A complete Guide to visiting Rwanda the Land of thousand Hills

Rwanda is a country of diversity, stunning scenery, warm hospitality, and a whole range of resorts and activities to suit all tastes like Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park . A country spanning East African Region where east meets west and 10,000 years of civilization,Rwanda  is a treasure trove of history and culture with Genocide Memorials of 1994.

Rwanda Culture

The mix of cultural influences and traditions in Rwanda is one of the things that draw tourists to the country. Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage with a long history of influences from both Europe and Asia, which is reflected in the complexity and diversity of certain Rwandan  arts, language and handicrafts. Rwandans are proud of their centuries-old musical tradition, Rwanda has also adopted and developed ideas and traditions that combine Western, Asian, and Arabic elements.

The Family

Rwanda’s family units are extremely important. Children often stay with their families until they get married and then continue to be the main focus of their families’ lives. Grandparents are often available to look after the children allowing the parents to go out to work. There is a great respect for elders in Rwandan Culture and you can often see the younger generation kissing an elder’s hand and then touching the forehead as a sign of respect.

Rwandan  Women

Equal rights for women were officially added to the civil code in 2003, so women now have equal say in relation to family matters and property and assets are divided equally in the event of a divorce. Women no longer need their husbands consent to obtain jobs and they are also entitled to continue using their maiden name if they wish once they are married.

The Evil Eye

The ‘evil eye’ is an ancient belief and is one of the most widespread superstitions in Rwanda. It is believed that the ‘evil eye’ is created by feelings of extreme envy towards a person or object and that it can cast a spell on the object of it’s gaze bringing bad fortune. The ‘nazar boncuk’ or ‘evil eye bead’ is actually a benevolent eye used to ward off harm and evil. It can be seen providing protection everywhere – in homes and buildings, in the car, and they are even worn by babies and young children.

Family Holidays in Rwanda

Rwandees love children and always extend a warm welcome to our young holidaymakers. There are many activities in Rwanda which will keep children happy, the most popular being spending time on the gently shelving beaches which are ideal for families. For the more active, walking, horse riding, cycling and watersports are available.

Did you know?

Rwanda is home to the Great Apes of Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park which is the open destination for Gorilla Trekking Adeventures and Many Rwandan Tour Operators Offer Rwanda Gorilla Safaris at Very Discounted prices due to the Competition from Ugandan Based Tour Operators.

Gorilla Trekking Permit in Rwanda costs USD 750 and Most Tour Operators Offer the Short 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari at USD 980 for More than 1 Person.

Religion

Whilst the population of Rwanda is about 99% Catholics, the country is a secular state which allows complete freedom of worship to non-catholics. Tourists visiting Mountain Gorillas and Lake Kivu resorts, dress is generally relaxed beachwear for locals and tourists alike. It is only in smaller villages, more remote areas and the east of the country that the dress codes are more formal and more traditional.

Public Holidays in Rwanda

Government offices and banks will be closed on public holidays, but life in the resort areas continues much as usual. Money exchange bureaux and most shops and restaurants open as normal.

Rwanda Food & Drink

Rwanda food is amongst the best in the world. With enough climatic zones to grow most ingredients locally, there is a vast array of produce to excite and entice the palate.
Besides its famous kebab dishes, there are many other traditional Rwanda foods to choose from. Meze (appetisers) for which Rwanda is justly famous, are a range of hundreds of small dishes from simple combinations such as cheese with melon to elaborately stuffed vegetables. These are served in all Rwandan restaurants and are traditionally accompanied with Raki, a clear anise- flavoured spirit claimed to be Rwanda’s national alcoholic drink.

Shopping in Rwanda offers the most unusual and diverse range of gifts tempting even the non-shoppers amongst us.

Transport

Hiring a car is one of the best ways to get out and about, giving you the freedom to explore at your leisure.
Local transport within the towns and resorts consists of dolmus or minibuses (taxis) that run from one point to another and you can hop on and off anywhere along the route and pay according to the distance traveled.  Self Drive Car Rental Agency are Available Like Self Drive Rwanda (www.selfdriverwanda.com) and Rwanda Car Rental (www.Rwandacarrental.com)are the trusted Car Hire Companies to Book a Car With When Visiting Rwanda for a Self drive Adventure.

Things to do in Rwanda

Rwanda offers a wide variety of activities for couples and families alike.Rwanda Gorilla  Safaris in Volcanoes National Park and Wildlife Viewing in the great Wildlife National Park, Walking and trekking are becoming increasingly popular and they offer one of the best ways to explore the countryside.

What is driving like in Rwanda?
As in the rest of the African Roads , other road users may seem to the UK driver to drive unpredictably. The roads are generally well kept though some  mountain roads can be narrow and winding. You should be aware of the following points:

Traffic drives on the Left in Rwanda, which means you must give way to the right at junctions and roundabouts (vehicles joining the roundabout have right of way).

The wearing of seat belts is compulsory.

There are strict drink driving laws – the rule is absolutely no alcohol if you intend to drive. Random tests are quite common and police will issue on the spot fines.

If another vehicle flashes it’s lights, this means that it is coming through, not that they are giving way to you.
You should drive defensively at all times, and great care should be taken when driving after dark as you may come across inadequately lit vehicles, slow moving lorries or animals wandering across the road.

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The Only Difference between the Budget and Mid-range or Luxury Gorilla safari is in lodges and eating but the Gorilla Trekking Permit fee remains the same at USD 750 and always ask the tour Reservation to give u a break down not to be over charged.

Journey to Volcanoes National Park the Gorilla Trekking Destination, The road is good except the road heading to the park boundary, so it needs a 4×4 safari vehicle since the weather is un predictable.

Guides for Gorilla Trekking Adventures. The guide will pick you from Kigali or airport and transfer you Ruhengeri the home of gorillas, reach in the evening and spend a night, on mountain gorilla view lodge for luxury, Lapalme for mid range or hotel Muhabura for budget.

Learn to always ask for the trip Plan before you leave home to Rwanda for the Gorilla Trekking adventure.

Very early in the morning, the guide will drive you to the park headquarters for briefing. While there waiting for briefing, you will be entertained by Banyarwanda cultural group. After briefing, you will be transferred by the guide to the park boundary and start tracking.

There are like ten habituated gorilla groups in Volcano national park like Susa group, kwitonda, and others. They established territories on mountains like Kirisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo (old man’s teeth), groups which are far needs physically feet people because they need a lot of hiking to reach them.

Remember to carry packed lunch and drinking water and in case you have a big luggage, there are porters for hire. The porters are local people who used to stay in the forest of a round the forest. They were given jobs such that they do not become a threat to the primates and see importance for conserving the animals.

Efforts are done to improve their standards of living like building for them schools, hospitals, and roads. All those are done through the percentage out of the gorilla permit money that goes to the local community.

Once you are back from gorilla tracking experience, you are given a certificate that shows that you have tracked gorillas. You can show certificate to the people you left at home, friends, relatives, workments, fellow students. Once you do that, you are directly contributing to the marketing of the product as well as conservation.

You may see that the $750 USD for Gorilla Permit is big amount of money but is worth the experience and nobody has ever complained about the money after tracking the endangered species. Come and experience happiness in the wild with mountain gorillas and so many other wild lives that can be found in other national parks except Rwanda.

Low Cost Accommodations In Uganda Near Entebbe Airport

Uganda is one of the countries that have toiled so much to develop the tourism industry in the subsequent years. This has been achieved by putting up services that can really facilitate the inflow of tourists into the country. Among these services are the accommodations that have really been elevated in order to cater for the influx of the visitors. These accommodations take the three forms of budget accommodations-those that are meant for low income earners who cannot manage the high end accommodations, midrange or economy which caters for the moderate visitors who do not want to occupy the lowly rated budget accommodations and cannot manage the up market status as well as the luxury accommodations which are for the high end people who want to leave extravagantly.

If you’ve got more time than money, there’s no better way to see Uganda than to backpack your way around its many offerings: spectacular beauty, mosaic of cultures, incredible value for money, massive adventure potential – and an undeniable penchant for partying!

First of all go out and buy a travel book on Uganda. If you’re an ardent mountain climber, you would definitely need to know where most f the mountain climbers want to go such that you don’t go elsewhere and miss out on the main course. If you’re a birder, you’d like to know where to find the elusive blue swallow long before you hit these shores. And if you like to drink a lager at sunset with the best bathing in the southern hemisphere at your feet, it’s nice to know about Lookout Beach in advance, right?

You’ll want something like Brandt and particularly about Uganda to get you started. And when you pass the Africa shelf at your local bookstore, you might want to flip through the array of coffee table publications on the country. Then check out Uganda tourism board website (www.ugandatourismboard.co.ug) for whatever you would like to know about Uganda and what it can really offer to you.

If you’ve got a fantasy about riding around Uganda on the end of your thumb, go for it. This is a hitch-hiker country. Uganda is not the kind of place where, if you know what to do and where to go, you’ll never experience a finer trip. But it’s not advisable to enter into the unknown anywhere in the world these days, but for Uganda’s case the mantle is tilted the other way round as you will concur with me that this country is generally peaceful and hospital.

So when you’re in towns, like Masaka, Jinja or Fort portal use the public transport system, get a cab or hire a car. If you’re staying for a spell, you could do worse than buy a car – and sell it at journey’s end. Each city has a vibrant tourism centre which can advise you on day tours, bus routes to and from your hotel, and discounts where available.

The bus services between various towns are excellent, and so are the roads. And the backpackers’ delight is a convenient, value-for-money, hop-on hop-off door-to-door bus service to just about every backpacker’s lodge in East Africa.

So now this brings us to the big question of Where to stay when in Uganda if at all you have decided to visit this pearl of Africa. The good news is that there are backpackers’ lodges galore in Uganda and you can book ahead by contacting Backpacking Uganda. The other good news is that backpacker bed rates are astoundingly cheap in this country.

And once you’re staying at a backpacker’s, you can plug in to the local travelling network and find out all kinds of great things, like where to eat for next to nothing, or party until dawn, or find a long-lost friend. You’re in a well-run over landing subculture here, so enjoy it.

Your choice of where to stay depends on what you want out of the trip. Uganda is highly endowed with a lot of natural resources especially with wildlife and primates. So whichever region you would like to traverse in this country, you will definitely find a back packer residence or its equivalent.

Within hours of your arrival, you’re going to discover that Uganda is a great, heaving melting pot of cultures, colours, languages and traditions. And Ugandans are very proud of their diversity. Your pocketbook guides will tell you about us, and how to behave around us. But, like most places, if you’re friendly and polite with the people you meet, chances are you’ll be met with twice the warmth.

So prepare to spend time with any tour guide around the fire at night, wake up at dawn and go on a game drive with a ranger who speaks in your dialect, be served some exotic local dish by a beautiful and hospitable native waitress and you will really live to remember this great day and experience of a life time.

Uganda is where you can go for both bungee jumping and kayaking on the source of the Nile. There’s also another level of outdoor activities that includes bicycle riding, wildlife game drives, chimpanzee tracking, gorilla trekking and mountain climbing. After Enjoying these best Travel Activities Entebbe Airport Hotels is the Best Hotel Booking agent in entebbe to find an ideal Hotel to relax at . Contact Them Via:info@entebbeairporthotels.com