Here are some tips to organize your stay in Rwanda, a country not very well known yet. Before going to Rwanda, Europeans and Canadians will arrange their visa applications. You may apply online or get your visa at the airport.
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To fly to the Kigali International Airport, you have a choice between many international companies: Brussels Airlines, KLM, Air France, Qatar Airlines, Turkish Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Rwandair. Rates may vary according to the seasons, depending on the time of your reservation and the airline company. If you want the most affordable rates, book your flight at least six months in advance.
The airport is located 10 kilometres far from the business centre of Kigali.
The distance between the Kigali airport and Bugesera Lodge by car: 20 km, about 30 minutes.
For any travel to Rwanda, the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory except for travellers coming fom Europe or from the United States.
Malaria is present in Rwanda. Protect yourself from mosquito bites by using sprays, mosquito nets and wearing long sleeves and trousers from 6 pm.
The official languages are Kinyarwanda, English and French.
Temperatures are mild and vary very little throughout the year. The dry seasons are from December to March and from June to August. There is no time difference between Europe and Rwanda during the summer, one hour ahead in winter.
Electrical outlets are the same in Rwanda and in Europe, so no need to bring any adapters.
The telephone code of Rwanda is + 250. The local currency is the Rwandan franc. One Euro equivalent to 1000 RWF (2019 rate).
Wi-Fi is widespread in Rwanda, mainly in Internet cafes. Outside the major cities, connections
The road network is excellent.
What is necessary to bring with you: binoculars for bird watching.
What to wear: light casual clothes can be worn at any time of the year, with a jacket or sweater
for the mornings and evenings. Warmer clothes needed if you want to go to the Volcanoes Park
or to Nyungwe forest. Do not forget a raincoat during the rainy seasons, and sunscreen,
sunglasses and hat.