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KIGALI: Kigali has been the capital of Rwanda since 1965. An attractive city, it spreads over a number of hills and although it saw some difficult times through the genocide in 1994 and as power changed hands subsequently, it now has a pleasant, buoyant air. The main shopping and commercial areas is centered around the Hotel Mille Collines, with the government district on the neighboring Kaciyiru hill. The markets, the handicrafts, the Muslim quarter and a new genocide memorial under construction in Gisozi are some of the main places of interest.


Destination Bulletin:
Climate:
Because of the high altitude of the country, Rwanda has a pleasant tropical highland climate, with a daily temperature range as great as 14°C (25°F). Temperature vary considerably from region to region because of the variations in altitude. The average daytime temperature is about 30°C except in the highlands where it is much cooler. There are four seasons; long rains from mid March to mid May, short rains from mid-October to mid-December; long dry period from mid-May to mid-October and short dry season from mid-December to mid-March. The north-east has more rainfall than other parts of the country.


Safari Check List and Info. Sheet:
Passport & Vaccinations:

All travelers to Rwanda must have a valid passport & must carry their Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.

Permits:
Gorilla permits are non-refundable except for medical reasons and a medical certificate has to provided. Gorilla viewing can be denied at short notice because of National park or border closures, security changes or Gorillas going out of range. In such circumstances refunds are at the discretion of the authority and are not within the company control. Obtaining a Gorilla Permit therefore is not a guarantee of seeing a Gorilla.

Time:
Rwanda is two hours ahead of GMT

Visas:
Travelers from UK, USA, CANADA, GERMANY, SOUTH AFRICA & SWEDEN DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS.
NB: Under special circumstances we can assist in obtaining visas on arrival in Kigali. Please contact us well in advance.

Language:
French, although Swahili is used is understood and in recent years English

Mineral Water:
Bottled mineral water is advised and included with meals and in the vehicles in the tour price

Park Rules:
A National Parks Guide will accompany all groups to the Gorillas, and on entry to the National Park will advise you of the rules for Gorilla observation

Children:
Under 15 years are not permitted to visit gorillas & no child rate applies.

Clothings:
• Warm clothes including a fleece or light wool sweater
• Moist proof undergarments
• Long-sleeved shirt
• Strong waterproof walking boots
• Sturdy trousers
• Sunglasses
• Sun screen
• A sun hat
• Breathable lightweight rain poncho/parka & rain hat
• Small backpack
• Gloves recommended to those with sensitive skin or allergy to nettles

Communication:
• International telephone communication good from Kigali
• European & American mobile phones with a roaming agreement work in Rwanda. Internet facilities are available at Novotel in Kigali
• Currency: Rwandese Francs are not exchangeable overseas, nor can they be converted back into foreign currency in Rwanda.
• Airport departure tax from Nairobi & Kigali should be included in ticket price

Diet:
Please advise any special dietary requirements in advance. Local specialties: Chicken & Fish

Electricity Level:
230/240 volts at 50Hz. 2-pin (round) sockets. Some guest houses do not have 24-hour power, but arrangements for recharging batteries can usually be made.

Fitness Level:
Standard trek is a strenuous hike of between 1-4 hours each way, (2-3 hours more usual) tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000m traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet. Visitors must be fit, in good health and properly equipped.

Health:
Anti malaria tablets are essential & visitors should seek current medical advice before traveling; any personal medication required should be carried in hand luggage. Warning: Gorillas are susceptible to most human diseases and if you are knowingly carrying a contagious diseases (especially flu) DO NOT attempt to trek.

Guide & Chauffeurs:
English speaking.

 
         
   
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