regions of the country including National Parks, Game reserves, Sanctuaries, Cultural sites and other places of interest.
- National Parks. Rwanda is recorded with three approved popularly known National parks which provide habitat to its different Wildlife species, these Parks include Volcanoes National Park in the North western part of Rwanda which is popularly known for the shy endangered ground dwelling Mountain Gorillas, Nyungwe Forest National Park in the South western part of Uganda which is popularly known for the Chimpanzee primate species.
The other Park to go is Akagera National Park in the Eastern part of Rwanda; this Park is popularly known for great offering of Rwanda’s Wildlife including the African Big Fives.
- Cultural Sites. Rwanda is recorded with different Cultural sites which bring out clearly Rwanda’s culture and these include the National Museum, Iby’wacu cultural village, and more
- Other places. Other exciting places to go in Rwanda include Aziz life experience centre, craft markets, genocide memorials like Kigali genocide memorial, Lake Kivu and more.
What to see while in Rwanda. Rwanda is recorded with different attractive features particularly Wildlife species including Wild animals like African Big fives (Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions, and Rhinoceros), Kobs, Zebras, Giraffes, Bush bucks, reed bucks and more.
Other species on list include apes like shy endangered ground dwelling herbivores Mountain Gorillas, Primates like Chimpanzees, Golden monkeys, vervet, Mangabey, baboons, Colobus monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys and more, Reptiles include snakes, chameleon, geckos and more plus different bird species which are recorded sightable in Rwanda’s major birding hotspots including endemic species and non-endemic species.
What to do while in Rwanda. Several exciting activities are recorded on Rwanda’s what to do list while in Rwanda which are usually performed by different tourists or visitor to the country.
These exciting activities done include Mountain Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, Canopy walk, Game drives, boat ride, Golden monkey tracking, Mountain hiking, Dian Fossey hike, Mountain biking, Iby’wacu cultural experience and more.
Nature of people in Rwanda. All tribes of people in Rwanda are welcoming, they like association and interaction with different people from different countries of the World, additionally people in Rwanda speak mostly French and they are not used to English.
Few people in Rwanda can express their selves in English although there are currently resorting to English learning.
What’s the capital city of Rwanda? The capital city of Rwanda is Kigali city which is a few kilometres from Kanombe where Kigali airport is located.
What to pack for a Rwanda Safari? Some of the most prominent requirements to pack for a Rwanda Safari include Wearing gears like enough clothes, shoes and more, some snacks for eating while on Safari, some medication recommended from your home doctor, insect repellents and other gadgets used during your leisure time like Personal computers, tablets, mobile phone, cameras, and more.
Is it safe to drink unboiled water in Rwanda? It’s not advisable to drink unboiled water while in Rwanda because you may affected by waterborne diseases. Its recommended that you buy packed water or if you book with a local tour operator ask for water if it’s not provided but am 100% sure that water for drinking will be provided on the start of your Safari.
Is it safe to book on last minute? It’s not advisable to book for a Safari or any other service in Rwanda on last minute because like if your Safari includes Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking or Golden monkey tracking you may book on last minute yet the permits are over so it’s better you book in time such that everything is arranged on time.
Which modes of payment are used for booking a Rwanda Safari? There are three acceptable means of payment including Wire transfer on to the bank account, pay by credit card or you pay in cash on arrival.
When you choose for a wire transfer it’s required that you do this in time because the wired money takes some number of days to reach on to the account, usually if you Safari includes Gorilla trekking you have to send money for the permit in time so paying on arrival mode cannot work for this case