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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 14, 2016
Looking for a great local guide for Kigali

Hi! We are looking for a local guide in Kigali who can show us around the city.

Thanks!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2015
Rwanda - what to buy there  (6 Answers)

Hi - going to Rwanda to visit gorillas. Wondering what is good to buy for gifts for those left at home!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2015
Is Rwanda safe to visit considering the Political Situation  (4 Answers)

I have been planning to visit Rwanda Africa, But People are telling me not to go because of the current political situation of that country, What do you guys say, Is tourism safe considering the current situation of rwanda? I want to go see the mountians Gorillas...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2014
Uwinka Campsite at Nyungwe - availability of equipment

I'll be camping at the Uwinka site to do some hiking on the former 'coloured trails'. The guidebook suggests that the attendants at the site can magic me up a tent, sleeping bag etc but I'm concerned if this is actually true. I don't want to arrive and find I'm sleeping on the grass in the rain! Also, I'm guessing I'll have to provide cooking pots for the fire? Can I leave these behind when I leave as I don't particularly want to carry them across the rest of East Africa as I continue my travels?! Can I buy everything I need in Huye?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2014
Baby Shower

We are giving a baby shower for a Rowandan family. The baby is a girl. We are looking for a theme for the party.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2014
need to knw abt rwandan life  (1 Answer)

Im an indian,at the end of this month shifted to rwanda for job.wat are the things i want to carry and also i want to knw the life in rwanda.

Sree


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2014
Ideas for 3 weeks in September  (4 Answers)

Hello VTers - it's been a while!

I'm beginning to plan our first adventure for 2 years and I'm so excited that the choice seems quite overwhelming!
It's just a 3-weeker, but I want an exciting, varied and beautiful itinerary.
We want to visit somewhere new and I'm looking for help with ideas.
Currently, Israel & Rwanda are top runners, but Mongolia was a hot favourite for a while, but was dropped because I decided we'd need longer than 3 weeks.

I love rivers and jungle. I like to walk. My favourite countries are Turkey and Nepal.
I love little, beautiful lodges without electricity sat in the middle of nowhere.
I like to cross borders by land.

Could anyone please give me some ideas for itineraries for Rwanda, Israel or share your favourite travel adventure if it sounds like it might fit the bill? I'm looking for inspiration!

Big thanks and happy travels :-)

Faye - UK


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2014
Weather in Late November  (2 Answers)

I understand October and November are the 'short' rainy season. Does this mean that its likely to rain every day non-stop, or just for a few hours per day? My plan was to visit in late November and travel through Uganda,Rwanda and maybe Burundi overland. Is the weather likely to affect road travel between main towns at this time?

thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2014
Transport from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park  (1 Answer)

I am travelling to Rwanda in May for 2 nights in the Volcanoes national Park to see the Gorillas. I have been quoted $200 transfer each way (2 people) as well as $200 for a transfer into the park which amounts to $600 for 3 days. This seems extremely overpriced. Is this the going rate?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2014
Best to buy a local SIM card?  (3 Answers)

What is best way for using a cell phone between Rwanda and USA? Buy a SIM card there? Pre-paid cards? Some other way? Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2011
Silverbacks  (2 Answers)

Hi
I'm unsure f this is the right forum..but I iwsh to see the silverbacks in rwanda or uganda next march.. Which is a better place to see them ?
Can anyone out there fill me on permits,costs,doing it solo or with a group.
Is the three day trip adequate ? I'm doing this on a budget and coming up from Zimbabwe or Zambia...thanks in advance ...Kikili


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2010
Gorilla Trekking - Share Transport Costs (11 December)  (1 Answer)

If you are going Gorilla Trekking in Parc National Des Volcans in Rwanda on 11 December 2010 and you would like to share transport costs from Musanze (Ruhengeri) to the park entrance (Kinigi) - please contact me. Cheers, Camille


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2010
what's the weather in Rwanda like in late summer  (4 Answers)

I'm considering doing a tour in Rwanda. What's the weather like during August and September? Is it humid? what's the typical tempature like in certain areas? I might check out Uganda too.

thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2009
HOTELS AND NIGHT LIFE IN KIGALI  (3 Answers)

HI FIRST TIME IN KIGALI AND HOTEL ARUND 25 DOOLARES A NIGHT IN SAVE PLACE IN KIGALI , ANY GOOD PLACES TO GO OUT FOR A SINGLE MAN THANKS FOR ANY INFORMTION


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2009
Gorilla Trek  (4 Answers)

I will be going on a Gorilla Treking trip for one day in Rwanda at the beginning of August. I was wondering if I could get away with wearing cross-training type shoes or if I should plan on wearing hiking boots since I will only be doing this type of walking for one day. Also, I was wondering if I should be concerned with snakes during the trek? How bad will the mosquitos be as well? We will be going to the Virunga mountains for the gorilla trek.

Any information would be appreciated.
Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2009
Travel from Kigali to Ruhengeri/Gisenyi  (3 Answers)

My husband and I (Canadians in our early 30's) are going to Rwanda for about 6 days as the first part of a 4 week trip to Africa. We will land in Kigali and spend a couple of days there first (exploring the city, memorials, etc.), and would then like to take a couple of days (1-2 nights) and go up to Ruhengeri and Gisenyi. We aren't planning to do the gorillas... I'm sure they are spectacular, but we are not interested enough in them to pay the price... but really just want to get a sense of the countryside - I hear the area around the Kivu is some of the most beautiful on the continent. I have also read a fantastic book by an American woman who started an orphanage in Gisenyi, and I would love to visit it.

So my questions are:
- What is the best way to do this (e.g., rent a car? bus? taxi/driver?)
- Any recommendations of specific things to see?
- Obviously "safe" is a relative term when visiting Africa, and we are prepared to use caution, but how concerned do we need to be about visiting an area so close to Goma & the Congolese border? I have heard from other visitors that they had no problems, but want to check...

Any thoughts are welcome! Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 21, 2009
Translation: Isaro - Do you know?  (2 Answers)

Isaro- Is any one able to tell me if this is a Kinyarwandan word? And, if so, what it means?

Much thanks to you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2009
Rwanda - suitable place to learn French??  (3 Answers)

Hey Everyone,

I am planning a trip to Kigali for 6 months or so.

I am also trying to learn french, and was wondering if they speak french there on a day to day basis, in the markets, shops etc? If I spoke to them in French, would I get a french response? I need volunteer work in an NGO, and people are telling me Kigali would be good for this, but if they don't speak french, I'll need to look elsewhere! But I love East Africa!

Thanks in advance, I'm so stuck, any vague information you have would be great!

Kate


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 04, 2008
Kigali Rwanda What to see and do?

I have one day to in Kigali and was wondering if someone could tell what needs to be on my list of to see and do...How far is Ntarama Church from kigali is it easliy accesible? Any help thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2008
Rwanda travel in October?  (4 Answers)

We are arriving in Tanzania Oct 19th - we have until the end of November - does anyone know the best time to go gorilla trekking in this time frame. I understand Oct - Nov is the rainy season - is it still possible to get good photographs is this season?
We will arrange our own travel to Kigali - any advice on the best local agency for gorilla trekking.
Looking forward to your advice.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2008
How to verify a Gorilla Tracking Company?  (2 Answers)

I have finalized my itinerary in Rwanda.

Now I am on the process to pay deposit for reservation.

How would I know that the compaqny I searched on the web is a real company, not a spam?

I don't want to lose a bit sum of money to a spam!

Do anyone heard of this company:
Rwanda Eco Tours


OR

do anyone has a way to verify a company?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2007
6 days in Rwanda ! what to see ???  (2 Answers)

Hi,

I will be 6 days in Rwanda early feb next year. Any advise on what to see and where to go around ?

Thx for feedback.

L


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2007
In Kigali Rwanda for a month starting 10/28/09

Hello,

I live in Washington, DC, and I am going to spend a month in Kigali, Rwanda. Any advice about accomodation, restaurants, night clubs? Anyone else plan to be there during that period? Thanks! Michel.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2007
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What is the price of a suite at the Novotel/Rwanda. thanks. [email]


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2007
Computer Access/Safety/Adapter type  (1 Answer)

For a first time traveler to Rwanda, is it safe to bring your own computer or would you be better off relying on paying for internet access? Also, what kind of electrical plug adapter would I need for recharging phone, computer?
Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2007
Gorillas treking - Do I pay for taking video? How much?  (1 Answer)

Thank for all respons to answer in the title:)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2007
Visa to Rwanda  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know if is possible to obtain visa to Rwanda on the boarder? We are Czech citizin and on pages of our ambassy is written that it isn´t possible but we have some information that may is possible to get visa on arrival.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2007
seeking advice re: life in kigali

does anyone have any pointers/contacts about the local arts scene, music (esp hiphop/rap)? i will need some diversions from my research! and looking forward to getting 'in' with local life. any other hany hints are welcome too. thanks, tamara


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2006
Gorilla Trekking -- Rwanda vs. Uganda  (4 Answers)

I am planning a gorilla trek next June and am trying to decide between Uganda and Rwanda. I saw similar posts several months ago and wondered if anyone had more insight. Particularly, I would like information oo opinions on whether you are more or less likely to see the gorillas in one country or the other and whether the other wildlife/scenery is better in one country or the other.

Any information is appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2006
mountain gorilla trek fee  (2 Answers)

Hi,
I will travel to Rwanda in early September, and I am planning to visit the mountain gorillas near Ruhengeri. I have already read something about the trek itself, but I still have some questions about the organization. I have already contacted the Rwanda Office of Tourism and they made a trek reservation for me at the 4th of September. Now they wrote my that I would have to pay the fee (375 US$) ASAP. Is it common to pay this amount in advance? The problem is that my bank charges about 17€ for a money transfer to Rwanda, which is a lot, and I don't know how long it takes. The other problem is how to get to the start point of the trek, as I only can start from Kigali at 6 p.m. the day before. Is there a bus?
Thanks for your answers, Michael, Germany



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