Rwanda is a landlocked country in East Africa also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills. It’s one of the three countries in the world where one can still find the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitats. Trekking Gorillas for Mountain Gorillas and the Golden Monkey in Rwanda is often described as life-changing. Other mammals found in Rwanda National parks include Buffalo, Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe and a variety of antelopes. Rwanda boasts of being a bird’s paradise with a record of over 400 bird species.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the final resting place for victims of the Genocide, there are moving testimonies in memory of the 1994 Genocide which lasted for 100 days and took over one million lives. Rwanda is also a bustling multi-cultural destination, visit Nyamirambo and Bwiza village among others brings you right into the heart of colors, noises, and the smell of urban Rwanda and the efforts of the government in bringing new housing to the community along with their local arts and crafts in pottery, basketry and dancing.
4 Days: Gorilla Trekking Rwanda
Connect afternoon schedule flight from (Nairobi) Jomokenyatta International Airport to Kigali International Airport; The city of Kigali spreads out over several hills and valleys, sprawling across about four ridges.
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park or the “Parc National des Volcans” also called by the locals in their local language Kinyarwanda Parikiy’Igihuguy’Ibirunga) was the first national park to be gazette in Africa in 1925 to protect gorillas from poachers by then it was called Albert National Park.
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Five volcanoes boutique hotel has11 bedrooms (double/twin), a Family Suite, a VIP cottage, a restaurant, a pool, and a beautiful garden are awaiting your visit and our staff is looking forward to make your stay a pleasant one.
Kigali Serena Hotel Rwanda
The Hotel is situated only 10 km from Kigali International Airport.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a simple and comfortable accommodation set on the slopes of the Volcanic Mountains in Musanze District, North of the Rwanda neighboring volcanoes National Park.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge prime location offers its guests the most dramatic wildlife experience. The lodge is placed close to the Parc National Des Volcans where guests trek to see the amazing Mountain Gorillas.
The Bishop House Rwanda
Its nine rooms boutique Hotel fashioned to give high-end professional services and products with a blend of the local culture experience, flora, and fauna.
The beautiful premier luxurious lodge is one of the finest and most renowned Lodges in Rwanda. Virunga Lodge is located at the Virunga Volcanoes, Northwestern of Rwanda.
Rwanda Land of a Thousand Hills’
Cleanest and safest: Kigali is rated among the top cleanest and safest cities in the world. In Rwanda, Umuganda is a mandatory community service day from 7:00 am to noon on the last Saturday of each month to clean the streets of the city.
Mountain Gorillas: Rwanda is one of the three countries (Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda) in the world where you can still find Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitats. The country is also home to other primates which include; chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys etc.
Kigali Memorial Centre Genocide Memorial: All Rwandese were affected by the horrific violence and it’s the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide, a dark past which makes the present friendliness and goodwill of the country’s locals all the more inspiring. It is located in Gisozi area approximately ten minutes’ drive from the center of town
Rwansair: Several international airlines are now flying directly to Kigali the capital city of Rwanda. Rwanair is also flying to several countries for easy connection. The airline has been expanding regionally especially after May 2015 when it became an IATA member. The country is mountainous, diverse, and just all around gorgeous. Jungles, savannas, volcanoes, lakes, and forests are just a few hours apart, and this little country packs in the beauty.
MICE: The country capital city is steadily grows as a hub for meetings, conferences and exhibitions, So far the country has hosted successfully hosted top international meetings and conferences, including the Transform Africa Summit in October 2013 (which was attended by 1,500 delegates), the African Development Bank Annual General Assembly in May 2014 (2,500 delegates), the Africa Insurance Summit in June 2014 (800 delegates), and the ICTs World Export Development Forum in September 2014 (800 delegates).
Rwanda lakes: The country geographical location lies within several great lakes, some of the great lakes are shared between Rwanda and other countries, they include; Lake Kivu 2,700 km sq, to the west, is the biggest shared with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lake Ihema 90 km sq on the East shared with Tanzania, Lake Rweru 100 km sq to the South East shared with Burundi together with Lake Cyohoha 120 km sq.
Huye/Butare: it’s the second important city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district famous for its culture. There are several attraction in Huye which includes; Cathedral church which was constructed in the 1930s, Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre several people were found dead, National Ethnographic Museum (also known as the Nation Museum of Rwanda) it details Rwanda’s pre-colonial past, King’s Palace Museum it’s architecturally fascinating.
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Rwanda is all year round tourist destination though it will depend on where you want to go and your main interest in travel. For Gorilla trekking we do recommend travel from mid-May to mid-October, as this is the long dry season in Rwanda. Due to its high altitude, Rwanda has a lovely tropical highland climate, on average daytime temperatures average between 30°C/86°F.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:
March to May
- Weather: It’s the period of the long rainy season; the rains are heavy and persistent.
- Animals: The scenery is amazing and the lush flora can be perfect for photographing wildlife.
- Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low or Green season)
- Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
- Recommended: Fewer travelers’ means gorilla permits are easier to obtain
December to February
- Weather: Short dry season accompanied with light cloud cover.
- Animals: Good time for wildlife viewing including Gorillas trekking.
- Quotation: Safari price High.
- Population: Average number of travelers.
- Recommended: Good time for safari and Trekking.
June to September Mid
- Weather: Its Rwanda’s long dry season with light cloud cover.
- Animals: Best time for wildlife viewing and Gorillas trekking. Baby gorillas are named during the Kwita Izina ceremony which takes place every year on the 1st of September.
- Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
- Population: Its summer period, though its peak season it’s not crowded.
- Recommended: The best time for Gorilla trekking and safari.
September Mid to November
- Weather: The “short rains” might start,
- Animals: The scenery is amazing and the flora lush can be perfect for photographing wildlife.
- Quotation: Safari price low, Affordable (Low or Green season)
- Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
- Recommended: Average time for a safari.
Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.
Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Rwanda and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.
Our Planning at Your Service
DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.
Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities, and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.
Preparing for Your Safari
Entry into Rwanda requires a valid passport and visa. From 1st Jan 2018, Nationals of all countries receive visa on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders. Please click here to view the communiqué on new visa regime
Citizens of all countries that are not visa exempt, have also option to submit application online (Click here) or at the Rwanda Diplomatic Missions of the country of residence before departure. Those applying online have option to pay online or upon arrival. Application for visa extension is submitted at Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices. Detailed requirements are set out in the Information for applicants for each class of visa. Extension of a visa should be applied for whilst initial visas remain valid.
Visitors who wish to visit simultaneously the three countries (Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda) for tourism may apply for the East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV) online at https://irembo.gov.rw/rolportal/web/dgie/east-africa-tourist-visa, upon arrival or from Rwanda Diplomatic missions abroad. If acquiring the EATV visa before travel, your first entry point must be the country through which you applied for the visa. The East Africa Tourist Visa costs US$100, is valid for 90 days and is multiple entry (if staying within the three countries).
NOTE: Visa to Rwanda are issued on arrival or from Rwandan Embassies. Optionally you can apply online at the official website of the DGIE which is www.migration.gov.rw or the Government portal www.irembo.gov.rw only.
V-1(S) Single Entry Visa:
V-1 (M) Multiple Entry Visa:
Upon Your Arrival
Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary roundtrip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. These major airlines serve Kigali International Airport here in Kigali – Rwanda.
- British Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Kenya Airways
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- South African Airways
- Turkish Airways
Throughout Your Journey
From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel is here for you 24/7. Working with our partners with well-trained guides most of who have more than 10 years of experience.
Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.
Always at Your Service
Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.
Population – Approximately 12.2 Million
Language – English, French, and Kinyarwanda
An applicant should have a valid passport or another acceptable travel document and the document must have a validity of at least 6 months on the day of entry in Rwanda. Nationals (Passport holders) of the following countries do not require visas to enter Rwanda: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sao Tome, and Principe and Singapore. Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa ($30) upon arrival without prior application. More country-specific visa info linked here.
Effective from 01 January 2018, nationals of all countries will get a visa upon arrival without prior application.
For Standard Rates of Visa Fees please click Here
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS SPECIFIC TO THIS VISA CLASS
- Class T1 Tourist
A person from the following countries; Hong Kong, Philippines, Mauritius, Singapore and Democratic Republic of Congo visiting for holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational purpose or other short term non work purpose. Applicants seeking extension will apply using Class T2.
Where applications can be made: Visa will be issued without application at an official point of entry into Rwanda. Applications for a visa may also be made at a Rwandan Embassy or Diplomatic mission.
Travel document: Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.
Visa Fees: For initial visa – no charge, for extension apply for visa Class T2 – 30,000 Frw
Validity Period of Visa: 90 days
Single or Multiple Entries: Multiple entries
Work or No Work: Work is prohibited
- Class T12 East Africa Tourist Visa
A foreigner who wants to visit simultaneously the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for tourism. An East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entries within the three countries and shall be valid for 90 days. Applications for this visa shall be lodged at any of the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda, at the Immigration Offices of the respective countries or online where applicable.
Dependents: All persons must apply in their own right.
Travel document: Any genuine acceptable travel document valid not less than 6 months.
Visa Fee: 100 USD , Free of charge to Foreign residents in the three countries: Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
Validity of Visa: 90 days
Single or Multiple Entries: Multiple entries within the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda.
Work or No Work: Work is not permitted
Visa Extension: An East Africa Tourist Visa shall not be extended.
Rwanda Embassy and Consulate in USA contact
Embassy of The Republic of Rwanda
1714 New Hampshire Ave,
Phone: (202) 232-2882
Hours of operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Monday – Thursday: 10:00AM-3:00PM
Rwandan Consulate in New York, NY, United States
124 East 39th Street
New York,, NY 10016
Phone (+1212) 6799010, 6799023/4
Rwandan High Commission in Ottawa, Canada contact
Rwandan High Commission in Ottawa, Canada
294 Albert Street, Suite 404
Ottawa, ON K1P 6E6
Phone: (613) 569-5420/22/24
Fax: (613) 569-5421/5423
Email (general inquiries): firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVELING TO AFRICA
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate will be required at the border post or point of entry if you travelled from a country with risk of yellow fever or countries with an active yellow fever outbreak.
DK Grand Safaris wants you to have the most enjoyable touring experience possible when you travel with us. While you’re here, your health is one of our top priorities, and we make sure that all your accommodations meet the very highest standards. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Uganda or a return visit, we offer this brief guide with tips for traveling in good health.
Get an Early Start
While we’re always happy to answer your questions about an upcoming safari, we strongly recommend that you confer with your doctor well before your departure date. As the two of you discuss your itinerary, he can explain all necessary vaccinations and advise you on additional health safeguards. Plan on visiting your doctor four to six weeks in advance before your adventure travel starts
Your doctor will provide the necessary documentation and may also recommend vaccines or medications for addressing these common health concerns.
- Hepatitis A
If you currently take any prescription medications, let your doctor know how long you plan on being out of the country. He can make sure you have an adequate supply to cover your needs until your return home.
Keep Your Papers Handy
Along with your passport and visa, keep all health records and vaccination documentation at the ready as you travel. Be sure to carry the following:
- Your health insurance card and/or proof of supplemental travel health insurance
- Copies of all prescriptions for medications you bring with you
- Copies of prescriptions for eye glasses or other medical supplies
- A list of names and numbers for emergency contacts back home
Pack with Your Health in Mind
The CDC provides a comprehensive list of health care items that you may want to pack for your trip to Africa. Again, confer with your doctor, and follow his recommendations. While we always maintain an inventory of vital health provisions on every tour, we suggest you assemble a compact first-aid kit that includes these personal items.
- Bandages and blister pads
- Aspirins, antihistamines and anti-malarial pills
- An antibiotic cream and a cortisone cream
For personal comfort, you might also want to bring eye drops and non-fragrant hand lotion as well as non-fragrant sunblock and lip balm.
Practice Sensible Precautions
While vaccinations and medications can prevent some illnesses, common sense is one of your strongest allies for staying healthy while traveling. Our safari guides do everything possible to ensure your good health, and we approach every touring activity and accommodation with the highest standards for your personal safety.
By following our recommendations and precautions, you can enjoy meals and drinks without worry. We can’t prevent insects from biting, but we do protect your sleep at bush camps with mosquito netting. Our suggestions also include wearing socks and bandanas treated with repellants.
Confirm Conditions at Your Destination
We always keep you current on any health issues that develop before you make your trip, and you can check information online with the CDC. Their Travel Health Notices are updated daily with the latest reports from around the world. You can search for current notices by country.
The site uses a three-color code system that makes it easier to identify potential problem areas. It also features a menu of resources including an extensive disease directory, U.S. locations for yellow fever vaccinations and mobile apps that help you travel safely wherever you go.
In Case of Emergencies
When you travel with DK Grand Safaris, you’re assured of emergency medical care through our partnership with the internationally accredited AMREF Flying Doctors. This professional organization has provided health services in all types of settings across Africa for more than 60 years.
The globally recognized air ambulance server provides emergency health care and transportation to the nearest medical facilities. Flying Doctors are on call and available 24/7 to handle any kind of medical emergency. We’re proud of the role they play in keeping us all safe every day. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is essential for covering yourself and any travelling companions for the entire safari which includes covers for but not limited to medical expenses, emergency evacuation expenses, repatriation expenses etc. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and take any relevant documentation with you.
We’re ready to Welcome You
As long as you take sensible precautions, traveling to Africa is considered very safe. For more than 10 years, our clients from around the globe have enjoyed their time in our homeland, and we know you will too. We’re happy to address your concerns and answer any questions.
It’s our pleasure to provide you with as much information as possible to ensure your trip is the experience of a lifetime. Everyone here at DK Grand Safaris stands ready to welcome you to our home with open arms and a firm handshake. We look forward to sharing the adventures that come from turning your travel dreams into wonderful realities.
The basic unit of currency in Rwanda is the Rwanda franc (RWF). Rwanda franc bills are uses both as coins and banknotes. Each franc is broken into santimes with denominations of 5000, 1000, 500, and 100 in banknotes and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 in coins. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confused as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US banknotes with the series date before the year 2006 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2006.
Automatic teller machines are found only in big cities like Kigali in Rwanda and they are few. Banks usually charge a flat fee per transaction. Bank of Kigali (BK), Rwanda’s biggest (ATMs) network now accepts international VISA cards. Kenya Commercial Bank ATM sometimes can dispense USD but up to ($500 USD maximum per withdrawal).
Rwanda has several banks operating which includes: Bank of Kigali, Kenya Commercial Bank, I&M Bank, Eco-bank, Crane Bank, Equity Bank, GT Bank etc. some banks offer extended banking hours (8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday and 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, they include Kenya Commercial Bank, GT Bank, I&M Bank
Bank of Kigali and Eco-bank both have ATMs that will accept international Visa cards through Credit cards are not yet used much in Rwanda through most hotels, lodges, and camps do accept credit card. Visa is much more widely accepted than other cards.
You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting.
Currency Import regulations:
Allowed. Local currency (Rwandan Franc-RWF): up to RWF 5,000.-; foreign currencies: unlimited, when declared.
Currency Export regulations:
Allowed, Local currency (Rwandan Franc-RWF): up to RWF 5,000.-; foreign currencies: up to the amounts imported and declared.