Best Places for Backpackers in Rwanda.

Enjoy backpacking around Rwanda without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Rwanda.

Top 8 hostels in Rwanda.

These are the 8 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Rwanda.

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Discover Rwanda Gisenyi Beach

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Discover Rwanda Gisenyi Beach

Fringed by palm shaded, sandy beaches on Lake Kivu's Gisenyi shores in the North West, Discover Rwanda Gisenyi Beach is an exciting addition to the growing chain of Discover Rwanda accommodation options around the country. Set in one of Rwanda's oldest 'colonial' buildings with its unique architectu...
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INZU Lodge

93 /100

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INZU Lodge

NZU Lodge provides ecological accommodations and a unique tourism experience while respecting Rwanda’s traditions and benefiting the local community. Situated 7 kilometers away from Gisenyi town, the INZU Lodge is perched on one of the hilltops surrounding beautiful Lake Kivu. Complemented by sev...
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Yambi Hostel

92 /100

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Yambi Hostel

Yambi was voted best hostel in Rwanda for two consecutive years (2016, 2017). We provide modern facilities such as Netflix wifi, hot showers with good pressure, an open bar; a library with travel guides and large music catalog; the gym, laundry with express washing machine; and a fully stocked ki...
Yambi Hostel is a hostel in Kigali. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Mijo Hostel

90 /100

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Mijo Hostel

Mijo Hostel is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood. The hostel has clean dormitories, plenty of shower rooms with solar heated water, quality toilets, solid metal beds, individual mosquito bed net, quality towels and linen, fast internet and a well prepared breakfast - all at excellent rates....
Mijo Hostel is a hostel in Kigali. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Mamba Rwanda Youth Hostel

88 /100

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Mamba Rwanda Youth Hostel

Mamba is located on a large property just a 5 minute drive from Kigali town center. It is located in the area's safest neighborhood with 24 hour security on site. The club offers a variety of facilities and services including a swimming pool, volleyball court, kids area, and the first and only bowli...
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Red Rocks Backpackers

80 /100

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Red Rocks Backpackers

Our accommodations include camping tents and a guest house. We offer two doubles and four twin rooms (also available as a single). Our bathroom facilities are shared with warm water. We have a fully stocked bar and a local restaurant where Rwandan food is served. The ultimate Rwandan intercult...
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Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

75 /100

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Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

The Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel - Rwandas first youth hostel - located near the centre of Kigali in Kacyiru, is the perfect place for you to start exploring the heart of Africa. The Hostel boasts great value accommodation, a fun atmosphere, excellent customer service, and a wealth of information a...
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Kigali Art Gallery

54 /100

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Kigali Art Gallery

Kigali Art Gallery offers accommodations and the property is well located in Kacyiru, near public library, easy walk to bus station, art galleries like Inema Arts Center, walking distance from Brioche and Shocolat Cafe, and People dance venue. Guests can enjoy the on-site bungalow and terrace. F...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Rwanda.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Rwanda.

If you're already planning to visit Rwanda - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Kigali:The Land Of A Thousand Hills

To say I was excited about this trip would be downplaying the enthusiasm I had for my stay.Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda, it is a modest city reflective of the country and its people.Upon arrival, I could clearly understand why it is dubbed the ‘land of a thousand hills’…and it sure is a hilly place. The positive trade-off from this hilly aspect is the picturesque views from almost anywhere. You can see the sprawling city which might I say is breathtaking at night.I haven’t even mentioned how clean the city is, there is literally no litter, the roads are ever clean even when it rains which for a country whose infrastructure isn’t the best may be a challenge but does not seem so for Kigali. The city makes the best of what it has and the mix of modern exquisite architecture blends well with the preexisting structures and the trees in a way that doesn’t make you think that something looks amiss.What stands out on the landscape is the Kigali convention center built by the Raddison Blue chain of hotels, I often used it as a marker during my random escapades around the city.

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Rwanda: Heart of the Hills

A shot of Rwanda’s landscape

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Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is home to the majestic mountain gorilla. With only 880 remaining in the world, Rwanda is one of only three places that mountain gorillas are found along with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the obvious highlights of a visit to Rwanda is trekking in Volcanoes National Park to spend an unforgettable hour with a group of mountain gorillas, in their own natural habitat. Looking into the brown eyes of one of these hairy, gentle giants who are so much like ourselves is not to be missed, definitely the stuff of bucket lists. Treks are timed to coincide with the gorilla’s feeding and resting time, meaning that they are relaxed and calm and often not moving around too much. Watching the juveniles play together, the mothers feeding their babies and resting plus beholding the sheer size of the silverbacks is a mesmerising experience.

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