Rwanda Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt

Rwanda Warnings and Dangers

  • Managing the yin and yang of mozzie mats

    (work in process)Make no mistake, malaria is a killer, and although there are fewer mosquitoes in the cooler highlands of Rwanda, you need to consider the entire country as being malarial and take appropriate precautions.Regardless of the effectiveness of whatever malarial prophylaxis you're taking, the best precaution you can take is to avoid...

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  • Just because it's poor doesn't mean it's...

    A question that often gets asked on the travel forum is whether it's cheap to travel in Africa - the assumption being that because the vast majority of Africans are poor, it must be affordable for the traveller.In fact, the converse is true: unless you are prepared to live like a local person AND have a lot of time on your hands, travel in Africa...

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  • What changes when you cross the Ugandan...

    What changes when you cross over the Rwanda/Uganda border? Quite a lot, actually. For one thing, the side of the road that you drive on, and in addition, the time.Rwanda was a Belgian colony, and so drives on the right hand side of the road, whereas Uganda drives on the left hand of the road, as befits the British colonial influence.Moreover, the...

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  • Suggest you eat lunch on the hoof:...

    If your decide to do a tour of Rwanda - or indeed, anywhere in the Great Lakes region - with a safari company, chances are that the package will be all inclusive and will feature lunch.This sounds good in principle, but in practice we found it a nuisance. Firstly, we're not used to eating large lunches, and the generous portions at breakfast and...

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  • Age restrictions for chimp and gorilla...

    Note that only people over 15 are allowed to trek chimps and the minimum age limit for gorilla trekking is 18. When you see the topography and vegetation you have to contend with, you'll understand why: whilst some might be lucky and see them after a short and easy hike, we had to trek for 3.5 gruelling hours through the appropriately named Bwindi...

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  • Storm drains this big means it rains ......

    Ruhengeri gets about 1.2m of rain a year (that's over 4 feet in old money), and can be subject to torrential downpours in the two rainy seasons (September - November and March - May). So you'd be well advised to make sure you pack appropriately, with a waterproof jacket and ideally a collapsible umbrella. The heavy rainfall would explain why the...

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  • Beware of Kennedy and Hakuna Matata...

    This is a warning for potential travelers to the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Burundi) NOT to use the services of Kennedy Nari Ndayisenga or his tour company, Hakuna Matata Tours & Travel. Put bluntly, Kennedy is a liar, a scammer and a thief who will think nothing of stealing your money and cannot be relied...

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  • DANGEROUS LAKE KIVU

    KIVU KILLS. Just remember that before you decide to go off and swim or boat in some secluded place while visiting the lake. The shores of Lake Kivu are beautiful with white sand beaches in Gisenyi, rolling green hills nearby and even dramatic mountains overlooking it from the DRC side. On a clear day or hour it’s beautiful. Don’t let that beautiful...

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  • Zipper openers...

    This is not a ...gadget or a job..it's simply the bad habit of some young men or even children. They come behind you very silently and wait for a chance to open your backpack. You usually don't hear or feel anything. It happened to me once in Rwanda and once in Tanzania. Fortunately I heard the sound of the zipper opening maybe because I am always...

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  • A HUNDRED WAYS TO DIE

    OPPORTUNISTIC DISEASES. Doesn’t sound like a nice way to die does it? Please note that Diseases is plural. Very plural. If you want to get to know a local Rwandan VERY well – make sure you use a condom. You will see signs across Rwanda warning of the dangers of ‘SIDA’. SIDA stands for Le syndrome de l'immunodéficience acquise. French for AIDS....

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  • MALARIA KILLS

    Rwanda is a Malarial Zone! If you visit - PLEASE PREPARE! Malaria can sometimes be fatal and at best may make you regret that you survived. Medicines must be taken days to weeks BEFORE you come here. There are 4 different species of Malaria and humans can get them all from the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Illness and death from...

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  • Safest place I've ever visited!

    No matter where you go you always need to be on alert, but I have to say that Rwanda is the safest and most honest place I've ever gone. I managed to drop my wallet in a cafe in Kigali which included most of my money, passport, credit card and drivers license. We went in for breakfast and went off to visit some sites outside of Kigali. I had some...

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  • MTN Sim Cards

    If you are in Rwanda and planning to go to Uganda and have bought an MTN sim card in Rwanda note that although the MTN network works in both countries you cannot charge your Rwandan sim card with Ugandan MTN time. So you must buy enough time in Rwanda to last you all days in Uganda or else buy a new sim card in Uganda. Same applies for Uganda. It...

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  • Rwanda: negotiate prices/giving money...

    I spent a month in Rwanda teaching at the Sonrise School for Orphans in Ruhengeri (now Musanze) and also went up to remote Shyria in the mountains and to lake Kivu. What I learnt most was to negotiate the price of motorcycles and bikes when you need ride. These boys are making a living and will try to up the price. However, although the price seems...

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  • The Past is the Past

    The mere mention of Rwanda justifiably brings to mind images of the horrendous genocide of 1994, let's be honest. The reality in 2007 is though, Rwanda is a much safer country than most African nations. Crime still occurs, but I found Rwandans are amongst the friendliest people in Africa during the month I spent there reporting. The genocide is...

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  • Safety

    The security situation is not an issue. Despite the recent history there is a sense of calm and renewal. Safe to walk anywhere at anytime…take the usual precautions as you may quicker twist your ankle dodging the terrain than encounter anything else more worrying.NewsIts always good to check the UK Home Office travel advisory as well as the US CIA...

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  • Dont take pictures at the airport

    It was a strangely calm yet eerie sight to look out of the window as we came in to land. It was dusk, getting into darkness, there was a mist settling upon the hills and it seemed unusually dark. I was probably just over-reacting. I still had the frightful television images of the genocide in my head, as i tried to piece together an impression of...

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  • Taxi

    Look at the taxi's gas scale before going anywhere. When I was on my way to the airport, my taxi ran out of gas. It was already 1pm and I had a flight at 2pm so I was in a hurry esp. I didn't wanna miss my flight like I did the day before but the driver kept telling us to wait and he would call a motorcycle to get it for him. Luckily there was a...

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  • Traffic

    The city is generally safe but watch out when you cross the street. Coming from Bangkok myself, when I say it's crazy, believe me, it really is! Not only there's no way they would stop a car and let you like some countries in Europe. They also try their best to hit you. So please watch carefully at both directions.

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  • "Yes, Sir, I Will Need Some Help!"

    I am motivated by challenges, so when our group leader--innocently and with nothing in mind other than my best interest--suggested that I might want to go with the group doing the "less challenging" climb, I was determined to make the harder climb or die trying. Suffice it to say, I almost died trying, but I am glad that I made the climb--in small...

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  • For the ones just returned...

    For the ones just returned from other galaxies I would like to guide your attention to our friend robmcmumbi's page which I rated so you'll find link below. Please read it as it's essential if you plan a trip near Rwanda!

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  • BE CAREFULThe country is...

    BE CAREFULThe country is coming out of a period of unbelievable violence. Many people have nothing left. we are all rich to the locals. Having said that, the locals are friendly and hospitable, just keep in the open.Hitchiking is easy but some of the driving is scary.Rwanda is mountainous which means lots of tight, turning roads with big cliff...

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  • Don't drink the water, Don't...

    Don't drink the water, Don't eat ANY uncooked food including fruits & veg (I've had the Meeb it will ruin your stay) Take your anti-malaria drugs seriously, Watch for Black Mambas etc, Rent a 4x4 with driver if you can, Corruption is official business at times, Don't take pictures of soliders or military sites. Be aware that Interhamwe insurgents...

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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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