Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills was ranked among the top Africa safari destinations to travel to in 2020 and among the top 30 globally by a ranking, Travel Lemming which recognizes trending destinations. Travel Lemming is a travel blog founded by Nate Hake, an American who has been travelling the world full-time since 2016. The site’s mission is to help highlight emerging and underappreciated destinations as a way to fight over-tourism. The annual awards were published on the site Travel Lemming which promotes emerging destinations around the world as a solution to over-tourism. It is famous for being home to the mountain gorillas that habit Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Tourists have travelled to visit these mountain gorillas in the wild by booking gorilla trek safaris in Rwanda during their Africa tours. Rwanda has for long been one of the top bucket lists destinations visited by Africa safari tour travellers. While most people go there for Rwanda gorilla safaris, Rwanda chimpanzee safaris, Rwanda wildlife safari tours, Rwanda birding safaris, hiking safaris in Rwanda, and Rwanda city tours, there are lots of other cultural heritage sites and experiences that people haven’t explored.
7 Reasons why People will Visit Rwanda in 2020
1. Rwanda has an undeniable beauty
Rwanda is called the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ for a reason. Its mountains are simply gorgeous and diverse. During your Rwanda trip, don’t forget to take in all the breathtaking views and sunsets of this beautiful land. Engaging in these activities is simply amazing because the Jungles, savannas, volcanoes, lakes, and forests are just a few hours apart.
2. Trek Mountain Gorillas in the Wild
Thanks to the incredible work of Dian Fossey and other global conservationists, Africa’s mountain gorillas have captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. If seeing these creatures in the wild is your ultimate dream, book with us a Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda for your ultimate Africa safari memories. Efforts to protect mountain gorillas from the effects of habitat destruction, poaching, and other threats have led to the creation of an amazing infrastructure that provides the privacy and support to the gorillas. The Rwandan government restricts the number of visitors who are allowed to view the gorillas, and this means that securing your permit spot for a mountain gorilla trek or Rwanda gorilla trip is a privilege. Estimates indicate that approximately half of the mountain gorillas in the world live in the Virunga Mountains, part of the Volcanoes National Park, so your primate trek through the montane forests will be rewarded with an hour of watching the gorillas engage in natural behaviours.
Tourists on a Rwanda trip enjoy this heartwarming that is highlighted with close bonds between the members of a particular gorilla family as well as watching the playful gorilla infants. The presence of a powerful silverback will stir your emotions as you watch him sit quietly watching over his family. This gentle nature makes human onlookers feel connected in an unexpected way.
3. You will see wildlife in their natural habitat
Rwanda is a conservation and wildlife success story, and options for wildlife encounters and national park visits are plentiful. Other than gorillas, Nyungwe National Park is home to chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and more than 300 different bird species for bird fanatics interested in Rwanda bird-watching safaris. Since lions and rhinos were reintroduced to Rwanda in 2015 and 2017 respectively, Akagera National Park once again has Africa’s ‘Big Five.’
4. Do plentiful shopping
When you visit Rwanda‘s different areas, you will see lots of market places with Handmade baskets, colourful fabric (called kitenge), and rich coffee beans all over the country. These creative jewellery options, fashion designers, and unique fashion shows have put Kigali on the map as an undeniable shopping capital giving you a chance to buy a souvenir.
5. Indulge in both Rwandan and international cuisines
Don’t leave Rwanda without eating brochettes (grilled meat or fish on a stick), enjoying potatoes and plantains, or hitting a classic Rwandan lunch-buffet counter.
6. Great location
Consider Rwanda a jumping-off point for the rest of East Africa. Quick buses and planes to Uganda for an amazing Big 5 Uganda wildlife safari, Uganda gorilla safari, Birding in Uganda or any other Uganda adventure safari is fairly inexpensive. Getting to Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, SouthAfrica and the Serengeti Plain is easy. Feeling adventurous? Cross the Rwandan border into the Democratic Republic of Congo to hike the Nyiragongo Volcano, home to the largest active lava lake on Earth, do a Congo gorilla safari in Virunga National Park or Kahuzi Biega National Park.
7. Rwanda has fantastic weather
Rwanda’s weather is forever moderate. Not too hot and not too cold, Rwanda easily has some of the best weather compared with its surrounding East African neighbours. Rainy season comes twice a year (from approximately October to November and February to May), and though getting around can become more difficult, it’s an easy trade-off for the lush green views and all the flowers.
About Rwanda’s Travel Award
Winners were selected after voting by 30 of the most popular travel bloggers in the industry, who collectively sport more than 12 million followers on social media. Among the attributes that were listed by voters on why Rwanda was an ideal destination is growing connectivity via the national carrier RwandAir, safety and conservation efforts. “With the World Economic Forum recently naming it the safest country in Africa and RwandAir slated to open direct flights from JFK (New York) to Kigali, 2020 is the best year yet to travel to Rwanda. This East African pearl is changing the African travel narrative in so many ways.
“It will be exciting to visit Rwanda’s Kigali to see its amazing transformation and to see the conservation efforts at its national parks,” said Amarachi Ekekwe, one of the judges and the travel blogger behind Travel with a Pen.
Chief Tourism Officer of the Rwanda Development Board Belise Kariza recognized efforts of sector stakeholders in continuously improving Rwanda as a tourism destination. “Visit Rwanda shares this award with the community members, conservationists, tourism operators and hoteliers who contribute every day to making Rwanda a special place to visit,” she said.
In October, Rwanda featured on Forbes’ list of the 20 best places to visit in 2020. The exclusive list, drawn up based on sales and client aspirations, was made by travel agents of the Ovation Travel Group, a 35-year-old $1.4 billion travel company.
Recently, Rwanda’s tourism brand, ‘Visit Rwanda’ won the top award for destination excellence in luxury and experiential travel at the 2019 Luxperience Awards in Sydney, Australia. Rwanda launched a campaign under their flagship brand; ‘Visit Rwanda’ that was presented with the award in the destination category at the opening ceremony of the travel trade show. Rwanda safaris/Rwanda tours are not for budget travellers. Rwanda safari/Rwanda tour activities are expensive especially mountain gorilla safari tours Rwanda whose permit costs $1500 compared to that of Uganda which costs only $900. The Luxperience Travel Trade Exhibition is a luxury Business event that connects the most innovative experiential tourism and premium events specialists in the travel market. The show is a considerable source market for leisure travel in Australia and the Asia Pacific.
Speaking after receiving the award, Belise Kariza, the RDB Chief Tourism Officer said: “RDB is very pleased with the award given to Visit Rwanda. Rwanda’s tourism sector participation at Australia’s leading high-end travel show is a very good opportunity to tap into a key market of tourists. Australia is currently a key source market for Rwanda and they are high spenders. In terms of visits to trek the endangered mountain gorillas, Australians rank third after tourists from the USA and UK.”
Rwanda was showcasing its remarkable attractions for the second time as well as its opportunities in tourism and hospitality. Apart from the rolling hills, Rwanda has lots of attractions that wow travellers doing a tour in Rwanda like the mountain gorillas open for trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park and wildlife in Akagera National Park among others. You can interest yourself with a Kigali city tour rewarding yourself with the views of the cleanest and most organized society in East Africa. With all these attractions, the ball is always in your hand to decide to go for a gorilla trek safari Rwanda, a chimpanzee trekking tour in Rwanda, to go for a Kigali day tour, enjoy a Rwanda wildlife safari or relax at one of the lakes in Rwanda.
In attendance were the representatives from the Rwandan tourism industry, including tour and travel operators, accommodation establishments and RDB that is showcasing tourism offerings to an audience of about 7,000 people.
Visitors to the Rwanda stand are taken on an incredible journey as they discover Rwanda’s breath-taking scenery and landscape; eco-adventure tourism like gorilla trekking, nature walks, and birding; the booming hospitality sector; and the advent of world-class conferencing venues.