Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills has been ranked among the top Africa safari destinations to travel to in 2020 and among the top 30 globally by a ranking, Travel Lemming which recognizes trending destinations. Travel Lemming is a travel blog founded by Nate Hake, an American who has been travelling the world full-time since 2016. The site’s mission is to help highlight emerging and underappreciated destinations as a way to fight over-tourism. The annual awards were published this week on the site Travel Lemming which promotes emerging destinations around the world as a solution to over-tourism. It is famous for being home to the mountain gorillas that habit Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Tourists have travelled to visit these mountain gorillas in the wild by booking gorilla trek safaris in Rwanda during their Africa tours. Rwanda has for long been one of the top bucket lists destinations visited by Africa safari tour travellers. While most people go there for Rwanda gorilla safaris, Rwanda chimpanzee safaris, Rwanda wildlife safari tours, Rwanda birding safaris, hiking safaris in Rwanda, and Rwanda city tours, there are lots of other cultural heritage sites and experiences that people haven’t explored.
Winners were selected after voting by 30 of the most popular travel bloggers in the industry, who collectively sport more than 12 million followers on social media. Among the attributes that were listed by voters on why Rwanda was an ideal destination is growing connectivity via the national carrier RwandAir, safety and conservation efforts. “With the World Economic Forum recently naming it the safest country in Africa and RwandAir slated to open direct flights from JFK (New York) to Kigali, 2020 is the best year yet to travel to Rwanda. This East African pearl is changing the African travel narrative in so many ways.
“It will be exciting to visit Rwanda’s Kigali to see its amazing transformation and to see the conservation efforts at its national parks,” said Amarachi Ekekwe, one of the judges and the travel blogger behind Travel with a Pen.
Chief Tourism Officer of the Rwanda Development Board Belise Kariza recognized efforts of sector stakeholders in continuously improving Rwanda as a tourism destination. “Visit Rwanda shares this award with the community members, conservationists, tourism operators and hoteliers who contribute every day to making Rwanda a special place to visit,” she said.
In October, Rwanda featured on Forbes’ list of the 20 best places to visit in 2020. The exclusive list, drawn up based on sales and client aspirations, was made by travel agents of the Ovation Travel Group, a 35-year-old $1.4 billion travel company.
A month ago, Rwanda’s tourism brand, ‘Visit Rwanda’ won the top award for destination excellence in luxury and experiential travel at the 2019 Luxperience Awards in Sydney, Australia. Rwanda launched a campaign under their flagship brand; ‘Visit Rwanda’ that was presented with the award in the destination category at the opening ceremony of the travel trade show. Rwanda safaris/Rwanda tours are not for budget travellers.Rwanda safari/Rwanda tour activities are expensive especially mountain gorilla safari tours Rwanda whose permit costs $1500 compared to that of Uganda which costs only $900. The Luxperience Travel Trade Exhibition is a luxury Business event that connects the most innovative experiential tourism and premium events specialists in the travel market. The show is a considerable source market for leisure travel in Australia and Asia Pacific.
Speaking after receiving the award, Belise Kariza, the RDB Chief Tourism Officer said: “RDB is very pleased with the award given to Visit Rwanda. Rwanda’s tourism sector participation at Australia’s leading high-end travel show is a very good opportunity to tap into a key market of tourists. Australia is currently a key source market for Rwanda and they are high spenders. In terms of visits to trek the endangered mountain gorillas, Australians rank third after tourists from the USA and UK.”
Rwanda was showcasing its remarkable attractions for the second time as well as its opportunities in tourism and hospitality. Apart from the rolling hills, Rwanda has lots of attractions that wow travellers doing a tour in Rwanda like the mountain gorillas open for trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park and wildlife in Akagera National Park among others. You can interest yourself with a Kigali city tour rewarding yourself with the views of the cleanest and most organized society in East Africa. With all these attractions, the ball is always in your hand to decide to go for a gorilla trek safari Rwanda, a chimpanzee trekking tour in Rwanda, to go for a Kigali day tour, enjoy a Rwanda wildlife safari or relax at one of the lakes in Rwanda.
In attendance were the representatives from the Rwandan tourism industry, including tour and travel operators, accommodation establishments and RDB that is showcasing tourism offerings to an audience of about 7,000 people.
Visitors to the Rwanda stand are taken on an incredible journey as they discover Rwanda’s breath-taking scenery and landscape; eco-adventure tourism like gorilla trekking, nature walks, and birding; the booming hospitality sector; and the advent of world-class conferencing venues.