Tips for Successful Backpacking in Rwanda

Backpacking Rwanda

Rwanda is lies in East Africa and currently one of the vibrant tourism destinations in Africa. Embarking on backpacking tour in Rwanda allows you explore what this magical destination hold. If you are adventurous then the best is for you to embark on backpacking trip in Rwanda. Rwanda is blessed with four national parks where most safaris are conducted and each of them has something unique for you to explore while on backpacking tour. They include Volcanoes National Park which inhabits a section of mountain gorillas that currently remain not more than 1004 on planet and only found within the rain forest of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic; Nyungwe Forest National Park a home to 13 distinct primates, Akagera National Park which is the only savanna park in Rwanda and Gishwati Mukura National Park a newly founded park in Rwanda. To have a successful backpacking trip in Rwanda, take note of the following tips.

Airport transfer from the airport to hotel

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you need not to stress yourself and start thinking of how to get to a hotel or destination in Rwanda after that long flight. At the airport, be keen on airport taxi drivers. Make sure that the taxi driver you wish to deal with is registered with the airport authority. Once you arrive, you will meet many taxi drivers around the airport however if you booked a Rwanda car rental in advance, you find a driver already waiting for you. Alternatively, you can ask for airport transfer at discounted rate.


When planning a backpacking trip in Rwanda, you need adequate time to find that safe area for your night stay. You can search for accommodation facilities online or contact a tour operators/companies and hotel management themselves. Besides, you can also read through the reviews and recommendations from other visitors that previously used the same accommodation. However, there are many accommodation facilities in and around Rwanda and they range from budget to luxury. In Volcanoes National Park, the available safari lodges include Mount Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge (Luxury), Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Lodge (Midrange), Kinigi Guesthouse/Muhabura Hotel (Budget). Akagera National Park consists of safari lodges such as Akagera Game Lodge, Ruzizi Tented Camp, Magashi Tented Camp and Dereva. Nyungwe National Park has Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Nyungwe Top View Lodge and Gisakura guesthouse. However, when choosing where to stay, it is better to reserve budget safari lodge or hotel or simply go camping.

Safety for your property

While on backpacking tour in Rwanda, never leave your valuable gargets and any expensive item just like that especially if you are at the beach or busy areas. It is advisable that you leave any important document back at the hotel.

Partying time

Kigali is a vibrant city and there are many places to go have fund. You choose to any club within town or church. However, do not go partying alone as this may not be safer for you. There are many places to go for partying in and around Kigali and they include among others Lemon tree, Joytime bar, Trophy’s Sport Lounge, Choma’D, Sundowner, One Love Club, black and white club, Crystal club, K club, Legacy Lounge to mention but a few.

Emergency calls

You can purchase a telephone Sim Card in Rwanda at cheaper rate and this means that even backpackers can find one. However, you need to present the identification documents in order to get a valid Sim Card. You also need police contacts whether you are a repeat visitor or first time backpacker.

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