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Rwanda Tours & Holidays

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Overview

Tiny Rwanda lies encircled amongst the landscapes of the African Great Lakes region of Central and eastern Africa. Once known as ‘Le Pays des Milles Collines’ (the land of a thousand hills), its lush landscapes are dominated by rolling hills and verdant plantations of tea and coffee. To the north-west lie the towering volcanic peaks of the Volcanoes National Park, home to a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and Rwanda’s big draw card.

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Group tours

Travel to Rwanda with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

GROUP TOUR

Gorillas in Africa's Midst

Emark on an intrepid journey into Central Africa's Virunga mountains to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo volcano, see lowland gorillas and chimpanzees, and listen to the karyenda drummers.
13 days from $8,813

HIGHLIGHTS OF RWANDA

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WHEN TO GO

INSPIRATION

Meet the expert, Jamie

Jamie is our Sub Saharan expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

Speak to Jamie by calling
+44 (0)20 3944 6258

Visit the genocide museum in Kigali, which gives an incredibly moving and important insight into Rwanda's tragic history.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory for all visitors to Rwanda and you will need to take your vaccination certificate with you. Without it you may well be denied entry to the countries. We suggest you should also be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present throughout Rwanda. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. 

Currency 

In Rwanda the official unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc.  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.  

Please note that some areas we travel through have strong Muslim influences and people may be offended by revealing clothing. You should dress with respect for local sensibilities on this tour.  

Language & Religion 

Kinyarwanda, French and English are the official languages of Rwanda. Due to the strained relationship between Rwanda and France following the genocide in the 1990’s Rwanda has moved more towards using English instead of French. Swahili is spoken by some of the population. In Rwanda the vast majority of the population is Christian with a small number of people following traditional beliefs and Islam. 

Time 

Rwanda is 2 hours ahead of GMT. 

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drinks

In Rwanda the staple foods are maize, rice, cassava, sweet potatoes, yams, okra, plantains, tomatoes, onions and a variety of nuts. 

Breakfast will usually be continental style, with sliced bread/rolls with cheese, ham/salami and jam plus coffee/tea. Lunch and dinner consist mainly of local specialties consisting of meat, poultry, or fish with vegetables, rice, potatoes or 'Foufou', a local side dish made of the manioc plant. 

In Rwanda some of the population drink Ikigage, an alcoholic beverage made from dry sorghum and also Ubuki which is made from fermented honey.