Rwanda Safari Guide- Car Rental Guide : Self Drive East Africa.

Rwanda Safari Guide? Facts about Rwanda, Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Self drive in Rwanda, Car rental in Rwanda and Self drive Safaris in Rwanda and the most recommended Self drive Cars or car with drivers.Explore the Magical Rwanda on a self drive Safari tour with Self Drive East Africa in 4×4 Landcruiser jeeps.

Travel to Rwanda and experience one of Africa’s best travel destinations for all budgets. We believe that a well-informed traveler is a safer traveler. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to pearl of Africa. This article covers your basic travel information for Rwanda including visas, health, safety, weather, currency, when to go, how to get there, and local transport options will help ensure you’re properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Rwanda for yourself.

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  1. Visa & Passport Requirements

Every visitor to Rwanda must be in possession of a passport that is valid until six months after the initial date of travel, Travelers receive entry for 90 days and visas for onward travel can be obtained in Kigali.

  1. Health

Make sure you get travel insurance since quality health care is not cheap. You can drink the boiled water and drinking water straight from rivers can put you at risk of diseases.

Yellow Fever vaccinations are recommended upon entering Rwanda to avoid unnecessary inconveniences, Malaria occurs throughout Rwanda, and prophylactics are strongly advised in order to avoid infection especially during the rainy season. If you are traveling from a country where Yellow Fever is present you will need to prove you have had the inoculation by presenting a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Both Typhoid, measles and Hepatitis A vaccinations are highly recommended.

  1. Safety

Personal Safety – Crime is only a serious concern in a few specific places, and violent crime against tourists is fairly unusual but you should be careful when changing large amounts of money, make copies of your passport, and keep them in your luggage and just be careful about walking around at night especially in the major cities.

Roads – The roads in Rwanda are among the best in East Africa which makes it a good place to rent a car and do some independent sightseeing. Try to avoid driving at night since the roads aren’t well lit and animals tend to venture on to them at will.

Car Rental in Rwanda- Self Drive in Rwanda

Self Drive East Africa is one of the longest established Car Rental outfitters based in different countries with head office in Uganda ( Self Drive East Africa).  When it comes to Rwanda Self drive trips we recommend reliable cars that range from Landcruiser for ultimate Road Trip experiences in the best national parks of Rwanda.

Toyota Land cruiser v8 & LX

Land cruisers are one of the most popular vehicles that work on safaris in Rwanda. The 4×4 cars take travelers on guided safaris to nature reserves and other tourist destinations around the country. Types of Toyota land cruisers that never go wrong on a safari include the land cruiser 5-seater and land cruiser extended. These cars are designed purposely for such kinds of safaris to wildlife reserves in Rwanda. You can as well use the V8 land cruiser and LX land cruiser. They are strong and perfect for road trips.

Toyota Prado TX and TZ

These Landcruiser Prado cars are also among popular safari vehicles in Rwanda due to the economic side of it. These 4X4 cars are appropriate for safaris for tiring trips to numerous destinations. the 5 door SUV carry a maximum of 5 people including the driver. Categories of Toyota Prado include the Prado TX and TZ. They are available for self drive and chauffeur driven safaris.

Seven-Seater Safari Land cruiser – Africa Safari Jeep

The only African safari jeep that is known for vacations and holiday makers- Dont miss the chance to travel in a luxury Safari Landcruiser with a driver for your Rwanda Safari. The vehicle is offered with a professional English-speaking driver / tour guide. It can take up 6-7 people very comfortable on the road and it can navigate each and every part of the country. It has 2 spare tires, lift jack, mini-fridge, Air-conditioned, charge sockets, with a pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and photographing.

Land Cruiser 76 Series LAND CRUISER 76 SERIES

Toyota Landcruiser 76 series most reliable  Self drive Jeep for long term rental in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda & Rwanda on Lake Victoria drive expedition or family with Double Rooftop tents.


Landcruiser 78 series takes the lead for family & group travels to Kenya , Tanzania on Self drive adventure with pop up roof or rooftop tents for wildlife watching in East Africa! it comes with Long range fuel tanks ( 2 tanks ) Diesel.

Destinations to Explore on Self Drive in Rwanda

The climate in Rwanda is hot and wet all year round and the best time to visit is during the dry season from June to September and December to February, when temperatures are more pleasant and rains are rare. This is also the best time for game-viewing, as animals are drawn to waterholes by a lack of water elsewhere and the roads are easier to navigate at this time, and mosquitoes are less abundant. If you want to track chimpanzees, however, the rainy season offers the best chance for success.

Guide to Packing list for Rwanda Safari

Temperatures in Rwanda vary depending on the region and season but in general days are hot and nights can be unexpectedly chilly, so layering clothing is your best bet on a Rwandan safari. Opt for cool, cotton fabrics in neutral colors for the daytime and a fleece or jacket for morning and evening game drives. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must.

Rwanda Currency

Rwanda’s currency is the Rwandan franc and travellers can use either currency in shops, lodges, markets and restaurants throughout the country. Visa and MasterCard credit cards are generally accepted throughout Rwanda though holders of other credit cards are advised to check whether their card is acceptable and ATM machines are widely available in the main cities and towns. Self-drivers should note that credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations.

Rwanda People & Culture

The Rwandan culture includes not only the population of Rwanda but people in neighbouring states, particularly Congo and Uganda, who speak the Kinyarwanda language. The important ethnic divisions within Rwandan culture between Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa are based on perceptions of historical group origins rather than on cultural differences. All three groups speak the same language, practice the same religions, and live interspersed throughout the same territory; they are thus widely considered to share a common culture, despite deep political divisions. The Rwandans in Congo and Uganda include both refugees, who generally maintain a strong identification with the Rwandan national state, and Kinyarwanda speakers who have lived outside Rwanda for generations and therefore have a distinct cultural identity within the wider national culture.

Rwanda Airport

Kigali International Airport in Rwanda is located about 12 Kilometers from Kigali city center. It is one of the five Airports that serve the country and is the largest of all. The Airport received its current name in 1999, although in some communities’ locals refer to it as Kanombe international Airport.

Kigali Airport covers approximately 730 square kilometers and lies at an altitude of 1491 meters above sea level, thus making it one of the highest international airports in the world. By 2018, Kigali airport could handle passenger traffic of over 135,189 passengers with most coming from neighboring countries like Uganda, Burundi and DRC. After recent renovations were made the airport, it now has the capacity to handle passenger traffic flows of up to 710,000 passengers from both international and domestic markets.

Kigali international airport is also the main hub for the national carrier, Rwanda Air. The airline company has scheduled flights to more 15 destinations worldwide and some of them include: Bujumbura, Dubai, Entebbe, Cape Town, Mombasa, Brazzaville, Kilimanjaro, Abuja and Accra among others.

Rwanda Flights & Getting Around

Most tourists fly into Rwanda through Kigali International Airport and is served by major airlines including Rwanda Air, Qatar Airways and South African Airways, Charter flights are available with small aviation companies. We arrange them on request privately with those clients that prefer charter holidays like or are limited with time.

Transfers and game drives in Rwanda are usually conducted in open-sided 4X4 vehicles. The country’s good infrastructure means that many visitors to Rwanda hire a car for a self-drive holiday which makes for independent, flexible travel within the ambit of a pre-planned itinerary. Self-drivers staying at private reserves join the other guests for guided game drives in 4X4s.