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Rwanda Travel Facts

Natural Features: Mostly grassy uplands and hills; relief is mountainous with altitude declining from west to east.
Rainy Seasons: Feb-May
Accommodation: Top range hotels include the Windsor Umubano hotel, and Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali. Budget travelers can try Gloria Hotel or La Vedette.
Post and Communications: Kigali post office offers services up to 1700hrs on weekdays. There are several kiosks offering telephone services throughout the city. Many hotels also offer international call and fax services.
Food:African food buffets are served at the Pilipili and West End restaurants in Kigali. Western style food is served at the American Club, Eden garden and La Sierra
Culture: Traditional music and dance play a strong part of Rwandese culture. The energetic Intore dancers perform regularly at public functions
Entertainment: Films can be watched at the Centre Culturel Francais. Popular discotheques are New Cadillac and Le Piano bar.
Shopping: Souvenirs and curios can be bought from boutiques in the larger hotels. Antiques can be bought from Antiques et Bijou on ave des Milles Collines.


Getting There:

Air: Kanombe airport on the outskirts of Kigali is served by Sabena, Alliance and Uganda airlines
Road: here are scheduled buses to Kigali from Kampala, Uganda

Travel Around:

Air: Air Rwanda has domestic flights from Kigali to Gisenyi and Kamembe.
Road: Buses and minibuses run to and from all parts of Rwanda daily.
Driving: International Driving Permit required.

Passport and Visa: Required by all.
Passport validity: Passports must be valid for 3 months.
Visas: Required, but NOT by the following: For a stay up to 3 months by nationals of Tanzania, Uganda & United States.
Recommended Immunisation: diptheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, TB, tetanus ,typhoid. Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.
Compusory Vacination: Yellow fevercertificate required by all. Exempt infants under 1 year.

Religion: Indigenous belief and others, Muslim, Prostentant, Roman Catholic
Languages: En, Fr, Rw, Sw
GDP: $230 per capita
Currency: Rwandese Franc (RWF)
Time: GMT+2
International Dialing Code: 250
International Radios: BBC KHz (daytime) 17830,15400, 6005, (evening)) 17830,15400,11835
Business Hours: Offices open from 8.30 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. Banks open from 8.30 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday and from 8.30 to 11.30 on Saturday. Shops are open from 0830 to 1300 and 1400 to 1730 Monday toFriday.
Public Holidays: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Idd El Fitr, Idd El Haj, Maulidi (Variable Dates), All Saints Day (Nov 1), Christmas Day (Dec 25), Boxing Day (Dec 26), Culture Day (Sep 8), Kamarampaka Day (Sep 25), Armed Forces Day (Oct 26), National Day (Jul 1), Peace and Unity Day (Jul 5), Harvest Festival (Aug 1), New Year's Day (Jan 1), Democracy Day (Jan 28), Workers Day (May 1)
Electricity: 220V AC 50 HZ
Emergency Services: Police: 17 Fire: 18 Ambulance: 76466

Last Updated on Saturday 5th December 2009

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