Are you currently preparing for an amazing tourism experience in Rwanda with Amahoro Tours? We’re excited to show you around the beautiful country, and can’t wait to take you on the journey of a lifetime. Because we’re so excited, we think it’s only right to give you some essential tips so you’re not only ready for the experience, but also so we can equip you with the knowledge you need to tour responsibly and truly get the most out of your Rwandan experience.
Respect the Vibrant Culture
The easy way to be a responsible tourist — not only in Rwanda, but anywhere you travel — is to respect the local culture. Not sure what to expect? We’ve got you covered:
- Don’t Eat In Public: Interestingly, eating in public is considered extremely rude in Rwanda. Where you’d usually snack on the bus, or eat your lunch in the park, you’ll want to avoid that in Rwanda. The solution? Keep your meals to restaurants and bars, or just eat at your place of stay!
- Don’t Whistle: Although this is culturally commonplace among mainly the older Rwandan generations, whistling carries scandalous connotations. So maybe you can just stick to humming instead?
- Only Take Photos When You Have Permission: Although this is more of a common courtesy, it’s important that if you would like to take a photo of a local Rwandan, you get permission first. Additionally, it’s illegal to take photos of government buildings, so avoid that entirely!
- Rwanda is a conservative country in the sense that it expects people to be respectful and polite. The easiest way to do this? Simply communicate respectfully, respect the elder generations, and dress modestly!
Packing: Dos and Don’ts
- Ditch the Plastic Bags: Rwanda did an amazing thing in 2008, and enacted a complete ban on plastic bags. This means that you’ll be unable to get plastic bags anywhere in the country, and if you bring any with you, they will be confiscated at the airport.
- Make a Photocopy of Your Passport: This is a great idea for any international traveling you do, but especially in Rwanda. The reason for this is that you’re likely to go through a number of checkpoints as you travel the country. If you have a photocopy of your passport, you’ll be able to provide identification when needed, without the worry that you’ll misplace your passport during the process.
- Pack Out Dead Batteries: If you bring any battery operated electronics along for your journey, make sure you bring the batteries back with you — even if the batteries run out of juice. This is important due to the fact that Rwanda is not efficient at battery disposal, and it’s really no hassle to wait to dispose of batteries appropriately once you get home!
We hope that this blog helped provide some insight as to how you can responsibly tour Rwanda. At the end of the day, when you respect the culture and customs of the country you’re visiting, not only will you leave a positive impact on the people you meet, but you’ll also become more immersed in the amazing culture of Rwanda.
Call Amahoro Tours today if you have any further questions, or if you’re interested in booking an amazing tour of Rwanda for yourself!