Best Places for Backpackers in Rwanda.

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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

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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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Top 10 hostels in Rwanda.

There are 10 awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Rwanda.

Yambi Hostel

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

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Peponi Living Spaces

Peponi Living Spaces

Peponi means paradise in Kiswahili, we have added a little bit of our flavor to the whole concept of hostales by adding a Pool, Gym, Barbeque, a playground, and other recreational areas that can encourage engagement between our guest thus truly making a paradise. The property is owned and run by the

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Mijo Hostel

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.

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Mamba Rwanda Youth Hostel

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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Kings Hostel

Kings Hostel

Kings Hostel offers accommodations in Kimihurura, Kigali, Rwanda. Guests can enjoy the on-site massage and reflexology, bar and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi and private parking is available. The property is located in Kimihurura, a nice neighborhood, surrounded by the beach volleyball play ground with

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Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

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

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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Discover Rwanda Gisenyi Beach

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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Red Rocks Backpackers

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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INZU Lodge

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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Rwanda Travel Guides

Kigali:The Land Of A Thousand Hills

General Aesthetic 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…

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Rwanda: Heart of the Hills

I literally left my heart in the hills of Rwanda, in the heart of its myriad hills that fence around the capital in Kigali. Rwanda is a landlocked country and has a very rich green landscape. The gorilla trek is one of the main attractions at the Volcanoes National Park….

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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…

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