Good travel time:
Best travel time:
June, July, August
February, March, April, May
Small Green Season:
October, November, December
Tips before your Departure
Germans and Austrians need a passport that has to be valid for at least 6 more months after leaving the country and a visa. The chargeable visa can be acquired in advance at the Embassy or directly at the airport for 30,- USD. Children need a children’s passport or a valid child ID to old sample. Inhabitants of other countries should ask for their respective entry requirements at their responsible Embassy.
Besides sunscreen and your personal first-aid kit we recommend medicine for diarrhea due to the climatic change. When entering Rwanda you don’t have to show a certification of a valid yellow fever inoculation. But please note that you might need this in other countries if you are on a round trip through Africa. Beyond that, no immunizations are required, but please ask your doctor or local health authority before departure. In addition we suggest you invest in a travel health insurance, and will be happy to inform you about it.
Currency is the Rwanda-Franc.
There is no time shift during the European summer time, in winter it’s + 1 hour.
In Rwanda there is tropical semi-humid climate that is moderated by the heights. Temperatures within the deeper or medium located areas are constantly high year-round, they show an average of about 21° C. In higher elevations there can be frost during night. There are two rain seasons (February-April and November-December), but generally the amount of precipitation decreases from West to East.
For safaris please think of clothes in muted colors, long trousers, long sleeves, headgear as well as comfortable shoes. Please also remember to take sunscreen and insect-repellant spray. For the rainy seasons you should also bring some rain protection, and in the evenings you might need a pullover or cardigan for lower temperatures.
Day of Departure
At the moment there are no direct flights from Germany to Rwanda. The main airport is Kigali, that can be reached with comfortable connection flights with e.g. KLM (via Amsterdam), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul) or Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Abeba).
We will be glad to advise you on prices for flights in Comfort/Business Class. For a fee of € 30, - we can reserve your preferred seat. We can also reserve a parking place at the airport in advance.
We recommend to call the airline 1-2 days before departure to let them confirm the time of departure. Please keep your passport ready for your return flight.
Please note that you have to be at the check-in counter of your airline at least two hours before your departure. We will be glad to send you some information on your airport. Please remember not to pack any sharp objects into your hand luggage like nail scissors etc.
Your travel destination
After arriving at your airport in Rwanda you will be welcomed by your tour guide and accompanied to your hotel or you will directly start your safari.
Official languages in Rwanda are Kinyarwanda, French and English. Besides they often also speak Kiswahili as trade language.
By land or by sea: The landscape and animal kingdom (especially under-water) of Mozambique have a lot to offer. We offer an interesting choice of round trips and excursions and will be glad to advise you. It is recommended to book before your departure as in the peak season many safari lodges are booked up and you may lose valuable vacation time.
Please deposit your money, jewellery as well as your documents in the hotel safe. Don't take too many things with you and take care of your handbag and camera. After sunset it is recommended to use a taxi instead of public means of transport.
Please note that it’s prohibited to take photos of the airport Kigali, bridges, government buildings as well as military facilities.
It is also prohibited to import plastic packaging or plastic bags. Please have a look at the latest information of the Department for foreign Affairs.
The voltage is 230 Volt alternating current, 50 Hertz. In some hotels you will find suitable European sockets, but we recommend to bring an adapter with you.
Calling from Germany: 00250/local area network/subscriber; calling to Germany: 0049/ local area network without 0/subscriber
German Embassy: Rwanda 10, Avenue Paul VI Kigali, Tel.: +250 280 57 52 22
Austrian Embassy (represented by the Embassy in Kenya): P.O. Box 30560, Tel.: +254 233 3227
Swiss Embassy: Blvd de la Révolution 38, Kigali, Tel.: +250 252 57 55 34
They will be happy about any tip, in restaurants they expect 10-15% of the invoice amount. You can give your safari driver about 5 US$ per person and day, a porter will be happy with 1 US$ per person and a maid with 1 US$ per night/guest.