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Safaris in Rwanda

Rwanda is popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’.  The landscapes in this green country are truly incredible.  Fortunate people who have had the chance to visit Rwanda have remarked about the physical beauty of the country.  From East to West and North to South, you get to discover one of God’s best creations.

Rwanda boasts a wide variety of wildlife.  The Volcanoes National Park, in northern Rwanda is home to the world’s largest number of endangered mountain gorillas.  Numbering in the hundreds, the gorillas live in a protected area, free from poachers.  The Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda is crowded with wildlife both large and small. Lake Kivu also offers beautiful beaches, jutting peninsulas and an archipelago of beautiful islands.

Rwanda, in a nutshell, is a nature lover’s paradise. It is also one of the friendliest countries. A warm welcome is complemented by comfortable facilities, fine food and a rich cultural heritage.

Full Country Name: Republic of Rwanda
Area: 26,338 sq km
Population: 10.94 million (UN 2011)
Capital: Kigali
Borders: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC (formally Zaire), Tanzania and Uganda
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Adventist, Muslim and indigenous beliefs
Time Zone: Standard time is two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time
Languages: Kinyarwanda (official) universal Bantu vernacular, French (official), English (official), Kiswahili (Swahili) used in commercial centres
Country Dialling Code: +250

CLIMATEA combination of tropical location and high altitude ensures that most of Rwanda has a temperate year-round climate.  Temperatures rarely stray above 30 degrees Celsius by day or below 15 degrees Celsius at night throughout the year.  The exceptions are the chilly upper slopes of the Virunga Mountains and the hot low lying Tanzania border area protected in Akagera National Park.

CURRENCY & BANKS
The unit of currency is the Rwanda Franc (RWF).  However when changing money, US Dollars cash is the preferred currency.  Any dollar bills taken must not be tattered or torn, and should not have been issued prior to 2001.  It is difficult to change money outside Kigali.

Credit cards are not widely accepted and not all lodges will take them.  Small local purchases such as souvenirs and drinks will definitely have to be paid for in local currency.

ELECTRICITY
The general voltage in Rwanda is 240 and the frequency is 50 Hz.  Generally a 2-pin European style plug is used.  Electricity in most camps is provided by generators.  Batteries may be recharged in the camp during the day but it is wise to double check with the camp manager.

As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended. Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown.  It is useful to carry a torch.

HEALTH
Health requirements vary from country to country. We recommend you speak to your local Travel Doctor for up-to-date information and advice.  The following information is to be used as a guide only.

Malaria: It is recommended that precautions against malaria are taken for travel to most regions in Africa. We suggest you contact your doctor for advice on which prophylactic is recommended.

Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required.  All travellers must carry proof that the Yellow Fever vaccine has been administered at least 10 days prior to travel.

LOCAL LAWS
Photographing government buildings is prohibited and plastic bags are prohibited in Rwanda.  You may be requested to pay a fee if you are found carrying any plastic bags on entry at the international airport.

ROAD TRAVEL Please note that road surfaces vary from tarmac, gravel, sand and occasionally vehicles may travel "off road".  Additionally, if visiting remote areas or National Parks and Reserves, the roads may well be rough, bumpy and in a poor condition and may be affected by adverse weather conditions.

VISA INFORMATION
At the time of writing, Foreign Passport holders are required to pre-register for an entry visa for Rwanda prior to arrival.  The visa is then paid for on arrival in Kigali.

Single Entry Visa: USD $60 per person on an Foreign Passport (subject to change).

Applications are available online with an “entry facility application” on the Rwandan immigration authority’s website – www.migration.gov.rw – under the topic “Public service”, click on “entry facility. The form that appears should be completed with the basic details of name, passport number, arrival date and port of arrival and you then submit it over the net. Remember to print a copy in case your copy is not at the visa counter when you arrive.

We hope that you will find this country Information on Rwanda useful for reference when preparing for your holiday.  All the information above was correct at the time of writing and is to be used as a guide only.  Health, visa and other specific details should be double checked by your travel agent at the time of booking.

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

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Situated in the southwest corner of Rwanda extending for 1000 km. sq. is Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest montane forests in East and Central Africa. Dating back to before the ice age with its prehistoric atmosphere it’s incredibly rich in biodiversity.

Nyungwe harbors 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, l’hoests, monkey, colobus and mangabeys.

With several endemic bird species the forest also supports 250 types of trees, shrubs and flowering plants including 100 species of orchid and giant lobelia standing like sentinels, as if extraterrestrial.

Volcanoes National Park

Surely one of the most awesome, breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth is to sit and observe a huge silverback mountain gorilla advertising his presence amongst the rain forest slopes of the Virungas. Observing gorilla families at close quarters creates an unforgettable experience and the Virungas is home to more than half of the world’s remaining 650 mountain gorillas.

Carefully monitored conservation and protection practices have enabled these huge, shy animals to tolerate the presence of humans in their natural domain.

Guests can also track the little known golden monkeys on the lower slopes.

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Kalahari Sands Hotel

City: Windhoek

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, is described as a city with a ‘continental’ atmosphere and this can be ascribed to its architecture – historical buildings dating back to German colonial rule.  Windhoek was initially known as Ai-gams a Nama word meaning ‘firewater’, ‘steam’ or ‘smoke’ because of the area’s plentiful hot springs.

Departures Twin Single
Nov 2011 $180 $120
Dec 2011 $160 $100
Jan 2012 $100 $60