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Rwanda: A Rising Luxury Travel Destination

The East African country emerges from tragedy to reinvent itself as a haven for travelers seeking nature, culture, heart and soul

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Tips for planning your trip to Rwanda  

Before you go….

Primates Safaris

The Rwanda-based outfitter can create a full itinerary based on your interests, budget and timeline, and advise on your best-bet lodges and excursions.


Although the Rwandan government is stable, the US State Department warns that travel to Rwanda comes with certain risks, especially in areas that border the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In general, always exercise caution.


The government of Rwanda requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for all travelers, except infants. The CDC recommends all U.S. travelers also be up to date on vaccines that include measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chickenpox vaccine, polio vaccine and your yearly flu shot.


Rwanda requires that all U.S. citizens have a visa at the time of entry. Apply online before traveling for the most efficient entry at Kigali International Airport.



Run by American expats, the restaurant and hotel is at the center of Kigali’s burgeoning food scene.

Kigali Serena Hotel

Clean, convenient and close to the airport.

Kigali Genocide Memorial

A harrowing but important education in the history and aftermath of the Rwandan genocide; make it your first stop.


Virunga Lodge

A recent renovation means that its private bandas are now on par with the lodge’s flawless service and unbeatable views. A most comfortable home to return to after a day visiting the gorillas.


Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Nine lakefront tents are on the more rustic side of rustic-chic, but with views of hippos from your bed, you won’t mind all that much. Plus, the in-park location can’t be beat. Bring bug spray.  


Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Built by Dubai investors, the lodge brings high design and top notch dining to a tea plantation on the edge of one of Africa’s most biodiverse national parks.

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