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Dates set for Uganda’s debut gorilla festival

By Gilbert Mwijuke Uganda will hold its debut gorilla festival on October 6-8 at the foothill of the Virunga Mountain range in Kisoro district. Organised by the Mgahinga Cultural and Crafts Centre, the three-day festival is expected to attract over 200 attendees from within the country and abroad, including conservationists, tourism industry players and domestic and international tourists. According to ...

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Paramotoring: Rwanda’s newest tourism experience

The Rwanda Development Board, in partnership with the Rwanda Flying Club and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, is set to add paramotoring (powered paragliding) to its adventure tourism offerings. Paramotoring is a form of paragliding where the pilot wears a motor on his or her back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using an adapted paraglider or paramotor wing. ...

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Rwanda launches new tourism product: mountain biking

Following the launch of mountain biking and cycle tourism, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is inviting cyclists, both local and foreign, to enjoy the world class trails across the country. Tourists can now enjoy riding on 11 different trails across the country. The trails, which are a combined distance of 760 Km and give cyclists a chance to discover Rwanda anew, are found ...

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Collin Sekajugo returns with bigger plans for Ivuka Art Center

By Joseph Ondiek When historians finally compile the history of contemporary post-genocide art movement in Rwanda, Collin Sekajugo’s name will be engraved somewhere in bold gold letters. Born in 1980 in Uganda, Collin Sekajugo has etched his name in the annals of history as the father of contemporary art in Rwanda, through his Ivuka Art Center that he established in ...

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New initiative wants students to take active part in conservation

By Joseph Ondiek Ask any tourism industry player and they will tell you education is a critical aspect of environmental conservation. It’s in this regard that Red Rocks Cultural Center, based in Nyakinama village, Musanze district established Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development early this year, and among its key objectives is to promote conservation through education. According to Greg ...

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Visit Rwanda-Arsenal deal causes mixed reactions – at home and abroad

By Our Writer On May 23, the Rwanda Development Board announced that Rwanda had inked a three-year sponsorship deal with Arsenal FC to promote tourism and sports in the country. Arsenal is among the giants of British football and does not only have a fervent following in the country but also across the globe. But while many are optimistic that ...

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Tourism promotion will better the lives of Rwandans, says RDB

The Arsenal Football Club partnership with Visit Rwanda is part of Rwanda’s long-term tourism development and conservation strategy that is grounded in Vision 2050 and EDPRS II. As part of this strategy Rwanda has upgraded its conference and hospitality infrastructure, transport networks, tourist attractions and conservation policies. Rwanda is today ranked third most popular destination in Africa for hosting international meetings and events by ...

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Rwanda partners with Arsenal to boost tourism

Rwanda is to become the official tourism partner of Arsenal and the Premier League football club’s first ever shirt sleeve partner. The three-year partnership will see the new “Visit Rwanda” logo featured on the left sleeve of all first team, under-23 and Arsenal Women’s matches from the new season this August. The deal will among others highlight Rwanda’s tourism offerings such as the National Parks, ...

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Common myths and stereotypes about Africa and Africans

By Evelyn Masaba Africa is a beautiful continent full of warm, receptive people from the many different, easily accessible countries. And most countries, unlike what you see in the media, are very safe — apart from the very few turbulent regions. Yet, unless you have been to or were raised in Africa, you will not realise how wonderful the continent ...

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Impressions of Nyanza

By Gilbert Mwijuke Nyanza is a town with colourful history. It became Rwanda’s first capital city in 1889 during King Huyi V Musinga’s reign and was home to the monarchy for many years until 1959 when an uprising deposed the king and brought the epoch of the Nyiginya Dynasty to an end. It is as well that today, the town ...

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