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Welcome to Rwanda

Rwanda

Capital: Kigali

Population: 11,262,564 (2015 Estimate)

Dialing Code: +250

Continent: Africa

Driving Side: Right

Rwanda seems to have put the genocide to the past and aiming to be the destination of choice for tourists from all over the world. Blessed with great landscape and abundant vegetation, the country is arguably the cleanest in Africa.

Rwanda is one of only two countries in which mountain gorillas can be visited safely. The country's economy is based on agriculture so if you want the best coffee or tea, here's a place to visit. Rwanda is also blessed with creative and beautiful traditional arts and crafts.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Lake Kivu

One of the best natural views that Rwanda has to offer, it runs a long way which is about 100 km along the western border of Rwanda and Congo. The lake is the highest in Africa and flows about 1460m high from the ground.

Nyamata Church, Kigali

The Nyamata Church is a symbol of 1994, the genocide of Rwanda. The Genocide Memorial is also located by the church. The church has not changed a bit since the genocide. The clothes of the victims are still piled on the pews, even those that bears their bloodstains. Every year lots of tourists come here to know what actually happened to the victims and to show respect.

Volcanoes National Park

This mountain acts as a border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and the Uganda. Tourists visit to track the mountain families or the mountain gorillas. The great Dian Fossy lived and died here. Then she was protecting the gorillas. The tourists can see about 75 mammals including elephant, buffalo etc. here.

Business

Advantages of doing business in Rwanda include:

  • liberalised economy – government commitment to the private sector
  • history of macro-economic stability
  • low cost workforce
  • attractive investment policies
  • political stability since 1994
  • relatively low corruption levels

Climate

The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.

Communications

Rwanda has an excellent cell phone network covering almost the entire country.International phone calls can easily be made.

Desired SIM cards for the network are readily available everywhere, even in remote towns, and cell phones can be purchased or rented from major shops in Kigali. Most towns have several Internet cafes and computer centres where international visitors easily communicate to their home people cheaply.

Customs

 The Hutu, the Tutsi and the Twa or Batwa are the three major tribes in Rwanda. All these tribes speak the same local language –Kinyarwanda and share the same cultural heritage. The Batwa community might have a little distinction from the rest Rwandese because they pygmies and originally were forest inhabitants. Today, Kinyarwanda, French and English are Rwanda’s official languages. Below are the most common and practiced cultural aspects in Rwanda.

Music, dance and drama play a great role in the traditions of Rwandan people. Traditional songs are often accompanied by a solitary lulunga-a harp-like instrument with eight strings

Duty Free

The following items may be imported into Rwanda by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L or spirits or 2L of wine.
• 500ml of perfume and eau de toilette, of which up to a quarter may be perfume.
• Goods up to US$500 in value.

Banned imports

Prohibited goods include counterfeit coins and notes, pornography, matches made with white phosphorus, distilled beverages such as absinthe, soaps and cosmetics containing mercury, used tyres, and counterfeit goods.

Restricted goods include animal traps, unwrought precious metals and stones, arms and ammunition, historical artefacts, ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, and non-indigenous species of fish.

Banned exports

Game trophies can only be exported with special permission of the Game Department.

 

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Republic of Rwanda (République du Rwanda) usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

Getting Around

Motorcycle taxis (taxi moto) are the most popular in Kigali as it is the most cost effective way to get around. Laws require taxi motos to wear identifiable jerseys and helmets, and that they carry an extra one for their clients at all times. Most drivers speak basic English or French.

Private taxis are common and can be found at designated taxi stops throughout Kigali. One can also hire a private taxi by phone or if at any hotel, reception can book a recommended driver for you.

Health

Yellow Fever is a current risk in Rwanda. It is recommended that all travelers over the age of 9 months receive this vaccine.

Language

Kinsharwanda, English and French

Money

Rwandan Franc

Passport Visa

Nationals of all African countries (except Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) will be issued with an entry visa upon arrival at any Rwandan entry point.

Safety

Rwanda is safe.

We do recommend that you exercise normal caution, as you would at home.

Time

CAT (UTC+2)

Tipping

It is customary to tip for service in restaurants and bars. A tip of 5% is very acceptable and a tip of 20% is very generous. It is also customary to tip your driver/guide at the end of a safari or hike, as well as the cook and/or porter that may accompany to you.
 
Tipping is not at any fixed amount and depends on personal wish.

 

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