Safety tips for travellers in Rwanda
Rwanda in our opinion is a safe country to visit. This is even more so if your visit is primarily an organized safari. As with many developing countries, theft and muggings are relatively common, but violent crime targeting tourists is rare.
Kigali is among the safest cities in the region, although walking around with conspicuous valuables is still not recommended. An overnight stay at a reputable hotel or an organized visit to one of the many attractions in or around the city should pose no problems.
Two neighboring countries, DR Congo and Burundi, are quite volatile and some countries have issued warnings for areas within 10km of Rwanda’s border with these countries. This should not interfere with your safari.
Mention Rwanda to most people and they think of it as a highly dangerous place. However, it’s actually one of the safest countries in East Africa to travel in today.
- Serious crime or hostility aimed specifically at travellers is very rare, and there’s no more to worry about here than in most other countries.
- Kigali is a genuine contender for the safest capital in Africa, though, as in any big city, take care at night and don’t take unnecessary risks.
- Never take photographs of anything connected with the government or military (post offices, banks, bridges, border crossings, barracks, prisons and dams) – cameras can and will be confiscated by the rather overzealous police or security services.
While on your safari please ensure you follow the guidelines below:
- Always make no movements on foot without an armed Ranger escort when you are inside the parks and when outside of park always stay with your driver-guide.
- No Driving in parks from 7:30 pm until 6:30 am.
- Avoid unnecessary movements while inside the parks. There are wild animals and a threat of coming across poachers.
- Avoid game drives without an armed ranger or your drive-guide on board vehicle
- Always ensure to carry a copy of your passport and mobile phone in a back pack though you should turn it off when on activities such as Gorilla Trekking.
- Always use a life vest when on a boat cruise Safari.
- Never leave children unattended to while on a family safari.
- Dress for the occasion while on gorilla and chimpanzee trek, hiking for your well-being.
- Use a porter whenever available for activities such as for Gorilla Trekking and hiking.
- Do not wear Camouflage clothing because it gets you unnecessary attention and is not suggested
- Sitting on the roof of a vehicle is not allowed since the Uganda Wildlife Authority deems it as dangerous.
- Night Game Drives are only conducted with Uganda Wildlife Vehicles except where a lodge is authorized by UWA to do so.
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