Monthly Archives: November 2014
Travelling can lead to a wonderful experience and give you awesome memories if everything goes as it should be. To have a safe trip and a hitch free vacation you should know the guidelines on travelling. Do not let inconvenience discourage you from having a smooth journey. Here are some tips that can alleviate your worries when you are travelling.
Planning ahead.Whether you are booking your flight yourself or through your travel agent, be sure to make your reservations in advance. As soon as you know the date of your departure, don’t wait till the day before in order to validate your Visa or go shopping. Get everything ready before your departure date and confirm your resources.
Know your destination. Find out as much as you can about the location you going. Inform yourself about the destination’s history, culture, customs and government. You can find this information in libraries, bookstores, embassies, airports and tourist bureaus. Although English is spoken in most countries, it is practical to know what you can about the language of country to which you will be travelling. Knowing there greetingscan really come in handy.
Report to your embassy.It is advisable to register with your domicile embassy. In case there is an emergency, your home country can contact and get you to safety.
Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well. Also have a way of communicating with those at home in case of an emergency.
Confirm the country’s entrance/exit fees. In addition to your airline ticket, some countriesrequire travellers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. Amount can range from $25 to $200.
Confirm your credit card works in your destination. To avoid financial inconveniences, make sure your credit or ATM cardworks in the country you are visiting.Time was when traveller’s cheques were the safest way to carry money overseas, those days are long gone. Some European banks have switched completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology and not many businesses accept the outdated magnetic-strip cards.
Always have local currency.In some countries, they don’t take credit cards especially for transport. Also look up the monetary conversion before you go.
Contact your doctor and insurance agent.Make sure you have the proper vaccination and necessary prescriptions to avoid any health hazard. Also, confirm with your insurance agent on the validity of your medical insurance policy, whether it applies overseas. If it doesn’t, be sure to make provisions for additional insurance.
Travel light.It is understable that you want to stay comfortable at your location, bringing your home with you but the weight might slow you down, not to talk of the extra baggage charges. If you travel light, you can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand and less tired. Take the minimum amount of valuables necessary for your trip and prepare a safe place to keep them.
Safeguard your baggage.Tag your baggage with your name, address and telephone number. Cover these luggage tags and lock your luggage. Don’t bring anything you would hate to lose.
Find out about activities happening where you are going.Don’t miss out on events going on while you are there. Fun events like carnivals, ceremonies, festivals and so on. Research on their type of food so that you will get the feel and thrill of the country you are visiting.
Always have your charge adapter.It is true that countries have different size plugs and voltages so find out the type that is used at your destination and bring yours to avoid being stranded.
Dress properly.Don’t make your identity conspicuous.Everyone can recognize an American or African tourist on the street, before she or he even opens their mouth.To avoid being a target, dress conservatively.A flashy wardrobe or one that is too casual can mark you as a tourist. As much as possible, avoid the appearance of affluence.
Ever wondered why it is referred to as the land of a thousand hills? Blessed with rich views of undulating terrains and green vegetation, it is undoubtedly what its referred to. Rwanda is an extremely beautiful country with great variety and beauty. Of course its not everyone’s first choice destination for honeymoons, Rwanda offers a blend of green scenery coupled with luxury feeling that would surely strike ones thought.
Located in East Africa, Rwanda is bordered by beautiful lush green beaches giving honeymooners a chance to indulge in beach/water activities and also renowned for its freshwater, is Lake Kivu which houses three resort towns; Gisenyi, Cyangugu and Kibuye. The Gisenyi town resort provides some of the best sauna bath, sun tan, swimming and beach club facilities and every year thousands of tourists visit this place. No doubt honeymooners around the world are looking “eastwards” in the direction Rwanda.
Still on Lake Kivu, the more adventurous honeymooners often embarks on The Congo Nile Trail which is an exciting ten day hiking experience that covers a wide range of fascinating attractions on Lake Kivu shores. There are a number of hiking trails in the magestic Virunga Mountains or you can enjoy cycling the area, boating on the Twin lakes or even try your hand at fishing.
Things to do in Rwanda
Inema Arts Center
Inema Arts Center is a collective of Rwandan creative artists. Specializing in contemporary African Arts, Crafts, Music, and Dance, the Center provides a space to fuel creative expression.
Mamba Club is currently home to Kigali’s only Bowling alley. Besides the Bowling alley, Mamba club also offers plenty of recreational options that include Volleyball, Ping Pong, football, billiards and a swimming pool. The recreation center also has a full bar and restaurant that offers a variety of food choices.
Kigali Memorial Centre
Opened about ten (10) years after the genocide, the Kigali Memorial Centre was built to commemorate the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Since its opening, the Centre has welcomed over 100,000 visitors, including local Rwandans, young people and young leaders from around the Great Lakes region, politicians from the Great Lakes region and beyond — from countries throughout Africa and from the wider international community.
Kandt House Natural History Museum
The museum strives to represent the evolution of the ground, animals and plants, and to explain the interdependency between living beings and their environment. It attracts thousands of tourists yearly and is often used as an educational sightseeing for students.
Bird Watching and Gorilla Tracking
Amongst many available tours in Rwanda, Gorilla tracking and bird watching are most renowned. Rwanda house one-third of all the species of birds in Africa giving tourist a delicacy of view in the early hours of the morning along the sea shores. Getting close to the chimpanzee in their natural habitat is another adventurous experience tourists from all around the world are excited about.
The national carrier for Rwanda is RwandAir and they run direct flights from Lagos to Kigali, the capital and it takes about four (4) hours to fly. Other airlines that fly from Lagos includes; Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Arik Air.
Nationals of Nigeria can obtain a visa on arrival at Kigali airport. Visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay, confirmed hotel reservation and documents required for their next destination.
Rwanda is currently Ebola-free. Nationals of Nigeria aren’t banned from visiting Rwanda.