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Rwanda promises an immersive experience, weaving together the country’s breathtaking natural beauty, rich wildlife encounters, and cultural treasures.

Explore the misty jungles of Volcanoes National Park, where the iconic mountain gorillas roam freely amidst verdant vegetation. Experience the awe-inspiring Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony, which is a unique and moving celebration of conservation efforts and the bond between humans and these majestic primates.

Discover the dynamic city of Kigali, a bustling metropolis brimming with energy and innovation. Marvel at the architectural marvels of the Kigali Arena, a state-of-the-art venue hosting world-class events and cultural performances, showcasing Rwanda’s vibrant spirit and forward-thinking vision.

You’ll be enchanted by Rwanda’s diverse ecosystems, from the lush forests of Nyungwe National Park to the tranquil shores of Lake Kivu. Encounter a myriad of bird species, including the colorful Rwenzori Turaco amidst the country’s pristine wilderness. Encounter the majestic elephants of Akagera National Park to the elusive leopards of Nyungwe Forest.

Retreat to luxurious accommodations, where every comfort and indulgence awaits your arrival. From elegant boutique hotels in Kigali to exclusive lodges nestled amidst the wilderness, each property offers an oasis of tranquility and sophistication amidst Rwanda’s natural wonders.

Whether you’re seeking incentive travel for corporate retreats or a bespoke luxury safari for intimate gatherings, our expert team is dedicated to crafting a tailored experience that surpasses your every expectation. Join us on a journey of luxury and discovery as we unveil the wonders of Rwanda in unparalleled style and comfort.

Rwanda is a landlocked country in East Africa with a green, mountainous landscape. Its famous Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The park encompasses the 4,507 m high Mount Karisimbi and 4 other forest-covered volcanoes. In the southwest is Nyungwe National Park, an ancient montane rainforest that is home to chimpanzees and other primates.

Capital: Kigali
Continent: Africa
Government: Republic, Parliamentarism, Unitary State, Presidentialism, Semi-Presidentialism
Currency: Rwandan Franc

It is mandatory to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever, but with a single lifetime dose it will be enough since, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), as of July 2016 this vaccination against yellow fever is valid for life in the person vaccinated. It is also recommended to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid Fever, Tetanus-Diphtheria, Rabies and Polio.

It should also be noted that malaria is endemic throughout the country, so it is recommended to take a specific treatment previously assessed and prescribed by a professional to try to prevent it. Despite this, caution is recommended when visiting the most affected areas.

What to know before you travel..


Security
Rwanda is safe. In fact, it is considered one of the safest countries in Africa, whose people are friendly and hospitable.
Although Rwanda is safe, it is advisable to follow some general safety tips that will help you have the best trip possible.

Be alert in crowded places, such as markets. We recommend not carrying a lot of money with you
Female tourists should wear modest clothing that fits with the local culture

Visit the mountain gorillas
Without a doubt, going to meet the gorillas is one of the main tourist attractions of the place. However, the government has taken steps to protect these animals and ensure that tourism is sustainable and safe. In this sense, it is imperative that you book a guided tour.

Travel insurance
Travel insurance is recommended for all travelers who want to visit Rwanda. If we arrive without it, several representatives of national insurance companies will insist that we buy one from them. Therefore, we should take out travel insurance as soon as possible to guarantee the protection and total security of our adventure.

Currency
The official currency of the country is the Rwandan franc (RWF), although the dollar is also accepted in some tourist places. Rwandan francs have notes of 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 and coins of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.

This currency is not quoted like other international currencies, so we cannot legally exchange our currency for Rwandan francs until we enter the country. Once there, you can find several official exchange houses to change RWF, although you can also get the currency exchange at the airport, in banks or hotels.

We can get about 1,030 Rwandan francs for €1 or 911 for $1.
In tourist areas you can also use a VISA credit or debit card and, to a lesser extent, MasterCard. In any case, the use of cash is advised to avoid possible bank fraud in some local or illegal business.

Mobile telephony and Internet in Rwanda
Compared to the world average, Rwanda lags behind massively in telecommunication development. Under the country code +250 there were a total of 10.91 million connections in 2021. Among them were 10.90 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.81 per person. Worldwide, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With approximately 1,447 web hosts, Rwanda is below the world average by population. At the end of 2020, 1,061 of them, or around 73%, were protected with SSL or comparable encryption.

Voltage
Voltage: 230V
Frequency: 50Hz
Pegs: Type C/J

History
The history of Rwanda has been marked by the rivalry of the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, which has led the country to the most denigrating racial purges. Unfortunately, this small African country is known primarily for its bloody contemporary history, and sources for the perhaps rich ancient and medieval history of the region are difficult to find. At first, the Rwandan territory was inhabited by pygmies of Twa origin, who were especially dedicated to hunting. In the 11th century, they received the Hutus, who settled in a sedentary way and lived with them in peace. In the fourteenth century, Tutsi farmers arrived in the area and became part of a society made up of Twas and Hutus. In the 16th century, the Tutsis began a military campaign against the Hutus and became lords of the Hutu majority in something like a society of feudal lords with a king, a mwami. At the end of the 19th century, the Germans conquered the country. After the First World War the League of Nations handed over the territory to the Belgians and after the Second World War the UN with Belgian help would come to dominate the territory. The Belgians sharpened class differences by labeling a Tutsi with less than ten cows as a Hutu and consequently imposing forced labor on him. Until 1950 education was available only to Tutsi.

Climate
In Rwanda, the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, located just south of the equator, the climate is tropical montane, pleasantly warm all year round.

Much of the country is in fact occupied by a plateau, at an altitude of around 1,500 meters. It drops below a thousand meters only in the westernmost part, along the Ruzizi River, which marks the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and which is therefore the only area where it can get very hot. and it can reach 35 degrees.

The rains are quite abundant, and vary according to the area between 1,000 and 1,400 millimeters per year.

There is a dry season from June to August (July is the least rainy month), and a rainy season from September to May. If one looks more closely, there are two rainy seasons, linked to the passage of the sun to its zenith, from March to May and from September to November: therefore, from December to February, rainfall also decreases, but in a less obvious way. , however, this occurs especially in the north, where 100 mm per month is not reached. Between the two rainy seasons, the most intense is from March to May, and the rainiest months are generally April and May, when 150 mm per month is touched, or in some cases this value is exceeded.

Food
In Kigali, the visitor will find abundant establishments, from quality fast food to very cozy restaurants, where many cuisines are represented: Indian, Italian, Chinese, French, even Japanese, and of course the local gastronomy, as well as various other cuisines from the continent. African. In the provinces, on the other hand, the dishes are usually more rudimentary, based on dried or fresh vegetables, tubers or cereals. Not surprisingly, prices are more expensive in Kigali than in the provinces. Buffets for lunch are often popular and many Rwandans eat huge plates of fish, meat, beans, cabbage, plantains, rice, chips and so on. This passion for buffets dates back to the 1980s, when the government decreed a shorter lunch break for civil servants. The establishments found this formula to make them eat lunch faster

Rwandan cuisine is not very spicy, but it does not lack flavor. The basic seasonings are usually a mixture of onion, garlic, tomato pulp, and bouillon cubes, which are often used in many dishes. In fact, although Maggi cubes may not seem like the most authentic ingredient on the continent, they are very common in many countries in Central and West Africa. For spice lovers, however, there is akabanga. This oil is made from small yellow peppers and can be found in almost every restaurant, as well as in local kitchens. However, be warned that a few drops are enough to fire up the palate. Although Rwanda – rightly nicknamed the “land of a thousand hills” – has long remained landlocked, there are some external influences from Europe, as well as from India and the Arab world, especially visible in the Muslim quarter of Kigali.