From savannah plains to the rainforest with chimpanzees & gorillas and from the busy capital Kigali to the idyllic Lake Kivu: Rwanda has it all! The "land of a thousand hills" has been restored impressively after a fierce history and is completely ready to be discovered by you!
The nickname "Le pays des Mille Collines", or "the land of a thousand hills", owes Rwanda to the beautiful landscape. Everywhere there are rolling hills with beautiful tea plantations, tropical rain forest, and picturesque Rwandan villages. This is Africa at its best! The volcanoes National Park in the north guarantees adventurous treks on the volcanoes and encounters with mountain gorillas & rare golden meerkats. On the vast Lake Kivu, you can experience the local fishing life and beautiful sunsets. Also, look for the chimpanzees in the tropical Nyungwe Forest or go for walks among the bright green tea plantations. In the eastern Akagera National Park, you can spot the big 5 during the jeep safari! Of course, there is also a time during your trip to reflect on the turbulent Rwandan history.
Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The contract is a general guide to the tour, region, and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives to the same level and value for money. Kindly note that water scares in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.
Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local partner. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, we have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391
Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag, or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.
What to Pack? – Packing list
• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures, and a telephoto lens (in the 200-400mm range) to catch animals at a distance; Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colors. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension), and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for C and J Type Plugs.
Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.
Visa & Entry requirements As a tourist, an e-visa is obtained before arrival in Rwanda. It is valid for a maximum stay of 30 days. You have to make sure that your passport is valid for another 6 months from the day of departure from Rwanda. As well you will need proof of traveling out of Rwanda.
Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com
Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.
Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.
Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular, the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. The use of drones in national parks in Rwanda is allowed when having the right permits, these permits need to be obtained by our team 2 months before your arrival.
Electricity For Rwanda, there are two associated plug types, types C and J. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins and plug type J is the plug that has three round pins. Rwanda operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Religion Christianity is the largest religion in Rwanda.
Climate Rwanda has a temperate tropical highland climate, with lower temperatures than are typical for equatorial countries due to its high elevation. Kigali, in the center of the country, has a typical daily temperature range between 12 °C (54 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F), with little variation through the year.
Best time to visit The best wildlife-viewing months in Rwanda is during the Dry season, from June to September. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can’t avoid rain completely. Walking in the forest is easier in the Dry season and that is also the recommended time for most primate walks, including gorilla trekking.
Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Rwanda. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.
Money and currency In Rwanda, the local currency is the Rwandese Franc. You can bring USD, Euros, or Pounds and exchange them at any bank in Kigali. American Dollars that are series 2006 or earlier are not accepted and very difficult to change in Southern and Eastern Africa, because of past forgeries. Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit card payments may be subject to an extra charge, varying from 3.5% - 5%.
Dress code During the safari, we recommend you wear comfortable clothes in natural colors like beige, khaki, and green. Always bring a hat while on safari as it’s easy to catch a sunburn. During safaris, comfortable shoes like sports shoes are recommended. In the case of hiking, comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. In cities and villages, we advise you to wear modest clothing as Rwanda is a conservative country.
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