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Rwanda Travel Guide

Key Information: Trip to Rwanda

Unlock all the essential details for your Rwanda adventure, from visa requirements to health information, currency, and more, with insights from our expert Rwanda travel guide.

Renowned for its abundance of primates, Rwanda beckons with the chance to encounter endangered mountain gorillas and explore captivating hiking trails. Beyond its iconic inhabitants, Rwanda boasts stunning lakes, dense jungles, diverse birdlife, and remote island communities waiting to be discovered.

As Rwanda emerges as a sought-after tourist destination, it’s essential to arm yourself with knowledge about the country, including visa regulations, health advisories, and safety tips. Our comprehensive Rwanda travel guide is designed to equip you with everything you need to navigate the country seamlessly, ensuring a memorable and hassle-free journey.

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Visa and entry

Visas are available upon arrival for citizens of all countries, with no prior application required, at a fee of USD 30 per person. It’s important to have USD notes printed in 2013 or later. However, please note that depending on traffic and the number of arriving guests, the immigration process can take one hour or longer.

Health information

Travelers visiting East Africa from countries with a yellow fever risk must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination. Malaria is prevalent year-round, so it’s advisable to pack mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing, particularly during the rainy season.

For those planning gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda, it’s crucial to note that gorillas are susceptible to human diseases. Visitors with contagious illnesses, such as the flu, must inform their guides and refrain from joining the trek to ensure the safety of these endangered primates. Gorilla treks typically last between one to four strenuous hours each way, with two to three hours being the average duration in each direction. It’s important to mention that children under 15 years old are not permitted to participate in gorilla trekking activities.

Language and religion

Rwanda recognizes Kinyarwanda, French, and English as its official languages, with Kinyarwanda being widely spoken, being a prominent Bantu language. Similar to Kirundi, spoken in neighboring Burundi, Kinyarwanda forms part of the broader dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi. Swahili is also prevalent in Rwanda, especially in urban centers and tourist hubs, though its usage is less common in rural areas where Kinyarwanda predominates.

In terms of religion, the majority of Rwandans, approximately 65%, identify as Roman Catholic, with another 9% adhering to Protestantism. Islam represents a small fraction of the population, accounting for only about 1%. Additionally, a significant portion of Rwandans, around one-fourth, maintain traditional indigenous beliefs, often alongside their Christian faith. This syncretism reflects the diverse religious landscape of Rwanda, where cultural and religious practices intersect and coexist.

Currency and cards

In Rwanda, US dollars are widely accepted in major cities, although smaller shops may only transact in local currency. It’s important to note that if you’re using dollar bills, ensure they were printed in 2013 or later, as older bills may not be accepted. Most establishments also welcome international credit cards, primarily Visa and Mastercard. However, it’s worth noting that American Express cards are not commonly accepted in many areas.

Popular Trips to Rwanda

Volcanoes Gorilla Trek

Volcanoes Gorilla Trek

4 Days

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$3500

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If you have limited time, then Rwanda is where to go gorilla trekking in Africa, from volcanic mountains, dense…

Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Trek

Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Trek

7 Days

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$6500

 / person

This 6 Days Rwanda gorillas and chimps trek is an exceptional Package to explore Rwanda primates and a boat…

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

5 Days

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$4500

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5-Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking is among of the best and memorable trip when you’re in a visit to Rwanda,…

Rwanda Classic Safari

Rwanda Classic Safari

5 Days

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$4900

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Join this exciting 5-Days Rwanda Classic Safari, during this tour you’ll experience what Africa is all about with nature…

Rwanda Chimps Trekking

Rwanda Chimps Trekking

4 Days

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$2400

 / person

This 3-Days Rwanda Chimps trekking will take you to the Nyungwe Forest National Park placed in the southwestern Rwanda…

Best Places To Visit

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is a stunning conservation area located in eastern Rwanda. Spanning over 1,100 square kilometers, it’s

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Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s Great Lakes, is a stunning and serene body of water located along the

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Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park, located in Rwanda, is a breathtakingly beautiful protected area known for its lush rainforests, diverse

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park, located in southwestern Rwanda, is a sprawling tropical rainforest covering over 1,000 square kilometers.

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Kigali City

Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, is a vibrant and rapidly developing metropolis known for its cleanliness, safety,

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Things To Do

From lush forests and towering volcanoes to endangered mountain gorillas and museums chronicling the country’s tragic past, Rwanda offers a wealth of experiences. Explore indigenous cultures in remote villages and discover the many things to see and do in this captivating country. Here’s a list of the top highlights that should definitely be part of your tour!

Safety

Since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has stabilized greatly. It is relatively easy, safe and simple to travel around the country and tourism is on the rise. Enjoy a seamless and stress-free Rwanda vacation with some basic safety guidelines compiled by our team.

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