Optimism about Rwanda’s future and particularly the anticipated excitement in 2018, the world is looking forward to enjoying the benefits Rwandans are reaping. Efforts of conservation are finally paying off.
World travelers have listed and encouraged tourists to put Rwanda on their To-Vist list.
“Although most travelers head to this landlocked country to see the endangered mountain gorillas—a wildlife experience that is unlike any other—it is the resilient spirit of the people and the beauty of the landscapes that make so many vow to return. In fact, this central African country delivers an incredible amount of optimism and promise: two things that are too scarce in the world today. Twenty-three years after the horrifying genocide, Rwanda has emerged as a beacon of hope, and its positive progress is drawing everyone from luxury tour operators to world leaders and conservationists, all of whom are visiting to get a dose of inspiration. These days, guests can now experience a new level of comfort, as the first five-star lodge in Rwanda, Bisate Eco Lodge, opened in June. A Singitaproperty is in the works as well.”
—Melissa Bradley, founder, Indagare Travel
“After two decades off the radar, Rwanda couldn’t seem to stay out of the headlines this year. It’s hard to say which feeds the other: Newfound optimism for an economy on the rise, or a newfound interest in gorilla tourism. Kigali, its capital, has become something of a boomtown thanks to a wave of new hotels, restaurants, and open-air bars that are drawing increasing amounts of tourists. One of the year’s biggest hotel openings, Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate Eco Lodge, introduced a whole new level of luxury to the region: Its six thatched villas feature soaking tubs and sweeping views and sit less than 10 miles from Volcanoes National Park, which is home to half the world’s mountain gorilla population. (Two other openings, One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, are slated to open in late 2017 and 2018, respectively.) Despite Rwanda’s gorilla permit cost doubling from $750 to $1,500 a person last May, the experience of seeing these endangered creatures remains as sought-after as ever.”
—Clara Sedlak, executive editor, Jetsetter.
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