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Why is Rwanda called the Switzerland of Africa?

Considered the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ due to its breathtaking mountainous landscapes, Rwanda is also home to the formidable mountain gorilla. Mountain gorillas can be found in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and certain areas of Uganda


Trekking Mountain Gorillas through the dense African forests is a magical experience. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda makes an excellent add-on to a Tanzanian or Kenyan safari, as the brief trek is easy to fit into a full itinerary. A gorilla visit can entail anything from an hour to several hours trekking through the forest, led by experienced trackers, ending with one full hour observing these incredible animals.


Situated in northwestern Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is one of the country’s most popular destinations. The rainforests of the 5 Virunga Volcanoes are the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla. The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere. Famous for the research base of Dian Fossey, the late American primatologist,  and, subsequently, as the setting for the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, the park continues to uphold its reputation as a destination for unrivaled wildlife encounters.

Paris Saint-Germain and Visit Rwanda Extend Partnership to 2025

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Visit Rwanda have extended their partnership through to 2025, following three successful years of collaboration. The partnership aims to spotlight Rwanda as a leading tourist and investment destination in Africa, while fostering cultural and creative synergies.

Despite pandemic-related challenges, Rwanda has successfully promoted its tourism sector, welcoming over a million international visitors and generating nearly half a billion dollars in 2022. The country aims to increase tourism revenues to 800 million dollars by 2025.

Since 2019, PSG and Visit Rwanda have launched impactful initiatives across various areas. PSG players and legendary former players have discovered Rwanda’s treasures through dedicated trips to the country. Visit Rwanda’s logo is prominently featured on the men’s team’s training and warm-up kits, and Rwanda’s finest tea and coffee are exclusively served at the PSG stadium.

The PSG Academy Rwanda, which opened in Huye in 2020, offers comprehensive PSG training to over 100 children, including beneficiaries of the club’s Foundation. The academy claimed victory in the boys’ U-13 category at the PSG Academy World Cup last year, marking Rwanda’s debut in the annual competition in Paris.

Rwanda Sees a Significant Rise in Female Business Ownership

According to a recent report by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), female ownership of individual businesses in Rwanda has seen a substantial increase in the last five years, reflecting a promising rise in women entrepreneurship in the country.

The annual RDB report reveals that female ownership of businesses surged from 27% in 2017 to 34% in 2022, signifying a trend towards a more balanced gender distribution in the private sector. In 2022 alone, at least one female company director was found in 39% of companies, underlining Rwanda’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in corporate leadership.

In the past year, 93,764 businesses were registered in the country, including 18,692 domestic companies, 74,779 individual enterprises, and 63 foreign companies. The report emphasized the considerable increase in female ownership of individual enterprises, which grew from 38% in 2017 to 50% in 2022. This striking growth underscores the critical role of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the business sector.

Where to stay in Rwanda

Try one of these popular and highly-rated Rwanda hotels


This eco-friendly camp opened in 2012, and is the first of its kind in Rwanda. A leisurely three hour drive from Kigali, it is situated in riverine forest on the banks of Rwanda’s second largest lake, Lake Ihema. The tranquil setting attracts a great variety of birds and animals, including hippo and African fish eagles.

There are seven tents, linked by raised wooden boardwalks. During the construction of the lodge the Akagera Management Company tried hard to keep as many of the trees as possible, so the camp has a deep forested feel to it. A large, wooden viewing-platform overlooking the lake benefits from the shade of a huge overhead fig tree and there is a fire pit to keep guests warm on cooler nights. This camp is recommended for family travel with children and carries no age restrictions. Malarial protection is advised, and the lodge is open all year round.

Food & service
Visitors report that the food on offer at Ruzizi is excellent, with varied fruits breakfasts and eggs cooked to order, generous packed lunches provided for wildlife trips and three course meals served in the evenings.

Each tent has an en suite bathroom with hot running water, which is entirely solar powered. In 2014 two additional tents were constructed, a VIP tent and a family tent, taking the maximum number of guests to twenty.


As well as trips for animal and bird viewing, other activities include night drives, sunrise breakfasts, braai (barbecues) and star spotting from the lakeside viewing platform.

An anti-poaching K9 unit, funded by the Rwanda Development Board, joined Akagera’s main anti-poaching unit three years ago in 2015. Used to track and restrain poachers in the park, the dogs and their handlers are helping to keep poaching levels at a record low in the park.

Akagera’s staff numbers have tripled in the last eight years, with almost all new recruits coming from local communities.

The Rwanda Development Board’s revenue sharing programme sees 5% of the total revenue generated by its three national parks (Akagera, Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks) shared with local communities. Those living in the areas surrounding Akagera receive an excellent 30% of these shared revenues.

Environmental educational awareness sessions are regularly held in the park, with over 1,300 students from schools visiting Akagera each year, alongside local leaders and educators.

Furthermore, the Special Guarantee Fund exists to compensate community members that suffer losses because of human-wildlife conflict.

The Retreat is a first-rate boutique hotel in the heart of Kigali and has been called one of the world’s top new hotels by both Town & Country and the New York Times. Notably, it is also the city’s first properly eco-friendly destination.


Tucked away on a quiet street near Kigali city Centre, The Retreat offers 20 luxury villas of various descriptions attractively arranged among leafy grounds threaded through with marble walkways and centering on a shared saltwater swimming pool. There are two restaurants, a partly open-air gym, a yoga and meditation room, and a spa. The décor throughout is equal parts contemporary style and Rwandan tradition, with much of the furniture sourced from a Tanzanian sustainable teak farm.

Food & service
Food, drinks and service are all excellent at The Retreat. There are two restaurants: Fusion, located within the site itself, features a Swahili-inspired bar and serves an international menu with a farm-to-table emphasis, while Heaven is reached via a short stairway and offers an innovative spin on African culinary tradition. Visitors often comment on the friendliness and commitment of the staff here.

There are 20 suites to choose from at The Retreat, the original 11 nearly doubled in 2018 due to demand. Luxury Pool Villas are the largest and most luxurious option, each with private solar-heated saltwater plunge pools, front and back gardens, living room area and deck; Super King Suites, the smallest option, still have front and rear patios, private back terrace and both indoor and outdoor showers. All accommodations are stylishly decorated with splashes of local colour and feature English handmade organic mattresses and luxury toiletries. Amenities include everything one would expect from a high-end hotel.

Owned and operated by Heaven’s American owners, The Retreat also has a sister company called Heaven Tours that offers a range of activities in and around Kigali, from culinary city tours to gorilla safaris.

The Retreat is Kigali’s first resort with a truly eco-friendly ethos, powered by solar electricity and working hard to ensure the ethical provenance of all materials. It’s also worth noting that the Heaven organisation has made a significant contribution to the development of high-quality hospitality training in Rwanda.


Set in a eucalyptus forest at the base of the Virunga Volcano Range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is a strikingly unique accommodation which thrives on adventure-based activities.


Rwanda‘s only 5 star hotel outside of Kigali, Lake Kivu Serena offers itself up as a first class piece of accommodation. Located in Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu, it possesses, in the nearby Virungu volcanoes and in the lake itself, one of the finest settings any hotel could hope for.


Bisate Lodge, the latest offering from Wilderness Safaris, is located on the southern border of Volcanoes National Park, and perfectly situated for access to the Park’s gorilla and golden monkey population. The word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, which refers to the volcano’s natural erosion.