Minibus-taxi travel

Ben writes: Just back from visiting friends in Kigali, Kibungo, Gahini and Rubavu(Gisenyi). Firstly, the book is brilliant - great level of detail, most of which is simply not available anywhere else, including online. A couple of things below which may or may not be useful! Minibus-taxis are now apparently required to have speed limiters … Continue reading Minibus-taxi travel


Suspension of tourism in Virunga NP, DRC

Following an ambush 10km outside Goma in May 2018 in which a park ranger was killed and two British tourists were kidnapped (to be released two days later), the management of Virunga National Park has announced the indefinite suspension of tourism to the park until such time as the safety of visitors can be assured. … Continue reading Suspension of tourism in Virunga NP, DRC

Online bookings for gorilla tracking and other tourist permits

Jeroen writes: I'm enjoying your Rwanda book, travelling there for the first time this Friday for 2 weeks, with Nyungwe, Kivu and Virunga planned. You might want to alert readers that RDB trekking/activities bookings are now all done online via the government's useful Irembo website (e.g. It's not the most easily navigable site but easy … Continue reading Online bookings for gorilla tracking and other tourist permits

Gishwati-Mukura National Park

Michael Renner writes: I've been doing research working in Rwanda for several years, and have spent a few weeks in country every years since 2011. In the Fall of 2015, the Rwandan government designated Gishwati Forest, along with Mukura (a smaller forest fragment nearby) as Rwanda's fourth national park: Gishwati-Mukura ( The park gazette was … Continue reading Gishwati-Mukura National Park