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Rwanda, How to Plan your Vacation

How would you like to plan your Rwanda vacation more colorful? Rwanda is known as the Land of thousand Hills due to its stunning mountain scenery. Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley. While, it shares its borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Whereas, with 12 million inhabitants, It is one of the most populous countries in Africa.

Rwanda, A perfect Vacation Place

Indeed, the stunning scenery of the Land of Thousand Hills makes Rwanda a perfect vacation place for tourists. Furthermore, its friendly people and unique experiences make it one of the most remarkable countries in the world. Travelers come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Mountain Gorillas. However, there is so much more to see and experience too.

Terrace houses in Kigali for Vacation in Uganda
Terrace houses in Kigali
Lake Kivu in Kibuye, A good place for Vacation in Uganda
Lake Kivu in Kibuye, A good place

Rwanda Fast Facts

  • Official Name: The Republic of Rwanda
  • Capital: Kigali
  • Population: 13.29M in 2021
  • Currency: Rwandan Franc, 1 US$= 1006 RFr
  • Official Language: Kinyarwanda, French, and English
  • Time Zone: UTC +2
  • Driving side: Right side on roads as they have left-hand side vehicles.
  • Visa Requirements: From 1stJan 2018, Nationals of all countries receive visas on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders. The Visa fee is 50$ for 30 days of Validity. East African Visa for 100$ which is valid for Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya.
  • Best Time to Visit: July-September when the weather is dry with no rain.
  • Vaccination Requirements. PCR Test + Yellow Fever Vaccination for those countries who have a high risk of Yellow Fever.

Rwanda Top Experiences

  • Take a Mountain Gorilla Trekking.
  • See the dark side of Rwanda in Kigali Genocide Museum.
  • Spend a fun-filled day in Gisenyi at the shore of Lake Kivu.
  • Visit the cleanest city of Africa, the capital city of Kigali.
  • Get an Island hopping tour in Kibuye.
  • Take a fun-filled adventure at Nyngwe National Park.
Spend a fun-filled day in Gisenyi at the shore of Lake Kivu, Uganda
Spend a fun-filled day in Gisenyi at the shore of Lake Kivu

Is Rwanda a safe Country?

Rwanda is one of the safest destinations in the whole of Africa, particularly for solo travelers. Thousands of tourists visit Rwanda each year, mainly for Gorilla Trekking. Furthermore, this number is ever-increasing from previous years. The local Rwandans are very welcoming, friendly, and hospitable. Although, petty crimes such as pickpocketing can happen in crowded places like markets and bus stations. However, violent crimes are rare, especially against travelers. I visited Rwanda after visiting Kenya and Uganda. Indeed there is no comparison of safety in Rwanda than with other East African countries of the region.

Health Safety in Rwanda

Regarding health safety, travelers have to be extra careful, especially against Malaria. So, Mosquito lotion and usage of Mosquito nets are essential in Rwanda.

Rwanda Vacation Budgeting Plan

Transportation in Rwanda

Transportation in Rwanda centers primarily around the road network. You can find paved roads that connect the capital Kigali to other major cities and towns in the country. Whereas tourists can get to Rwanda by Air and by land borders. Furthermore, Buses, Matatus, Minibuses, Taxis, and Moto Taxis are the main means of transport within Rwanda.

How to Get to Rwanda

Rwanda’s capital Kigali is well connected with many international as well as East African destinations through Kigali International Airport. Rwandair is Rwanda’s national airline that operates on many routes.

We can get to Kigali from Uganda(Kibale), Tanzania, Brundi, and DRC . In this connection, several bus companies operate on these routes. While it includes Capital, Horizon Express, International, and volcano express. Whereas, Nyabugogo is the main bus station in Kigali.

Matatus in Rwanda

It is the main form of city transportation in Rwanda. Matatus not only runs within the cities but to the other cities too. In most cases, drivers will pick the passengers up from the roadside to fill the empty seats of their Matatus.


The buses provide a means of transport between Kigali and other cities of Rwanda. Local buses make a to and from travel among Kigali, Musanze, Gisenyi, Kibuye, Cyangugu, and Butare, to each neighborhood throughout the day. The key bus companies are Virunga, Jaguar Executive Coaches, Regional Coach Services, Ritco, and Onatracom.


Taxi is a convenient way but it comes at a cost. It is rather a bit expensive option. However, you can get a city ride for 3000/5000 RFr. For the airport, you expect to pay around 10000Rfr.

Moto Taxis in Rwanda

Moto taxi is a swift way to get around Kigali. These can go everywhere even in very narrow streets. Moto taxi drivers wear green jackets with a specific ID number and a mandatory helmet. It is safe as the passenger is also provided with a helmet while on a ride. Moreover, it is cheap too. You can expect a one ride cost from 300/500 RFr

How to Book Hotels for your Rwanda Vacation?

There are very few hostels with dormitory beds with them. However, wherever applicable the bed starts from 10~25$. Alternatively, you can get a budget hostel in the range of 20~30$ and midrange from 40~80$.

I have stayed at different properties throughout my stay in Kenya. While booking, I always make a combination of cost, location, and review scores.

Kigali, Rwanda

In Kigali, I stayed at Silver Motel Rwanda that was a designated hotel for compulsory one-day quarantine. Here is their Website too. Furthermore, I stayed a couple of nights in Mamba Rwanda Youth Hostel. This hostel is an ideal place for backpackers in Kigali. It was a nice clean and tidy hostel to spend quality time there.

I booked these properties by a combination of and Hostelworld.

Gisenyi, Rwanda

In Gisenyi, I booked my stay at Inzu Lodge Gisenyi. It was a spectacular place in front of Lake Kivu. You can easily spend a couple of days while relaxing and enjoying your stay here. I booked this property by

Kibuye, Rwanda

In Kibuye I stayed at Home Saint-Jean. It was a great location with Lake Kivu. You can find lake Kivu on its three sides. Home Saint Jean also has some budget dormitories room for backpackers too.

Most of my bookings were from or directly booked at the property. However, When you’re looking for a stay, do your research first. Also, read the reviews to get a feel for the place. Finally, book somewhere that makes your stay a perfect vacation place in Rwanda.

Food and Local Dishes in your Rwanda Vacation

Rwandan cuisine is an exciting mix of local delicacies and regional delights of East Africa. Anywho you must taste a few of Rwandan local dishes while on your vacation in Rwanda. Although, many of the dishes are common in neighboring East African countries too. Here is our short selective list of Rwandan Food items.

  • Brochette: A meat skewer.
  • Tilapia: Simply a big fish that is grilled and served with vegetative salads.
  • Sambaza is a famous small fried fish. It is a true delicacy of the Lake Kivu region.
  • Matoke is a traditional East African food that is prepared by using unripe bananas.
  • Ugali: Usually boiled cornmeal and this dough-like food is presented with cooked vegetables.
  • Mandazi is a type of East African Doughnut
  • Misuzu is a banana snack of Sweet yet savory taste.

Suggested daily budget –  For Backpacking, there is a suggested budget of around 50$ per day. Whereas, it includes a bed in a dorm (10~25$), a portion of basic food(10~15$), and public transport with a couple of sightseeing (10$). However, If you are interested in Mountain Gorilla trekking then you need a separate and big pocket other than your daily budget.

Rwanda TIPS, DOs, DON'Ts

  • Take a free walking tour with Kigali Greeters.
  • Mosquito lotion is a must thing to avoid Malaria within Uganda.
  • Always take permission before photographing the locals.
  • Moto Taxi is the most convenient and inexpensive way to get around Rwanda.
  • You can visit many tourist attractions without an entrance fee in Kigali. These include the Genocide Memorial, Belgian Peacekeeper, Inema Art Center, and many others.
Island hop tour in Kibuye, Uganda
Island hop tour in Kibuye

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Hey, This is Rashid and I am here to share my Wide Angle Dreams with you, with the aim to provide you a Wide Angle to catch your bucket list dreams of travelling and trekking. If you love to travel but feel that you are bound in tough daily routines and find very little time to catch your travelling dreams, then you are at a right place.

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