Rwanda in detail

Dangers & Annoyances

Mention Rwanda to most people and they think of it as a highly dangerous place. However, it's actually one of the safest countries in East Africa to travel in today.

  • Serious crime or hostility aimed specifically at travellers is very rare, and there’s no more to worry about here than in most other countries.
  • Kigali is a genuine contender for the safest capital in Africa, though, as in any big city, take care at night and don't take unnecessary risks.
  • Never take photographs of anything connected with the government or military (post offices, banks, bridges, border crossings, barracks, prisons and dams) – cameras can and will be confiscated by the rather overzealous police or security services.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information for travellers.

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.smartraveller.gov.au)
  • Global Affairs Canada (www.voyage.gc.ca)
  • French Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères (www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs)
  • Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale (www.viaggiaresicuri.mae.aci.it)
  • New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.safetravel.govt.nz)
  • UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)
  • US Department of State (www.travel.state.gov)