Safety & Security – Rwanda

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Rwanda in our opinion is a safe country to visit. This is even more so if your visit is primarily an organized safari. The chance of being a random victim in this country is negligible. As with many developing countries, theft and muggings are relatively common, but violent crime targeting tourists is quite rare. Kigali is among the safest cities in the region, although walking around with conspicuous valuables is still not recommended. An overnight stay at a reputable hotel or an organized visit to one of the many attractions in or around the city should pose no problems.

To a certain degree, safety is a matter of personal opinion and experience. We therefore encourage you to form your own opinion by consulting various resources. Your government's travel advice for Rwanda would be a good place to start.

Two neighboring countries, DR Congo and Burundi, are quite volatile and some countries have issued warnings for areas within 10km of Rwanda’s border with these countries. This should not interfere with your safari.

As for all traveling abroad and in wildlife areas, we do advise these basic safety precautions:

Governments’ Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments’ travel advice on Rwanda.

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