Get to know Rwanda

RWANDA – Discover the Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda’s dynamic capital city has become a tourist attraction of her own, with her broad and well-paved boulevards, many local and international restaurants and numerous entertainment spots. It is a great place to begin or end your journey in Rwanda, as it is located in the heart of the country.

Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.

Travellers come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the magnificent gorillas, yet there is so much more to see and experience.

Basic information

Capital City: Kigali

Population: 13 Million

Government: Republic

Currency: Rwandan Franc (RFr) – (USD, English Pounds, and Euro also used.)

Time – Central Africa Time (GMT/UTC + 2 hours)

Travel Tips

Getting Here

Airlines servicing Kigali International Airport are: RwandAir, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines. Helicopter transfers within Rwanda are available through Akagera Aviation.

Language

The official languages in Rwanda are Kinyarwanda, English and French. The most prolifically spoken language is Kinyarwanda. There are several other regional languages spoken all over the country, primarily as a result of mass movements between East African countries. Travellers will find that most business and tourism industries have a good working knowledge of the English language.

Currency

The national currency is the Rwanda franc which is divided into 100 centimes. Credit cards are not widely accepted and are primarily used in larger hotels and stores. The country also favours MasterCard and Visa, while Diners Club and American Express are generally refused. ATMs can be found in all of the city centres and some of the more remote areas. Currency exchanges can be made at the official exchange office and at large banks, which tend to offer much better rates.

Time

Rwanda operates in the Central African Time Zone, which is GMT +2.

Electricity

The country uses electricity at 230V and 50Hz and has European-style electric outlets.

Visa Rwanda

Single entry visa costs US $50 per person. Visas have to be applied for online via the Rwanda Immigration website. A copy of the approved application has to be presented at the entry point where the visa will then be issued and paid for.

Kindly note that citizens from the following countries are required to pay visa fees but are allowed to obtain their visa upon arrival without prior online application: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA.