Cheap Flights to Rwanda
Rwanda, known as "the land of 10,000 hills," is located in the heart of East Africa. The small country is landlocked between Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After years of political instability, Rwanda is now a thriving, vibrant country that offers picturesque landscapes, gorillas, volcanoes, and rich local culture. Its capital, Kigali, is the country's major transportation hub and starting off point for travel around the country.
Flights to Rwanda
Cheap flights to Rwanda all arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL) near the nation's capital. Most flights to Rwanda from outside Africa will stop in another city before arriving in Kigali. These flights connect through Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Entebbe, and Dar es Salaam. KLM, Air France, and Delta fly direct to Kigali from Amsterdam, and Turkish Airlines serves Kigali from Istanbul. Rwanda's growing popularity as a travel destination has sparked the need for a larger airport that can accommodate more passengers. As of September 2016, the Kigali International Airport is still undergoing construction on a massive upgrade that began more than five years earlier. Kigali International Airport is located on the edge of town, so traveling to other parts of the city will be easy. If you aren’t renting a car or having a car picking you up, you can walk out front to catch one of the many taxis in line. If you’re traveling light, you may want to take one of the small moto taxis, short for motorcycle taxis, to the city.
Attractions in Rwanda
Rwanda's main attractions are its volcanoes, flora, and fauna. The small African country is home to one-third of the world's remaining mountain gorillas, most of which live in Volcanoes National Park, home to five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. The park was created to protect the gorillas and is famous for the work of American zoologist and anthropologist, Dian Fossey. The movie “Gorillas in the Mist” tells the story of Fossey's work with Rwanda's majestic gorillas. Tours to Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe National Park, and Akagera National Park are available from Kigali.
Kigali's city center is packed with activities and museums that give travelers who have arrived on cheap flights to Rwanda the opportunity to experience the local culture. Take a tour of the Kigali Genocide Museum and Memorial to learn about the country's history and feel the spirit of peace and reconciliation. Other museums and attractions in the city include the Natural History Museum, National Art Gallery, King's Palace Museum, and Presidential Palace Museum.
Travel Tips for Rwanda
If you are planning to spend time trekking through Rwanda's parks, when you book your flight to Rwanda, you’ll want to avoid coming during the rainiest months of March, April, and May. The best time to visit is during Rwanda's long dry season, which runs from June through September. Rwanda is located very close to the equator, but its high altitude gives it a relatively pleasant climate. Daytime highs are around 80 degrees, and lows are in the mid 50's with very little change throughout the year.
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