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Rwanda Travel Tips

Geography

Location: Great lakes region of central/East Africa.

Area: 26,338 sq. km;

Population: about 13 million (in 2017)

Capital – Kigali (est. pop. 1,000,000).

Other major cities: Muhanga, Huye, Musanze, Rubavu.

Terrain: Uplands and hills.

Climate: Rwanda has a temperate climate with two rainy seasons (February to April and November to January),

Environment

Rwanda has strict environmental laws. The use of plastic bags (polythene papers) has been banned. Beware not to carry such since they will not be allowed into the country at the borders and airports checkpoints. Kigali is a clean and green city. You are expected to throw your litter in rubbish cans which are fitted all over. Walk along the provided foot paths. Do not step on the grass.

Umuganda

The morning of the last Saturday of every month is Umuganda or community service. This initiative was introduced by the Rwandan Government to get the entire population to devote some time to their local community by cleaning the streets, cutting grass verges, repairing dirt road and various other organised activities. International visitors are not required to participate, but some tour operators can organise opportunities for tourists to get involved. Most shops and transport are closed for the morning.

Agriculture

Coffee, Tea …

Industry: Coffee and Tea factories, Textiles, plastics…..

Religion: Christians 60%, Protestants 25% Muslims, 10%, Others5%

 

Language:

Kinyarwanda is the National language, while French, English and Swahili are official languages. English is widely spoken throughout the country and mostly used as the business language

Money and currency:

Rwanda’s unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF): Notes are in denominations of RWF 500, 1,000, 2000, and 5000, while coins are RWF 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.

It is recommended to travel with US dollars as most banks and Forex Bureaus do not accept traveler’s cheques in exchange for cash.

Only banks, Forex Bureaus, hotels and lodges are authorized dealers as recommended by the company to change money.

Credit cards are usually accepted at hotels and major restaurants, souvenirs shops and shopping malls in Rwanda. (Except local markets.)

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