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Welcome - Ikase mu Rwanda!


Welcome to Rwanda, the land of 1000 hills. Rwanda, in a nutshell, is nature’s best paradise. It is one of the friendliest countries, renowned for its comfortable facilities, fine food and a rich cultural heritage. Among the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali City is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location, and is conveniently located within three hours’ drive of the main tourist sites.

Rwanda is popularly known for its many tourist attractions. The landscapes in this green country are truly incredible. Fortunate people who have had chance to visit Rwanda have remarked that the physical beauty of the country is unique, unrivalled by any other beauty on the African continent. From all corners, you get to discover one of God's best creations – fresh water white sand beach, volcanic mountains, clean and green city. Lake Kivu offers beautiful beaches, jutting peninsulas and an archipelago of beautiful islands.

By Africa Travel

You can really help promote a positive image of Africa by telling others back home about your trip.

Tourism is the mainstay for many African economies, it supports thousands of local jobs. When Ebola made headlines last year, it affected the tourism industry throughout Africa - even in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana - literally thousands of miles away. People in London and Paris lived closer to the outbreak than Tanzanians or Zambians. If you combine the USA, China, India, Europe and Japan – they all fit into Africa. In fact the USA fits into the African continent three times! The tourism sector has still not bounced back from the "Ebola Scare" and this means thousands of jobs lost, and also leaves wildlife in increasing peril from poachers (and American hunters).

Of course safety is a big concern for anyone planning a vacation, but Africa's reputation as an unsafe, poverty stricken destination is unfair for the vast majority of the continent. There are middle class people in every African country commuting to work every day, complaining about taxes and watching their kids play soccer every weekend.

Help Promote a Balanced View of Africa
  Diseases take millions of lives every year in Africa because the poor lack access to childhood immunization programs and basic health care, not because the continent is infested with scary illnesses.

The way many people perceive regular daily life in Africa is not even close to reality. If you can show your friends and family back home photos of people going about their daily business, market places filled with traders, and stalls piled high with food, you'll already be doing your job as "responsible traveler". Take videos of churches filled with song and kids running home for lunch in their smart school uniforms. Check out these "Myths and Misconceptions of Africa" and help try to dispel them!

Yes, there is lots of poverty in Africa, but that doesn't automatically mean there is misery. I've seen more smiling faces and genuine joy coming from barefooted children in Tanzania and Malawi, than from my kids classmates at school in the US. The key is to help promote a balanced view of Africa. If you happen to be in Rwanda's capital Kigali, of course the Genocide Memorial Museum will be a main attraction, but don't ignore the vitality you will feel in this pleasant, clean little city. Take a motorcycle taxi ride, head up to the hills and enjoy the views, it's all there.

Encourage Friends and Family to Visit Africa
Some destinations in Africa are easier to sell than others. The fine wines and world class restaurants in the beautiful Cape Winelands beats anything that Napa Valley or the Loire Valley has to offer. Pictures of the Serengeti, the Victoria Falls and other top destinations in Africa will make all your Facebook fans swoon with envy. Keep posting them.

Don't Be Afraid to Go to Africa
There are so many different vacations on offer in Africa, there will always be something to suit you. I have dozens of articles to help you plan your dream trip to Africa. You can also always contact me at anouk@africanportfolio.com if you are interested in booking a luxury safari. If you are a woman and concerned about traveling alone in Africa, read these tips. If you are unsure about traveling to a developing country, read these tips. If you are worried about the dangers of traveling in Africa, read these tips.


Did you know?

The world's second-largest continent after Asia, Africa is attached to Asia at its northeast Sinai corner by the 70-km wide Suez Canal

There are 54 countries in Africa, and a couple of disputed territories ( Western Sahara, Somaliland and Sahrawi Republic). 48 states are on the continent itself, while six are island nations>

Sudan is the largest country by area, with South Sudan Africa's newest country since achieving its independence on July 9,2011.

The smallest country in Africa is the Seychelles, its 453 square kilometres, but Gambia is the smallest of the African States on the mainland, with an area of 11,300 square kilometres.

Africa is the same length as its width. It measures approximately 7,500 km from South to North as well as from East to West.

The Sahara desert is over 10.4 million square kilometres and expands southwards at roughly 0.8 km a month

The highest mountain in Africa is Mount kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a dormant volcano.

The largest lake in Africa and the world's second largest fresh water lake is Lake Victoria which covers an area of 69,490 square kilometres.

The Nile is the longest river in the world, at 6,670 km long it winds from Uganda to Ethiopia, flowing through a total of nine countries. The Nile River touches Ethiopia, Zaire, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan, as well as Egypt.

The Namib Desert is the world's oldest, and the only desert in Africa where you can find elephant, lions, giraffes and rhinos.

Namibia's fish river canyon is the second-largest in the world.

Africa is the richest continent in terms of natural resources.


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