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HomeGetting to Rwanda



About Rwanda

Rwanda is a landlocked country located in the heart of Africa. Also known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, due to its intensely mountainous terrain. It is rated as the safest country in Africa and Kigali is ranked as the cleanest city in Africa. Rwanda experienced one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This tragedy cost more than a million lives, and was stopped by the Rwandan Patriotic Army, led by Rwanda’s current president, H.E. President Paul Kagame.

Over the past twenty-three years, under the leadership of President Kagame, Rwanda has made a tremendous progress from a shattered nation to an ICT, business, and touristic hub. Since 2003, Rwanda has registered an average annual GDP growth of 6% to 8%. As Africa’s most densely populated country of 11 million, it has implemented policies that lifted 1million people out of extreme poverty. According to the World Bank Global Competitive Index Report, Rwanda is ranked as 2nd in Africa in doing business. Rwanda is also leading in the gender equality, having the highest female representation in Parliament (64%) in the world.

As a Pan African leader, Rwanda rolled out a visa on arrival policy to all Africans. Starting 1 January 2018, the visa on arrival will apply to all travellers worldwide.

Rwanda is also home to the Next Einstein Forum Secretariat.


Temperatures average around 24°C (75°F), except for in the higher mountain areas where it ranges from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 60°F). The end of March is end of the dry season.

Getting to Rwanda

Immigration/VISA Requirements

Starting 1 January 2018, citizens of all countries can receive visa on arrival without prior application. A visa costs $30 USD dollars that can be paid in cash or credit card.
Rwanda will grant a 90-day visa free of charge to nationals of Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sao Tome and Principe and Singapore
EAC Partner states citizens shall be issued with 6 month visitors pass (renewable) upon arrival with no fee.

Logistical Information


The NEF Global Gathering 2018 will take place at the Kigali Convention Centre. If your accommodation is not arranged through the NEF’s designated system, below are some of the few hotels that are near the KCC:

Restaurants in Kigali

Across from the Kigali Convention Center is Kigali Heights Mall which has several restaurants, clothing and shoe stores, banks, a pharmacy, barbershop etc.

Other Restaurants in Kigali
Inka Steak House KG 605 St, Kigali +250 780 302 666
Sole Luna Italian Restaurant KG 599 Street, Kigali +250 788 859 593
Brioche-Kacyiru KG 543 St, Kigali +250 787 613 233
Poivre Noir Kigali KG 670 St, Kigali +250 735 823 282
Zen Oriental Cuisine 47 KG 9 Ave,


+250 782 588 593
Choma’d KG 9 Ave, 39
Khana Khazana (Indian Restaurant) KG 9 Ave, near RDB building +250 781 849 797
Pascha Aberdeen House hotel, Gacuriro,

KG 14 Ave, Kagugu

+250 280 300 200


Trophy’s Sports Lounge KG 8 Ave +250 736 938 277
Urban Boutique Kiyovu
Food Delivery Jumia Food register on their website or download their app to have food delivered to you: or call +250 788 553 338


1 US Dollar =
833.6 Rwandan Francs

1 Euro =
981.9 Rwandan Francs

1 CAD=
652.9 Rwandan Francs


Rwanda’s unit of currency is the Rwandan franc (Rwf). It is advised to arrive in Rwanda with US dollars or Euros in cash, which can be exchanged either at the airport or at any FOREX bureau or bank.

There are ATMs at the airport and throughout Kigali that are accessible. They deliver Rwandan Francs.
Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and hotels, but it is best to confirm prior to ordering.
There is Exchange Forex Bureau at the Airport or you can visit any banking institution.

All banks and most bureaux de changes are closed on Sundays, and on the last Saturday of every month until 12:30 pm for the national day of community work, “UMUGANDA”.

Other Important Information

Plugs and Voltage
Electricity in Rwanda is 230 Volts. If you have a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Plugs have two round pins. Please be sure to carry with you a multiple travel adaptor.

Telephone and SIM cards:
Rwanda has various phone service providers and the process to acquire a SIM card is quick and easy. You will need:
Valid Passport or proof of identification

Address in Kigali
Rwf 1500 + funds for desired amount of airtime

Plastic free Country
Rwanda is a polythene-free country. For environmental reasons, plastic bags have been banned, the customary plastic duty-free bags included. You will be asked to give up all plastic bags at the airport.

Drinking water
It is NOT advisable to drink water from the taps. You will be able to buy bottled water wherever you go. Recommended brands are: Inyange, Nile or Huye water.

  1. Names and phone numbers for recommended health care centers:
Hospital Contact details Address/Location Language spoken
King Faisal Hospital (KFH) (ER 24hrs, outpatient consultation-in-patient hospitalization) Tel: 252 588 888

Tel: 252 582 421

Tel:252 582 654

Tel: 252 582 655

Kacyiru- KG 544 Behind Umubano Hotel Kigali, Rwanda English, French, Kinyarwanda
Baho Medical Center


Tel: 078 875 9007

Tel: 078 305 2460

Tel: 078 852 3734

KG 9 Avenue, Kigali


English, French

3. Emergency Contacts



Rwanda National Police (RNP) operates

24 hours per day and can help in an emergency

§ Toll free call: 112

§ Contact Police headquarters on phone number: 0788311110 /4/5


The same numbers can be used if outside Kigali.
All these numbers can be called using a mobile phone.





Fire services are provided by Rwanda

National Police 24 hours per day, 7 days


Mobile: 0788311120/ 08311224

Tel: 0252570195

Other Important information:

Things to do in Rwanda

Rwanda has a thriving tourism economy that offers something for every taste. We recommend you visit Kigali Genocide Memorial before you embark on other touristic activities.

Kigali Genocide Memorial: The memorials found throughout the country are moving testimonies in memory of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the people who lost their lives. Inaugurated on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi is where 259,000 victims have been buried. This memorial also serves to educate about how the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi took shape and examines other genocides in the 20th century.

Kigali City Tour: Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa’s most memorable dining experiences.

Gorilla Tracking is often described as “life changing”. With only an estimated 880 gorillas left in the wild, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment. The gorillas make their home on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park.

Akagera National Park: Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Due to its wide variety of habitats, Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species. It is home to many large plains game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork. Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelopes are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives. Of the larger predators; leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal and lion, which was re-introduced last year are present.

Nyungwe National Park: Located in the South West corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is untouched natural rainforest that is filled with exciting biodiversity. Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity. Home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal. This majestic rain forest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in. Hiking or even biking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe offers.
Cultural experiences abound throughout Rwanda. Centuries of music, dance, history and hospitality are all on display through live performances, pottery & crafts, and museums including the Ethnographic Museum in Huye, the Presidential Palace Museum and the Natural History Museum in Kigali, and the Museum of the Environment in Karongi.

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