A convent and school where 20,000 people were killed. These people had been trying to escape over the border to Tanzania. During 2003, the school became functional again; the convent, however, remains empty, apart from the bones of the victims, and will be turned into a memorial and education centre.
Rwanda has a rich history and culture. It was long time regarded as a mysterious kingdom with a legendary military force which was carefully bypassed by the Arab traders and the great Nile Explorers. John Hanning Speke was already welcomed to the court of Kabaka (King) Mutesa I of Buganda in 1862 while the first European visited Rwanda only 30 years later
On your way to Butare you can visit in Nyanza (actually Nyabisindu) the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka’s palace of Buganda (Kampala, Uganda).
The “Intore“, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained as military but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique allowing them to jump over 2m40. The Intore became worldwide famous as dancers in 1958 when the World Expo was held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore.
Butare is the intellectual centre of the country with its National Museum, several academic (university) and research institutions. There is also an arboretums.
The National Museum in Butare was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government and gave back a part of the ethnographic collection acquired during the colonial period. The design and concept of the museum was realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium.
The modern building has different sections and displays a wide collection of monochrome pictures, traditional artefacts and objects, tools and different craft products. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to theme giving excellent information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.
Weather: Sunny and warm.
Mountain Gorillas Tracking
A gorilla visit can entail a 1 to 4-hour trek through the forest, led by experienced trackers who have spent their entire lives living in or close to the forest. Your trek will be enchanting as you weave through overhanging vines, moss-covered Hagenia trees and giant Lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate.
It essentially means ecological tourism; where ecological has both environmental and social connotations. Eco-tourism is a combination of tourism and the environment such as planning before development; sustainability of resources; economic viability of a tourism product; no negative impact on either the environment or local communities; responsibility for the environment from developers, the tourism industry and tourists; environmentally-friendly practices by all parties concerned and economic benefits flowing to local communities.
When to Visit
Rwanda can be visited throughout the year. Gorilla trekking and other forest walks are less demanding during the drier months. The European winter is the best time for birds, as Pala arctic migrants supplement resident species.
What to bring
Binoculars greatly enhance game drives, forest walks and bird watching. Bring a camera and an adequate stock of film. Print film is available but transparency film is not. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.
What to Wear
Dress codes are informal. Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the Volcanic and Nyungwe National parks. When tracking gorillas, wear sturdier clothing to protect against stinging nettles, and solid walking shoes. A hat and sunglasses provide protection against the sun, and a waterproof jacket may come in handy in the moist mountains.
Rwanda has an excellent cell phone network covering almost the entire country. International phone calls can be made easily. Appropriate SIM cards for the network are readily available everywhere, even in remote towns. Cell phones can be purchased or rented from major shops in Kigali. Most towns have several Internet cafes and computer centres.
Rwanda has strict environmental laws. The use of plastic bags (polythene papers) has been banned. Beware not to carry such since they will not be allowed into the country at the border checkpoints. Kigali is a clean and green city. You are expected to throw your litter in rubbish cans which are fitted all over. Walk along the provided foot paths. Do not step on the grass.
Safety and Health
A certificate of yellow-fever vaccination is required. Much of Rwanda lies at too high an elevation for malaria to be a major concern, but the disease is present and prophylactic drugs are strongly recommended. It is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled mineral water can be bought in all towns. Hospitals are located in all major towns.
Mountain gorilla trekking permits
All permits to visit the mountain gorillas and Golden Monkeys are booked through local tour operators in Kigali.
Fees for mountain gorilla permits
This is inclusive of park entry fees. It is advisable to organize your own transportation to take you up to the park boundaries.
On the day you are scheduled to trek, report at 0700hrs for briefing at the ORTPN offices in Musanze. The ORTPN team of trackers and anti-poachers speak French or English.
Volcanoes National Park (Parc Nacional Des Volcans) – Rwanda are currently has 8 habituated gorilla families that can be visited.
1. Sabyinyo Group – 13 members, including the biggest silverback (Guhonda) known in the entire jungle.
2. Amahoro Group – 18members including 02 silverbacks
3. Group 13 (Renamed Agashya Group) –25 members including 01 silverback
4. Susa Group – Now divided into 2 groups:
a) Susa Group with 30 including 3 silverbacks.
b) Kalisimbi Group 15 including 1 silverback.
5. Umubano Group– 13 members including 01 silverback.
6. Hirwa Group– 16 members including 01 silverback.
7. Kwitonda Group – 21 members including 01 silverback.
In order to minimize behavioral disturbances to the gorillas, only 8 people are allowed to visit each of the families and for a period not exceeding 1hour. The limits serve to protect gorillas from the risk of exposure to human-borne diseases. Please note that only children of 15 years of age are allowed into the park for Gorillas trek and only until 12 years of age are allowed into the park for Golden monkeys. Less than 12 years of age are allowed into the park for other activities such Nature walks, Diana Fossey Tomb, accompanied by one of their parent or by an adult.
To enhance your enjoyment
In the Volcano National Park there are now fully habituated Golden Monkeys and they are accessible to tourists.
For Foreign visitors: USD 100
For EAC Nationals: USD 60: EAC Foreign Residents: USD 80
For EAC Children & Students: USD 45: EAC Foreign Residents Children & Students: USD 45
For Rwandan Citizens: RWF 4000
For Rwandan Children & Students: RWF 2000
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National parks in South Sudan
The Bandingilo National Park,
Sometimes spelled Bandingilo, is located in South Sudan’s Equatoria region, within the states of Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria. It was established in 1992. Situated in a wooded area near the White Nile River, it is over 10,000 square kilometers (3,900 sq mi) in size.
Earth’s second-largest annual animal migration (largest is the Serengeti migration), involving multiple species of antelope including reedbuck, tiang, and white-eared kob, takes place in the park, which is also home to iconic African megafauna like the giraffe. It also contains large marshlands stretching up into Jonglei state. The park supports large bird populations. Though a major wildlife preserve, the park lies within a Total oil concession, potentially exposing it to surveying and drilling.
On 6 July 2011, three days before South Sudan formally seceded from Sudan, an administrative headquarters was officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Central Equatoria Governor Clement Wani and USAID’s Sudan director William Hamminck. Due to South Sudan’s intense poverty and a lack of facilities, something the new administrative center is part of plans to alleviate; Bandingilo is one of the least tourist national parks in the world.
The Boma National Park
Is found in South Sudan close to the Ethiopian border. It was established in 1986. This site is 22,800 km². The park is an important refuges for the white-eared kob (Kobus kob leucotis) the Tiang (Damaliscus korrigum korrigum) and the Mongalla Gazelle (Eudorcas albonotata). Other large species are African buffalo, African elephant, leopard, giraffe, plains zebra, oryx, hartebeest and cheetah. The neighboring Gambela National Park in Ethiopia protects similar species.
Sunset in Jonglei
Southern Sudan is a beautiful tourist destination with a vast diversity of fauna and flora, scenic beauty, diverse culture, historical sites and variable climate. It has wonderful wetlands which are inhabited all year round with thousands of Birds species and some migratory birds and it boosts of one the largest swamps on earth called the SUDD Area. Besides that, the Nile and the other Rivers represent a major attraction and can provide a venue for other tourist activities such as cruise launching, sport fishing, white water rafting, Birds…
When to Visit
there are two main seasons: wet and dry. Take or give one month, the wet season begins roughly about the end of April and ends about the end of November, followed by dry season.
The closer one moves to the Equator, the longer the wet seasons while the further north from the Equator, the shorter the wet season and the longer the dry season. So the climate varies from very hot and humid in the wet season and very hot and dry in the dry season. There are variations of course, depending on the altitude and the season.
What to Wear
Although light clothes are recommended during the dry season, December and January in particular, the temperature drops at night and can be pretty cold in some locations. A sleeping bag or a blanket may come in handy.
What to Bring
Anti-malarial drugs and water purification equipment or tablets are highly recommended. Bottled water can also be purchased locally as many small shops in most locations are well stocked with basic items. A mosquito net and/or mosquito repellant is also a necessity.
Driving is on the right side. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive.
Issuance of Visas through South Sudan Embassies
Transition of pass permits to visas.
Please be informed that effective October 2011, the Embassy of the republic of south Sudan in Kenya is now endorsing visa on passports.
1. All applicants will be required to launch their visas in person.
2. Original passport valid for at least six month to be presented on submission of application.
3. Two recent colour passport size photos.
4. Yellow fever vaccination card.
5. Letter of invitation and intent.
6. For purpose of business, registration from host country and registration from south Sudan.
Visa fee payable at:
Account Name: Government of south Sudan special permit account;
Bank: Kenya commercial bank, Sarit centre branch;
Account number: 402004247
1. Single entry visa for countries of common border with south Sudan: USD 50
2. Single entry visa for European and American citizens: USD 100
3. Single entry visa for other African countries and Asia: USD 100
4. Multiple entry visas (valid for 6 month): USD 250
5. Multiple entry visas (valid for one year): USD 400
Note: Visa fee is non-refundable and all payments should be made in USD
Period of processing is 2 working days.
Getting to South Sudan
Juba International Airport, located in Juba, Central Equatoria State, is served by a number of international airlines, including Sudan Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.
South Sudan can also be reached overland from North Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia.
The only authority in South Sudan is the Government of South Sudan based in Juba, the capital of Central Equatorial State. Any visitor going to Sudan through Khartoum requires a valid visa.
Immigration regulations stipulate that anyone currently going to South Sudan needs to obtain a travel permit from the Government of South Sudan’s (GOSS) Ministry of Regional Cooperation Mission Offices abroad, supervised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.