From stealing magic moments with mountain-dwelling gorillas to experiencing heart-warming encounters with villagers, Rwanda will deliver experiences unlike any other.

Volcanic mountains, dense forests, tranquil lakes and lively towns add a stunning backdrop to Rwanda’s real gems – the sincere, proud people and majestic, mysterious wildlife.

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Transport in Rwanda

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Rwanda, you may find yourself travelling by:

Safari Vehicle

Safari Vehicle

Get out of the city and into the heart of the African bush aboard a safari vehicle, purpose-built for negotiating rough terrain.

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

Accommodation in Rwanda

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Rwanda you may find yourself staying in a:

Rolling hills near to the lodge in Ruwanda

Lodge

Spend a night sleeping in a lodge surrounded by lush forest, rolling hills and twittering birdlife. It’s not often you get to stay within a national park.

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

Rwanda holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Rwanda

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Top 10 Experiences of Rwanda

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Rwanda

Further reading

Health and Safety

Rwanda travel FAQs

RWANDA:
Visas are required by all nationalities and need to be obtained in advance. You must apply for this visa online at www.migration.gov.rw. 

You'll need to apply for an Entry Visa on their website (Services tab, Visa) which should take approx 2-5 days to come through. You must print this Entry Facility out to present at the border.

Nationals of Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden and Singapore are not required to pre-register, however must pay the visa fee upon arrival at the border post.

The visa costs approx US$60 payable on the border, with the exception of national from Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Sweden and Singapore for whom the visa fee is US$30. 

If you are asked to provide an address in Rwanda on your visa form, please use the address below - 
Centre Pastoral Notre Dame De Fatima
Avenue de la Nutrition
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Supporting Documents may also be required - the embassy will contact you if they require these.

Note: Rwanda is constantly updating its visa information; therefore we recommended that you check the website carefully for the latest up to date information www.migration.gov.rw

Tipping isn’t expected of you in Rwanda. It's up to the individual whether to tip or not. Rounding up a bill for good service at restaurants is a good idea.

Internet access has recently improved in Rwanda. Travellers will be able to access the internet in large cities like Kigali but expect limited to no access in regional and rural areas.

Mobile phone coverage is quite good in Rwanda’s larger towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.

Squat/pit toilets are the standard in Rwanda, except for western-style, flushable toilets that are sometimes available in large hotels and other modern buildings. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper as they are rarely provided.

Street snack = 300 RWF
Beer at a bar or cafe = 1,000 RWF
Meal at a mid-range restaurant = 7,500 RWF

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Rwanda. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.

International ATMs are not so common in Rwanda. They can be found in Kigali and other larger towns, but may not accept foreign cards. Be sure to have other modes of payment before entering Rwanda, as relying solely on ATM usage isn’t wise. American dollars or euros can be exchanged easily at the airport, local forex bureaus and at banking institutions in Rwanda’s large cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year Holiday
  • 3 Jan New Year Holiday
  • 1 Feb National Heroes' Day
  • 7 Apr Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday 
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 25 Jun Eid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
  • 26 Jun Eid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
  • 1 Jul Independence Day
  • 4 Jul Liberation Day
  • 4 Aug Umuganura / Harvest Thanksgiving
  • 15 Aug Assumption Day
  • 1 Sep Eid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Rwanda go to:http://www.worldtravelguide.net/rwanda/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Traveller posing infront of gorilla in Jungle of Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Rwanda Travel Tips

  1. Be considerate of Rwanda’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  3. Ask permission, remove your shoes and cover your shoulders with a jacket or wrap before entering a place of worship.
  4. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
  5. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
  11. Be respectful of Rwanda’s recent history. It's best to avoid discussing politics, ethnicity or genocide.
  12. When visiting the mountain gorillas or trekking in national parks, always follow the instructions of your guide and/or leader.