Rwanda is a land-locked country just south of the equator in east central Africa covering over 26,000 sq. kms. It is the most densely populated country in Africa. The land is mountainous with many of the mountains of volcanic origin. The land is generally high with many large lakes. The western border forms part of the Great Rift Valley.

The climate is tropical but modified by high altitude. There are two wet seasons, October to December and March to May. June to August is usually dry. The western areas are wetter than those of the east. Temperature range is from 19°C to 21°C in Kigali.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Exploring the Mountainous landscapes of Rowanda can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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