Rwanda has a name of the Land of a Thousand Hills for a good reason. This sovereign state in central and east Africa has gained that moniker,  because of its conical mountains that swarm the country’s equatorial jungles. This small nation on the African mainland borders UgandaTanzaniaBurundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mountains in the west and savanna to the east surround Rwanda and lakes are scattered across the country. 

The country’s currency is Rwanda Franc. The approximate exchange rate is RWF 818 for 1 US Dollar. Import and export of the local currency are limited to RWF 5000, so you will need to exchange money after arrival. Taking in and out of the foreign currency has no limits. However, you should declare the amount upon arrival and exchange it within eight days. It is better to have US Dollars on you, as other currencies are not always acceptable. You can pay with MasterCard or Visa credit card at a few hotels in Kigali. There are also ATMs in several Kigali banks and at the airport. However, they often experience the power cuts.

There are several local companies, which rent cars both with and without a driver. The cars in Rwanda drive on the right side of the road. The large work is being done to improve the road conditions. However, there are still roads, which drivers should avoid, during the rainy season particularly.

As for electricity, Rwanda uses types C and J sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

Rwanda is still reeling from the scar of its brutal past. In 1994, the country hogged the headlines due to a horrifying genocide that befell the country. It has since learned to recover from its terrible past. At present, you can see tribal unity and political stability in the country. Tourism is now a major contributor to Rwanda’s economy. Visit the Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, where you can find the mountain gorillas and Nyungwe National Park.

August 1, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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