Rwanda: the land of a thousand hills
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.