(eTN) – One of the world’s leading guide publications, Globe Spot, has named Rwanda as their top 6th global destination, the highest scoring African country in their top 10, with Mozambique in second place and Malawi in 9th position. This recognition will likely increase the spotlight on Rwanda and one of East Africa’s foremost adventure destinations as the diversification of the tourism products has now taken firm root.
Once known almost exclusively for gorilla tracking, the country now has widened the scope and offers spectacular bird watching, East Africa’s sole canopy walk deep inside Nyungwe Forest National Park, the Akagera savannah national park, and scenic hikes and cycling trails along the shores of Lake Kivu from Cyangugu via Kibuye to Gisenyi. That 227-km-long Congo Nile Trail traverses and passes forest, takes hikers into the hills above the lake and through tea and coffee country in what has been described as Africa’s safest way to explore rural Africa and encounter the rich culture and history of Rwanda on foot or by bike.
Tourism has recorded once again an increase this year over 2012, and when the books close this year, it is anticipated that growth in arrivals will stand at over 20 percent compared with 2011 and a corresponding rise in earnings, which would put the tourism industry once again on top of the economic performance list.
Notably, the Rwanda Development Board’s Tourism and Conservation Department has launched a special promotion in conjunction with RwandAir and the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, offering a 2-night, 3-day trip, where visitors can fly on RwandAir’s Dash 8 aircraft from Kigali to Cyangugu, Kamembe, and then stay at the fabulous 5-star Nyungwe Forest Lodge, meals and transfers included, plus, of course, a visit to the “Enchanted Forest” – Nyungwe – in several feature articles. All this is available through RDB’s Kigali office at a cost of only US$459 per person. This package is valid with immediate effect and will run until January 31, 2013, subject to terms and conditions and subject, of course, to space available at a preferred date.
For more information about the scenic beauty of “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” visit www.rwandatourism.com