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The Johannesburg to Kigali flight route is the only one between South Africa and Rwanda with direct flights. Use the flight bookings tool on the left to identify & book cheap flights.
Cape Town to Kigali flights (CPT-KGL) with BA/Ethiopian (via Johannesburg & Addis Ababa) or Turkish Airways (via Istanbul) or Emirates (via Dubai).
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From the 1st of November 2014 residents of South Africa, USA, UK, Germany, and Sweden will require a visitors pass to enter Rwanda for a maximum stay of 30 days. This Visa-on-arrival will cost 30 US Dollars. Alternatively you can apply for the vistor pass at the High Commission in Pretoria prior to travel. The East Africa Tourist visa is also a good alternative if you want to stay for up to 90 days and visit Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
For the latest up to date requirements, visit the website of the High Commission of the Republic of Rwanda or contact them at 012-342-6536 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their physical address in South Africa is at 983 Schoeman Street, Arcadia, Pretoria. Note that the High Commission is closed on both South African & Rwandan public holidays.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Rwanda requiring embassy assistance.
Physical address: 1370 Boulevard de l'Umuganda, Kacyiru-Sud, Kigali
Email : email@example.com
Phone number : + 250-252-551-300
The currency used in Rwanda is the Rwandan franc.
Kinyarwanda, French, and English are the official languages. Most people use the former. Less than two percent of the population speaks English though it's used on signs in major urban centres.
Places of interest in Rwanda include:
Parc National des Volcans is an awe-inspiring landscape of seven volcanoes interspersed amid lush rainforest. It's the locale of some of the last mountain gorillas left on earth. Track these wild creatures in their natural habitat amid dense bamboo and the tangled foliage of the forested volcanic slopes for an unforgettable experience. Even better, you're likely to get very close indeed.
Lake Kivu boasts lovely inland beaches. Gisenyi was well-known in colonial days as a beach resort and it still boasts beautiful mansions and an international standard hotel set on a gorgeous stretch of sand. The town of Kibuye is charming and sports cozy guesthouses with great views. Take a boat trip to one of the islands to see colonies of fruit bats. Cyangugu, a former trading gateway, offers character and history. A drive between the towns is a must for views of the lake, lush hills, and eucalyptus trees.
Parc National Nyungwe Forest is a 970 sq km forest that offers sightings of rare primates. Chimpanzees and colobus monkeys are hidden in the lush montane rainforest plus over 275 species of birds, 270 species of trees, 50 species of mammals, and riots of butterflies and orchids. As if this wasn't enough, the views of the volcanoes in nearby Parc National des Virunga are spectacular.
Akagera National Park has a more traditional safari feel than the rest of Rwanda. Its endless grasslands and woodlands boast plains species such as impalas, topi, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and hippos. The east part of the park contains marsh and a series of lakes—take a boat trip to see waterfowl. You can visit Akagera on a day trip or stay the night at the recently rebuilt lodge.
Visit Rwanda anytime of the year—temperatures usually hover at around 24°C. Mountainous areas can experience temperatures as low as 10°C to 15°C. If you're looking to track gorillas, the dry season from mid-May to mid-October is ideal. July and August is peak season for gorillas but you'll find it harder to get a permit. The rest of the year brings rain and a lush, green landscape. The northeast experiences the most rainfall.
You may either want to time your visit to Rwanda to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
1 February (Heroes Day)
7 April (Genocide Memorial Day)
1 May (Labour Day)
1 July (Independence Day)
4 July (Liberation Day)
15 August (Assumption)
Floating Public Holidays: