Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations – Uganda, Rwanda & Congo

Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations – Uganda, Rwanda & Congo

What are the rules and regulations of Gorilla Trekking?

Gorilla trekking rules and regulations play a significant role not only towards the safety of mountain gorillas but also visitors’ safety in the wild. Before embarking on the actual gorilla trek, the park officials or park ranger guide briefs trekkers on the set rules and regulations.

Mountain gorillas are a few most endangered species on the planet and a total of only 1063 of these rare species still thrives in the world. Tours to the mountain gorillas are only done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Baby Gorilla in the Jungle

Below are some of the set rules and regulations to follow while on the actual hike in search for the mountain gorillas in the Jungle;

  • Low Voices

While on a search for mountain gorillas, trekkers are advised to keep their voices low at all times. However, you are free to ask as many questions as you can.

  • Communicable Diseases

Visitors with communicable diseases like TB, cough and flu won’t be allowed to trek mountain gorillas. About 98% of the mountain gorillas’ DNA is similar to that of humans making them very susceptible to human infectious diseases. You should cover your mouth while coughing.

  • Number of Visitors

Each day, only 8 tourists are allowed to trek 1 (one) habituated gorilla family. A group is led by an experienced park ranger guide and tracker. This experience is restricted to 8 visitors because it is one way to ensure their daily behaviour in the wild isn’t destabilized and avoid overcrowding.

  • Don’t litter

Leave the gorilla habitat the way you found or even better. Trekkers are advised not to throw rubbish anyhow and carry back anything they went with on a trek to where there is a rubbish bin. This rule and regulation intend to ensure the jungle is kept clean and the health of mountain gorillas is kept appropriately.

  • Wash your hands prior the trek

Wash your hands prior to setting off on the actual trek. Before you set off to search for gorilla family assigned to you, you need to wash your hand. This measure is essential in preventing the spread of infectious diseases to these endangered species.

  • Hiking Time

Trekkers have only one hour with mountain gorillas. The entire trek may cover 2-6 hours, however, you will have only 1 hour to strike for your imaginations, take photos, and explore their behaviours. This measure is aimed at limiting destabilizing the general behaviour of the gorillas while in their natural habitat.

  • Keep Distance

You must keep a distance of seven meters from the Mountain gorillas. This is enough distance for you to observe them, take pictures and photos.

Morning Briefing about gorilla trekking experience

Morning Briefing about gorilla trekking experience

      • Smoking & Eating in the Jungle

No smoking, and eating while on a gorilla trek. This is highly prohibited in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. This rule and regulation aim at preventing the spread of infectious diseases to mountain gorillas. Note, these species shared about 98 per cent of their DNA with humans which makes them very susceptible to human infectious diseases. During the hike, the rangers give you a break where you can eat your packed lunch or snacks.

      • Always stay within your group

When trekking to see mountain gorillas, make sure you keep around your group you came with. This is to avoid cases of getting lost in the rainforest and limiting cases of wildlife harming in the wild.

      • Stand still in case the gorilla charges

In case the gorilla charges, please follow the guide’s instructions, stay calm and don’t run.

      • Flashlight Cameras

No flashlight camera is allowed when taking photos of mountain gorillas. Flashlight cameras tend to irritate gorillas a behaviour which may cause harm to them. To avoid such cases, you are advised to turn off your flashlight camera or come with a camera with no flashlight.

      • Don’t touch Gorillas

Even when mountain gorillas come close to you or rub their bodies on you, don’t be tempted to touch them. This rule is essential in minimizing the spread of human infectious diseases.

      • Gorilla Permit

To trek mountain gorillas, you should have a valid gorilla permit. Each gorilla permit lets you trek one habituated family. This rule is intended to control the number of tourists visiting each gorilla family every day which may destabilize the behaviour of mountain gorillas.

      • Age
With the Gorillas

Gorilla Encounter

Only persons above 15 years are eligible to purchase gorilla permits and visit the gorillas. This is because children usually carry communicable diseases and to reduce any risk of them spreading to mountain gorillas, this rule has to be observed. Also, children can scream in the jungle when scared by the gorillas, thus destabilizing the peace of the gentle giants.

      • Clothes

Wear environmentally friendly clothes. Make sure you avoid shouting colours as they may scare off mountain gorillas.

      • Easing your self

In case of need to help yourself while in the forest, please burry your wastes as per the instructions of the guide.

The above rules and regulations must be followed during the gorilla trek in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Congo Republic. All this information and more is available for you to read at all park headquarters in Bwindi National Park, Mgahinga, Virunga, Kahuzi Biega and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Additionally, during the morning briefing about gorilla trekking adventure, the park ranger will tell you about all these and more rules and regulations, do’s and dont’s while on the gorilla trek.

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Kigali Convention Centre

Kigali Convention Centre

Kigali Convention Center is one of the most magnificent event centers that Rwanda boasts of. This property comes in a rare egg-like shaped dome that was set up with incredible art and thus offers Kigali that total pride any capital city should have.

A visit to this attractive site while you are on safari in Rwanda is amazingly one of the most memorable experiences that you shouldn’t miss in life. The structure is vibrant and leaves you amazed as it is eye-catching.

Amazingly, it features as the biggest convention centre in the region and it lies within Kigali. It can easily be accessed from Kigali International Airport as well as from corporate government and diplomatic mission offices.

Around 2007, about 3 Rwandan corporate investors put resources together to set up the real estate complex. They set up a company known as Ultimate Concept Limited to establish and own the centre and this centre features 4 main components.

The Kigali Convention Centre consists of a large conference centre which accommodates up to 2600 visitors and its interior design comes with breathtaking views for all delegates. It is a five-star hotel also famous as the Radisson Blu Hotel Kigali. It comprises of 292 rooms and strategically set up with 6 floors. Its exterior is magnificent featuring multicoloured metallic ribbons. The information technology park of Kigali which stands within 32200 square meters of retail space and rental offices. There is also a museum at its bottom floor.

The shape of this structure was inspired by the traditional palace of the King in Nyanza. A close look at its design, you realize that it comes in an egg shape and the spiral art is used in the locally made baskets. This is seen especially on the floor of this building.

During its construction, a 3 D design method was used and manufacturing system of varied equipment was fully computerized. The frame of the dome is complex on its own where every piece of metal that you will view was designed and made differently.

Kigali Convention Center lies along KN5 highway, next to the KG2 Roundabout approximately six kilometers west of Kigali International Airport. This covers around seven kilometers east of the Nyabugogo. The convention centre is an ideal ground for regional and international events such as exhibitions, festivals, meetings, conventions and many others.

The meeting spaces are well equipped with up to date technology and AV equipment for successful events. Usually, the convention center at times accommodates over 5000 delegates in its 18 varied venues. The smallest meeting rooms are ideal for exclusive VIP or board meetings which take more than 10 delegates whereas the big conference halls accommodate more than 2000 persons.

In conclusion, the Kigali convention centre is an important center that in a long will enhance the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Events) sector in Rwanda. If you are planning any big event in the Land of a Thousand Hills then this is the best place that you should make a choice and your delegates won’t regret in life.

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Akagera: Birders’ Paradise in Rwanda

Akagera: Birders’ Paradise in Rwanda

Bird Watching In Akagera National Park

Akagera national park is found in the extreme north eastern part of Rwanda along the Uganda and Tanzania borders. Most of park is largely in the Mubari-Migongo Sub-region of Rwanda. This park is the second best birding destination in Rwanda after Nyungwe national park.

Akagera national Park is characterized with beautiful landscape that is covered by rolling sandstone hills in the western part, some sides are cut by deep and narrow valleys and the eastern part is flood-plains and swamps. In the south of Buganza it is wetter and to the north of Akagera is dominated by open grasslands.

Due to the diverse vegetation in Akagera national park, numerous birds have inhabited the spot as home. The park is one of the best birding destinations in Rwanda with over 520 bird species of which 100 are only found in Rwanda not anywhere else. These birds are attracted by the national park’s diverse habitat and favorable vegetation.

The park is a birding spot that inhabits various bird species such as the savannah birds, swamp birds and raptors with many other endemic species that are often seen in the park like the red faced barbet.

Birds in Akagera national Park can be best watched in the morning and in evening just along the game tracks. This gives opportunity for the birders a great opportunity to sight a number of bird species that are endemic to the savannah area.

Akagera national Park is a good spot for encountering large numbers of water birds giving an opportunity to see those that are endemic to papyrus areas. A short boat tour on Lake Ihema will take birders close to many swamp birds such as the Africa fish eagle, open billed stork, herons, cormorants, the marabou stork and cattle egrets. For the lucky birders you will definitely encounter the elusive Shoebill Stork.

As the national park is a diverse spot for numerous bird species including the swamp and several migrant species; the best activities that are done to offer chance of seeing are guided nature walks and a boat cruise on Lake Ihema. A nature walk and boat cruise offers opportunity to see water birds like Africa fish eagles, crowned cranes, open-billed storks herons, egrets and cormorants.

Some of the commonly spotted bird species in Akagera national park include; Africa fish Eagle, Black-headed weaver, Lilac-breast Roller, Africa Jacana, Long-crested Eagle, White-browed coucal, Fork-tailed Drongo, Woodland Kingfisher, cattle Egret, Saddle-billed Stork, Africa Grey Hornbill,  White-faced whistling Duck,  Palm-nut Vulture,  Little Bee-eater the grey hornbill, the crested barbet, heuglin’s robin-chat, black headed Gonolek and ross’s Turaco, among others.

Pied Kingfisher

Pied KingFisher

Among these birds, at least 44 are raptor species such as the Balaeniceps rex and several Palearctic migrants, such as Glareola nordmanni, Falco naumanni and the Gallinago media.

Akagera Park is one of the parks that symbolize the maximum distribution of the Zambezi biome species. This makes the park one of the perfect destination for spotting one of the Guinea Congo forest-biome species.

As you plan for your Akagera birding safari in Rwanda, we recommend that you carry the right equipment for the birding experience; some of the items that you must carry along include;

Binoculars: It’s best to carry light weight binoculars and ensure that it’s the right quality to have the best view of water birds. Probably this is so essential for birding expeditions in this park.

Before embarking on the birding safari in Akagera, equip yourself with the bird classification book which can guide you in your adventure. Especially it’s best for knowing the characteristics of the birds and even the seasons of the area. Get the relationships between specific birds with its habitat right in the classification book.

Among other necessities for birding include; Tripods, sunscreen, convertible pants, and rain jackets, strong waterproof hiking shoes, hats, a pair of gloves and scarves to manage the morning coldness.

Akagera National Park is a rewarding destination when it comes to all – inclusive birding experiences for encountering both swamp and savannah species. Book a grand birding safari to Rwanda and enjoy the “Land of a thousand hills”.

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The Wonderland Uganda Hidden in Africa

The Wonderland Uganda Hidden in Africa

To many of the people out there, Africa is known as one country. However the perception is a myth, Africa is a continent with over 52 countries. Most of the countries are not known to the world due to their humble background. The only countries much known in Africa are those with very rich minerals and also with great history with the western world.

The so called small countries are not widely known but these are truly beautiful to visit. Take a look at a country like Uganda. Uganda is a landlocked country located in the east African region and most known to the commonwealth nations since it was colonized by the British. The phrase “pearl of Africa” is common among the travel world but many know little about Uganda.

This is so saddening because they are missing out real wonderland. Uganda is a wonderland that can never seize to mesmerize its tourists. This country has very amazing natural features and resource that are very intuitive and eye catching. This a place that attracts both mass tourists and eco tourists.

One of Uganda’s wonders is its climate. Uganda receives a tropical climate whereby it rains and shines throughout the year. There is no more beautiful and favorable weather than that in Uganda. This is the ideal weather for vacationing. Uganda receives an average of 27 in a year.

In Uganda, they wear one layer or two layer clothes. It is chilly in the early morning hours and gets starting from mid-morning and gets cozy in the evening. Each and every weather situation gets a tourist into a different experience. This climate supports most of the outdoor tourism activities like swimming, sightseeing, nature walks, animal tracking, boat ride, hiking, sunbathing and so forth.

The organic foods in Uganda is something to cherish of. With the fertile soils and nice climate in place, Uganda grows amazing foods that are craved for by everyone. Uganda has delicious matooke which is the most popular food from Buganda kingdom.

The matooke served with ground nuts or beef will get you licking your fingers and yearning for more.  Uganda also has the rolex which a chapatti rolled up with eggs and spices. The rolex is one of the most tasteful delicacies in Africa as reported by CNN in 2016.

The tropical fruits from Uganda cannot be forgotten the mangos, pineapples, guavas and the sweet sugar canes. The Arabic coffee from the Elgon region is a wonder. Many people come to Uganda to taste its organic coffee. This is coffee that soothes the throat as it gets your brain hyperactive.

The amazing landscapes also make Uganda a wonderland. Uganda is said to be the Wakanda. In Lake Bunyonyi Island you get a familiar scenery that was in the popular movie Wakanda. Uganda has breathtaking scenery that make the heart settle spontaneously and makes the mind travel distances thinking of how God is such a great designer as you bring a big smile on your face.  Other than lake Bunyonyi Islands, Uganda has great landscapes like the snow-capped  Rwenzori ranges, Katwe crater lake expulsion, Sippi Falls, Murchison Falls, Aruu Falls and  Kigezi Highlands.

Uganda has numerous elusive wildlife species. Other than the big five animals, Uganda has some unique species like the mountain gorillas. The mountain gorillas are endangered species that are only found in three countries and Uganda is one of them.

The mountain gorillas are very unique primates with very intriguing social traits that always leave the trackers buzzing. Uganda also has the chimpanzees one of the most intelligent animals in the animal kingdom. In the bird world, Uganda has the elusive shoe-bill. Many tourists come to Uganda to see this rare bird. There is lots of history attached to the bird. Uganda has over 60 bird species endemic to it.

The world has numerous amazing places to visit and wonder about and Uganda has a place on the list. Uganda gives tourists so much joy from the adventurous side to the exciting one.

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Urutare Rwa Kamegeri

Urutare rwa Kamegeri (translated as the Rock of Kamegeri in the local Kinyarwanda dialect) is one of the most important cultural and historical sites to be explored by tourists who visit Rwanda during African safaris. The spectacular Rock of Kamegeri is found in Ruhango district and can be visited by tourists to learn about the history of the country and how some of the former Kings administered Justice.

There are several legends about the rock but what is widely believed is that the site tells the story of a man after suggesting criminals be burnt to death on a rock instead suffered his own suggested punishment. It is said that in the late 18th or early 19th Century, an man who was apparently the King’s advisor had suggested to the King that the rock could be the best way of punishing criminals by first heating it with firewood until it turned red hot then strapping the criminal to the rock to bake to death. Unknown to him, that would be his time to die.

Kamegeri was one of the advisors under the time of King (Mwami) Yuhi IV Gahindiro who reigned from 1746 to 1853 and the rock existed without a name but later got its name when Kamegeri suggested a wrong punishment for a man who had reportedly disrespected the King. The King seemed happy with the opinion and ordered it be done and when the rock was red hot, he surprised everyone by ordering Kamegeri and not the criminal be burnt on the rock to get rid of an inhumane person who could propose a cruel and horrible punishment for another human being. Mwami Gahindiro had the reputation for being a fair and non-violent leader much as other legends state that the incident happened during the reign of King Mibambwe Sekarongoro Mutabazi who was leader much earlier.

Make sure to touch the rock when you visit the area because according to the locals, the Rock of Kamegeri is always warm regardless of the prevailing weather of the area. However before taking photos within the area, it is advisable to inform the local guide of your intention to take photos of the rock but not the nearby houses or locals, otherwise, you will be forced to pay money for taking photos of the locals’ houses.

How to get to the Rock of Kamegeri?

When you get to Kigali City, take a bus towards Ruhango or Nyanza where you will ask the locals for the route taking you to the site. Because it is not popular, it may take a number of tries to get someone that knows the site. However, if you are heading from Ruhango towards Nyanza, you will see the site on the left at a stone’s throw from the side of the road. Also, you can take a taxi or cab from one of the Bus stations but make sure to first discuss the price and the driver must know the location of the Rock.

In conclusion, on top of the wildlife species like mountain gorillas, big five animals, chimpanzees, and other natural attractions, tourists visiting Rwanda can also get the chance to explore historical and cultural sites, with Urutare Rwa Kamegeri (Rock of Kamegeri) being one of the most spectacular ones.

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What is Rwanda’s currency?

Normally, majority of travelers on African safari to Rwanda only focus on what tourist attractions to visit or activities to enjoy and they forget to ask themselves what currency is used in that country. Nearly, a few get concerned with this matter but before setting off for your actual trip, it is important that you get to know which currency is accepted in that country otherwise you will end up carrying your home country and when you reach your dream destination it doesn’t serve any purpose. In this era, there is no need for you to be stranded!

As a result, for those of you whose dream is to visit Rwanda for a vacation, it is important to note that this country is largely a cash based country but with wide range of currencies also being used. Compared to developed states in the world, credit cards, visa cards, master cards in Rwanda are accepted but unfortunately, this is limited to certain parts of the country. But many ATM machines are widely distributed in most town areas in Rwanda and you can have access to any of your choice and even those with international visa cards, there banks that accept them.

In most cases, Credit Cards are restricted due to cases of where some employees want to take advantage of some visitors to exploit them in one way or another. Due to this, cash becomes a major priority for visitors on Rwanda safari and in most cases most tour operators or tour companies, hotels, lodges, airlines may ask for US dollars. Besides, most items are usually priced using dollars even when you visit some of the restaurants, lodges and other touristic areas. It is however important to budget for your vacation adequately to avoid any kind of shortages.

Whether your plans are to go trek mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys or go for wildlife viewing, you will need have a US dollar to secure your permit. Gorilla permits in Rwanda costs $1500 per person. Visitors are always advised to at least get a dollar bill which ranges at least 2006 the fact that those with current bills have an upper hand and besides, check and make sure that the dollar bills do not have any kind of tear or marks. However take note of duplicated dollars to avoid challenges while exchanging it to local currency to help you purchase something along the way. The other international currencies that are accepted in this country include the Euros and UK Pound.

If you are exchanging your currency to local currency, it is important that you look for any nearby forex bureau and most importantly, they are widely distributed in and around Kigali capital city. Well one may ask what about if I used banks, yes they do it too but this may require you to be a little bit patient due to long lines. Even hotels offer this service and the challenge here is that most of them offer less exchange rates compared to if you visited a forex bureau outside that hotel facility or those within Kigali International Airport. At the bureau, the denominations should range at least between 50 or 100 dollars and should still be new without any marks.

A part from this, Rwanda Francs is also widely used and largely accepted for most transactions and isn’t in most of the market exchange rate. This usually comes with sign ‘RF’ or RWF and it is subdivided into a hundred centimes. The franc featured as Rwanda’s currency in 1916 at a time when the Belgium took over the German colony and the Belgian Congo franc then replaced the German East African rupie rupee. The RWF was officially issued out in 1964. However, there are plans to introduce a common currency for the East African member states. The franc coins were also introduced ranging from 1 to 100 francs in addition to the banknotes that are used as legal tender in this country and Banque Nationale du Rwanda is responsible of issuing the RWF. Notes on other hand come in various designs and colors with denominations of 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 francs. As for 2018, the current exchange rate in Rwanda is 1 US dollar=881.3 RWF.

Conclusively, other than using the Rwanda Francs, visitors on Rwanda safari can also use other currencies. And the local and dollar are equally the best to ease your stay in this country.

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Magical Islands In Rwanda

If there are a few magical tourist sites that for long have not been fully explored then most of the islands in Rwanda are among them. Nearly everyone who comes to this country for a safari feels the best to do is only to track the rare mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in the northwestern part and yet in reality, there is a lot more for one to discover. Rwanda boasts of about 16 stunning islands, all of which straddle within Karongi district which the 5 are found in Kibuye. An Island per say denotes a mass of land bordered by water and you can find them even distributed around Lake Kivu. Most of these are ideal for a number of activities for instance swimming, fishing, lush plantations as well as tourism. They include among others;

  • Idjwi Island

This is the 10th most extensive inland island in the world, expanding for about 25 miles down Lake Kivu center, covering an area of about 110 square miles. About two miles wide in areas, the island features an expansive shoreline relative to its area. It is rugged features rugged mountains and limited infrastructure thus transport to and fro this island is by boat. Transport on the island is a big challenge. This island lies on Lake Kivu just at a border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with an area coverage of about 340 square kilometers making it also the second largest inland in African continent. About 220000 people depend on this island for many reasons including fishing, farming, hunting, pottery and many more.

  • Munini Island

This island is also known as the Napoleon’s Island. It was named so due to its sharp that looks like Napoleon’s hat. It is a refuge to so many fruit bats and supports a huge population of avifaunal species.

  • Iwawa Island 

This Island lies within the heart of Lake Kivu and has Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre. This center was established by the Rwanda Ministry of Youth to solve the ever increasing challenge of youth related drug problems. It main goal is to rehabilitate and cultivate sober minds as well as skills development like building, carpentry and tailoring.

  • Amahoro Island

Amahoro Island is privately owned and bordered by several other islands. It is one of the developed areas and a major tourist site of its own and features many camping facilities, bar, restaurant and ideal for swimming. Besides, it is also good for bird watching and many water sport activities. It comprises of many peninsulas especially Mpembe that is ideal for a four kilometer nature walk. This peninsula can easily be reached by boat from Kibuye and it is also privately owned although it is tourist site with several camping facilities and a birds’ sanctuary. The other is Nyakarwa peninsula which is ideal for bird watching and recreational walk via the Lake. Exploring the magical islands on Lake Kivu can be best done while you are on a boat cruise and you can do so by contacting an agent to help you arrange your safari.

  • Mpembe Island

This can be accessed by boat from Kibuye and it is one of the stunning islands on Lake Kivu. It is linked by a bridge to the Mpembe peninsula and it boasts of its unbeatable beauty and diversity thus making an island with lots of hidden treasures.

  • The Peace Island

This island comes with a number of incredible avifaunal species, lush vegetation and beach area. Compared to Napoleon’s Island, this inhabits humans who practice crop farming and cattle keeping.

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Alibaba Founder Jack Ma To Visit Rwanda

Of recent, the Rwanda Development Board entered into a partnership deal with the Rwanda Embassy in China a move that was intended to showcase the country’s available investment and tourism opportunities. The dumbed ‘Rwanda Week’ in China mainly targeted the potential investors who would make the best of country’s available investment opportunities. Due to this, one of the most famous business and investors ‘Jack Ma’ is soon expected to pay a visit to this remarkable country.

He is set to be in this landlocked country at the end of October on 30th where he will interact with most of the local investors to identify more available investment opportunities in different sectors. The major sectors of interest include tourism, electronic payment and education between China and Rwanda.

Jack Ma is a founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Additionally, this group also deals in retails, internet, and technology. It was founded in 1999 with aim of offering consumer to consumer, business to consumer and business to business sales services through web portals and also electronic payment services, shopping search engines and not to forget cloud computing services. It deals in a number of businesses that are widely distributed worldwide and cover different sectors making it one of the most treasured companies in the world.

His visit will mark the second time he is visiting Rwanda after the last trip he made when he came to be part of Youth Connekt Africa summit that took place in July 2017. Over 2500 participants across Africa are engaged in the Youth-Connekt Summit and they are mainly engaged in motivational talks as well as get first hand guidance on how they can be empowered to change this forgotten continent.

Just the previous year alone Jack Ma in addition to sharing the hidden secretes of his success, he also disclosed to them the $10 million fund that was mainly targeted to aid the young African entrepreneurs explore the business world. This summit attracts various heads of state, world business leaders, AU commissioners, multilateral organizations, Ministers of Youth, development partners, young men and women entrepreneurs, civil society and academia, youth led organizations, venture capitalists, business angels and many others.

The project was launched in 2012 by the Rwandan government in conjunction with One UN Rwanda. The main objective of this initiative was to unite different youths so as to help them showcase the potential of Africa’s youth and the available opportunities. As this is part of this program, Jack Ma-a renowned Chinese Billionaire has disclosed more about the 4 (four) groundbreaking projects that include inviting about 200 young African entrepreneurs to work at Alibaba headquarters.

This is aimed at making the youths gain experience in the fields like the e-commerce, internet and artificial intelligence. The other initiative is mainly to work with universities in Africa and government to provide training in particular courses that still cover areas of artificial intelligence, e-commerce and internet. The 3rd(third) program is mainly to partner between Alibaba and Paradise Foundation of China.

The project will mainly focus on promoting and supporting environmental conservation efforts in African continent mostly elephant and other wildlife species. Elephants are among the very few most endangered species in the world and despite this fact, they are also the most looked for among the big game in Africa. Their existence plays a significant role in the tourism sector. In Africa, they come in different species including the forest elephants-these mainly dwell in most of the tropical rain-forests of Africa and the African bush-the savanna grassland dwellers.

With Alibaba partnership deal, Rwanda continues to leave the world wondering after it again struck a deal with Arsenal Football Club in a ‘Visit Rwanda’ campaign. By marketing it via Alibaba websites will further attract not only a large population of Chinese visitors but also other visitors across the world. What is amazing is that the upcoming Alibaba electronic payment system in Rwanda is of a great value the fact that the Alipay connects more than half a billion users and it is on an increase. Besides, about 8 (eight) African states have already adopted this system and due to this, the Rwanda Alibaba partnership deal perhaps will see Rwanda’s tourism and ICT sector on a lead in the near future.

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Rwanda Climate

Usually, before you embark on actual tour to any destination, climatic condition of that country is one major factor that determines whether you will travel or not. And Rwanda like most countries in Africa feature a particular climatic type that in most cases impacts on visitors travel experiences. Rwanda is also among the very few most strategic tourist destinations in Africa, straddling just at close proximity to the Equator about 2 (two) degrees in the south. Regardless of this, and given its high altitudinal range, it mainly experiences temperate kind of climate with average annual temperature range of not above 25 degrees Celsius. Kigali on other hand has an average temperature range of about 21 degrees. Whereas Rwanda is regarded as an all year round safari destination, understanding its climatic conditions prior your actual tour is of great significance as this can help guide you while plan for your next holiday and at the end of it all, you will have the most enjoyable vacation.

This Landlocked African state straddles within Central Africa and experiences its long dry spell from June to September and each year, it also experiences 2 (two) wet seasons with the first one staring from mid-March  to early June and little amount of rainfall is received from Mid-September to December. Depending on what your interests are while on African safari in Rwanda, for primate enthusiasts, gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is ideal during the dry season and also for those of you who are interested in wildlife viewing in Akagera National Park-the only savanna wildlife park in this country. Note that each season comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. The dry season for this case is of great significance the fact that the ground remains relatively drier than when it is a wet season making it easier for you to for instance trek to see the rare mountain gorillas while in the wild.

The rainy season in this beautiful African nation is usually realized from January-April and the second one is experienced from October-Mid-December. March to Mid-May is usually the longest wet season and mostly realized in mountainous areas and if you are interested in mountain gorilla tracking, this period isn’t that ideal but for those of you who are interested in chimpanzee trekking, this is normally an optimum period the fact that most figs and fruits are available and ripen thus attracting most of the chimpanzees to feed on them and at the end, you catch a glimpse at them without necessarily walking for long distances searching for them like it is always the case for the dry season which is characterized by less forage.

But due to its proximity at the equator and nature of habitats where most of the wildlife species live in this country, you have to expect it to rain at any time of the day. The 2 wet seasons also come with short dry spell and this usually comes with some sunshine and light clouds. From December to February, this is usually the peak season and most tourists are attracted to canoeing experiences, hiking adventures and many more.To be on safer side while on your vacation in Rwanda, you have to pack approximately for your trip starting with essentials first. You will need lightweight clothing, rain jacket or poncho, waterproof hiking boots a mention but a few.Generally, Rwanda experiences 3 (three) varied kinds of climate and they include tropical savanna climate, subtropical highland and Oceanic climate. Unlike most African states, Rwanda tends to remain not very hot or even very cold thus provides conducive climatic conditions which makes it an ideal destination to visit while on safari in Africa.

Rwanda is a small hilly African nation within central region and it is bordered by Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kigali is its vibrant capital city and comes with colorful flowering trees and shrubs from different areas along its ridges. Due to its strategic location, visitors on Rwanda safari enjoy dramatic views of varied cultivated and terraced countryside. It receives plenty of rainfall that has always kept this country ever stunning with its lush vegetation. In average, this beautiful city receives about 1028 mm of rainfall each year approximately 86 mm each month. During the dry season especially in July, about 9 mm of rainfall is received and 183 mm during wet season in April.Rwanda is separated by peaks that stretch up to 3000 meters and they extend from the north to the south. The Virunga Massifs stand steeply from Lake Kivu in the west and covers the mountainous central plateau and in the further eastwards to Marshy Lakes in the Akagera River-where Akagera National Park is located.

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Rwanda Woos Chinese Investors And Tourists

Rwanda is remarkably that one country that today is very proud because of her drastic economic transformation regardless of tragic past that left many wondering if it at one time would be what it is today. This beautiful landlocked state is full of wonders, just a few months ago, many were left wondering what magic this African nation uses and what still liggers in the minds of many is when it entered into a partnership with Arsenal in a ‘Visit Rwanda’ campaign. As if that wasn’t enough, things have continued unfolding till now this landlocked East African state also partnered with its Embassy to China and that in China in a move to attract investors and tourists. Like someone who knows what he or she wants, it took this remarkable country an entire week touring in this East Asian state. In order to achieve its set goal, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) organized and showcased her investment and tourism opportunities to potential investors in major cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and the Dongguan Province. This also included a visit to industrial parks and manufacturing facilities in this Asian state.

The long one week event featured as the ‘Rwanda Week’ in China and kick started from 30th August to 8th September. It took place at a time when the Forum on China Africa Cooperation was scheduled around the same period. This however, included investor forums in Shenzhen and Beijing where 40 companies were targeted and also a one on one sessions with key investors in china and tour operators. It was through this that different investors were encouraged to pay a visit to this spectacular African country and also utilize most of its investment opportunities. What is amazing is that, like most African states, Rwanda on other hand is credited for its diverse investment opportunities most of which have not been tapped and yet more profitable in addition to its ideal business environment.

Just last year, the RDB signed a deal with Huajian Group- a Chinese investor to put up a manufacturing plant. Because this country’s ideal investment climate, this company was wooed that had also accomplished its investment plans in Ethiopia. Interestingly, this played part the fact that it had strategized in expanding its operations in East Africa. The other amazing bit of it is that, this year, the Chinese business sector also unveiled its interest to invest over $200 million in African continent.

Compared to Tanzania where foreign direct investments is a main priority, to Rwanda, government has created an ideal business environment as way to attract potential investors to boost its economy. In Tanzania, Chinese investment contributed about $4 billion in last year alone. When it comes to tourism, Rwanda on other hand features among the very few most stunning safari destinations in Africa regardless of stiff competition from the rest of the East African countries. Last year, it generated about $438 million in its tourism sector. Currently, Rwanda has positioned itself as luxury gorilla safari destination and this has been sighted attracting more revenues with tickets generating about $18 million an increase of 14.1%. Interestingly, gorilla safaris in Rwanda have helped boost on this country’s tourism sector worldwide.

Mountain gorillas in Rwanda are only found within the jungles of Volcanoes National Park making it one of the leading destinations in Africa for gorilla trekking. In addition, this park is also a home to golden monkeys, more than 200 distinct avi-faunal species and many more. Other national parks that this country boasts of include Akagera National Park-Rwanda’s only savanna grassland protected area with a wide array of incredible savanna wildlife species including African lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, roan antelope and many more. Nyungwe Forest National Park is the other spectacular conservation area and this boasts of its abundant primate species. For refreshing travel experiences, Gishwati Mukura National Park is one of a kind protected area for you to explore.

Besides, it can now take part in the many international trade shows and marketing events which in a long run boosts its tourism sector as more tourists will be attracted to come and enjoy its remarkable attraction. This strong ties between Rwanda and China play a significant role in enhancing on its relations. Furthermore, investors in Rwanda also stand a chance to be beneficiaries of the East African community market which accounts for about 168 million people in the Common Market for East African Community (COMESA) that consists of 21 member states and over 520 million people where one can export duty free and even quota free.

Conclusively, Rwanda is undoubtedly one of the Africa’s most stunning states with diverse natural treasures that await for you to enjoy and comes with more investment opportunities both in the tourism industry and other important areas.

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