“Remarkable Rwanda” before visiting seems like a bit of a boast, after visiting it seems like one of the largest understatements ever.
The cleanliness of the country, efficiency, friendliness of the people and natural beauty are evident at literally every turn.
Air Rwanda has a brand new fleet of aircraft and the air access is ever expanding.
One and Only Nyungwe House is magnificent, the 22 suites are exceptional and the setting on a large tea plantation adjacent to the largest Rain Forest in Africa is breathtaking. Activities include a canopy tour (70 metres above the forest floor) and walking trails to view the wildlife of the forest (which is home to 13 species of primates), waterfalls, Chimpanzee trekking, tea tastings and a world class spa. Nearby there is the massive lake Kivu which is one of Africa’s great lakes covering over 2700 sq km and reaches a depth of almost 500m in parts. As you would expect the lake offers a wide range of water based activities and experiences for those looking for adventure and action or the more sophisticated and sedate options.
The second must see destination is the Musanze and Volcanoes National Park with five extinct volcanoes. Home to 12 visitable families of Mountain Gorillas, there are currently only around 1000 Gorillas left in the wild. This bucket list experience where you get as close as 7 metres away from these great apes is something quite extraordinary and will give special lifelong memories to all who experience this. There is also an opportunity to see Golden Monkeys in the wild.
The nearby luxury lodges include the Governors Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (10 suites), One and Only Gorillas Nest which opens in July (21 suites), Singita (12 suites) which opens in August.
The capital city Kigali is clean, safe and open for business. There are Radisson Blu and Marriott Hotels as well as the popular East African Hotel Group Serena present, all of whom offer international standard accommodation and amenities. The vibrant city has a number of attractions worth a visit including the local markets, an art gallery, the Genocide Museum which can all be included in a city tour. There are a number of restaurants offering modern Rwandan cuisine as well as upmarket Italian and Belgium eateries.
The modern Convention Centre is perfect for all manner of events and can hold everything from small executive conferences through to large Conventions.
A few facts about Rwanda:
Gorilla Trekking – One of 3 places in the world
Rwandan Cuisine & Coffee – One of the worlds best coffee growing regions
Kigali Growth – 6% – 8% GDP Growth, 91% school attendance, Excellent Healthcare (Life Expectancy – 70 years old).
Safety – Ranked 5th safest country worldwide in the Gallup Law and Order index (2017)
Safari – Akagera National Park is now a Big 5 destination
Umuganda – National day of community service, once a month ! (and plastic bags are banned!)
Whether for business events, incentives or leisure I can assure you Rwanda is truly REMARKABLE.