5 things to do in Musanze ( excluding gorillas trek)

The northern province capital city is located two hours drive from Kigali. The journey up to Musanze passes through some stunning scenery and you will probably stop often to admire the famous thousands hills. And the beautiful postcard’s landscapes continue when you reach the city. On your right you can enjoy the view of  the volcanoes. They are all there just outside of the city, seeming close to you.  Sometimes they are hidden by the clouds, sometimes they are totally visible and it is just stunning. 

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La Locanda : the lovely guesthouse in Musanze

I heard about La Locanda  few months ago, and it is always with nice comments. So when I decided to visit Musanze, I couldn’t choose an other place to stay. And the rumor were true, La Locanda is a hidden gem where you feel at home and privileged with the care you receive from Alberto, the owner.  It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and you will really feel good there.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Calafia Café in Gisenyi

There is since one or two years now, a very nice place in Gisenyi. It is clearly a must-go when you are in town. Calafia café is a little gem . The atmosphere , the decoration, the coffee, the pastries, everything here is always perfect and delicious. The waiters are lovely. The cafe is located near Grande Barrière. It is a old house which has been « pimped » . The feeling when you arrive is that you are now in a little oasis.

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The Beach house in Gisenyi ( Airbnb )

I love Airbnb. When we arrived in 2014, this service was almost unavailable. Since then , hopefully for me, the offer has increased. What I love with Airbnb is to have the comfort of a home and this feeling that you live there… Even if it is for 3 days only. With kids it is really great, you can follow their rythm, they have more place to play and can make more noise. With friends also ( for the exactly same reasons 🙂 ).

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