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Akagera Aviation Introduces Scheduled Helicopter Flights
Starting 1st July 2019, Akagera Aviation will operate scheduled helicopter flights to Volcanoes, Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks as follows:
Kigali – Nyungwe ETD 10.00 / Monday & Wednesday only
Nyungwe – Kigali ETD 11.00 / Monday & Wednesday only
Kigali – Akagera ETD 13.30 / Daily
Akagera – Kigali ETD 14.45 / Daily
Kigali – Volcanoes ETD 15.15 / Daily
Volcanoes – Kigali ETD 16.30 / Daily
There is no minimum number of pax per booking. Their largest helicopter seats 5 pax.
Closure of Nyungwe Canopy Walkway
The Nyungwe Canopy Walkway has been temporarily closed for routine maintenance. We shall communicate its re-opening date in due course.
Your 2019 East Africa Aspirational Travel Destinations
The holiday season may be over but it is never too early to start considering potential travel destinations for 2019. We have come up with four impressive, off-the-beaten track locations that you will definitely want to include in your travel list.
1) Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania
Located on the south western shores of Lake Victoria. Rubondo Island National Park is Africa's largest island national park. Three quarters of the park comprises equatorial forest, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the rare sitatunga. A visit to Rubondo offers the intrepid traveler the opportunity to go on a chimp habituation adventure as well as a chance to venture into the unexplored corners of the island by canoe or boat. Catch-and-release fishing is a fun activity as is watching the dazzling array of birds and butterflies which call the island home. Accommodation at the island can only be at the Rubondo Island Camp.
2) Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Akagera National Park lies north east of Rwanda, a short three hour drive from Kigali, the country's capital. The park comprises a remarkable number of habitats, from rolling hills of acacia bush to swamp-fringed lakes and thick forest. After many years of absence, lions were introduced back to the park in 2015 as were 20 eastern black rhino. Not to be missed is the magical sunset boat ride on Lake Ihema amid grunting hippos and basking crocodiles! Akagera is a great addition to a gorilla tracking adventure at Volcanoes National Park. Stay at the Ruzizi Tented Lodge or at the soon-to-open Magashi Camp.
3) Meru National Park, Kenya
Teeming with lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, among other species, Meru National Park is perhaps Kenya's most stunning yet under-rated national park. Once a celebrated game park, made famous by Born Free, a book and film on lion lover George Adamson's life, Meru went off the radar due to massive poaching in the '80s. The park is back to its flourishing ways with a thriving rhino sanctuary and more diversity in animal species than any other park in Kenya. Your stay will be at the elegant Elsa's Kopje lodge.
4) Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Popularly referred to as the Mountains of the Moon, Rwenzori is a rugged mountain range comprising over 25 peaks including Mt Margherita, Africa's third highest peak. With its rich and unusual flora comprising giant heathers and lobellas, as well as impressive glaciers and waterfalls, Rwenzori is one of Africa's most beautiful alpine destinations. Hiking the mountains is an experience like no other. As you ascend, you come across various biospheres each with its unique flora and fauna, and after 4,500 metres, the glacier adds a wondrous element to the atmosphere.
RwandAir flights to the US
On May 29th 2018, US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a permit that allowed RwandAir to fly to the United States through a code-share agreement operated by a duly authorized air carrier. This is an important step as the airline awaits approval for direct flights between Kigali and the US expected to take place after an audit by the FAA scheduled for September 2018.
OPENING SOON: Magashi Camp, Akagera National Park
Situated in the north-eastern part of Akagera National Park overlooking Lake Rwanyakzinga, Magashi Camp is a six room classic tented camp due to be opened in mid-December 2018. Akagera, Rwanda’s only savannah park, hosts a wide range of wildlife including all of the Big Five as well as over 500 species of birds. It is located only 2½ hours drive from Kigali and combines well with Volcanoes National Park for a great Rwanda safari experience.
OPENING SOON: Singita Kwitonda Lodge
Luxury brand Singita has announced plans to open a new lodge in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, home to a third of the world's population of mountain gorillas. Scheduled to open on 05 August 2019, Singita Kwitonda Lodge is set on the edge of the park with beautiful views of Sabyinyo, Gahiga and Muhabura volcanoes. It will feature 7 one-bedroom suites, a two-bedroom suite and a four-bedroom villa.The lodge is a 3.5 hour drive from the capital Kigali.
Abercrombie & Kent Opens Rwanda Office
We are extremely pleased to announce the opening of our latest office in Kigali, Rwanda. This new office is our 10th in sub-Saharan Africa and 53rd in the world.
Rwanda is famed for its thrilling gorilla tracking on northern volcanic slopes crinkled with lush valleys. Yet, there's an awful lot more to this beautiful, wonderfully friendly central Africa state. From startlingly tranquil lakes to misty rainforest and rolling grass plains, the country dubbed 'The Land of a Thousand Hills' is a landlocked jewel. From the lush forest and bamboo of Parc National des Volcans, that hosts seven families of gorillas to the Nyungwe National Park, a mist-swaddled rain forest which is alive with 13 species of primate and 300 species of birds including the strange and exquisite Rwenzori Turaco; from the rolling plains of the Akagera National Park to Lake Kivu's ribbon of startlingly blue water ringed by white sand, Rwanda is destination worth visiting.
Our tour consultants are an experienced lot with a deep understanding of Rwanda what your clients are looking for from this amazing and surprising country.
Contact us to plan an amazing Rwanda itinerary for your clients today!
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