Travelling to Rwanda? Need Vaccinations?
Rwanda is a landlocked country in East Africa that is well worth a visit. It is sometimes referred to as the land of a thousand hills and once you get there you will understand why. Its lush, green ad gorgeous and contains an amazing number and variety of plants and animals. Probably most noted for its silverback mountain gorillas (think ‘Gorillas in the mist’), Rwanda also has a darker history, which you can come to understand on a visit to the genocide memorial. Despite this more recent tragedy, Rwandans will still offer you a warm and friendly welcome.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Rwanda?
]Make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before heading off. The following vaccinations are recommended for most travellers to Rwanda.
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Rwanda. If you are travelling around in the region, have a look at the vaccination requirements for the other countries that you intend to visit as recommendations differ from country to country.
Further Travel Health Advice for Rwanda
Malaria risk for Rwanda are quite high. Please discuss your itinerary and travel within Rwanda with your travel nurse who will be able to advise you what your best protection would be. For any traveller, taking steps to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is always advisable, to give yourself the greatest protection against infection.
Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from specific mosquitos most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do however is avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent if travelling to affected areas of Rwanda. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Schistomiasis is a flatworm infection that is acquired through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. If you have been swimming or wadding in such an environment and you think you may have been exposed, or have contacted Schistomiasis, seek professional medical help. Schistomiasis is present in Rwanda so please take precautions
There is an area in Rwanda situated higher than 2500m so altitude sickness may present a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you.
Heat and Humidity
Generally the weather is fairly moderate although there are two rainy seasons here. Due to the fact that there are mountains here, some frost and snow can be expected at certain times of the year. Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare,
Stick to the bottled stuff here as tap water is not safe. Bottled water is readily available.
Food and Drink
Grilled fish, chicken and goat here are delicious. The capital city of Kigali has a variety of western styles food to choose from but that choice diminishes as you travel away from the capital. Just a warning though, when Rwandan restaurant say all you can eat buffet, they really mean fill your plate as much as you can only once – there are no seconds!
Animals and Insects
Lots of different infections can be spread through animal bites, including Rabies, Malaria and Dengue Fever. Please make sure you have had your shots before travelling.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Rwanda.
Make sure your first aid kit is well stocked. Also, check with your Foreign Office before travelling as advice for travelling to Rwanda changes all the time and exercise some common sense as a traveller away from home.