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How eco-friendly is your hotel?

By Evelyn Masaba Eco-friendly is a term that can be loosely translated as when human beings engage in activities that do not harm the environment. With recent studies indicating that the climate change process has already begun, it is important that we look for ways to conserve our environment and not accelerate global warming. Going green does not literally mean ...

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Top birds for birdwatchers in Uganda

By Evelyn Masaba From the savannahs of the Kidepo to the deep forests of the Mabira right through the impenetrable Bwindi forest and to the top of Wagagai, the variety of bird species in Uganda is undeniable. Located within the tropics, Uganda has one of the most conducive weather for bird habitation, making it easy for several species to thrive ...

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What you need to know about the mountain gorilla, Africa’s most revered ape

By Evelyn Masaba One of the most revered attractions in Africa, especially in east and central Africa, is the critically endangered mountain gorilla. In fact, these iconic apes are ranked among the top three attractions preferred by tourists visiting Africa. Mountain gorillas reside in only two locations in the world: Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga massif — a ...

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Why conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is so crucial

By Our Writer There are currently about 900 mountain gorillas in total around the world. These critically endangered species can only be found in the Virunga chain of volcanic mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Around half of them live in Rwanda, which is why conservation in this area is so crucial. They reside in ...

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RwandAir enables Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB cards for online tickets payments

RwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda, has announced that it has enabled Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB credit cards for online tickets payments. The four payment methods are adding up to the existing SmartCash, VISA and Master cards. The airline’s Internet Booking Engine (IBE) also allows payment by Mpesa, the mobile-phone based money transfer service. This is part of RwandAir’s ...

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Kigali to host inaugural Africa Health Forum

For the first time, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is convening a meeting of global leaders and thinkers to explore Africa’s healthcare priorities and challenges and find new ways to achieve better health for all. The Africa Health Forum will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 and 28 June 2017. Organised under the theme: “Putting People First: The ...

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Rwanda introduces tourism operating licenses

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has officially announced the introduction of a tourism operating license to support the regulation of tourism entities. The law regulating the tourism industry in Rwanda officially came into force on 28 July 2014, while ministerial orders regulating tourism business operating licenses and the grading of tourism entities came into effect on 3 October 2016. Both ...

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From Kigali, the Africa Carbon Forum now heads to Benin

Key stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and civil society from Africa and beyond are set to meet next week in Cotonou, Benin, to take forward collaborative climate action for sustainable development in the region. At the 9th Africa Carbon Forum, being held in Benin from 28-30 June, participants will focus on how to strengthen cooperation between government and ...

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The Ritz-Carlton takes to the sea – first luxury hotel brand to offer bespoke yacht experiences

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea. Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality ...

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Rwanda launches Kwita Izina 2017 activities

The Rwanda Development Board has today launched Kwita Izina 2017 activities ahead of the event slated for September 1, kick-starting the World Tourism Month. This year marks the 13th edition of the annual flagship event in conservation that brings together conservation enthusiasts from all over the world to celebrate Rwanda’s success in protecting an endangered species. The theme of this ...

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