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Kigali to Musanze at night?

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Kigali to Musanze at night?

Depending on when we can secure gorilla permits, we may need to drive from Kigali to Musanze around 9pm due to flight arrivals.. Does anyone know if this service is possible?


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1. Re: Kigali to Musanze at night?

hi -

i'm not sure if buses run at that hour, but if so, i would caution against taking that route at night. that road is pretty twisty and at night would be kind of harrowing. i have rwandan friends who agree and will only travel it during daylight.

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2. Re: Kigali to Musanze at night?

I am assuming you will be hiring a car and driver for this sector. If so you should be OK if he is. Do not stop in Musanze unless you need to. Go straight through to Kinigi.

I would NOT drive myself or take a bus at that hour.

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3. Re: Kigali to Musanze at night?

Thanks for the tips - very helpful!


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You will not want to do that. Instead of a beautiful, scenic drive over the mountains, you will have a dark, scary thrill ride, weaving in and out of people. We made that mistake, and it was raining on top of everything, would never do it that way if we had it to do over. Plus you get to your hotel so late, you're paying for it you might as well enjoy it.

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5. Re: Kigali to Musanze at night?

We were there about 3 weeks ago. I'd suggest staying the night in Kigali, then maybe visiting the genocide museum in the morning, then heading to Musanze to arrive in time for lunch, then doing your gorilla treck the next day. Although people in Rwanda drive quite safely (compared to Egypt etc) its a winding road through high mountains with sheer drops off the side. It would also be incredibly dark at night - I was a little nervous even in daylight! The road is in good condition, however there are quite a few potholes that may not be visible at night.

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6. Re: Kigali to Musanze at night?

We did what you are proposing, our flight from Arusha was due in about 8pm but was delayed to 9pm. We had pre booked a car and driver, we had to pay extra so he could stay overnight although he did drive back (his choice) The ride was pretty hairy, but OK.

Not helped by the fact that at 11pm when we arrived the driver couldn't find kinigi guest house and when we did get there they'd tried giving our room to someone else. Thankfully it was sorted out by SarahRwanda's very helpful husband.

It meant that we didn't waste 2 days travelling and we spent 2nights in kinigi guest house instead.

My tip would be to take something to eat, most places in Kigali were closed by the time we left the airport.

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