Road Tips

  • Always reduce speed when your vehicle approaches a dip, wash-away or patches of drift-sand.
  • In dusty conditions it is advisable to switch on the headlights of the vehicle to be more easily observed by other drivers.
  • In wet/rainy conditions it is advisable to switch on the headlights of the vehicle to be more easily observed by other drivers.
  • All maps, speed limits and road signs in East Africa use kilometres to confer speed and distance.
  • Check your vehicle at the start of each day, be sure that it has enough oil and water and that all indicators and lights are functional and the tyre pressure is adequate.
  • Observe and obey all nature reserve rules and regulations.
  • Always be aware and on the lookout for animals when driving off-road in East Africa, especially when driving on safari.
  • Driving at night can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas as these roads are often poorly lit, wildlife may be on the roads and the roads can be in poor condition.
  • Be mindful of drunk drivers and pedestrians, particularly at night.
  • East Africa can experience heavy downpours so be prepared.
  • Drive with your vehicle doors locked and the windows closed when possible. This also applies when you leave your vehicle unattended.
  • If approached by a stranger, do not open your windows completely.
  • Do not pick up strangers at all.
  • Place all packages and personal items in the trunk of your vehicle, out of sight.
  • If possible avoid travelling at night.

Distance Between Cities in Rwanda

  • Distance from Kigali to Butare is 142 Kms and takes about 3 hours.
  • Distance from Butare to Cyangugu is 155 takes about 3 hours.
  • Distance from Kigali to Ruhengeri is 72 Kms and takes about 2 hours at current road conditions.
  • Distance from Ruhengeri to Gisenyi is 62 Kms and takes about 1 hour.
  • Distance from Kigali to Bugasera is 60 Kms and takes about 45 minutes
  • Distance from Kigali to Kibuye is 130 Kms and takes about 3hours 15 minutes
  • Distance from Kigali to Rwamagana is 50 Kms and takes about 1 hour
  • Distance from Kigali to Akagera National Park is around 120 Kms and takes about 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Distance from Kigali to Nyungwe National Park is around 225 and takes around 6 Hrs 30 minutes
  • Distance from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park is around 80 Kms and takes about 2 Hours 20

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The following is a list of important items to keep in mind when renting and driving a vehicle in Rwanda

  • Seat belts are required to be worn at all times especial front occupants of the vehicle.
  • The use of a cell phone while driving is prohibited generally in Rwanda.
  • Rwanda is a small country with narrow roads mainly in the villages.
  • Take care from pedestrians.
  • The following speed limits apply: Streets 50 km/h (31mph) or less in some cases, major roads 90 km/h (55mph).
  • Speed limits are approximate please abide by speed limit signs on the road.
  • Vehicles travel on the right hand side of the road and over take on the left.
  • There are few gas stations on the way but many in major town. Most gas stations are open between the hours of 7am to 9pm.
  • There are few gas stations on the way but many in major town. Most gas stations are open between the hours of 7am to 9pm.