7 Essentials to Consider for a Rwanda Safari Tour

Interested in carrying out a tour in Rwanda but you are not aware of what to consider in order to make your trip hustle free and memorable. Here are some of a few that will act as a guide/ checklist on your Rwanda Safari tour.

7 Essentials to Consider for a Rwanda Safari Tour

1: Geography

  • Rwanda was colonized by Belgium which makes it a French-speaking country, however, English is another language that is being adopted in the country.
  • Rwanda is a hilly country that is why it was nicknamed a country of 1000 hills because it is found in the elevations, it is suitable for one to carry a jacket or a sweater which can be a source of warmth in the evening hours when it is too cold.
  • Rwanda has 2 rainfall seasons therefore when you’re planning to travel you should put that into account in order to carry out a memorable tour in the country. From March to May, there are persistent rains which might sabotage your plans concerning the trips and tours. In June and mid-September, it’s the dry month which makes it ideal for traveling. However, it all depends on the activities you’re interested in.

2: Travel Documents

  • A valid passport that is at least 6 months valid after entry in the country.
  • A valid VISA that can be obtained before travel or can also be obtained at the entry of the country. A tourist visa is usually given for a period of 30 days.
  • For East African nationals, a valid national Id is recognised in the countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

3: Health Necessities

  • If you are coming from a country where yellow fever is a threat, then the country requires proof of yellow fever vaccination. And for those that are going to spend time in the country, it is advisable to get a yellow fever shot.
  • The country advises travellers to be vaccinated against hepatitis B because of the easy way to contract it from one which can be through sexual contact with an unknown person, piercings, through body sweat and so on.
  • Travelers that are so much into outdoor activities should consider having a rabies shot because they are at high risk of getting animal bites for instance bats, dogs, and other animals while on nature trips for instance in parks.

4: Gorilla Tour Safaris Necessities

  • Hiking boots because a number of gorilla groups are found in the slopes of the mountain that can tend to be slippery and hard to climb.
  • Insect repellents to avoid being stung by insects like mosquitoes
  • Gloves to avoid being pricked by nettles
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Gorilla trekking permit

5: Daily Necessities

While on your Rwanda tour safaris, among the 7 Essentials to Consider for a Rwanda Safari Tour, you should consider the following as your daily necessities to make your trip in Rwanda memorable

  • For travelers that would like to go for self-driving while in Rwanda they should carry their driving license and they should put in mind that in Rwanda they drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Rwandans use Rwanda francs as a form of currency exchange, therefore, you should consider changing your currency into Rwanda francs to make your transactions easy.
  • A charger for your laptop, phone or camera
  • Basic toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen, deodorants among others in situations where you use a specific brand.

6: Clothing

  • Light clothes during the day 
  • Sweatshirts and cardigans are recommended at night because the country gets chilly at night
  • Cotton clothes should be considered while on your Rwanda tour
  • Thick denim should be avoided because it can get moist especially at night.
7 Essentials to Consider for a Rwanda Safari Tour
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7: Key Points to Consider

  • Littering in the country is highly prohibited which makes Rwanda a very clean country compared to other East African countries
  • Every last Saturday of the month business goes on a standstill in order to participate in Umuganda day where cleaning is carried out around the country.
  • Smoking in public, for instance, public transport, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, bars and other public spaces is highly condemned after a ban in 2013 was put on smoking in public. 
  • If you have plans of being violent in the country it should be avoided because of the tight security on all the streets of the country which makes it a very secure country that means that walking at night is safe.
  • You should not be offended when they call you ‘’ Mzungu’’ at any time because it refers to a white person.
  • Rwanda is the friendliest country in East Africa you should feel safe and feel like its home
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