Going on a self drive safari in Rwanda can be an exciting and adventurous experience, but it also requires careful planning and preparation.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your Self Drive Safari in Rwanda:

Choose the right vehicle: Choose a 4×4 vehicle that is suitable for off-road driving and can handle the rough terrain of the national parks. Make sure the vehicle is in good condition and has all the necessary equipment, such as spare tires, a jack, and a first aid kit. If you have no clue about the car, seek advice from the rental operator to suggest you the perfect car for your self-drive trip.

Plan your route: Research the different national parks and wildlife reserves in Rwanda and plan your route accordingly. Some of the most popular parks for self-drive safaris include Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park. These are located in totally different areas which need proper planning of the itinerary, start with the farther places and end your trip with the nearest.

Get a GPS or map: Make sure you have a GPS or map to navigate your way around Rwanda. Some areas may not have good cell phone coverage, so it’s important to have a backup navigation tool. Be sure to download google maps on your phone as they are more accurate and more updated than any other navigation tool.

Know the rules: Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the national parks in Rwanda. For example, some parks may require a permit or a guide for certain activities.

Pack the essentials: Bring plenty of water, food, and snacks for your trip, as well as a camera and binoculars for wildlife viewing. Make sure to pack warm clothes for early morning game drives, as it can be chilly in the parks.

Be mindful of wildlife: Always keep a safe distance from the wildlife and follow park guidelines for viewing animals. Do not disturb or feed the animals and do not get out of your vehicle in areas where it is not allowed.

Drive carefully: Be cautious when driving in the parks, as the roads can be rough and there may be wildlife crossing the roads. Stick to designated roads and drive slowly to avoid accidents.

Book accommodations in advance: Book your accommodations in advance, especially during peak season, to ensure you have a place to stay. There are a variety of lodges and campsites available in and around the national parks.

By following these tips, you can have a safe and enjoyable self drive safari in Rwanda.