The new route, which starts on 26 May, is RwandAir’s first flight to Europe and its second long-haul destination. With tourism as a top industry in the country, Rwanda has been drawing in travellers with a range of attractions, perhaps most importantly, its beautiful national parks and the animals that inhabit them. In addition, new luxury nature resorts are opening at a time when the country is returning animal species into their natural habitats.
This month, after 10 years of absence, black rhinos have been brought into Akagera National Park to help restore the animals’ population. The endangered animal saw its numbers decimated by poaching and now there are strong efforts to reintroduce species back into the park.
In addition, new accommodation options are opening for travellers looking for a bit of luxury while still getting close to the wilderness. Two new nature resorts are opening in Rwanda from One&Only, a Dubai-based luxury resort company with properties around the world.
One&Only Nyungwe House is located near Nyungwe Forest National Park in Gisakura, a working tea plantation. The Nyungwe Forest is thought to be one of the oldest forests in Africa and is home to many primate species. Guests will be able to explore the national park and see the animals that live there, like chimpanzees and colobus monkeys.
The company is also opening the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, located near the village of Kingi, in the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range near Volcanoes National Park. There, guests will be able to see the habitat of the endangered mountain gorillas – a key attraction in Rwanda. There are only hundreds of the gorillas left worldwide and half live in the Virunga Mountains. According to the company, the new accommodations will “honour the location and natural elements will be woven throughout the resort”.