Cheap Flights to Rwanda
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Flights to Rwanda
The Republic of Rwanda or simply Rwanda is a sovereign state located in east-central Africa. Located a few degrees below the equator, the country is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on all sides. It is part of the African Great Lakes Region, and is dominated by mountains in the west and savannah to the east. The country is also filled with numerous lakes, with a climate that borders from temperate to subtropical. The capital of the country is Kigali.
What to see & do
Nyungwe Forest - Located in southwest Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest is one of Africa's oldest and largest protected mountain rainforest. It is home to one of the largest concentration of chimpanzees and other primate species. Aside from viewing the animals in their habitat, trekking within the forest trails are worth it, as there are hidden areas in the park that are well worth the visit.
Nyamata and Ntarama Genocide Memorial - Located just twenty minutes away from each other, the Genocide memorials of Nyamata and Ntarama are frequented by tourists who would like to get a glimpse of Rwanda during the depressing period. Most exhibitions show the faces of the victims, the status of the survivors, and evidences, such as victims' clothing piled on benches, the roof pockmarked with bullet holes, and the open crypts that hold remains of over 40,000 people who suffered during that time. It is quite haunting to visit, but it is educational and it is worth the time. Travellers are also encouraged to provide donations to both memorials, as the establishments receive limited support from the government.
Musanze Cave - The Musanze Cave is a 1.25 mile long cave which is home to a large bat colony. It has 31 entrances, most being roof collapses. It was formed from lava basaltic layers from the Bisoke and Sabyinyo volcanoes, and is a popular tourist destination. Another novelty in visiting the caves are its collapses, as it creates an incredible array of coloured shafts of light.
Volcanoes National Park - Named as one of Rwanda's treasures, the Volcanoes National Park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is also home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga mountains namely the Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo, which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. It is located in north-western Rwanda, and borders the Virunga National Park in DR Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
How to get around within Rwanda
When going around Rwanda, travellers may cover short distances by walking or by riding motorcycle taxis (taxi-moto) and bicycle taxis (taxi-velo). Meanwhile, long distances are best covered by riding minibuses, which are typically crammed to the door by adults, children, bags, and even farm fowls. Travellers might be displeased about this – but it's the cheapest way to cross various towns and cities in the country. If budget is not an issue, travellers may opt to get taxi cabs, which are available from taxi and bus stops. They are quite rare, and can get expensive depending on the destination.
How to get there
The Kigali International Airport, sometimes referred to as the Kanombe International Airport, is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is the main air gateway for all destinations in the country, and in addition serves as a transit airport for Goma and Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The airport is well connected with most destinations in Africa, as well as to countries in Europe and Asia (Middle East). Airlines that travel to the destination include Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, flydubai, Kenya Airways, KLM, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, and Turkish Airlines. Cargo airlines meanwhile include Astral Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, Kenya Airways Cargo, and Martinair Cargo. Coastal Aviation meanwhile cover charter flights from the airport.
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