Complete Guide to Traveling Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills.

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.

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.

Most travelers to Rwanda get hooked by the country’s beauty just immediately as they land at Kigali international Airport. Imagine the land of impressive beauty where incredible views roam across every angle. Rwanda is an exceptionally beautiful country full of magnificent and unique landscape plus the exciting mountain gorillas that live in Volcanoes national park make the country worth exploring. The land of thousand hills features everything from mountain gorillas, wildlife, chimpanzees, hilly landscape, birds etc.This makes the country unique not like any other travel destination in Africa.

Did you know Rwanda has developed a reputation has one of the top luxury gorilla safari destinations in Africa?.It has long been a historical wild conservation example, and a place of rich culture plus friendly people. If you are interested in an African safari, Rwanda is a country I would recommend See what will  make your Africa holiday incredible.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

The primate play ground in Rwanda is located in the South West corner of the country, Wet seasons are best to explore this park when chimpanzees move at aslow passé having a lot of vegetation to chew and eat around. It’s a great world heritage site in Rwanda good for chimpanzee safaris, canopy walking safaris, waterfall hike and colobus monkey trek. It takes around 2-3 days to explore the natural beauty of this attraction. Visit Rwanda and explore the most interesting primate natural park.

Volcanoes National Park

Find this mountain gorilla park in the Northern Province of Rwanda in the village of Kinigi .Volcanoes national park  is one of the top gorilla safari destinations in the world and also Africa’s most beautiful primate park with rewarding volcanoes. It’s a perfect place for travelers interested in watching gorillas, golden monkey and hiking the great volcanoes of Rwanda. There is nothing exciting like gorilla safari tours in Rwanda in volcanoes national park , the only park where one can see gorillas in a day, hikes are manageable, clear viewing gorilla platform  of the bamboo forest and also tourists are free to make choice of their favorite gorilla family.

Kigali City

This is a lovely city with lots of things to keep you busy for a day trip and its only in Kigali where Rwanda visitors get a true introduction about the natural beauty and history of Rwanda. Kigali is a very beautiful city and much more great things and attractions can be realized as you wander around. The cools views blow your mind away, a walk through the streets of Nyamirambo make you mix up with locals, if you have an evening g free, going to watch a movie at Century Cinema is a real deal. Besides, all casino Kigali is open ,and those who enjoy shopping can explore the co-opertive and get some handmade Rwanda products as souvenirs ,spa & sauna places are also open, taking a ride to the genocide museum is another thing that can occupy your day. Kigali has too much to offer and you will find your favorite during your Rwanda safari tour.

Akagera National Park

Among the major attractions in Rwanda, Akagera national park is very perfect for Rwanda wildlife safaris and bird watching tours.Akagera has put Rwanda on the map of fine wildlife destinations in Africa especially after the reintroduction of lions and Black Rhinos. Enjoy unique vegetation and wildlife like Buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, lions, black rhinos, giraffe, zebras, hippos etc. Can’t live out the multiple bird species that is estimated to around 480. Any trip to Akagara national park is a awesome experience that you should give a try while in Rwanda.

Lake Kivu

A stunning beautiful lake and an incredible place to visit any time, swimming is just fine since the lake waters are clean with no hippos, sun bathing makes you relaxed, a boat cruise to the islands can occupy your afternoon and playing in sand depends on your interest. Don’t miss to spend some time here in leisure and also catch up with the lake sunset views that are spiced with fishermen on the lake..

Travel Planning

Getting There

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.

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.