What to pack for Rwanda

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    A point on plugs

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jul 7, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: One of my pet peeves with travel guides is that whilst they'll happily tell you what the electricity voltage is (230/240 volts at 50Hz in Rwanda's case), they seldom - if ever - tell you in layman's language what the blasted plug you'll need looks like.

    So, for what it's worth, both Rwanda and Burundi use standard French two pin plugs - again, be careful if you're planning to venture over the border into Uganda, where the British three pin plug with triangular pins is used.

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    Gorilla trek gear

    by retired_poppi Written Dec 27, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy boots, you will be climbing up a volcano. Rain gear or at least rain pants, you will be entering the rain forest on the mountain. Leather palm gloves, you will encounter many stinging nettle plants.

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    Preparing for Rwanda

    by LBKesner Written Aug 4, 2003

    Luggage and bags: Use your canvas carry-on, not necessarily a bag with wheels. You'll find yourself carrying your bag up stairs.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring long skirts and long pants, walking sandals and hiking boots, short and long sleeve blouses. You can have your clothes laundered and pressed for a few dollars at nice, local hotels.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a product like "Sting-Eaze" for nettle scratches, mosquito repellent, and handiwipes to use as wash-cloths.

    Photo Equipment: On the gorilla trail, I wished I'd suffered the extra weight of a better camera lens. If you have nice camera equipment, this is the time to bring it along.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For hiking, Tencel pants worked great; they dont pick up briars and nettles as jeans do. And, when they got wet, they dried quickly. Good hiking boots are a must. Otherwise, you will slip and slide.

    Miscellaneous: Bring two or three bottles of water for a gorilla hike; you'll be happy to have it.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park

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    Packing List

    by nkoolik Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Bring your favourite food, the stuff you really can not do without, whether it is Marmite, Pesto or Coco Pops. Basic foods are available and cheap and many imported foods are available but very expensive often the quality is unavailable.

    Most things are available at a price.

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  • Kigali Serena Hotel

    Boulevard de la Revolution, Central Kigali, P.O. Box 7469, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Avenue Du 5 Juillet

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

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