On this separate page we have gathered useful information for you planning to visit Rwanda. Tourists from some countries are required to get a Visa to enter our country. Read more about this at Rwanda Directorate General Of Immigration and Emigration.
When to Visit
Rwanda is a great travel destination all year round. Some months are drier which makes Gorilla trekking and other forest walks easier. If you are interested in birds, the (european) winter months offer a lot of migrating species. Rwanda’s long rainy season lasts from about March to May. The long dry season is from June to mid-September. October to November is a shorter rainy season followed by a short dry season from December to February.
What to Wear
Dress codes in Rwanda are informal. The warm climate allows for light clothing with supplements for the colder evenings and nights. We recommend shoes of good quality and sun protection when visiting our national parks. When tracking gorillas, you need clothes thick enough to protect you from stinging nettles. A weather proof jacket might come in handy.
The cell phone is important to Rwandans and the network covers almost all of the country. Appropriate SIM cards are available in almost all cities and villages. International phone calls are no problem. Internet cafes and computer centres can be found in most towns.
Rwanda has strict laws regarding the environment. Plastic bags have been banned and if a tree is cut down, two new ones have to be planted. Once a month Rwandan communities come together to clean streets and common areas. Please help us keep Rwanda clean and green.
Safety and Health
Much of Rwanda is situated at a high altitude, giving us some protection from malaria. Still prophylactic drugs are highly recommended. A yellow-fever vaccination certificate is required to access the country. We advise you not to drink the tap water. Instead you can buy bottled water virtually everywhere. Hospitals are to find in all major towns.