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My spouse and I are leaving to Rwanda fairly soon and we were wondering what to do with money. It sounds that based on some posts on this forum we should not count too much on ATMs. What is the best way to get money then? Can you withdraw cash with a credit card from Bank counters or is it best to take cash in USD and to change our money there? I am a little bit wary of carrying large sums of cash with me. Thoughts?
My husband and I are considering going to Rwanda for about three weeks starting in late November this year. We would like to bike the Congo Nile Trail and of course see gorillas. I understand this is during the shorter, less severe rainy season. Is this an okay time to visit Rwanda and do these activities? Or should we postpone this trip until we can do it during the dry season? We don't mind having some rainy days but not every day, and since this trip would include five days of biking, we are concerned. Thanks for any advice.
Could anyone recommend any NGO's or charities that provide safaris or general trips around Uganda, Rwanda and Nairobi. When I say safari's I am only really interested in seeing the gorillas. I was wanting a company that would be worthwhile going with. If anyone could advise me on this I would be very grateful.
With the recent rebel activity in the Congo I am wondering if anyone knows if tours to visit the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda have been suspended due to safety issues? News reports say the park on the Congo side is now closed. Does anyone know where to get an up-to-date accurate answer to this question?
Hi everyone - would appreciate any thoughts or help with a routing question.
I have been trying to figure out if it's worth going to see the Gorillas in Rwanda given my itinerary or if I should just stay in Uganda.
In Uganda, I am planning to go to the Kibale Forest for chimp tracking, Queen E park for boating, Jinga for rafting down the nile, and maybe Kampala.
So am I going too out of the way to be seeing the gorillas in Rwanda? I heard it's also $250 more to get permits.
Part of why I decided to see the Gorillas originally in Rwanda is b/c I heard the the view is clearer (less vegetation) and the park itself is gorgeous (Parc de V)
And of course, it's just couple hours away from the airport in Kigale versus in Uganda where the Gorillas are about a 7 - 9 hour drive from Entebbe.
Am currently in Kigali with work and have 2 personal days this weekend to see the sights. Am interested in a 1 day safari in Akagera NP (am too late to get to see the gorillas) but am travelling alone so would prefer to go with an organised tour but preferably a small non-touristy one. Will probably spend a day in Kigali itself as well. Any recommendations much appreciated.
I will be traveling to Rwanda to visit the mountain gorillas does anyone have a recommendation for a guide?
Rwanda Independence day celebrations during the weekend. Monday and Wednesday (2 and 4 July) will be holidays.
I understand one has to make a visa request online before going to Rwanda.
What if you're not sure yet of the exact date you want to enter the country? We will be backpacking and will be coming in from Uganda, but we have no set date as we'd like to see how long we stay in each place as we go along.
We will have a flight out from Rwanda at some point, so we'll have to get in some time before that. So we'll have a time frame that ranges for some days in which we'll probably enter the country, but don't want to set everything in stone yet to give us more freedom while traveling.
How to arrange the visa if you can't tell them an exact date of entry? Is this even possible?
We are 3 people, and looking for permits for June 26th, 27th, or 28th. Please message me if you have any.
We have 3 gorilla permits for tomorrow (Sunday) for Volcanoes park that we are unable to use for health reasons. We are willing to sell at well below cost. If interested, please send me a private message. Thanks!
Well, here it comes finally, I’ve got the ticket to Rwanda 27/6-13/7. I’m traveling alone so would like to know what would be recommended budget accommodation in Kigali and if there is any hang-out area where I could hook-up with other travelers. Also any recent tips about rwanda are welcome.
I love nature and fear no danger so if you are planning to be there in the same time you are welcome to PM me.
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Hello all! I plan on traveling overland from Kigali, Rwanda to Mwanza,Tanzania and am looking for a more reputable bus company that makes this journey. If anyone knows of a company that goes straight through with no stops, that would be best. I have heard that one way to make the trip is to take a bus to Rusumu on the border, where I'd have to walk across the border and stay the night in Benako/Kasulo on the Tanzanian side and wait for another bus that leaves at 7am. I'd rather not do this, if possible. Also, eventually, I plan on making my way from Mwanza to Arusha via Singida in Tanzania, so if anyone knows of a good company that makes this trip, I'd be interested in hearing those details too - thanks so much!
I stayed here for 4 days in March 2012 (Traveled as a single).
Their rates were $40 to $50 per night apparently. I actually paid $60 per night as it was through a tour company, but I was happy with that.
I stayed in room12 the Di Fossey room. Apparently (as the hotel dossier says) this is the room Di Fossey stayed in when she came down from the mountain. I would suggest it hasn't been updated since :-) I had no hot water, but had come to expect that with Africa from other budget/moderate Hotels I have stayed at.
Although the room was clean, it certainly could do with some fixing up clean. See the photo's.
Being the Di Fossey room, there was a huge Gorilla statue in the room!
Breakfast was included. Simple omelet, tea/coffee, fruit, toast. One morning their was a huge tour group wanting breakfast at 5.30 (normal start) but i don't think the staff new how to handle it, it w... more »
IN March (First chance I have had to post) I visited Rwanda. I looked through the Trip Advisor forums and saw that a number of people had organised everything by themselves (travel, permits etc). I did feel comfortable that I could do the same, however the underlying concern for me was that I only had 4 days.
I finally chose to go with a local company Amohoro Tours. I made half payment on credit card (from Australia) when I booked it and the other half in US dollars on my arrival.
I had numerous email discussions with Greg and fine tuned my very quick (but doable) tour as follows. Arrive early flight Kigali, guide to pick me up from airport and spend a day in Kigali going to the various Genocide memorial before heading off to Ruhengeri where I would be based. Day 2 and Day 3 Gorilla Trek. Day 4 Di Fossy and then returning to Kigali late in the day. Day 5 Kigali and then flight o... more »
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