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Rwanda gets ready to welcome more safari guests from Tanzania

The Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, the endless views on tea plantations, the pretty hills and lakes, Intore dancing and traditional drummers, its people and its culture are among the additional features when extending a safari & beach holiday in Tanzania with a couple of days in Rwanda.

“The future of Rwanda’s tourism industry looks brighter” reported The New Times already in October. Statistics show that the country has now 4225 hotel rooms compared to 3438 last year, representing a record increase of 23 percent in the number of hotel rooms.

The expansion of Kigali Serena Hotel and Hotel Des Mille Collines have greatly boosted the number of rooms. The Onsea House owners familiarized with both hotels and witnessed today the finishing of the first phase of the extension and refurbhisment of Kigali Serena Hotel. The new swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam bath are fully functioning. The ultra modern 2 storey fitness centre and 44 new guestrooms will officially open next week.

The developments come at a time when Rwanda needs about 6,000 rooms by 2012 to accommodate the increasing number of tourists.

Also the new¬†RwandAir national airline gets ready to fly in more people with attractive flights from Kilimanjaro at US$ 190, which is not more than a flight to the Serengeti or Zanzibar. While flying a longer distance, the flight time is limited to just 1 hour thanks to the modern Canadair Regional Jet.¬
RwandAir has a code share agreement with Brussels Airlines on the Kigali РBrussels Sector, Ethiopian on the Kigali РAddis Ababa Sector. For connections into Tanzania, RwandAir flies to Kilimanjaro offering connections to the rest of the country in code share with Precisonair Tanzania Limited.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for further advise if you want to combine a stay at Onsea House in Arusha with a visit to Rwanda.

UN Secretary-General visits Arusha

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has touched down in South Africa on his first official visit to the country, beginning a trip that will also take him to Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Egypt.

On arrival Wednesday evening, Mr. Ban met with South Africa’s Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma and on Thursday will hold talks with President Kgalema Motlanthe and with United Nations staff.

The Secretary-General will then travel to Tanzania, one of the pilot countries for the reform programme known as “Delivering as One” that aims to coordinate all UN efforts on the ground.

He will hold discussions with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, as well as address the diplomatic and academic community in Dar es Salaam.

Mr. Ban is also due to fly over the receding ice cap of Mount Kilimanjaro on Friday on his way to the city of Arusha to visit the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on Friday afternoon 27 February 2009.

From Tanzania, the Secretary-General will head to the DRC where he will meet with President Joseph Kabila and others, moving on to Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, to visit Panzi Hospital, where victims of sexual violence are cared for.

Then, in the North Kivu provincial capital of Goma, he will meet with members of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) and with local authorities.

In Rwanda, Mr. Ban will meet with President Paul Kagame.

Finally, he will travel to the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he will participate in the 2 March meeting entitled, “International Conference in support of the Palestinian Economy, for the reconstruction of Gaza,” co-chaired by Egypt and Norway.