Karenge Bush Camp : glamping à l’Akagera

En Kinyarwanda, le mot Karenge signifie petites empreintes et c’est tout le concept de cet éco-lodge éphémère qui s’installe au milieu de la savane deux fois par an pour quelques semaines : ne laisser aucune trace lorsqu’il sera démonté et donc ne pas impacter l’environnement merveilleux où il est installé temporairement . Situé au nord du parc de l’Akagera, le Karenge Bush camp vous offre l’opporunité de camper dans un certain confort tout en étant au beau milieu du bush. C’est une expérience merveilleuse et unique.

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Paradis Kivu Resort in Gisenyi

If you know Gisenyi, you know the emblematic Paradis Malahide. Since few months, the owner of this hotel has opened a new one,  called Paradis Kivu Resort. You will recognize the design style but here it is with a little bit more of luxury. Located after the Bralirwa, near the Congo Nile Trail , Kivu Paradis is a little gem on the shore of Lake Kivu . When you arrive, you will walk to a little path surrounded by luxuriant plants and flowers to join the lobby of the hotel. You will immediately feel all the serenity and calm this place has to offer.

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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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Koko Club : the kids friendly café in Kigali.

Founded by parents, the concept behind Koko Club was to have a space where kids can play together safely, while parent can chill with good and healthy food. The place is awesome and with my family, it is clearly our new Sunday ‘s spot.

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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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