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Rwanda, at a glance

Thursday 15 November 2018, by admin

  • Visas

    Nationals of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hong Kong, Germany, Mauritius, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States are allowed to visit Rwanda without a visa for a period of 90 days. Nationals of the countries not listed here are required to apply for a visa at the nearest Rwandan embassy/mission or online here.
    If you intend to visit Uganda or Kenya at the same time, it’s advisable that you apply for the Single East African Tourist visa by following this link.

  • Location

    Rwanda is located right in the heart of Africa, 120km south of the Equator, 1,416km west of the Indian Ocean, and 1,250km east of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Land area

    26,340 km²

  • Capital


  • From 1,000 to 4,500 metres above sea level; highest point is Mount Karisimbi at 4,507m

  • Terrain

    Mostly grassy uplands and hills

  • Vegetation

    Ranges from dense equatorial forest in the northwest to tropical savannah in the northeast

  • National Parks

    Volcanoes (northwest), Nyungwe (southwest) and Akagera (northeast)

  • Religions

    Catholic, Pentecostal, Muslim, Anglican

  • Languages

    Kinyarwanda, English, Swahili and French.

  • Main health risk


  • Weather

    Annual average rainfall is 900-1,600mm and rainy seasons are in the months of March-May and October-December. Average temperature is C, with August and September being the hottest months.

  • Time zones

    GMT + 2 hours

  • Population

    About 13 million

  • Clothing

    The majority of the people you’ll encounter here are traditionalists, so try to put on clothes that won’t make you the object of stares and murmurs.

  • Electricity

    Many parts of the country are either connected to the national grid or use solar energy.

  • Security

    Rwanda is one of the safest countries in Africa and incidences of violence against visitors have not been recorded in many years.

  • Photography

    Remember to carry your camera; you’re free to take as many pictures as you want…but remember to ask for permission if you want to take people pictures – just as courtesy.

  • Money

    1 US dollar = 870 Rwandan francs (2018)

  • Insurance

    Eco Community Tours can take care of your travel insurance, at a fee that will be discussed with you.

  • Gorilla trekking gear

    Hiking boots, hand gloves, water-resistant trousers, rain jacket, camera, water, snacks.

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