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Is Rwanda safe?

Before you set out on your Rwanda safari, most prudent visitor’s have this question: is Rwanda safe? The answer is that, the country is completely safe for travelers. However, it is always a good idea to follow some basic safety measures to ensure that your trip is stress-free.

Since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has stabilized greatly. Democratic elections have been held and Rwanda is one of the most stable and safe African countries. It is relatively easy, safe and simple to travel around in the country. With Uganda in the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, the landlocked nation offers safe and secure travel experiences.

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Is Rwanda safe: Travel Tips from our Experts


All visitors to Rwanda are required to present a valid yellow fever certificate of vaccination on entry. Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. Much of the region lies at too high an elevation for malaria to be a major concern, but the disease is present and prophylactic drugs are strongly recommended. Please seek medical advice before travelling. Hospitals are available at all major towns.

Never drink water from the tap. Instead, purchase bottled mineral water which is readily available in all towns.

Warning: Gorillas are susceptible to most human diseases and if you are knowingly carrying a contagious disease (especially flu) do not attempt to trek.


A standard trek can be a strenuous hike lasting between one to four hours each way. Tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000 meters, traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet. You must be fit, in good health and properly equipped for this.

Please note that children under 15 years of age are not permitted to visit Rwanda gorillas.


We suggest that you make arrangements so that you and your property are fully insured for the duration of you stay, as well as for travel in light aircraft if applicable. Similarly, we recommend arranging for adequate insurance in the unforeseen event of the cancellation of your safari.

General safety tips for Rwanda

  • It is not advisable to carry your valuable on your person. Always leave your valuables in the safety box of your hotel.
  • Keep your wallet and mobile phones tucked away, so no one can see them.
  • Check with your hotel staff, your guide or your Enchanting Travels Trip Coordinator that the areas you are planning to visit are safe.
  • Avoid lonely streets especially at night. In major towns, stick to busy streets and areas especially if you are walking alone. Whenever necessary, ask your hotel staff to call you a taxi.
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Is Rwanda safe?

Are you still wondering: is Rwanda safe? Our travel experts are happy to answer any further questions you may have and plan completely customized, private and safe Rwanda trips for you. Get in touch with us for your tailor-made itinerary.

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