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Visit Mukura Forest of Rwanda

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by Namanda No Comments

Mukura Forest is one of Rwanda’s many forests. It’s a protected reserve located in the North-West part of the country, in the Albertine Rift Region within the Congo Nile crest and occupies an area of about 12.00 km.  Originally, this forest was big and also part of mountain forest attached to Gishwati and Nyungwe and it extended right from the Nyungwe forest all the way to the Volcanoes national Park but today, it is a small and isolated forest chunk.

Mukura forest was designated as a forest reserve in 1951 and by then, it was as big as 30,000 hectares but a few years later almost half of forest cover was lost along with the amazing bio-diversity. This lose is as a result of human influence through their different activities. Today, there is just about 16,000 hectares of the forest left as the reserve although it is still a thick forest probably because it receives an amount of 1500 mm of rainfall every year, surviving under an average temperature of about 15 °C and lies at about 2600 meters high above sea level.

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Virtual gorilla trekking to be introduced in Rwanda

Posted on: May 29th, 2017 by Namanda No Comments

Following an increase in the gorilla permit prices for both the locals and the international tourists in Rwanda, it is expected the many people will no longer afford to go gorilla trekking. The good news is those tourists who cannot afford to pay the new price of $1500 per permit to visit any of the different gorilla families found in the Volcanoes National Park, you can use the virtual reality (VR) which gives you access within period of not more than five minutes.  The Virtual reality is some new technology that has been developed by Rwanda Development Board together with Africa Olleh Services which is an ICT service provider based in Rwanda. This new technology is set to be officially launched by the end of this month May or latest early June.

According to James Bang who is the Senior Manager of Africa Olleh Services (AOS), this tourism technology is intended to help increase the local and other visitors’ interest. And to also increase awareness about tourism attractions that Rwanda has. They intend to provide adequate tourism information about the different attractions and using this new technology to provide such information makes things a lot more interesting and thrilling, so said Bang during the prototype exhibition at the 2017 Transform Africa summit held in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

For now, this VR technology is working on only three tourism aspects which include cultural tourism, the Kigali city tour and also gorilla trekking. Later it will expanded and cover attractions within Rwanda. Hopefully, this technology will improve and maintain on the performance of the country’s tourism sector following a vibrant growth and continuous expansion.

Despite the expansion, Rwanda has not yet exhibited its full tourism potential and it might not be that hard after all following the introduction of VR technology which is only part of a larger plan to develop a Smart Tourism Portal.  This process will involve collecting data from both the government service provider and those from the private sector so as to establish a tourism platform.

virtual gorilla trekking Bang said that this will call for time and also financial investment especially in services like the VR hubs and a center that will provide information. There is also need for more communication and collaboration between tourism companies in Rwanda and the tourists if we are to come up with a smart tourism platform to make tourism business easy and also none traditional so said Bang. He added that they are ready to install VR tourism booths in various key place across Kigali if the money is available and these places with include international airport, the different stadiums and also around the parks. Every booth is worth $300.000 and that is the small size.

At the moment, AOS has suggested that all VR content should be provided to the public through the RDB website where people can access it and download it. They will also be using social media networks like Face book videos, to make it easily accessible to everyone who is interested in using the VR devices.

This technology will be helpful following an increase of permits price from $750 to $1500 as announced by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on 6th May 2017.  This change is affecting everyone including the foreign residents who originally paid $375 and Rwandan citizens were paying Rwf 30,000 only.

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Rwanda to conserve clothing’s of genocide victims

Posted on: February 19th, 2017 by Namanda No Comments

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide – CNLG has started conserving the clothes that were worn by the victims of the genocide that took place in 1994 within Rwanda.

Rwanda genocide clothesThe US Embassy offered a fund of approximately $87,000 for Cultural Preservation and the good news is that this week the CNLG started preserving all the clothes that were worn by the victims during the genocide with works beginning at the Nyamata Genocide Memorial. This fund was offered to train staff on how the conservation will be done and this is goning to start at Nyamata were remains of around 45,000 victims are preserve and later extend to other memorials across Rwanda.

Jean-Damascène Bizimana the Executive Secretary of CNLG together H.E Erica Barks Ruggles the US Ambassador to Rwanda took a tour yesterday to access the progress of these conservation works.

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Places to visit during your Rwanda family holiday tour

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Namanda No Comments

Rwanda is one of the best tourism destinations in east Africa with amazing attractions therefore very suitable for family safari. Rwanda is a place of wonders, it called the land of a thousand hills because of the fact that it is hilly in nature thus making it the perfect destination for hikers. There are hundreds of different hiking and mountain biking trails, there are numerous historical and cultural as well as religious sites that you can visit. Every visitor is free to join and enjoy the traditional music, dance and drama as well as learn about the traditional rituals. Such activities tend to be very interesting for groups traveling as a family since they are very interesting activities for every age group.

There are various tourism sites that every family visiting Rwanda on holiday can go to and these places include;

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Visit the popular Lake Kivu

This is Rwanda’s largest fresh water lake with a very beautiful scenery which is hundreds of tourists visit this place every year.  Hikers will have an interesting adventure therefore should know that this is their destination and its where the Congo –Nile trail which is the most selling trail to most hikers since it runs from Gisenyi to the south side of Lake Kivu. It is fun to bike as groups more so a family.

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Rwanda recognized at the 2017 New York times travel show

Posted on: February 2nd, 2017 by Namanda No Comments
Rwanda at the Newyork times travel show.

Rwanda at Newyork Times Travel showThe Republic of Rwanda during the New York times travel show that started on 27th to 29th January 2017 in the United States was recognized with a beautiful award-of-excellence for having the ‘Best Small Booth’.

Rwanda exhibited its tourism as well as travel sector within the section of the African continent during this New York travel show; however it stood out among the rest due to its unique beautiful presentations plus designs.

In accordance with the observers of this event, Rwanda earned this recognition mainly because of the beautiful traditional outfits they were wearing while exhibiting their Rwanda safari holidays, which complemented their beautifully decorated stand.

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