Rwanda has become the first sleeve partner as a strategy to make the country a leading tourist destination worldwide with “visit Rwanda” messaging. This has been achieved by the Rwanda Development Board, through their subsidiary, the Rwanda Convention Bureau. In this 3 year deal, the ‘Visit Rwanda” logo will feature on the left sleeve of all Arsenal teams starting next season (2018/2019).
According to Arsenal F.C chief commercial officer, Vinai Venkatesham, “This is an exciting partnership which will see us support Ruanda’s goal to build their tourism industry. Ruanda has been transformed in recent years and Arsenal’s huge following will bring Ruanda into people’s minds in a new and dynamic way.”
Statistics show that Arsenal shirt is seen over 35 million times a day worldwide. This makes Arsenal foot ball club one of the most viewed teams in the world. Therefore, Team Arsenal is looking forward to working ‘Visit Rwanda’ team to further establish Ruanda as a leading tourist destination in Africa and the world at large.
According to RDB chief executive officer, Clare Akamanzi, “Visit Rwanda team” is thrilled to be partnering with Arsenal “The Gunners” and showcasing the vibrancy and beauty of Rwanda, a country pulsing with energy, creativity and innovation.
Rwanda is a small land locked country, located in East Africa, with green mountain landscape, bordered by Uganda in the north, Tanzania in the East, DR Congo in the West and Burundi in the south. The country has 12 million people, with Kigali as the Capital city, considered to be among the cleanest in Africa.
Getting to Rwanda
Rwanda is accessed by Air through Kigali International Airport. There are many airlines to Rwanda from different parts of the world and they include Rwanda Air, South Africa airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Air ways, British Airways and KLM among others. The country is also accessed by road from all neighboring countries.
Rwanda is one of Africa’s top tourist destinations due to its beautiful scenery, unique cultures, water bodies and untamed wildlife in the 4 national parks below;
This is the top tour destination in Rwanda for mountain gorillas. Currently, there are over 10 habituated gorilla groups in Rwanda and each group is visited by a maximum of 8 persons per day. This means, the number of gorilla permits available per day is limited, and you must book in advance! Each gorilla permit currently costs US$1500. There is a 15% discount if you extend your trip to any other national parks in Rwanda and staying for over 3 days. Apart from gorilla trekking, other tourist activities in and around Volcanoes National Park include golden monkey tracking, birding, mountain hiking, musanze caves exploration, community tours and Iby’iwacu cultural village tour among others.
Accommodation is available in first class accommodations such as Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge and Sabyinyo Silberback lodge. Other accommodation options include Mountain gorilla view lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge and Gorilla Solution Lodge among others.
Located in south western Ruanda, with 13 primate species! This is the largest montane forest in East and Central Africa. Main tour activities include chimpanzee tracking, black and white colobus monkey tracking, canopy walk adventures, bird watching, forest walk and community tours among others.
- Gishwati-Mukura National Park
This is Ruanda’s newest National park established in 2015. it is located on the highest ridges of the Congo-Nile Divide along the incredibly biodiverse Albertine Rift in the west of Rwanda.
Here visitors can experience not only chimpanzee and primate tracking, pristine montane forests and some of Rwanda’s most exciting birding, but can also engage with friendly, rural people and know that their visit will make a difference!
Located in the Eastern part of Ruanda near Tanzania boarder. Main tour activities include fantastic game viewing to see some of the African Big 5 animals along side other animals, fantastic boat ride on Lake ihema, sport fishing and cultural / community encounters among others.