Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills and the roads are windy throughout the country other than from Kigali to Akagera. The speed limit is 60-70km/hour throughout the country with many speed cameras along the road to ensure there is no speeding. You can expect it will take longer to drive what appear to be short distances – all the more time for sight-seeing along the way.
Here are a few of the drive times:
- Kigali – Akagera 2-3 hours
- Kigali – Volcanoes National Park 3 hours
- Kigali – Nyungwe National Park 7 hours
If you typically get car sick, I recommend bringing your anti-nausea medicine, sitting in the front, and traveling with the window open for fresh air. You will not be going fast around curves and the ride is gentle. Your driver will also stop whenever you need to for a break, photos, or local market visits if requested. Of course, if you are driving outside of the main highways on dirt roads you can expect the bumpy “African massage”, but those are short distances off the highway to your destination such as the start of a trek or to a more remote village.