Is Rwanda safe for Americans -and anyone else? A question often asked

Posted by on October 9, 2019

Each day several  people Google “Is Rwanda Safe for Americans?”

Is Rwanda safe for Americans -and anyone else? Safer than the US – Rwanda ranks 9th Safest Country in the World

Is Rwanda safe for Americans -and anyone else -Rwanda is one of Africa’s most stable – safe – secure and friendliest countries, in 2017 it was named the 9th Safest Country in the World.

 Each day the query “Is Rwanda Safe for Americans?”  shows up in our Website analytical statistics.  You do not find the query “Is Rwanda safe for Brits, Germans, Danes, Belgians, Canadians, Russians, Chinese, Indians?”  Each day Americans query whether Rwanda is safe for Americans?

Rwanda is one of the safest and most secure countries in Africa, especially for visitors to Rwanda and even more so if specific Safety and Security guidelines and tips are followed during your visit to the Land of a Thousand Hills.  Kigali one of the safest capitals in Africa, and over 99%  of visitors come and leave Rwanda without an incident.

Rarely do you read anything in the local newspapers about a visitor to Rwanda having safety and security problems during their stay in Rwanda?  Things such as petty theft, credit card fraud, overcharging common-sense steps can avoid all and read some of the Safety and Security Advice and Tips found on our site.

Kigali, Rwanda, when it comes to Central and East Africa, is probably the one capital in the region where a Tourist will feel very safe. You are in Africa, and yet there is a sense of order and modernity found here.  Some call it the Singapore of Africa.  Even its nightlife is mild, and the sidewalks roll up at night, recently one letter writer proposed to close Bars by 9 pm.

Hotels, Guest Houses, Backpacker Places, for the most part, use security personnel to make sure your stay with them is undisturbed.  Shops, Banks, Stores, Offices, Restaurants, Bars have security personnel stationed both outsides and  at times inside of them.  If you are an American wanting to enter your Embassy, you will find it like a fortress, with layers and layers of security, and once inside be speaking to an embassy official, you will do so through a bulletproof window in most cases.

The Rwandan government fully realizes that it is its sacred duty to ensure the safety of visitors to Rwanda and its citizens.  The presence of police is found almost everywhere, ranging from traffic police to tourism police all there to make sure that Tourists and Visitors are safe.

Since most of our clients are tourists going on safari from around, we realize that their well-being, their safety, and security are also part of how we plan their stay, their safari in Rwanda.  One of the reasons one finds search terms such as “is Rwanda safe for Americans?” is because of the volume of misinformation and outdated information about safety and security in Rwanda for visitors.

Is Rwanda safe for Americans -and anyone else? Rwanda is safe for visitors and tourists, including Americans.  Rwanda is home to some of the friendliest people on the African Continent, and I, as an American, feel quite safe in Rwanda probably safer than I would in some places in the USA.

 What about the October Rebel Attack near Volcanoes National Park?

On October 4th, near 10 PM a group of FDLR -The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (French): Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, FDLR) an armed rebel group active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo attacked the Kinigi area in the Musanze District in northern Rwanda.

They attacked with pistols, rifles, machetes killing 14, and wounding 18 Rwandans. No tourists were harmed.

Rwandan security forces confronted the attackers, and 19 rebels were killed, and five were captured. The captured confessed that they were members of the infamous FDLR Rebel Group that seeks to overthrow the present government of Rwanda under the leadership of President Paul Kagame.

Those not killed or captured fled back to the Democratic Republic of Congo through Virunga National Park.

The Rwandan victims were buried  in one grave in a mournful ceremony

The last attack in the area occurred in December of 2018 when the FDLR killed two Rwandan National Park.  Rwandans have suffered from the attacks by the Rebel fighter, including those near Nyungwe Forest National Park. No Tourists or Tourist Lodges or Hotels have been attacked.

Without making light of the Horrific Incident that took the life of 14 Rwandans and wounded a score of others, one needs to put it into perspective. Examine the frequency of such attacks and compare it to the USA.

 Is it Safe to Travel to Rwanda after the October 4, 2019, Attack?

Rwanda remains one of the safest countries to visit in not just Africa but the world. Rwanda has that inner resolve never to allow anyone to take them back into the past like the so-called FDLR -The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda would like to do.

Rwanda, with the leadership of the purpose-driven President Paul Kagame, will make Rwanda even more secure than it has. Tourism is the most significant income earner that Rwanda has. Everything will be done to protect both Rwandans and Visitors alike.

The levels of security will be increased most often behind the scenes. Border Surveillance, Patrols in National Parks,

Visitors to Rwanda are safer than in South Africa with its carjacking, robberies of tourists as they arrive in the country. Rwanda is the opposite of that. When visitors arrive at the airport, they feel safe.  The courtesy and professionalism evidenced by Rwandan Immigration and other officials are above the norm.

Question by an American for Americans who want to come and visit Rwanda- Why Do Americans feel that Rwanda is not safe?  Take a look at reality.

  • You cannot purchase a concealed weapon here – most of the population has no gun in their home as in the USA
  • There are no weekly mass shootings like in the USA.
  • There are no continuous acts of violence, such as killings by a vehicle, as sadly happened in NYC just recently.
  • There are no massacres at Public Concerts, no killings of Church-Goers.
  • No organization promotes weapon use.
  • Gun Permits are rarely issued.
  • You have armed security outside of every more giant supermarket, bank, hospitals, larger hotels, and vehicles are searched when you enter into a more significant shopping center.
  • In Rwanda, he Minority Muslim Population and Christians live in relative Harmony here.  Islam in the past has been declared a religion favorable to Rwanda since most Muslims did not partake in the Genocide of 1994.
  • There have been no Terrorist Attacks in Rwanda as in the USA and parts of Europe.

Is Rwanda safe for Americans -and anyone else? The answer is a resounding yes, and I feel a lot safer in either Rwanda or Uganda than I would in many areas of the USA. In 2017 Rwanda was declared the 9th safest country in the World by the World Economic Forum. Rwanda was placed ahead of Qatar, Luxembourg, Portugal, New Zealand, Austria, Estonia, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain, Netherlands, and Morocco. The USA did not make the top 20 on the list.

Rwanda is safe and secure for Gorilla Trekkers, Safari Goers, Women Solo Travelers, Gays, Rwanda is a safe and secure Tourist

Reality is, Rwanda is one of the Safest Countries in Africa and has been, Google it.