Frequently asked questions
We have constantly updated our records about car rental in Rwanda and below we present to you some of the most asked questions that you may want to know regarding renting a car in Rwanda or Uganda. Maybe one or two can be helpful information in renting a car in Rwanda.
Qn. When is the high season in Rwanda?
Ans. The high seasons in Rwanda are summer time, Mid june to mid oct then it also tends to be high again mid dec to mid feb, though tourist are always around rwanda all year round even in the low seasons
Qn. Do i need booking lodges in advance during self drive?
Ans. Yes, if you intend to sleep in the lodges and No if you intend on camping. Many of these lodges will ask for a deposit or full payment to confirm the booking, and yes, Auto Rental Rwanda can book for you the lodge of your choice.
Qn. Do i need travel insurance?
Ans. Yes, just like any traveler, you actually require travel insurance. The insurance only covers the vehicle you hire. Comprehensive insurance and third party. The insurance of the car does not cover loss of personal belongings and personal injuries.
Qn. Is Rwanda and Uganda safe for Self Drive?
Ans. Yes, for the very steady drivers, Rwanda is safe for personal adventure. However you need to look out for some of the crazy drivers you meet along the way and also consider driving at minimum speed due to the unnoticed bumps and not rilly many signposts. Being careful while driving is the trick to a safe self drive adventure in Rwanda
Qn. Any Requirements for visa to enter Uganda or Rwanda?
Ans. Yes you actually need a visa to enter Uganda which can be bought on arrival at the airport. It actually costs $50. However for Rwanda, you need to apply earlier and a confirmation code sent to you which you present at the airport on arrival and pay for your visa.
Qn. When is the best time to visit Rwanda.
Ans. Rwanda is good to go all year around. Its warmer and dry through the months of june till mid October, then Jan till mid march and its wet/rainy seasons. However the climate in Rwanda is unpredictable, it could decide to rain at any time of the year or month or still stay dry in the said rainy season. No matter how rainy or dry it is, there is no much effect on your holiday experience. Considering that the roads are rough and muddy in the rainy season.
Qn. Where and how can I buy my gorilla permits in Rwanda.
Ans. The Rwanda development board is responsible for issuing the Gorilla and chimpanzee permits. However it is advisable to book the permits for these primates earlier in advance and this can be done after full payment of the fees. Gorillas permits cost usd $750. Chimpanzee permits can always be attained from the nyungwe Park offices in Gitarama. Just to make all set for you, Auto Rental Rwanda can organize and buy these permits on your behalf and all you need is add a little USD $15 that caters for a matatu transport to and from the UWA head offices. A scanned copy of these permits will be sent to you in proof of purchase and you will absolutely get the permits the day you arrive, whether you will be on self drive in Rwanda or guided adventure. Everything is absolutely possible.
Qn. What is the Fuel consumption of the Rav4 while on Self drive in Rwanda
Ans. About 11kms for every 1 litre, the Toyota Rav4s consume 60litres of fuel at full tank and these could take you between 650kms -700kms depending on the nature of driving and the terrain you go through. Its is also advisable to fuel up the tank in big towns on Total and Shell gas stations as these have good fuel that will last you more mileage.
Qn. How much are the entrance fees to the game parks.
Ans. The rates for the financial year 2016 are US$ 35 / 24hr for non residents, US$ 25 / 24hr for foreign residents and UGX 5000 for East African Citizens . USD $6 for your driver in case you have one. The rates for for volcanoes national park are inclusive on the $750 permit fee you pay.
Qn. How are the road conditions in Rwanda.
Ans. For the past 5years, the government of Rwanda has tried to turmac most of the major roads heading to major towns across the country. Even the feeder roads have been repaired to perfection. However there are some roads that have not been touched and that’s where we advice to avoid them. The roads in the parks are well maintained though they sometimes go bad especially in the rainy season. The roads in the volcanoes national park radiating to the starting points have big volcanic rocks that require careful driving and high ground clearance vehicles.