Practical Information For Rwanda
  • Home
  • Practical Information For Rwanda

Practical Information For Rwanda

On this page, we will provide you with all the relevant Practical Information For Rwanda you may need before starting your Rwanda Safaris.

Basic Information

  • Official Name: Republic of Rwanda
  • Area: 26,338 sq km
  • Capital: Kigali
  • Population: 12 million

Largest Cities With Higher Population

  • Kigali: 745,000
  • Butare: 89,000
  • Gitarama: 87,000
  • Ruhengeri: 86,000

Language

  • Official Language: Kinyarwanda (the first language) French and English.
  • Other Language: Swahili (Kiswahili), Rwanda-Rundi and Bantu
  • Business Language: French, English

Rwanda Time Zone & Climate

There is no daylight saving time so, the clock remains unchanged in Rwanda.

Rwanda Climate & Temperature

  • Because of the higher altitude, Rwanda experienced a remarkably pleasant tropical highland climate. Temperatures don’t get affected by seasons.
  • Kigali has a typical daily temperature of Kigali ranges between 12 °C (54 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F), with a very little variation throughout the year.
  • Rwanda has a longer rainy season from about March to May. Which sees a heavy and persistent rain. And, shorter rainy season from October to November followed by a short dry season from December to February.
  • The dry season lasts from June to mid-September. Which is the best time for Rwanda Safari. Both of Rwanda's dry seasons experiences light cloud cover and light rain showers.

Visa Requirements for Rwanda Tours

Citizens of Germany, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, the USA, and other East African countries can enter the country without a visa. But the rest must either obtain a visa in their country of residence from a Rwandan embassy or high commission.

The Cost Of The Visa Is US$ 30 For A Single-Entry 30-Day Visa.

Also, you can issue the "Visa Acceptance Form" online. Please follow these steps:

 Step 1: Keep the bellow mentioned documents at the ready

  •  invitation letter from
  • The entry point into the country i.e. Kigali Airport.
  • passport details

Step 2: Go to website: https://www.migration.gov.rw/home/

Step 3: Choose the preferred Language.

Step 4: Click on “Services” and then “Visa”.

Step 5: Click “Entry visa” and then “Apply online now”.

Step 6: Fill in the form and send it.

Step 7: Check if the form was sent successfully.

Step 8: Receive your visa acceptance mail within 3 to 7 days.

Rwanda Currency and Exchange Rates

The official currency of Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (Rwf). The rates of March 2021:

1 Euro = 1181.36 Rwf

1 US$   = 990.57 Rwf

  • You can exchange dollars, pounds, and Euros at the border posts, Kigali, and at major banks.
  • Lodges and restores may accept USD but rest you’ll require Rwandan Franc.
  • Also, USD printed before 2006 is not accepted in the country.
  • We advise you to use bigger notes for exchange as the exchange rate of smaller notes is much lower.

ATM & Credit Cards

ATM: Bank of Kigali and the Eco bank both have ATMs accepting international Visa cards.

Credit Card: Credit cards are not widely accepted in Rwanda. Only major hotels and upmarket lodges accept credit cards.

Phone & Internet

  • Rwanda has a great mobile phone network covering the entire country.  Sim cards sell for less than a US dollar throughout the country.
  • WIFI is available in some lodges and it is possible to buy a 3G mobile internet USB dongle. Internet cafes can be found through the connection is mostly very slow.

For more information about Rwanda Travel Guide and information regarding travel insurance and other necessary details, visit Gazelle Safaris Africa today.

Rwanda Safari

Quick Facts About Rwanda

Let’s Start Designing Your Holiday

All our holidays are uniquely designed for each of our clients. That’s because we can take you anywhere in Africa and create any experience you’d like. We’re not limited by fixed destinations, itineraries or hotels and we won’t restrict you by date or budget. Instead, you can dream big or small, and think far and wide or closer to home. Call us to start planning your personally tailored Safari holiday today.

Call Us and speak to a consultant today

Request Video Call We'd be happy to set this up

Email Us and we’ll get straight back

Need inspiration? Flick through our latest travel magazine

Rwanda Safari

Rwanda Travel Guide

Rwanda Safari

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Rwanda is the safest country in Africa. Even though the country has seen its fair share of violence and bloodshed but now the country is back on its feet again. Crime is relatively low, and locals are welcoming, friendly and hospitable. However, to avoid pickpockets and petty crime, you must be cautious and vigilant all the time.

You can track mountain gorillas throughout the year in Uganda and Rwanda. However, June to October is the best time for gorilla trekking. This is the dry season of Rwanda which allows perfect conditions for trekking.

A gorilla permit is a card/ document issued by the Rwanda development board to allow you to spend an hour with the mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park. Currently, the cost of a gorilla permit can come up to 1500$ to 1700$ including permit, private transport, English-speaking guide, accommodation, and meals.

We always advise our clients to book a permit at least 3 months in advance. Due to high demand especially in the peak season, the permits tend to sell out quickly. Contact Gazelle Safaris Africa for more information.

Rwanda is considered one of the safest countries in the world. All tourists are escorted by armed rangers while tracking the gorillas.

For gorilla trekking, you’ve to hike through difficult terrain, water bodies, thick vegetation, hills, and valleys. The activity can possess some initial challenges but in the end, it’ll be rewarding.

Rwanda is a much smaller country in comparison to Uganda. Uganda has more Gorilla Families and habituated gorillas group. Also, the permits are more easily available.

Rwanda Safari

Rwanda Safari Itineraries

11 Days The Gem Of Africa Safari

Nairobi | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Lake Naivasha | Aberdares National Park | Lake Nakuru |

Kenya Wildlife Safari

11 Days From $ 3277
Gorillas & Golden Monkeys

4 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Golden Monkeys Safari

Kigali | Franco-Rwanda cultural Centre | Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

4 Days From $ 2,470
Gorillas-&-Golden-Monkeys

9 Days Chimps, Gorillas & Golden Monkeys

Kampala | Kibale Forest | Queen Elizabeth | Bwindi Forest | Mgahinga Park

Uganda Gorilla Safaris

9 Days From $4030
Cape Town

7 Days 6 Nights Cape Town & Johannesburg

Table Mountain Cable Way | Ameera Yacht | Cape Point | Funicular Train Ride | Seal Island

South Africa Luxury Safari

7 Days From $ 1037

7 Days The Kenya Adventure Safari

Nairobi | Meru National Park | Olpajeta Ranch | Lake Nakuru National Park | Masai Mara Game Reserve

Kenya Wildlife Safari

7 Days From $ 2297
Queen Elizabeth National Park

4 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Express

Kampala | Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda Big 5 & Wildlife Safaris

4 Days From $1325

First Time On Safari ?

Don’t stress. We’re here to help and inspire every step of the way.

Sign up to our newsletter

How can I help you?