Have recently returned from Rwanda. So impressed with the beauty of the countryside and what a change to have no litter.
We arranged our own travel but found the Rwanda tourist Office very slow to respond to emails regarding the gorilla trek permits.
Would challenge your info that recommends Mastercard. Did not find it accepted in the main towns we visited( unless just unlucky)
Kigali,Gisenyi,Rubona and Kibuye. Plus on a hotel bill a 25 dollar charge was expected for using a Visa card.
Whilst in Rubona we walked to find the “hot springs” (p.174) We befriended a young boy who wanted to practise his English and he took us through some very poor settlements to see them. I did get the impression that the locals were berating him for doing so.
The water is indeed extremely hot and steamy, but it is a very small area of lakeside and is interesting, but not stunning overall. One person was bathing in the water as we arrived.
We did go over into Goma for three days, but found it such a contrast that we did not find it easy or relaxing. Dirty and chaotic. In the forest area to the north of Lake Kivu, a villager had been killed by a chimpanzee,although I don’t know in what circumstance, so another danger of which to be aware.