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Rwanda Travel Information on Gorilla Adventure Tours Rwanda

ABOUT RWANDA

Rwanda is a small, landlocked country in eastern/central Africa of approximately 26,340 sq km. It has five prominent volcanoes and 23 lakes as well as several rivers. A large part of the country has an elevation of between 1,500 and 2,500 meters AMSL.

In prehistoric times as much as one-third of Rwanda was covered with montane rainforest. Today the only large tract of forest left in Rwanda is Nyungwe in the southwestern part of the country; it covers almost 1000 square kilometers. Some areas of forest are also found in the Volcanoes National Park in the northeast, but most of the natural vegetation here is bamboo forest and open moorland.

The highlands in large parts of the country are now dominated by the terraced agriculture that gives the Rwandan countryside its beautiful and pleasant character. The eastern part of Rwanda has entirely different vegetation, the typical African bush, a mix of savannah and grassland dominated by acacia trees. Average temperatures are between 24 – 27 degrees with the hottest months from August – September.

Official languages; Kinyarwanda, French, English & Kiswahili

Local Currency; Rwanda Franc Approximately 600 Rwandan Franc = 1US Dollar (as at January 2014)


RWANDA VISA ENTRY FACILITY

Rwanda Travel Information, All visitors/tourists (by road and air) who are not eligible for the free 90 day entry into Rwanda or able to get their visa upon arrival without prior application are required to complete an “entry facility application” on the Rwandan immigration authority’s website – www.migration.gov.rw – under the topic “Public service” click on “entry facility” and on the form that appears clients fill in the basic details like name, passport number, arrival date and port of arrival – and submit it over the web. It is advisable for clients to process this application as soon as possible to allow plenty of time for the application to be approved. It’s good for clients to print out a copy of their submission in case their copy is not at the visa counter when they arrive.

Upon re-entry into Uganda, e.g. from Rwanda by road, a transit visa for USD15 MAY be possible, depending upon your itinerary and where you are going in Uganda & for how long BUT if not then a full new single entry visa at USD50 will be charged.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months and has several clear pages for visas prior to departure. If you are traveling on a British Passport new regulations require that your passport is valid for 12 months for entry into Uganda. It is suggested that you check your status as regards visas prior to travel with your agent or Wild Frontiers – they change on a regular basis, and some of these states embassies will INSIST you get one prior to travel, whereas they may be freely available on arrival – embassies make money out of this.

When to go

Rwanda Travel Info on Gorilla Adventure Tours Rwanda is a completely an immense continent with safari and great apes encounter opportunities available across thousands of miles, so the best time to travel in Rwanda is all year round, depending on your specific destination.  It’s best to travel in the dry season since safari destinations are in the regions with not very good roads that may be slippery in the rainy seasons. However, the rainy season, which is also the low season gives you a totally different experience on its own. Cool-weather, clear air and have the most incredible discounts on self-drive car hire and gorilla tracking permits.

Visas and Vaccines
Of course, you’ll need a passport to travel to Rwanda, you will need a visa too; the visa can be obtained from here at the airport or obtained in your home country. Apply for a visa at least two months before your departure date. For a self-drive in Rwanda, an international driving license is also needed for you to access the roads. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required when issuing you the visa.

Accommodation and roads
Our well prearranged self-drive trips give you the freedom of a road trip without the frustrating uncertainties, like getting lost or spending precious time trying to finding a place to sleep each night… There are many lodges almost everywhere around the country even in the designated game parks that offer a wide range of prices. From budget, mid-range and high-end accommodations. Whichever your choice will be. Our well-selected lodges under the pre-arranged tour packages give you the true essence of adventure.

Medications for Travel

Find a doctor who specializes in travel health care and tell him or her about your Rwandan travel plans, you’ll need to get certain immunization before heading to, Rwanda like yellow fever which is compulsory. Malaria is common here, but there is no vaccine for the disease. You can protect yourself from malaria by taking an anti-malaria treatment or avoiding mosquitoes or use a mosquito-repellent spray and mosquito nets. Other vaccinations you may need include hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid.

Staying Safe
you may imagine that hungry crocodiles or parks of tree climbing lions of ishasha. It is much safer to follow the guidelines of the park rangers on when and what to do while there. To be on a safe side. Most danger zones are marked with signs.

Staying Healthy
Safaris can be physically strenuous and mentally taxing. Travelers to Rwanda are not at risk for dehydration while on safari because it’s not too hot, your body may not be accustomed to the hot sun and dry air of the bush and you may not even realize that you’re becoming dehydrated. Drink lots of water and make sure it is bottled and not tap water.

Insurance
Since you will be in a remote location and will probably be spending a significant amount of money on a safari; travel insurance is virtually a necessity on a Rwandan safari. Though, not compulsory. Be sure to look for emergency medical coverage and financial protection when booking your policy.

Tipping culture

Tipping in  Rwanda is not standard practice at local hotels and restaurants, however, if you decide to, it will always be much appreciated. It’s normal to tip 5-10% at tourist-oriented restaurants. Guides and drivers should always be tipped.

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