- Rwanda is a small, land-locked country located in east Africa. Bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda has a population of 10.5 million people, with 52% being women.
- The country has year-round moderate climate.
- Rwanda has three official languages: Kinyarwanda, English and French.
- The major economic sectors are tourism, mining and agriculture.
- From 7 April to 4 July, Rwanda remembers the over one million victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. For more info: www.kwibuka.rw.
- Electricity: 220 volt, 50Hz.
- Local time: GMT+2.
International telephone services are available to allow for direct communication between Kigali and other countries. There are Internet and phone booth cards that can be used for both domestic and international calls. Mobile phone SIM cards will be available during registration for participants who wish to use local networks for the duration of their stay in Rwanda. Telephone and fax services and Internet wireless network are available in the hotels at the delegates’ expense.
Rwanda’s currency is the Rwanda Francs. Widely convertible currencies are US dollars, Euros, and Pound Sterling. The exchange rate in Rwanda is market-determined and rates are readily displayed in Bureaux de Changes. Indicative rates can be obtained at this link from the National Bank of Rwanda.
Various banks accept different credit cards as indicated below:
- Visa - Bank of Kigali, Ecobank, Equity Bank, I & M Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, ACCESS Bank, Banque Populaire du Rwanda and Urwego Opportunity Bank.
- MasterCard - ACCESS Bank and Equity Bank.
- China Union Pay - ACCESS Bank, Equity Bank and Bank of Kigali.
- Japan Credit Bureau - Equity Bank.
- American Express - Equity Bank, Equity Bank and Bank of Kigali.
- Diners Club - Equity Bank and Bank of Kigali.
Currencies can be exchanged at all banks and various forex exchange bureaus located in all main shopping malls, shops and streets. Exchange of money can be done at hotels.
Weather in May/June: Rainy
In the heart of Africa, fractionally south of the equator, Rwanda’s relatively high altitude provides it with a remarkably pleasant tropical highland climate, albeit also with plenty of rain. Temperatures vary considerably between locations depending on their altitude, but vary little from month to month in the same place. In the capital, Kigali, the average daily temperature is about 21°C.
Rwanda’s long rainy season lasts from about March to May, when the rain is heavy and persistent. Then from June to mid-September is the long dry season; October to November is a shorter rainy season and is followed by a short dry season from December to February. During both of Rwanda’s dry seasons, there is often light cloud cover. This helps to moderate the temperatures, but also occasionally brings light rain showers.