Ibaba : embroidery made in Rwanda

Last week, I visited the Ibaba workshop in Rutongo and was totally amazed. I placed a customized order few weeks ago for a friend of mine who is expecting her first baby and I decided to go to the workshop to take my order instead of waiting in Kigali. I already knew their products but seeing the ladies behind the wonderful embroideries was so great.

Ibaba Rwanda is a social enterprise empowering women with a beautiful story. During the seventies, in Rutongo, Belgian nuns started to teach embroidery to help young women from the village . After the training, they could start working in the workshop earning a salary and adding an income for their families. This great initiative represented for many years a great source of empowerment for women of Rutongo . The women of Rutongo had an incredible expertise in embroidery and they were known beyond Rwanda’s borders. Having an embroidered piece from them was a must.

Lire la Suite

Visit Diani Beach

Diani Beach is a major beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, it is located 30 kilometers south of Mombasa. It can be reached directly by plane, but from Kigali it was easy to have a flight to Mombasa , and then using the ferry and road to arrive at this small paradise .

This town was just a fishing place 40 years ago, but in the 70s when tourists wishing to come to Africa found Kenya the ideal place, as there was so much strife and problems in other African countries and it was the beginning of a touristic boom.  Hotels were built along the  coast road, which was at that time  a dusty road.  Since then Diani has continued to expend without losing its charm and simple atmosphere. You will not feel that you are in a very touristic area if you avoid the big hotels.

Lire la Suite

Staycation at Park Inn by Radisson in Kigali

During the last two years, few new international hotels opened in Kigali. Park Inn by Radisson is one of them. Of course, people are generally more focusing on Radisson Blu linked to the Convention Center, but the little brother Park inn should not be ignored. With cheaper rate, it could be your next staycation option !

Lire la Suite

3 foodie spots in Nairobi

Nairobi is definitely a food spot. This city is a mix of different cultures and you can feel it in the food scene . I didn’t have the opportunity to try a lot during my 48H-stay but these 3 places really worth a visit! 

The Tin roof café

There is so much things to say about this little place in the suburb of Nairobi. The old fashioned atmosphere is lovely. Metal chairs with floral cushions, comfy couch, old pictures framed on the wall, everything is inviting.

Lire la Suite

Boho Eatery

Located in the very residential area of Karen, Boho Eatery will offer you a lovely and serene space for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The place was well recommended and was totally worth the trip. Beautiful setting in a big and luxurious garden, with a lovely patio. You totally understand the name when you arrive there : a lovely bohemian atmosphere is the best way to describe the place.

Lire la Suite

Bright and beautiful apartment in Nairobi ( Airbnb )

Nairobi is a beautiful and vibrant city. If you have the possibility to do a citytrip , you definitely should! Even if you are going on  safari in Magical Kenya, take some time for Nairobi : you will not regret it!

There is plenty hotels, but I am a airbnb addict. I love the idea to have a place for my own, to enjoy the city as a local for few days and following my rythm.

Lire la Suite

Affordable Bed&Breakfast in Kigali : Inside Afrika boutique hotel

Rwanda, and its capital Kigali, are known as an expensive destination, but affordable and budget friendly hotels exist. Inside Afrika is one of them.

Located in Kiyovu, a residential neighbourhood in Kigali, this hotel is a secret gem with nice rooms, good breakfast , a swimming pool and a beautiful view of the city. They do not offer bar or restaurant services, but Kiyovu is a lively neighborhood wth several restaurants and bars.

Lire la Suite

Visit Rwanda !

I love this short video . In about 8 minutes , you will have a nice preview of why Rwanda worth a trip! For Enjoy and see you soon in Rwanda !

Cette courte vidéo est vraiment magnifique. Si vous hésitez encore à ajouter le Rwanda à votre liste de voyages, prenez 8 minutes pour regarder ça ! À bientôt, au Rwanda !

Video by MammothMedia.tv

Made in Rwanda : Sonia Mugabo

Sonia Mugabo is a young talented fashion designer. Over the past few years, her brand has become immensely successful. Sonia has a knack for bringing out the best in women and materials. Feminine and slightly vintage, her successive collections are different but they share a capacity to exalt our femininity. Her boutique is located next door to her workshop where her dressmakers are able to customize any outfit, to create one for you or simply to alter a piece of clothing from the shop.

Lire la Suite

Casa Keza : Tapas bar in Kigali

A little touch of Andalusia, beautiful blue painted walls, comfy seating inside or in the garden, Casa Keza is one of the recent addition of the Kigali food scene. Located in Kacyiru, this little restaurant is a must go. Open all day long, you will find coffee, breakfast ,tapas and fast wifi.
Lire la Suite