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There are many international flights to Rwanda. In particular amongst the airlines are SN Brussels, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Burundi and Rwandair Express.
The airport is located 10 Km from central Kigali.
Rwanda can be visited throughout the year. Gorilla tracking and other forest walks are less demanding during the drier months. The European winter is the best time for birdwatching, as Palaearctic migrants supplement resident species.
A valid passport is mandatory. Visa can be obtained upon arrival and costs 30 USD. The following nationalities do not require entry visa: USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sweden, Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong.
A certificate of yellow-fever vaccination is required. Much of Rwanda lies at too high an elevation for malaria to be a major concern, but the disease is present and anti-malaria drugs are strongly recommended. It is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled mineral water can be bought in all towns.
The unit of currency is the Rwanda Franc (RFr). The US dollar is the hard currency of preference. It may be impossible to exchange travellers' cheques away from the capital. Credit cards are usually only accepted at the major hotels in Kigali .
In addition to the indigenous language of Kinyarwanda, French and English are official languages. French is widely spoken throughout the country. In the capital and other tourist centres, many people speak English.
It is advisable to bring light and practical clothes, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the Parc des Volcans and Nyungwe. When tracking gorillas, wear solid walking shoes and sturdier clothing to protect against stinging nettles. A water proof rain jacket is important.
Remember sun screen lotions, sunglasses and hat. Binoculars will greatly enhance game drives, forest walks and bird watching. Bring a camera and an adequate stock of films or.
Rwanda has an excellent cell phone network covering almost the entire country.
International phone calls can be made easily. Appropriate SIM cards for the network are readily available everywhere, even in remote towns, and cell phones can be purchased or rented from major shops in Kigali. Most towns of any size will have several Internet cafes and computer centre.
All of the major centres are connected with good road infrastructure. The fine road network, with little traffic, offers wonderful opportunities for long bicycle trips across the verdant hills and valleys. Mountain biking and hiking can be enjoyed on the thousands of kilometres of fine rural trails linking remote villages, criss-crossing the entire country.
Gorilla Permits can be arranged by a local Tour operator, or can be purchased directly through the Office Rwandaise du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN) / The Rwanda Tourism Board, at the headquarters in Kigali, or at their office in Ruhengeri.