Rwanda Travel Tips #1

Nicknamed “Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda has the exact right amount of everything you want!

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1. Pursuant to bilateral agreements, 18 countries enjoy various privileges regarding entry visa requirements: 1️⃣waivers of visa entirely, 2️⃣free visitor’s pass, or 3️⃣visas on-arrival. 1️⃣Visas are not needed entirely for citizens of Hong Kong, Philippines, Mauritius, Singapore and the Democratic Republic of Congo for trips under 90-days. 2️⃣Citizens of fellow East African Community (EAC) countries, like Burundi and Kenya, may receive free 6-month visitors passes instead of visas. 3️⃣Finally, citizens of 8 countries including the U.S., U.K., Israel, and New Zealand, can skip the visa application process and purchase (USD $30) a 30-day tourism visa on arrival at land borders or customs at the airport. 4️⃣For tourists from all other countries, the visa application is very simple too. You can go to the Rwandan Immigration website, fill out a form online, print it out, bring it with you, and show it to the customs. Of course, you will still need to pay the USD $30 visa fee.💵

Please check here for more information: https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=13.

Beautiful terrace of Rwanda
Beautiful terrace of Rwanda

 

Beautiful terrace of Rwanda

 

Beautiful terrace of Rwanda

 

Beautiful terrace of Rwanda

 


2. As you might expect, Rwanda has not yet fully developed as a tourism destination, epecially in comparison to its larger neighbors Tanzania🇹🇿 and Kenya🇰🇪. However, Rwanda has its own characteristic charm. As the capital city of the country which bears the nickname “Land of a Thousand Hills,” Kigali truly lives up to its fame. The city is located as if on a 3D candlestick chart of a constantly shifting stock market, streaching out on four ridges with vallyes in between, and surrounded by a circle of even larger hills. Upon those wavy hills are colorful buildings with even brighter rooftops, usually red or blue, surprsingly super-clean streets, and warm-hearted people that also help identify this energetic and optimistic city🌟🌟.

The highest point of Kigali - the Mt. Kigali
The highest point of Kigali – the Mt. Kigali

 

The wavy landscape of Kigali
The wavy landscape of Kigali

 

The wavy landscape of Kigali

 


3. If you don’t want to rent a car, taxis are the easiest way to travel around🚕. You can simply ask the front desk of your hotel to help you book a taxi that can be at your disposal for several days.

Kigali Nyabugogo bus station
Kigali Nyabugogo bus station

 

Kigali Nyabugogo bus station

 

Passerbies in Rwanda
Passerbies

 


4. Within cities, if you want a quick hop on and off, you may consider using the motorcycle taxis called Motos, which are usually significantly cheaper than traditional taxis, and are also fun to zip through town🌆 and possibly weave through traffic🚥. However💡, always keep in mind that just as riding any motorcycle, the ride is inherently much more dangerous than being in a car, in that you are much more likely to sustain serious injuries if you got involved in an accident. Yet, if you like feeling adventurous, then go ahead and take a try on one, and you’ll be glad that you did it😎. We almost exclusively relied on these fast rides while we were there. By the way, each Moto driver is required to provide you a helmet (which is usually stinky though😟…), if this helps relieve your concerns😉.

Moto taxis in Rwanda
Motos waiting outside the bus station

 


5. You can’t imagine how tasty the foods are there😆! In Kigali, which is the center of everything of Rwanda, you can find any kind of restaurant you want😋. Whether you want to try some local Rwandan cuisine, other African dishes, or you have nostalgia and wish to have Asian or European food, you can easily find a good deal👍. Most of them have a very good value, with a pretty authentic taste, in a good environment, and most importantly, at a very good price✌️! If you particularly like Indian food🇮🇳, some of the best Indian dishes we ever had were in Kigali. This is because Rwanda has a huge Indian ex-pat population.

Restaurants in Rwanda
Great environment

 

Beautiful hotel pool with a stunning view of the city in Kigali, Rwanda
Beautiful hotel pool with a stunning view of the city

 

Hotel by Lake Kivu (one of the African Great Lakes)
Hotel by Lake Kivu (one of the African Great Lakes)

 

 

 

Lake Kivu (one of the African Great Lakes)
Lake Kivu (one of the African Great Lakes)

 

Lake Kivu (one of the African Great Lakes)
Lake Kivu

 

Sorwathe Tea Factory (the largest tea producing factory in Rwanda.)
Sorwathe Tea Factory (the largest tea producing factory in Rwanda.)

 

Sorwathe Tea Factory (the largest tea producing factory in Rwanda.)
Sorwathe Tea Factory

 

 


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