How to prepare and things to know
- Men may wear trousers or shorts. Women should wear trousers or a skirt that covers the knees, as Rwandan women usually don’t show their knees.
- We recommend that you wear closed-toed shoes: Walking shoes are useful on the paths, which can be steep and slippery.
- Be prepared to spend time in the sun.
- Your guide will be happy to answer all your questions, and to translate when you would like to speak with people you meet along the way.
- Ensure that you have health insurance to cover your visit. We do all we can to ensure your safety during your visit. In the case of an accident, we will ensure you get appropriate medical attention. However, you must cover the costs through your insurance.
- Some of the paths are steep and can be slippery after rain, but you will be given a hand if you need it.
- Sometimes members of the community come and stare at white visitors for a while, as white people are seldom seen in rural communities. They are simply curious.
- Very occasionally, in the community, a neighbor may ask you for money. People often ask each other for money here, and are not offended by a refusal. They are all the more likely to ask a white visitor, as Rwandans often think that white people are fabulously rich. If asked for money, it is best to say no, we donate 5% of tourism revenues to our local nonprofit, Azizi Life Impact, for community development work.