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Where is Rwanda?

  1. Approximate Population of Rwanda: 12,626,950

Hotels in Kigali

Kigali is the capital of Rwanda

Kigali has an approximate population of around 1,132,686 people and you can typically expect to pay around £0.78p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

A lot of tourists who have visited Kigali have described it as a place which will take you into another dimension. This incredible place is filled with history and culture and has a grandiose flair to it. The capital city of Kigali is packed with history and architectures which has its own unique charm. There are museums which display authentic art work, craft shops, Kigali market and a whole lot more that makes Kigali an incredible place to visit.

Kigali has its own coastline which is on the eastern side but it is also accessible by road from the town center. In order to reach Kigali you need to take a minibus or even a taxi since there are no public transports in this area. The minibus or the taxi charges will cost you some extra amounts so that it's up to your budget and the type of vehicle you choose. It's important that you plan your trip beforehand so that you have a guide to let you know about the places that you want to see or visit.

Kigali was built around two rivers; the Kigali-Rwanda River and the Volcanoes. When you're traveling to this beautiful place you should keep in mind to take a day to walk along the beaches and discover some newly discovered cultures. In the evening, you can go to a restaurant called the Cevcko where you can try some local dishes or perhaps sit down for an intimate dinner with your family. You can't miss visiting the Volcanoes where you can get the opportunity to watch active volcanoes and observe them at their most beautiful state. You should take a day to tour around the Volcanoes area before you head back to Kigali.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to Rwanda

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Rwanda are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to Rwanda

For up to date information around safety and security in Rwanda read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Rwanda.

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Best time to visit Rwanda?

June to mid-September is the long dry season; this is generally the best time to visit if you have the choice. October to November is a shorter rainy season and it's followed by a short dry season from December to February.

Festivals in Rwanda

The Ubumuntu Arts Festival takes place from 14 to 17 July at the outdoor amphitheater of Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. It was first held last year, but this year's festival will be bigger than ever, with one day dedicated to children and young audiences, and a second day focusing on women's topics. More than 16 countries are confirmed to take part in the festival, and organizers are expecting a record number of attendees.

Hillywood is the film festival that celebrates Rwanda's budding film industry. In addition to screening films, the festival will host discussions with actors, filmmakers, and producers. The goal is to help the Rwandan film industry get the recognition it deserves. In addition to the film festival, Hillywood also hosts the annual international TEDx Conference on Film in Africa. Aside from the films, there will also be a series of other events that promote the local film industry, including a festival that celebrates music, culture, and the arts.

Among the many festivals in Rwanda, the Hillywood Film Festival is a great way to learn more about the country's thriving film industry. The film festival is held every July and features the best of international and local cinema. All events are free to attend, and everyone is welcome to attend. The festival's Travelling Program broadcasts local films to remote areas. The Hillywood Film Festival is one of the best things to do in Rwanda.

Aside from the Hillywood Film Festival, there are a number of other events in Rwanda that showcase the country's diverse talents. The annual Hillywood Film Festival, held in July, brings together filmmakers and actors from all over Africa. The festival includes a series of screenings and workshops, and even discussions with the directors, actors, and filmmakers. The festival also offers an opportunity to hear renowned speakers, who give inspiring talks at the festival.

Most of the Rwanda festivals and holidays focus on the country's rich culture and arts. The Hillywood Film Festival celebrates the rich culture of visual art in the country. The Center X Centre Festival uses theater as a social change tool. While the city of Kigali has many cultural and arts festivals, it is the music that sets this country apart. And the music is not just for tourists. The locals are proud of their music and culture.

The Hillywood Film Festival celebrates the talent of Rwandan filmmakers. This festival is held every July, and features a variety of film and theatre productions from across Africa. It includes workshops and discussion sessions with actors and filmmakers. You can watch these films in theaters, and even learn how to make your own movie. The Umubuntu Arts Festival was a great success. It was attended by 5,000 people a day from all walks of life.

Rwanda Trips & Guided Tours

Rwanda Tourist Attractions

Taking time to explore the historical sites in Rwanda will help you to understand the country's history and culture. This landlocked country is located in the Great Rift Valley, where the East African Great Lakes region and African Great Lakes converge. Located just a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda shares borders with Burundi, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its rich history and culture are sure to inspire you to go on a trip to the country.

While visiting Rwanda, it is important to remember the genocide and the killing of eight million people by the Hutu majority. The victims were members of the Tutsi ethnic minority. Since then, Rwanda has emerged as one of Africa's most progressive countries, with more female MPs than male. There are also a number of exciting tourist attraction sites in the country. The country has preserved its history and continues to strive to achieve economic progress.

A visit to the King's Palace is an excellent way to learn about the country's past and how it was governed in the past. Visitors will be amazed to see royal regalia such as animal skins, shields, and spears. Locally made jewelry and other items are also on display. At the king's palace, you can sit on the throne meant for a king. Be prepared to be mocked and crowned as a queen!

Do I need a Visa?

You need a visa to enter Rwanda. 30 day tourist visas are available on arrival for £20 or $30. If you're planning to apply for resident/business or missionary multiple entry visas on entry to Rwanda you will need to get UK police clearance before you travel.

See which forms you may need for entry into Rwanda.

What currency do i need for Rwanda?

The official currency of Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Rwanda you can grab amazing Rwandan Franc deals via (GBP to RWF).

What wildlife live in Rwanda?

Home to rare mountain gorillas, lions, rhinoceroses, elephants, giraffes, zebras, over 700 bird species, and so much more, visiting Rwanda should be at the top of anywildlife lover's bucket list.

What is the traditional food of Rwanda?

Kinyarwanda food? Brochettes is the National Dish of Rwanda, the meat on a skewer can be goat, beef, chicken, pork, fish.

What Languages are spoken in Rwanda?

Kinyarwanda is the national language of Rwanda, and the first language of almost the entire population of the country. It is one of the country's official languages alongside French, English, and Swahili. You can learn some basic Kinyarwanda before you travel to Rwanda and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in Rwanda?

The currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (A 10% tip to the waiter is standard, depending on the quality of service. Hotel porters usually expect a tip equivalent to around £1 per item of luggage. Tip in localcurrency where possible; it may be quite difficult for locals to exchange small amounts of hard currency into Rwanda francs.).

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  • Police: 112
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  • Fire: 112
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