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A unique Christmas getaway in Rwanda

9 months ago, 16 Dec 20:11

By: Jean-pierre Afadh ...

With the Christmas and end-of year holidays here with us again, there is much to look forward to, especially as everyone seems to have time to unwind and have fun. For those in the region and beyond seeking something different this season, Rwanda is the perfect holiday destination. The country’s climate and topography offer a unique getaway both in the city of Kigali and major towns, with various interesting experiences to suit all holiday demands. Kigali, being the commercial hub of the country, has social hangouts to cater for every budget. The, restaurants and bars tend to be niche, meaning there is a something for everyone. For a taste of exquisite food, for example, the Pili Pili Bistro Lounge and Restaurant in Kibagabaga neighbourhood is famous for its seafood, steak and pizza. The bistro’s poolside bar offers a relaxing ambience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rwanda, like most African countries, has a culture of meat roasting. Master Grill restaurant is famous for its nyamachoma and roast chicken. Located at Kisimenti in Remera, the menu offers grilled mutton for as low as Rwf2,500 ($3) per serving, while drinks range from between Rwf1,000,($1) and Rwf 5,000, ($6) for local and international beers and wines. Inka Steak House, a quiet restaurant located at KG 605 Street, specialises in roast meat and seafood. Their flame grilled barbecue costs Rwf10,500 ($12) served with roasted plantain (a country speciality) and creamed spinach. Cultural sites Over the past 20 years, Rwanda has developed its cultural and heritage tourism as the country recorded increased visitor arrivals. This has now become a major part of the travel and tourism experience, where visitors learn about the country in relaxed but educational tours. In Kigali, under the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, is the Natural History Museum, at Kandt House in Nyarugenge. Located in downtown Kigali, it serves as Rwanda’s botanical and mining centre. Visitors get to learn about the country’s rare minerals, plants and animals. The fees are Rwf6,000 ($7) for non-residents, while residents pay Rwf5,000 ($6). Nationals pay Rwf1,500 ($1.8) and East Africans Rwf3,000, ($3). Iby’iwacu Cultural Village is a unique cultural getaway. Located in Kinigi, Ruhengeri district, the centre was specifically established to show off the country’s culture in one stop. Visitors can get to experience Rwandan tradition first hand — from the traditional grass thatched buildings, to live traditional music performances by a troupe of drummers and dancers. Outside Kigali, Musanze district in Northern Province is a popular destination with holiday makers with its numerous hills and valleys formed by the country’s volcanic topography. The Fatima Hotel especially offers a beautiful view of the scenery from its rooftop relaxing area. From here ,one can camp and hike while enjoying being one with nature. Red Rocks Cultural Centre in the same district is a unique cultural destination offering lodgings for Rwf25,000 ($6) per room, and tents for as low as Rwf8,500 ($10), food from Rwf1,500, ($1), while drinks range between Rwf500 ($0.6) and ...
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A unique Christmas getaway in Rwanda

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By: Jean-pierre Afadh ...
With the Christmas and end-of year holidays here with us again, there is much to look forward to, especially as everyone seems to have time to unwind and have fun. For those in the region and beyond seeking something different this season, Rwanda is the perfect holiday destination. The country’s climate and topography offer a unique getaway both in the city of Kigali and major towns, with various interesting experiences to suit all holiday demands. Kigali, being the commercial hub of the country, has social hangouts to cater for every budget. The, restaurants and bars tend to be niche, meaning there is a something for everyone. For a taste of exquisite food, for example, the Pili Pili Bistro Lounge and Restaurant in Kibagabaga neighbourhood is famous for its seafood, steak and pizza. The bistro’s poolside bar offers a relaxing ambience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rwanda, like most African countries, has a culture of meat roasting. Master Grill restaurant is famous for its nyamachoma and roast chicken. Located at Kisimenti in Remera, the menu offers grilled mutton for as low as Rwf2,500 ($3) per serving, while drinks range from between Rwf1,000,($1) and Rwf 5,000, ($6) for local and international beers and wines. Inka Steak House, a quiet restaurant located at KG 605 Street, specialises in roast meat and seafood. Their flame grilled barbecue costs Rwf10,500 ($12) served with roasted plantain (a country speciality) and creamed spinach. Cultural sites Over the past 20 years, Rwanda has developed its cultural and heritage tourism as the country recorded increased visitor arrivals. This has now become a major part of the travel and tourism experience, where visitors learn about the country in relaxed but educational tours. In Kigali, under the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, is the Natural History Museum, at Kandt House in Nyarugenge. Located in downtown Kigali, it serves as Rwanda’s botanical and mining centre. Visitors get to learn about the country’s rare minerals, plants and animals. The fees are Rwf6,000 ($7) for non-residents, while residents pay Rwf5,000 ($6). Nationals pay Rwf1,500 ($1.8) and East Africans Rwf3,000, ($3). Iby’iwacu Cultural Village is a unique cultural getaway. Located in Kinigi, Ruhengeri district, the centre was specifically established to show off the country’s culture in one stop. Visitors can get to experience Rwandan tradition first hand — from the traditional grass thatched buildings, to live traditional music performances by a troupe of drummers and dancers. Outside Kigali, Musanze district in Northern Province is a popular destination with holiday makers with its numerous hills and valleys formed by the country’s volcanic topography. The Fatima Hotel especially offers a beautiful view of the scenery from its rooftop relaxing area. From here ,one can camp and hike while enjoying being one with nature. Red Rocks Cultural Centre in the same district is a unique cultural destination offering lodgings for Rwf25,000 ($6) per room, and tents for as low as Rwf8,500 ($10), food from Rwf1,500, ($1), while drinks range between Rwf500 ($0.6) and ...
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