Make Rwanda your travel destination in 2021

As the world adapts to living with the COVID-19 pandemic, Rwanda has put in place health and safety measures and reopened its doors for tourists, offering safe and seamless experiences.

Some of the world’s leading travel websites have featured Rwanda among the safest countries you can visit this year and shared the many exciting things you can do while visiting the country.

Find out why Rwanda is ranked one of this year’s hottest travel destinations. Plan your trip and experience the best Mother Nature has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Rwanda receives Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2021 ‘Wildlife Program’ award

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 17, 2020) – Global travel authority Lonely Planet has today unveiled a radical reimagining of its much-awaited Best in Travel picks for 2021, reflecting an unprecedented year of disruption in the travel industry. For the first time, this year’s list spotlights not only places, but also people and communities. In 2021, Lonely Planet is looking ahead to the important changes taking place globally, from sustainability to diversity, and shining a light on the future of travel. This year, Rwanda has been singled out as one of the destinations transforming the travel industry, specifically as a winner in the Sustainability category.


Rwanda celebrates mountain gorilla conservation success by naming 24 baby gorillas on World Gorilla Day

Rwanda has celebrated this year’s World Gorilla Day by naming 24 baby mountain gorillas in a virtual celebration of the majestic endangered animals and the champions of conservation who protect them every day. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony, known as Kwita Izina, saw Rwandans, conservation partners, special guests and friends of Rwanda celebrate the occasion.

This year, the 24 baby mountain gorillas were named by staff who work in the gorilla’s natural habitat of Volcanoes National Park. They are the frontliners of conservation who protect and care for them and include park rangers, guides, wardens, trackers, porters and veterinary doctors. Arsenal first team players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin and Bernd Leno also joined the celebration by naming baby gorillas. 

World Gorilla Day marks the day that gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda in 1967. It is a day that encourages people around the globe to join conservation efforts to protect gorillas in the wild.


Rwanda receives global recognition for tourism safety

Rwanda is honored to be among the latest top tourist destinations to receive the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched recently by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The safety stamp means that Rwanda has adopted the global standardized health and hygiene protocols that were devised following the experience of WTTC members dealing with COVID19. They are also based on guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Rwanda is proud to adopt these global standards that re-establish traveler confidence. The country’s number one priority remains the health and well-being of visitors. Tourists are welcome for safe and memorable experiences – from seeing the Big 5 on safari, to trekking the magnificent mountain gorillas and numerous other primate species.


RDB launches digital application for Liberation History Tourism Trail

As the country celebrates its national liberation for the 26th time, the RDB has launched a Liberation History Tourism Trail digital app.

The Liberation History Tourism Trail was initiated in 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense and Rwanda Defence Force.

The trail as a tourism product, capitalizes on the growing demand for heritage and cultural offerings as well as global interest in Rwanda, its liberation story and post-genocide transformation.

The Liberation History Tourism Trail as a new heritage tourism product traces the route of the Rwanda Patriotic Army’s liberation struggle from October 1990 to July 4th 1994.


Rwanda - Your next luxury eco-tourism destination

Rwanda has quickly risen to the top of this year’s must-see destinations thanks to the country’s commitment to conservation and responsible tourism. At a time when travellers are becoming ever more discerning about how they spend their time and money, Rwanda is a rare example of how luxury eco-tourism is driving the country’s travel industry to great heights.



The   World   Health   Organization   (WHO)   has   declared   the   COVID-19   outbreak   as   a   public   health emergency of international concern.

In  response,  the  Government  of  Rwanda  has  established  a  multidisciplinary  team  led  by  the  Office  of the  Prime  Minister  in  conjunction  with,  among  others,  the  Ministries  of  Health,  Local  Government  and security  organs  to  strengthen  the  country’s  level  of  preparedness.  Increased  surveillance  measures  at all  points  of  entry  using  high-tech  equipment  and  medics  to  screen  and  check  travel  histories  of  all visitors, have been intensified.



On 4th December, 2019, Paris Saint- Germain (PSG) and Rwanda Development Board announced that Rwanda will be PSG’s Official Premium Partner for the next three years. This unique partnership with PSG will make Rwanda’s creative culture, innovative environment and Made in Rwanda products global.


Why You Should Visit Rwanda in 2020

Still debating where you should travel to this year? Some of the world’s leading travel sites have chosen Rwanda as your next destination for unforgettable and unique experiences in 2020. Find out why Rwanda is ranked one of this year’s hottest travel destinations and learn more about what you can do when visiting. See you soon!

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Visit Rwanda and RwandaAir Join Basketball Africa League as Official Partners

DAKAR, SENEGAL AND KIGALI, RWANDA, May 13, 2021 – The Basketball Africa League (BAL) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) today announced a multiyear partnership that makes “Visit Rwanda” – the country’s marketing and tourism initiative – a Founding and Host Partner of the inaugural BAL season taking place May 16-30 in Kigali.

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