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Rwanda

  • Getting there: There are international flights from Europe, Asia and other African countries into Kigali International Airport (KGL). Rwanda is also accessible by car or bus from Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi to the south and Tanzania to the west.
  • Capital city: Kigali.
  • Population: 11.846 million.
  • Religion: Mostly Roman Catholic.
  • Language: Kinyarwanda, French, and English are the official languages.
  • Currency: Rwandan franc (RWF).
  • Climate: Rwanda has a temperate tropical highland climate with temperatures varying greatly between locations due to their altitudes but minimally year round in the same location. There are dual wet and dry seasons with each having a long and short season.
  • Transport: Most towns are small enough to walk. Moto-taxis (motorcycle taxis) can be a quick way to get around while Kigali may be the only place one requires taxis. Private buses and minibuses serve all the main routes.
  • Best time to travel: When the rains ease during the long dry period of mid-May to mid-October and the short dry period of mid-December to mid-March are the best times to visit, especially for gorilla tracking.
  • What to wear: Rwanda has no strict dress code, although women travellers are advised to dress sensibly. Natural fibres are the most comfortable during the heat of the day. The nights tend to be chilly, so a warm jumper is essential. For gorilla tracking, warm clothing is required as well as good hiking boots, a hat and a lightweight parka or raincoat.
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