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Trip to Rwanda - Visit Nyungwe Forest National Park
Rwanda Safaris offer a remarkable exploration to the land of a thousand hills! Whether arriving via Kigali International Airport or major land ports like Katuna and Cyanica from Uganda, Goma & Ruzizi 1 from Congo, Russumo boarder from Tanzania or Burundi boarder, the Rwanda tour encounter traverses this beautiful destination that has positioned itself among the incredible Luxury destinations on the African continent.
The Safari in Rwanda offers a great combination or customized exclusive encounters featuring extensive wildlife exploration in Akagera National Park including the Big 5, remarkable Primate encounters including Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Chimpanzee trekking and Colobus Monkey trek, adventure Mountaineering expeditions to Karisimbi and Bisoke, canopy walk – the first of its kind in Africa, historical and heritage tours and recreational encounter on the expanse waters of Lake Kivu and its sandy beaches.
Where to go for Rwanda Safari
Rwanda Safari is carried out in her National Parks including Volcanoes National Park famous for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Golden monkey tracking in Rwanda, Bisoke hike & Dian fossey hike, Akagera National Park for Rwanda Wildlife Safaris and then, Nyugwe National Park for Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda, adventure canopy walk, Colobus Monkey tracking among others.
Besides the Rwanda Safari National Parks, other places of interest in Rwanda include; the last Royal Palace of Rwandan Monarch at Nyanza, the National Museum of Rwanda in Butare with over 100,000 artifacts, the dark places associated with the 1994 Rwandan genocide including the Kigali Genocide memorial at Gisozi, Murambi genocide site, Nyamata genocide memorial among others.
Kigali City apparently among the best cities on the African continent is also a destination of its own for Rwanda tours.
When to go for Rwanda Safari / the best time for Safari in Rwanda
Rwanda features an impressive tropical highland climate. It can also be noted that weather also has an effect on the best visiting time for Rwanda Safari.
Rwanda lying in the south of the Equator enjoys high altitude and features considerable rainfall amounts. The temperatures differ largely between the locations motivated by altitude though little from month to month in one place. In Rwanda’s capital Kigali, the mean temperature for the day is around 21°C.
Rwanda features extended rain seasons from March to May and in these months, the rain is heavy and considerable persistent. From the months of June to Mid-September, there is a considerable dry season which makes it an ideal time for undertaking a safari in Rwanda.
From the Months of October to November, Rwanda is marked by shorter rainy season which is later followed by a dry season from December to February. Just to note that with climate change, these seasons can at times be affected.
In Rwanda, it can be noted that there is usually light cloud cover in both rain and dry season which helps in moderating temperatures and also brings along light rain showers occasionally.
The dry seasons offer good time for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda as the forest trails won’t be slippery and muddy. However, Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is better done in the rainy seasons as there is plenty of food and Chimpanzees do not move to distant places.
Major Rwanda Safari Categories / types.
Rwanda Gorilla Safaris to Volcanoes National Park have for long been the most popular safari category in Rwanda but with the increment in the Gorilla permit price to $1500pp, the other categories like Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari to Nyungwe National Park or Rwanda Wildlife Safari to Akagera National Park have received considerable attention. The Rwanda cultural tours & Rwanda historical tours also form part of the Rwanda Safari product.
Rwanda Safari Accommodation
Accommodation on Rwanda Safari tours is offered in three different classes namely; Budget, Midrange & Luxury. The standard of lodges might differ with various destinations depending on how many properties are in place.
Luxury lodges / hotels in Rwanda include; Protea by Marriot, Serena Hotel, Radisson Blue & Hotel Mille Colline in Kigali, One & Only Nyungwe house in Nyungwe National Park, Magashi Camp & Ruzizi Tented Camp in Akagera National Park, Serena Resort at Lake Kivu, Bisate Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback, Virunga Lodge and Singita Kwitonda Lodge in Volcanoes National Park.
The Midrange Lodges/ Hotels in Rwanda include; Hotel Chezlando in Kigali, Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel in Nyungwe National Park, Akagera Game Lodge in Akagera National Park, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge & Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge in Volcanoes National Park, Cormoran Lodge in Kibuye and Paradis Resort at Lake Kivu.
Budget lodges/ hotels in Rwanda include; Gisakura Guesthouse in Nyungwe National Park, Dereva Hotel close to Akagera National Park, Hotel Paradis Malahide at Lake Kivu and Muhabura Hotel in Volcanoes National Park.
Safari Cost for Rwanda Safari
The Cost for Rwanda Safari tours is determined basically by the safari category that you are undertaking, the number of days to spent on safari in Rwanda, the accommodation category that you intend to sleep in while on Rwanda tour and the type of Safari vehicle to be used.
The Rwanda Gorilla Safari would of course involve purchasing a gorilla permit currently sold at $1500 per person while the Chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda would involve purchasing the Chimpanzee permit currently sold at $90 per person while the Rwanda wildlife safari to Akagera National Park involves budgeting for park entrance fees currently at $40pp, park ranger guide fees of $40 for a full day and then other activity fees like boat cruise on Lake Ihema.
We, at Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd, we will be more than excited to customize a safari package that suits your interests and budget.
Rwanda Visa Policy/ What to know about Visa policy for Rwanda
Every Rwanda safari undertaker is required by the government of Rwanda to purchase a Rwanda Visa apart from those that hail from countries which are Visa exempt. The nationals from all countries that are not visa exempt can obtain the Rwanda Single entry Visa upon arrival at Kigali International Airport or its major land boarders valid for 30 days upon payment of $30pp. The Rwanda Visa can as well be applied online via the Immigration portal or through Rwandan diplomatic mission in your country. One should have a minimum of 6-month valid passport and a blank page where the visa stamp can be put.
The nationals of the following countries are Rwanda visa exempt for 90 days period; Angola, Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Mauritius, Philippines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Sudan, Tanzania & Uganda.
Holders of diplomatic passports from the following countries are Rwanda Visa exempt; Djibouti, China, Ethiopia, India, Gabon, Israel, Mozambique, Morocco, Namibia, United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
Time in Rwanda while planning a safari to Rwanda/ what is the time in Rwanda?
The destination Rwanda is GMT +2 thus 1 hour behind the neighbouring Uganda. This is very helpful to know especially if doing a combined Uganda Rwanda Safari. Uganda is GMT+3. Travellers on safari in Rwanda ought to know that Rwanda doesn’t have timing difference resulting from summer and winter months.
Which Currency to expect in Rwanda during Rwanda safaris
Rwandan Franc (RWF) is the official currency of Rwanda and its available at all Forex Bureaus in the country and all entry points including Kigali International Airport and land boarders. However, other international currencies like US Dollars, Euros and British Pound are acceptable at major hotels or shopping centres in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s International Dialling Code – while code to put while making a call to reserve your safari in Rwanda
Rwanda International Dialling Code is +250 and then, you put the number that you intend to call eliminating the 0 digit at the start of the number itself.
How to get a local Rwandan Sim Card on Rwanda Safari
It is possible to get a local sim card while arriving for a tour in Rwanda. Look out for Telecom company shops at Kigali International Airport or Kigali city itself and request to purchase the local sim card. Telecom company options include MTN Rwanda, Airtel Rwanda and TIGO. The passport and the Hotel reservation are required. The line costs $1 to $2 and the process takes about 30 minutes.
Food in Rwanda – what food to expect on Rwanda safari
Rwandan food varies from ordinary to good. It is the Belgian inspired cuisine along with fresh fruit that are mostly good. Rwanda observes high hygienic standards, no wonder, her capital Kigali is the cleanest city in the whole of Africa. The local food in Rwanda mainly include; sweet potatoes, corn, beans, millet, peas, fresh fruit such as Ovacadoes, mangoes and Papayas. The local/traditional Rwandan food combinations include; Umutsima – a mixture of Corn ad Cassava, Isombe – a mixture of Cassava plant leaves with egg plant and Spinach and then Mizuzu got from fried plantain. While on Rwanda tour, you can also explore the Ikigage – a local beer brewed out of Sorghum. Rwanda also has finest factory produced beers and the common ones are; Primus, Skol & Murtzig. Of course, International wine brands are also present in Rwanda.
Travelling in Rwanda while on Rwanda Safari Tour
4X4 Vehicle is recommended in Rwanda due to the nature of the terrain. Rwanda is a hilly country but the road network from the capital city Kigali to various regional towns which are also close to Rwanda tour destinations like Volcanoes NP, Nyungwe NP & Akagera NP is tarmacked and in good condition. Roads inside National Parks are not paved and can be rocky like the case of Volcanoes or compromised by heavy rains like the case of Akagera NP. It is always recommended to go with a local driver who understands roads better and respective speed limit. Driving in Rwanda is on the right-hand side and the speed limit ranges from 40 to 80km/hr.
Language in Rwanda – what language to expect while on Rwanda Safari?
The dominant language spoken in Rwanda is Kinyarwanda since Rwanda is a homogeneous nation. French is also majorly used followed by English and Kiswahili.
Vaccinations required for Rwanda Safari/ Is Yellow Fever Vaccination mandatory for travel to Rwanda? Mandatory Vaccinations for Rwanda and Recommended Vaccinations for Rwanda.
Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory for travellers coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission or a country with an active yellow fever outbreak. Below are countries with a risk of yellow Fever transmission;
In Africa; Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
In Americas; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.
The Yellow Fever Certificate becomes active at 10 days from the date of Vaccination. This means that you need to have taken it at least 10 days before you arrive for a safari in Rwanda.
Recommended Vaccines for travel in Rwanda include; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies, Malaria and Meningitis. Out of these, the anti-malarial tablets are the ones which are commonly given consideration.
Rwanda’s Historical past in brief;
The land of a thousand hills a popular slogan that she derives from her rolling hills, the destination Rwandan was traditionally a monarch like most of the African societies. A homogeneous nation with three tribal groups, the hereditary Kingship was from the Tutsi and palace of the last two Kings of Rwanda; King Musinga and his son King Rudahigwa still thrive at Nyanza to the south of Kigali. The other tribes included the Bahutu and the Batwa who all lived together in harmony complimenting each other as they did different things; the Tusti were pastoralists, the Hutu were cultivators while the Batwa were good at pottery.
With the coming of Colonialists and use of divide and rule policy, the Belgians stratified the society according to these tribal groups and used the local leaders who in this case were the Tutsi to administer and implement the colonial practices which included forced labour. This in turn created strong divisions among the Rwandans which later culminated into the Rwandan Revolution of 1959 that saw many Tutsis go to exile. The exiled Rwandese who were majorly Tutsis made several attempts to return home but would always be repulsed by the Hutu regime that was in power until 1990 when a strong force of Rwanda Patriotic Front made an invasion and this civil war resulted into the bloody ethnic conflict in Rwanda that led to death of over 800,000 Tustis and moderate Hutus.
Following this unfortunate incident, it’s surprising how the Rwandan society has recovered to build one of the fastest growing economies on the continent and made all possible to build social cohesion amongst the citizens. This history forms part of the Rwanda tour product and sites of reference still exist as living testimony of what transpired in the Rwanda’s past.
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Wildlife Safaris in Rwanda – Wildlife Tours Rwanda Wildlife Safari Rwanda
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Rwanda Location on Google Maps
Rwanda Safari Attractions
Time in Rwanda while Planning a Safari to Rwanda
Rwanda has no time difference that is posed by the summer and winter months. What should be noted that the destination Rwanda is two (2) hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) also known as the Prime Meridian. Read More about Planning a Safari to Rwanda
Which Currency to expect in Rwanda during Rwanda safaris
Rwanda uses Rwandan Franc abbreviated as RWF and it can be got at the Airport on arrival by exchange any foreign currency that you might have carried along with you or in any other foreign exchange bureaus in Kigali city. Find More Information about Rwanda
Rwanda’s International Dialing Code – while code to put while making a call to reserve your safari in Rwanda
+250 is the Rwanda’s International Dialing Code and this is flowed by the respective number that you want to contact. If you are interested in making a call from Rwanda to outside world, you can dial 001 for the USA or 0044 for the UK. Telephoning can be made using the Rwandatel which is the largest Telecommunication Company in Rwanda. Know More about Rwanda
Food in Rwanda – What Food to Expect during a Rwanda Safari
The Rwandan food differs from the ordinary to good. The Belgian inspired cuisine and fresh fruit are commonly good. It should also be noted that Rwanda maintains a considerable hygiene standards though variability in results. The local Rwandese cuisine features sweet potatoes, beans, corn, peas, millet, fresh fruit, such as Ovacadoes, Papayas and mangoes. The combination of Corn and Cassava locally named Umutsima, the combination of Cassava Plant leaves with spinach and eggplant named isombe and fried plantains named mizuzu are noted to be the poplar traditional dishes of Rwanda. The drinks include; local beer and a locally sorghum brewed beer named ikigage. More Information about Rwanda
Travelling in Rwanda – Accessing various Rwanda Safari Sites
In Rwanda, if you have a 4WD Vehicle whether you intend to do a self-drive or take a driver, you can traverse the whole of it. The hilly landscapes at times present road sections that make the 4WD drive ideal. It should also be noted that most of the main routes in Rwanda are tarmacked but the road network in more rural areas tend not be tarmacked and are at times in poor condition. It would be more ideal to take a local driver who is well conversant the landscapes if you are visiting for the first time. Find More about Travelling in Rwanda
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