Rental Car in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda

Travel On The Dollar
June 11, 2024  •  3 min(s) read

On a recent trip to Rwanda, I visited Nyungwe National Park for Chimpanzee tracking. Having flew in from Kigali, I wanted to rent a car to drive around the Nyungwe park area, making it easier to commute around. There are no public transport available from Kamembe airport (KME) to the various lodges scattered around Nyungwe park’s small villages.

It is required to have your own 4×4 vehicle if you want to go for Chimpanzee tracking. The road leading to the forest is unpaved and requires a sturdy car!

There are no rental car companies at Kamembe airport, nor any in the town of Cyangugu. Google Maps shows some rental car companies but after I tried contacting a few, I didn’t get any response!

I reached out to my amazing guide in Burundi, who gave a contact of someone who rents his vehicle on a cost-per-day basis. Here are the details of the rental car:

Name of person: Damascene
Contact: +250-788-624-277 on WhatsApp
Type of vehicle: Toyota Rav 4 (4×4) SUV
Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5 people (with ample trunk space)
Cost: US$150 per day
Rental Car in Cyangugu / Nyungwe National Park
Rental Car in Cyangugu / Nyungwe National Park


Important Notes:

  1. There are no separate charges for insurance, and there is no insurance If anything goes wrong with the vehicle, you are liable to pay for the damages.
  2. Payment can be made via Mobile Money prior to arrival, or pay in cash. Rwanda Francs, Euros or US Dollars are accepted. I convinced the owner to pay in cash upon arrival.
  3. Flexible drop-off and pick-up from Kamembe airport, Cyangugu town, or one of the lodges in Nyungwe.
  4. Return with fuel loaded as per pick-up levels.

Damascene is very responsive on WhatsApp, and a very reliable person to rent a car from.

There are other tour companies from whom you can hire a car with a driver, and some offer rental cars as well. Make sure to check with those companies.
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