How to get prepared for a trip to Rwanda?


When Benita asked me to join her on her trip to Rwanda I did not utterly feel intrigued at first. I had not the foggiest what was in stock for me down there, not to mention the piles of work still to be done here at the office. After some days’ time to reflect, however, I happily agreed to join in.

Alessandra managed to book me a flight on the plane Benita was going to take. She was a helping hand, checking out all the tiny little details to be considered and things to be done before an intercontinental trip like this: Going to Rwanda? You will need visas, folks! But, mind you, you only get your visa with a vaccination certificate on yellow fever.

So off we were to a tropical doctor. Three vaccinations. Then to the drugstore for all medicines requested. Start pre-trip malaria prophylaxis. And, oh, anti-mosquito spray, of course. Passports, vaccination record, Deirdre’s invitation and some other documents straightly went to the Rwandan Consulate.

I will accompany Benita with my photo and video equipment. Notebook. iPhone. Heaps of wires and chargers for all these gadgets. And one question arising on this: Which socket type do they have down there? Wikipedia knows the answer: "Socket type J is used in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Turkey and Rwanda." Great, that comes in handy!