Rwanda

Rwanda travel information, Rwanda travel guide and need to know information including flight Information, when to go, visa requirements, health advice, government travel advice, travel news, recommended books and maps, money matters, getting around and other essential travel information for Rwanda.

Map of Rwanda

Plugs and Electric in Rwanda

Electricity

Voltage

230v

Frequency

50hz

Plug

Round two pin plug, or two pin with grounding pin

Flights in Rwanda

Rwandair fly three times a week from Kigali to Cyangugu, Karembe on the western border with the DRC, they also fly to Johannesburg, Kilimanjaro, Bujumbura (Burundi), Entebbe and Nairobi.

Rwandair flights in Rwanda

www.rwandair.com

Rwandair Express began operations on 1st December 2002 as the new national carrier (passenger Air transportation as the core activity) for Rwanda with a concession to carry out airport ground handling (ancillary activity) at Kigali International airport, Kanombe. The only domesic routing is from Kigali to Cyangugu.

Flights from UK to Rwanda

British Airways flights from United Kingdom to Rwanda

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British Airways fly daily from London Heathrow to Nairobi with onward connections on Rwandair Express to Kigali. Flight time approximately 12.30-13.30 hours depending on connections

Ethiopian Airlines flights from United Kingdom to Rwanda

www.ethiopianairlines.com

Ethiopian fly once a week from London Heathrow with a connection in Addis Ababa. Is approximately 13 hours depending on flight connections.

Kenya Airways flights from United Kingdom to Rwanda

www.kenya-airways.com

Kenyan Airways fly daily from London Heathrow to Nairobi, with onward connection on Rwandair Express to Kigali. Flight time Is approximately 13 hours depending on flight connections.

Virgin Atlantic flights from United Kingdom to Rwanda

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Virgin fly daily from London Heathrow to Nairobi, with onward connection on Rwandair Express. Flight time approximately 13-4 hours depending on connections.

SN Brussels Airlines flights from United Kingdom to Rwanda

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SN Brussels Airlines fly from London Gatwick to Brussels with onward connection to Kigali 4 times a week. Flight time approximately 12 hours depending on connections.

Rwanda Culture and Traditions

Despite their extraordinary recent history, Rwandans are ordinary people who, like people everywhere, respond positively to courtesy and a smile. Always ask permission before photographing daily scenes or people (and perhaps pay a small fee), and avoid flaunting your relative wealth.

Weather in Rwanda

A combination of tropical location and high altitude ensures that most of Rwanda has a temperate year-round climate. Temperatures rarely rise above 30C by day or below 15C at night throughout the year. However the upper slopes of the Virunga Mountains are colder, and the lower-lying Tanzania border area protected in Akagera National Park is hotter. Throughout the country, seasonal variations in temperature are relatively insignificant. Most parts of the country receive in excess of 1 metre of precipitation annually, with the driest months being June to September and the wettest March to May.

Seasonality

Rwanda is a destination that can be visited at any time of year. The long dry season runs from June to September, the wet seasons run from March to May and September to December. December to March is a generally unreliable period. Mountain gorillas can be accessed year-round but are easier to track in the dry. Chimps are normally more accessible when it’s wetter. Lake Kivu is beautiful at any time of year.

Best Time to Visit

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Rwanda

Local Currency

Rwanda Franc (RWF)

General Advice

The US Dollar is the hard currency of preference. The local currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF).

Money Exchange

Only commercial banks can cash traveller’s cheques.

ATM Availability

ATM machines are not widely available in Rwanda and should not be relied on. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or theAmerican Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

These are only accepted in some large hotels always check first

Other Information

The Rwandan Franc comes in the following denominations: 5,000, 1,000, 500 and 100 notes. 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 coins. The majority of transactions in Rwanda are handled in cash.

Entry Requirements for Rwanda

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel
Canada Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel
Denmark Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel
Netherlands Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel
New Zealand Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel
South Africa Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel
United States Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel
United Kingdom Visas are required by all nationalities, these must be obtained before travel

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Rwanda

Buses

Public buses and minibuses cover all parts of the country – typically fares are under £1 per 50 km. Minibuses are packed full of up to 12 people at any time and generally do not leave until completely full. They are cheap but inherently unsafe because of overcrowding, bald tyres, general poor maintenance, and seeming lack of any sort of driver training. Moto taxis are inexpensive but completely unsafe.

Taxis

Taxis are available in main towns and are convenient if you are starting from city or town centres, but due to the lack of street names taxis are hard, almost impossible, to call to pick you up from a residential area. They are also generally unavailable after 2100 or on Sundays.

Car Hire

There are no international car hire companies in Rwanda, local companies operate from Kigali. If you are driving in Rwanda take extreme care, many Rwandans drive at excessive speeds, with careless driving, and the lack of basic safety equipment on many vehicles. Watch out for pedestrians, cyclists, and livestock on the roads. The lack of streetlights pose hazards so avoid travel at night. Dirt roads, particularly the Gisenyi-Kibuye-Cyangugu road, are treacherous. Consider using four-wheel-drive vehicles. Police may stop travellers at roadblocks and search vehicles and luggage.

Ensure that you have adequate insurance, if you are responsible for causing an accident your drivers licence will be confiscated for three months, and if an accident results in death you may be subject to a jail sentence of up to six months. If found drunk and driving you will be jailed for 24 hours and fined 20,000 Rwandan francs.

Driving

Roads between all main towns and international borders are surfaced. Driving is on the right hand side

Trains

There is currently no rail network in Rwanda, though there is talk of a link being built in the future between Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, and another between Kigali and Isaki.

Boats

Limited boats operate on Lake Kivu.

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