Rwanda a small landlocked country is located in east Africa and among today’s leading ecotourism destination for primate and wildlife safaris. The country was in the early 1990’s affected by genocide that claimed many people’s lives! However today, Rwanda is among the safest and leading safari destinations on the continent. Below is important information one may need to know while planning for a trip to this beautiful country.
Rwanda can be accessed by both road and air transport. By road its very possible if some one is traveling from Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania. There is a well-coordinated road transport network from the above-mentioned countries to Rwanda. Tourists traveling overseas can get to Rwanda by air using various air carriers that operate at Kigali Kanombe international airport. Rwanda also has a national carrier (Rwanda air) that operates in different parts of the world.
Best Time To Visit
Rwanda is a tropical country with 2 main seasons – the dry and wet season. You can enjoy a Rwanda tour any time of the year. The country can therefore be visited at any time of the year. Tourists going for primate safaris (especially gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park) are however encouraged to visit the country during the dry season from around December to February and from June to October because it’s when its very easy to move through the forested mountains to get to the primates in their natural habitats.
Top Places to See in Rwanda
Looking for where to go in Rwanda? There are lots of destinations you can visit in Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. From national parks to lesser known places, there are lots of places to visit in Rwanda. Most popular places include Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Where To Stay
Rwanda has a fast growing hospitality industry with a number of accommodation facilities ranging from lodges, inns, motels, hotels, and cottages among others. These are evenly distributed all over the country and in the different wildlife destinations (national parks). These employ well skilled hospitality workers who are always ready to attend to one’s needs.
Accommodation facilities in national parks usually provide great scenic views of the surrounding environment.
There are also a number of restaurants and eateries that prepare both local and international cuisines using locally grown ingredients.
What To Pack
Though there are essential things that you should not miss in your backpack, the definitive packing list usually depends on the activity you are to do in Rwanda. Tourists going on primate safaris like chimpanzee and mountain gorilla trekking are recommended to at least go with 2 long sleeved shirts, 2 short sleeved shirts, 2 or 3 pairs of trousers especially those that can dry quickly, a water proof jacket, a rain poncho, hand gloves, strong hiking shoes, insect repellant, binoculars, a good camera, sunglasses, a sweater and some other personal necessities that may be of great personal use.
Tourists should also ensure to get their yellow fever and malaria certificates early enough. Those who come from countries that Rwanda requires visas should also endeavor to apply for the visas on line early enough. Tourists who have plans to visit Uganda or Kenya should ensure to apply for the east African tourist visa that gives access to Uganda and Kenya.
Important To Note
A Rwandan franc is the wide spread currency commonly used in Kigali and all parts of the country. Tourists should therefore have some little change in Rwandan francs.
Foreign currencies especially dollars are accepted at the large shopping centers and hotels most especially in Kigali. Transactions can also be done by credit cards (Visa Cards and Master cards). However these are also accepted in few places like hotels in Kigali.
Tourists should avoid moving with valuables along the streets at night as they can be robbed.