When planning a world vacation, many travelers stick to the beaten path. Italy, France, Japan, Mexico…all beautiful, all worthy of visits, all magnificent and unique. But if you long for a destination whose path is less trodden by the masses, Uganda and Rwanda may be ideal for your next journey. While their pasts are mired in conflict, these nations are surging forward with renewed hope, and with a little help from Mother Nature.
1. Uganda is an epicurean dream
While other factors may have drawn you to Uganda, the food is certainly an unexpected – and delicious – perk of any visit. Source Café, on Main Street in Jinja, for instance, was founded with the goal of “Providing a space for locals and foreigners to connect over a meal.” And over coffee. A model of ethical business, Source Café is your source for delightful, light cuisine and equally delightful Ugandan culture and company. Other choices include the best Chinese in Uganda, at Fang Fang, and international cuisine at the Black Lantern. Try the spare ribs!
2. Kigali, Rwanda has a great arts scene
Kigali is the cultural heart of this country. Nestled amongst mountain peaks and valleys, the Rwandan capital presents a bustling cityscape. Prominent to any visitor are the many memorials commemorating the genocide that scourged Rwanda’s past. While paying homage to history, Kigali also builds its future with a thriving art and culture scene. There are theaters, museums, and an incredible diversity of talent.
Music is especially important to Kigali. Each year, it hosts Kigali Up, a fabulous festival that celebrates and promotes Rwandan artists and fosters collaboration with international artists and technicians. Festival-goers can enjoy traditional music, reggae, funk, blues, hip-hop, and other genres in fun, outdoor settings.
3. Uganda and Rwanda are thriving ecotourism destinations
Nature has provided these two African nations with glorious scenery and an abundance of wildlife. With a guide, visitors can watch magnificent, and massive, mountain gorillas from meters away or witness a family of chimpanzees at play. Beautiful national parks dot the landscape, as do herds of zebra and buffalo. Keep your eyes open as safari landscapes and lush rainforests allow a wide range of natural beauties to thrive.
Discover the beauty, both natural and manmade, that Uganda and Rwanda have to offer. You may be surprised at just how stunning these destinations are and how indelible their mark on your memory.