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Rwanda Transportation

  • Landslides are an occupational hazard

    In rugged countries such as Rwanda that experience high rainfall, landslides are a fact of life, however well constructed the roads might be,.I'm used to coming across the evidence of landslides, but I'm not used to missing one by a matter of minutes! This slide took place just east of Nyungwe National Park, and we were able to time it precisely...

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  • Whose side are you on?

    Or, more precisely, which side of the road are you driving on? There are cynics who would claim that this is a moot point, as Africans drive in the middle of the road anyway (either because the road isn't good enough to have a choice, or because it's easier to mosey down the middle of the road) ... but I digress ...The issue is that whilst Rwanda -...

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  • Rwandair: a surprisingly good airline

    Africa isn't a continent whose internal airlines might instinctively inspire you with confidence, but I am happy to report that - unlikely though it sounds - Rwandair is the exception that proves the rule.Rwandair's fleet is surprisingly new and the airline's hub in Kigali is a modern and pleasantly comfortable 'no surprises' airport that is a very...

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  • The inevitable conflict between bikes...

    Bikes are popular forms of transport in the Great Lakes region, and it beggars belief how much people manage to transport on a single set of wheels (based on an unscientific survey, Burundians seem to be the leading regional exponents of this particular form of performance art).However, there's an inevitable conflict between the bikebound brigade,...

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  • The road along Lake Kivu is a scenic...

    When you first start to plan at trip to Rwanda and pull out the map, your eye will inevitably be drawn to Lake Kivu, which forms almost the entire length of the country's western border. A little more research will indicate that it is spectacularly beautiful and has a violent tendency towards toxic methane flatulence - and, even better, there's a...

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  • Excellent road infrastructure under...

    (work in progress)In the aftermath of the genocide, Rwanda has been the recipient of a huge amount of development aid, particularly from the US, which has been keen to develop a stable listening post close to the unpredictable and volatile DRC, the potential powerhouse economy of the region. Much of this aid has sensibly been pumped into upgrading...

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  • THE ROAD TRIP TO BURUNDI AND BUTARE

    Ok. So you want to go from Kigali to Butare in the south or even cross the border and go to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. There used to be 2 bus lines called variations of Yahoo! Car Express. Now there is just the one called New Yahoo! Car Express. Sometime shortened or called another variation depending of the signs in some of their...

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  • Buses and moto-taxis

    The main roads connecting the main cities in Rwanda are made by foreign companies and they are good and easy. Buses are reliable and not very pricy. The most reliable bus companies, as I was told, are Velvedere and Capital, and Impala. On country roads you travel at your own risk...The moto-taxis are a swift and cheap way to move around the cities....

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  • RwandAir

    RwandAir is one of the youngest and most modern airlines on the African continent. Operating with the latest Boeing 737-800 NG planes and the only ones in Africa with the Sky Line Interior the airline operates flights to and from Kigali to Johannesburg, Brazzaville, Lagos, Mombasa, Nairobi, Bujumbura, Dubai and a number of other destinations. Safe...

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  • pass the jam on a moto-taxi

    the roads are quite good in Rwanda and if you do not want to take a cab or walk in Kigali (they call Rwanda the land of thousand hills for a reason - and a number of these hills are quite steep), you can take a moto-taxi, riding on the back of a motorcycle. Has the advantage that during rush hour you can actually move... Passengers are also...

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  • TAXI MOTO

    Want a cheap, quick and even SAFE way to get around? Take a motorcycle taxi! No, really. Known as ‘Taxi Moto’ they are actually regulated across most of Rwanda. You will see these guys scooting around in their green jackets, helmets with ID numbers, AND an extra helmet for you! They belong to a Union known as ASSETAMORWA (Abayobozi b'Ishyirahamwe...

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  • VIRUNGA BUS TO GISENYI, RUHENGERI & GOMA...

    Virunga Bus is the best way to get from Kigali going east all the way to Goma in the DRC. OK, well Gisenyi is its twin border town anyway. Why? Because for a few pennies more you do not have to stop in every village, wide spot in the road, the odd large tree or when some local waves down the bus. Many other bus companies operate a crazy affair...

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  • Motorcycling around Rwanda

    My friend and I went to Rwanda for a week last December and discovered the best way to get around was on motorcycle! After paying for cabs we stopped at a cafe and our waiter recommended that we take motorcycle taxis instead. We're used to being in Kenya and Tanzania where it would be totally unsafe to do this but decided to give it a go to save...

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  • Impala Express Bus to Nuyngwe rain...

    If you are using Impala Express to visit Nuyngwe Rain Forest note that you may be charged a whole seat for your luggage if it cannot fit at the tiny luggage department at the back of the bus. Tickets cost 4000 rwandan franks, a little less than ten US $. In that case you must pay 8000 franks to accomodate your luggage. Book early so that your...

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  • Casco-Worst Coach Between Rwanda and...

    If you wish to travel between Rwanda and Uganda by bus do not make the same mistake I did and use Gasco bus company. Their coaches are old, they are overcrowded, (even people standing up for a 9 hour trip), you are like a sardine and if you sit at the back you will end up with a wound on your bum from the pot holes and the crazy speed these buses...

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  • Virunga Express- Best bus company in...

    If you are heading for Ruhengeri (Kinigi) and Guisenyi the best bus company to use is Virunga and especially their Virunga Business Class coaches. They are a little more expensive than their other coaches but absolutely worth it. New Mercedes coaches, a real treat. Their station and offices are right in the center so you cannot miss them....

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  • Rwanda: Get around - it's safe

    Getting around Rwanda is cheap. You could use taxis but for fun I used mini buses, the local bus, bike-boys and motorbike-boys. They are very cheap. You can book the mini bus the day before and they do turn up on time. You need to be there 15 mins before. If you get there just on time they may have sold you seat to someone else. They do cram you in...

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  • safari to akagera national park

    make a visit to akagera national park, full of giraffs, antilops, zebras, baboons, hippos etc.the parkrangers are very helpful ...you can book over several rwandese travel-agents but my own was very good and superreliable:Name: INTERNATIONAL TOURS AND TRAVEL (ITT)Phone: (250) 74057Fax: (250) 75582ask for Joyce

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  • The xPress BUS

    Very cheap and always on time the Local Bus is also one seat per person and no overcrowding. Though swift, the minivans are a faster option but it’s a good experience to bond with the locals. Try it…

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  • Transport

    Very well maintained tarmac sealed roads criss-cross the terrain. Minivans; share-taxis and local Buses traverse these routes. Punctual and safe; they stick to the schedule and speed limit as there are non-threatening, safety promoting army checks all along the way in every direction. Definitely cuts cost. Wish I had known!There are many minivan...

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  • Bus

    I took a bus from Kampala, Uganda to Kigali. It took almost 10 hours including like an hour at the border. It costed 20,000 Uganda Shillings. It was 15,000 for the local. Departed at 10am(though it said 9am in the ticket).The bus was OK. There was no air conditioning but the weather was good during that time so I never felt hot. One thing I didn't...

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  • Rwanda roads...

    While the roads around Kigali are in fine condition, the situation changes pretty dramatically as you exit town and head out anywhere towards the countryside.You are likely to encounter no more than a dirt track for much of the route and the ride is naturally quite bumpy.The best way to go about things is to rent an SUV/ Off-roader. We had ours...

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  • Rwandair Express

    We flew Rwandair Express from Nairobi to Kigali and back.The flight was late in taking off from nairobi, but the service etc was fairly decent. I was somewhat puzzled to note that half the crew were Romanian...??

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  • Opaki Car

    The Opaki bus line is the most up scale highway transport within Rwanda. There is a schedule, and one should purchase tickets in advance if possible. My wife and I traveled from the Congo border to Kigali. Since we had a lot of luggage, we purchased three seats. The trip was more comfortable that our outbound trip via private car. The Opaki driver...

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  • Boat transport at Lake Kivu

    Near Kibuye we saw this beach, where goods are shipped over from the congolese side. Not only the rebels use these pierogi to cross borders at nighttime; since it is used by fishers and small traders to ship their belongings.

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  • Rolling scooters

    This adventurous vehicle is used by the locals to transport all kinds of goods from persons to huge bags of potatoes/banana. They are called "tchookoo-doo" are nearly completely made of wood and get up to 60 km/h when driven down the hill. The driver is a master of balance and speed when risking his life on every ride.

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  • Mini Bus Hub

    Big street action with thousands of vendors, moving pedestrians, honking vehicles....Only for inner city transport as the hub for overland/international travel is outside of the centre.

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  • Use express service!

    The roads to the main destinations around the country are easily accessible by minibus on mostly tarmac roads in good condition. Just take care to take express buses if you travel between towns. They charge the same price as the -in East Africa at least- more usual unbelievably packed minibuses that don't leave until full and stop in every tiny...

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  • I had real trouble with my...

    I had real trouble with my travel agent - he had very little idea where the country was and no idea which airlines to fly so here is a list of airlines to try: South African, Kenya, Alliance and Sabena, EthiopianThe best (and cheapest) way around is a taxi bus. They are safer and less crowded than some of the other African countries. The country is...

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Rwanda Hotels

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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

  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    The hotel has beautiful views of the park, and is close to the start point for the mountain gorilla...

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  • Hotel Chez Lando

    B.P. 1519, Remera, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • The Manor Hotel

    Pros: The Manor Hotel in Kigali was clean and had all the functionality you would expect from a nice...

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  • Iris Guesthouse

    Avenue Kamuzinzi, no. 8, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • LAICO Umubano Hotel

    I've stayed at the Umabano over a period of several months so feel well qualified to comment on it....

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  • Hotel Gorillas

    Rue des Parcs, Kiyovo, Kigali, 1782, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Okapi

    BP 1775 Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Baobab

    BP 1406, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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