Rwanda is sometimes referred to as a land a thousand hills, due to very many rolling hills and beautiful green hills inhabit the country, once you visit this beautiful country you will see these beautiful green hills everywhere. While in Rwanda you will stand a chance to enjoy a lot of many interesting things including culture, nature, primates and the beaches of Lake Kivu!
The most popular Rwanda Park visited by most of tourist is Volcanoes National Park. This park is gifted for housing the endangered mountain gorillas which are considered endangered and they are only found in three countries in the world.
In Uganda these apes are trekked in bwindi national park and in DRC these apes are seen in Virunga national park. Rwanda’s volcanoes national park is located in the northern part of Rwanda near Congo boarder and it’s just a drive of about 2-3 hours from the capital city Kigali.at the park you can also trek the golden monkeys or do different hikes in this dramatic, volcanic landscape.
Not only that but a visit to the Diane Fossy grave also a rewarding experience as you will be able to get more informative information about this woman managed to habituated and stay with the gorillas for a period of over 18 years.
While in Rwanda You can still visit Nyungwe NP, re known as one of the world’s most beautiful and oldest rainforest of Africa. The park inhabit over 13 species of primates and the most commonly known is the chimpanzees our closest relatives which shares almost 98% of human DNA make-up, other primates include different species of colobus monkeys, including the black and white, civet monkey, baboons just to mention but a few. The canopy walk in Nyungwe national park offers the best views of these primates’ just meters from your head, it’s one of its kind activity.
A tour to Rwanda can as well take you in Akagera NP, the park is located on the border with Tanzania. Akagera national park is the Rwanda’s savanna park which houses a wide biodiversity of wild-animals and birds some of which can’t be seen elsewhere in the world.
Games expected to see in Akagera NP include elephant, buffaloes, lion, leopard and rhino, others include Maasai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck among many others. The boat cruise on the lake Ihem is gives another breathtaking chance to sport more species of birds and animals including the hippos and crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes can be seen along the shoreline
Rwanda is officially known as the Republic of Rwanda
it covers as Area of about 26,338 sq km
The last Population census carried-out in Rwanda put its population at: 12 million (July 2013 est.)
Rwanda’s Capital and its largest city is: Kigali
Rwanda’s Largest Cities, with Population
Catholic stands at: 56.5%
Protestant stands at: 37.1%
Muslims stands at: 4.6%
Rwanda is known for having a moderate tropical highland climate, with lower temperatures than are typical for equatorial countries because of its high altitude. Kigali Rwanda’s capital which is located in the center of the country, has a typical daily temperature range between 12 °C (54 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F), with little disparity through the year. There are some temperature variations across the country; the mountainous west and north are generally cooler than the lower-lying east.
Rwanda has two rainy seasons in the year; the first one runs from February to June and the second from September to December. The country has two dry seasons: the major one starts from June to September, and during this season, there is often no rain at all, and a shorter and less severe one starts from December to February.
Rwanda’s official cash is the Rwandan Franc (Rwf).
(in case you need to know the current rates, please refer to Internet sites such as xe.com)
Most of the lodges and restaurant prices in Rwanda are set in US dollars while outside of lodges (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) and in market places Francs will be necessary.
US dollars that are printed beforehand 2006 are not allowed in the country. When you are exchanging money, use big notes (50 or 100 US dollar). The exchange rate of smaller notes is much lower. Make sure notes are not damaged or cut in any way they may refuse to exchange it.
You are advised that you budget your money needs per person
US dollars, Euros and Pounds can be exchanged at any boarder point and Kigali international airport as well as major banks in certain secondary cities. It’s good to have some US dollars with you at all times.
(For the current rates, please refer to Internet sites such as xe.com)
Before leaving the country, you may exchange Francs into Euros, dollars or pounds (obviously at a less favorable rate).
For any person interested in visiting Rwanda must hold a Rwanda visa except nationals of Germany, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, the USA and other East African countries. The rest of the people must either obtain a visa in their country of residence from a Rwandan embassy or high commission. You can get a Rwanda visa online by filling the form.
For travelers willing to get the visa acceptance form online you can follow the bellow steps:
Step 1: Gather the necessary information before surfing to the migration website from Rwanda:
– The invitation letter from Mum and Dad Uganda Tours.
– The entry point into the country (probably Kigali Airport).
– Your passport details
Step 2: Go to the website: https://www.migration.gov.rw/home/
Step 3: Select a Language you understand best.
Step 4: Then click on “Services” and then “Visa”.
Step 5: From there, you will click at “Entry visa” and then “Apply online now”.
Step 6: Fill in form (use the info listed on step 1) and send it.
Step 7: Before shutting down, check if form was sent successfully.
Step 8: You will always receive your visa acceptance by mail mainly 3 to 7 days after sending your form.
On your arrival at the border, you will be asked to present this letter along with US$ 30 for a single-entry which lasts for a period of 30-day visa.
Not all banks in Rwanda have ATMs but the Bank of Kigali and Eco-bank both have ATMs that will admit international Visa cards
When it comes to credit cards, they are not yet used much in Rwanda however, in only major hotels and upmarket lodges they can be used, but these will sometimes add a surcharge.
Traveler Cheques: these are not accepted in Rwanda.
In Rwanda tipping is not a must, however it depends on some one’s heart and interest, tipping is common in the cities these days due to the large international tourist presence. In restaurants, we recommend a tip of about 10% of the bill. If you want to tip your guide/driver, a common tip of usd10 per day is recommended. A tip gives confidence and the person tipped feels happy being appreciated for the work done, so if you don’t mind always give a tip.
In Rwanda, you will only find Western European-style plugs (charger type c) with two pins: 230 V, 50 Hz.
You can find internet in most parts of Rwanda, though some connections out-side Kigali Rwanda’s capital city is generally very slow. WIFI is occasionally available in lodges and it is possible to buy a 3G mobile internet USB dongle to be used with your laptop. It will cost around US$ 30 and is for sale in Kigali along with various sizes of data packages.
Phones and cameras and many other electric devices can be charged in most hotels and lodges. In case you travel with many chargeable stuffs, you are required to carry an adaptor with extra outlets since the amount of outlets is often limited in Rwanda. We therefore advise you to bring extra batteries for your camera, since some hotels don’t have power and power cuts might occur
Before leaving your home country, first contact your general specialist (doctor) at least 8 weeks check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Medical amenities in Rwanda are restricted, particularly outside major towns. Medical help at the scene of an accident is likely to be equally scarce. In the case of a serious accident or illness, departure by air ambulance may be required. Make sure you get ample travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and/or repatriation.
Below you can find emergency contacts to reach Mum and Dad Uganda Tours. We kindly appeal to you to use the office phone for all regular questions.
Rwanda is considered one of the safest countries in the world to travel in and the people are considered to be very gracious and hospitable. However, you should always take the usual safety protections and contact your local embassy for more safety instructions during your tour.