Rwanda

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    Top Descriptions

    While Rwanda may not get nearly as much tourism as neighbouring or or have as much on offer as other countries in the region, what it can provide as a travel destination is a calmer and more standardised East African experience. The country is cleaner and better managed for the most part (with rules about plastic bags and motorbike helmets being strictly adhered to) and it’s an overall pleasant place to spend a few weeks wandering about, especially anywhere near to or the . What Rwanda really lacks is a better infrastructure and better connections to the outside world. Imported goods are poor value for money, as are attractions in the country such as , and most locations outside of are just as rural and disconnected as any in . Nevertheless, if you’re willing to live without creature comforts, Rwanda can be quite affordable – especially if you accept the lack of conventional attractions and get stuck in with the locals and their cheap ‘gatogo’ lunchtime buffets.
     
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    Top Tips

    Rwanda is safer, better organised, more modern and better facilitated than most countries in East Africa. However, it is still very much East Africa. For the most part, Rwanda is still very rural and undeveloped.
    Lunchtime ‘gatogo’ buffets are by the far the cheapest way to eat! Hit them up daily if you’re on a budget.
    Rwanda is not the cheapest of countries, but as there are very few activities that cost (except in the national parks) it’s possible to keep costs down by simply exploring the place on foot – it’s a very pleasant country to do just that, especially by .
    Although journey times are short, the roads are very windy here. If you get travel sick, consider bringing along some medicine for the ride. Shampoos and conditioners are also super expensive here (perhaps because 90% of everyone has a shaved head!) so consider bringing some along too.
     
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    The Location

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      Name in local script:
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      Also known as:
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      Environment type:forest, hill, jungle, lake, meadow, mountain, river
      Religion type:Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism
       
      Visa type:Cost:Nationality:On arrival:
      90-Day East Africa Tourist VisaUSD100UK

      What can we see or do there?

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      Animals:chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, mountain gorillas
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      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:Rwandan Frank (RWF)
      Average daily budget:RWF27,170

      When should we go there, and for how long?

      Average time taken:17 nights
      High season:June to September
      Low season:March to May

        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili
        Timezone:UTC+02:00
        Country calling code:250

        How can we get there?

          Coordinates:-1.95793, 30.09979
          Geographical feature:Lake Kivu, Virunga Mountains
           
          Neighboring countries:Burundi, the DRC, ,
          Land borders:

          The Directions

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          The Directions

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          What are the numbers and averages?

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          5 nightsRWF18,750
          5 nightsRWF22,240
          3 nightsRWF27,400
          4 nightsRWF22,125
          1/2 a dayRWF85,900
           
          Size:26,338 km2
          Altitude:950-4,510m

          Local Availability

            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Beer (multinational)500mlRWF1,150
            Beer (national)500mlRWF733
            Fizzy drink1 litreRWF525
            Fruit juice1 litreRWF1,825
            Gin (multinational)1 litreRWF16,083
            Gin (national)1 litreRWF6,000
            Milk1 litreRWF1,000
            Oil1 litreRWF2,042
            Rum (multinational)1 litreRWF19,375
            Rum (national)1 litre
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            Vodka (multinational)1 litreRWF13,250
            Vodka (national)1 litre
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            Water1 litreRWF438
            Whisky (multinational)1 litreRWF17,750
            Whisky (national)1 litre
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            Wine1 bottleRWF7,325
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Almonds100gRWF2,100
            Apples1kgRWF1,467
            Bananas1kgRWF475
            Bell pepper1kgRWF700
            Bread1 loafRWF1,150
            Carrots1kgRWF400
            Chillies1kg
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            Chocolate (multinational)1 barRWF1,433
            Chocolate (national)1 barRWF367
            Coconut milk1 canRWF1,500
            Cucumber1kgRWF300
            Eggs1 dozenRWF1,200
            Garlic1kg
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            Ginger1kgRWF200
            Honey1 jarRWF1,850
            Ice cream1 unitRWF1,275
            Jam1 jarRWF3,000
            Onions1kgRWF600
            Oranges1kgRWF750
            Pasta1kgRWF2,733
            Peanut butter1 jarRWF3,800
            Peanuts100gRWF1,700
            Potatoes1kg
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            Raisins100gRWF1,350
            Rice1kgRWF2,033
            Sandwich1 unitRWF1,000
            Tomatoes1kgRWF900
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Antifungal shampoo1 bottleRWF6,625
            Conditioner1 bottleRWF3,000
            Condoms1 packRWF675
            Deodorant1 canRWF3,088
            Floss1 packRWF1,850
            Hand sanitizer1 bottleRWF2,600
            Laundry soap1 barRWF383
            Razors1 packRWF2,900
            Sanitary towels1 packRWF1,000
            Shampoo1 bottleRWF2,975
            Soap1 barRWF1,713
            Tampons1 boxRWF2,600
            Toilet roll1 unitRWF200
            Toothpaste1 tubeRWF1,225
            Washing powder1 boxRWF1,075
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Antiseptic cream1 tubeRWF2,833
            Bandages1 packRWF1,025
            Chapstick1 unitRWF1,500
            Contact lens solution1 bottleRWF11,000
            Headache tablets1 packRWF175
            Ibuprofen1 packRWF500
            Mosquito repellent1 bottle
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            Nail clippers1 setRWF500
            Plasters1 packRWF1,000
            Sun cream1 bottleRWF8,400
            Sunglasses1 pair
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            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Batteries4-packRWF3,667
            Chilli powder100gRWF1,050
            Cigarettes (multinational)20-packRWF1,667
            Cigarettes (national)20-packRWF1,167
            Coriander100g
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            Cumin100gRWF1,600
            Fuel1 litreRWF895
            Internet1 hourRWF600
            Lighter1 unitRWF500
            Matches1 pack
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            Paprika100g
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            Travel multiadapter1 unitRWF11,000
            Travel plug1 unitRWF3,700
            Turmeric100gRWF1,175
            Stock1 packRWF1,300

            Local Cuisine

              DishAverage CostLocation Availability
              Breakfast (continental)RWF3,267
              Breakfast (cooked)RWF4,778
              BuffetRWF1,550
              Buffet (vegetarian)RWF1,738
              BurgerRWF3,542
              Burger (cheese)RWF4,345
              Burger (vegetarian)RWF4,000
              Cake (slice)RWF2,138
              CalamariRWF17,000
              CarbonaraRWF4,250
              CerealRWF1,900
              ChapattiRWF683
              Chicken wingsRWF5,125
              Chocolate mousseRWF3,250
              Cordon bleuRWF6,625
              Coq au vinRWF6,000
              Curry (generic – meat)RWF5,333
              Curry (generic – vegetable)RWF4,625
              Curry (South Asia – meat)RWF7,000
              Curry (Southeast Asia – meat)RWF5,500
              Cutlet (beef/chicken)RWF6,000
              Dumplings (Asian – meat)RWF4,000
              Dumplings (Asian – vegetable)RWF3,500
              Eggs (how you like)RWF1,589
              Fillet (beef)RWF5,323
              Fillet (fish)RWF5,302
              Fish fingersRWF3,750
              French friesRWF2,211
              Fried (chicken)RWF6,417
              Fried (fish)RWF6,542
              Fried rice (meat)RWF3,500
              Fried rice (vegetable)RWF3,250
              Fruit saladRWF2,250
              Grilled (chicken)RWF5,855
              Grilled (fish)RWF6,646
              DishAverage CostLocation Availability
              Ice cream (scoop)RWF2,583
              JellyfishRWF12,000
              Kung Pao chickenRWF680
              LasagnaRWF5,500
              Lasagna (vegetarian)RWF4,500
              Mashed potatoesRWF2,500
              Meat ballsRWF1,208
              Noodles (meat)RWF5,000
              Noodles (vegetable)RWF3,000
              Noodle soup (meat)RWF4,500
              Noodle soup (vegetable)RWF4,000
              OmeletteRWF1,592
              Pad ThaiRWF7,000
              Pancake (loaded)RWF1,822
              Pasta (meat)RWF3,979
              Pasta (vegetable)RWF2,618
              Pizza (loaded)RWF5,292
              Pizza (simple)RWF4,557
              Pork chopsRWF4,563
              PorridgeRWF2,000
              PrawnsRWF24,000
              Quesadilla (meat)RWF5,500
              Quesadilla (vegetables)RWF5,000
              DishAverage CostLocation Availability
              RibsRWF4,667
              Rice (meat)RWF5,000
              Rice (vegetable)RWF3,333
              Roasted (chicken)RWF6,000
              Roasted (pork)RWF4,750
              Roasted (vegetable)RWF2,833
              SaladRWF2,604
              Salad (meat)RWF3,354
              Sandwich (basic)RWF2,813
              Sandwich (loaded)RWF3,719
              Samosas (meat)RWF2,250
              Samosas (vegetable)RWF1,125
              Skewers (meat)RWF1,792
              Skewers (vegetable)RWF2,000
              Soup (meat)RWF3,290
              Soup (vegetarian)RWF2,308
              Spring rollsRWF1,800
              SteakRWF4,917
              Stew (meat)RWF6,063
              Stir fry (meat)RWF6,750
              Stir fry (vegetable)RWF4,000
              Stroganoff (meat)RWF5,500
              Sweet and sour (meat)RWF7,000
              Whole (chicken)RWF11,833
              Whole (fish)RWF9,459
              BeverageAverage CostLocation Availability
              Bailey’s (shot)RWF15,217
              Bailey’s (bottle)RWF23,833
              Beer (multinational)RWF1,138
              Beer (national)RWF775
              CappuccinoRWF2,250
              CoffeeRWF1,484
              Champagne (bottle)RWF75,000
              Champagne (glass)RWF6,000
              Cognac (bottle)RWF75,000
              Cognac (shot)RWF3,375
              Cointreau (bottle)RWF80,000
              Cointreau (shot)RWF2,500
              Fruit juice (concentrated)RWF1,250
              Fruit juice (fresh)RWF1,817
              Gin (bottle)RWF40,000
              Gin (shot)RWF2,234
              Hot chocolateRWF1,950
              Malibu (bottle)RWF40,000
              Malibu (shot)RWF1,833
              MilkRWF1,267
              MilkshakeRWF2,250
              Red BullRWF2,250
              Rum (bottle)RWF28,000
              Rum (shot)RWF1,972
              Soft drinkRWF624
              TeaRWF1,106
              Tea (African)RWF1,653
              Tea (herbal)RWF2,115
              Tequila (bottle)RWF40,000
              Tequila (shot)RWF1,767
              Vodka (bottle)RWF30,000
              Vodka (shot)RWF1,938
              Waragi (shot)RWF5,063
              Water (2L)RWF1,481
              Whisky (bottle)RWF39,125
              Whisky (shot)RWF2,107
              Wine (bottle)RWF20,917
              Wine (glass)RWF3,208

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