Wolfgang Thome: The curious Traveller

It’s Travel Tuesday and today our Curious Wanderer is Wolfgang Thome. He is the Chief Correspondent for Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean region at eTurboNews Inc. He also runs a blog on Aviation, Tourism & Conservation news from Eastern Africa & the Indian Ocean islands https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/. He is the ultimate curious wanderer although he calls Uganda home. Share our story:

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Go Africa: Rwanda Could Be Africa’s Cleanest Country Thanks to “Umuganda”

Three months ago, I discovered this most curious Rwandan practice called “Umuganda”, which loosely translates as “working together”. According to Rwandapedia “Close to 80 percent of Rwandans take part in monthly community work.” While the city council is largely responsible for the clean Kigali streets, citizens are conscious about keeping their respective property and areas clean. As a Kenyan who […]

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Rwandan police ‘lock people up to keep city clean’

Rwandan police are arbitrarily detaining vulnerable people picked up on the streets of the capital, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The US-based campaign group says Kigali’s reputation for being tidy comes at a price. HRW says it has documented the illegal detention of thousands, including street children and sex workers.Rwanda’s Justice Minister Johnston Busingye denied there were unofficial detention […]

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African Open Skies:East Africa to lead the way as KQ and RwandAir set to benefit

By LILIAN OCHIENG Kenya is among four countries grafting a new aviation plan that could hand the ailing national carrier a new lease of life. Other countries are Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. The four countries, which initially broke away from the East Africa Community to form the Northern Corridor Summit, are on the verge of concluding talks to form […]

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East African Visa already thriving

Tourism players in East Africa discussing the benefits of the Single Tourist Visa Deal in Kigali, Rwanda.

By Peter Muiruri NAIROBI: Since East Africa’s single tourist visa was launched in February last year, 4,000 visas have been issued. This is a month-on-month improvement from an average of 156 visas sold in the 10 months to December last year, to 305 this year. With the visa, foreigners can visit attractions in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on paying a […]

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Kenya sends Lions to Akagera national park,Rwanda

by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome With all logistics in place now at the African Parks’ managed Akagera National Park in Rwanda will 8 lions from Kenya next month make the journey to the land of a thousand hills, restoring the realm of the Lion King. In the past were the indigenous lion populations in and around Akagera wiped out […]

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Women own most city Land in Kigali, Rwanda

Women now own the highest number of registered plots in the city, according to new figures from the department of Lands and Mapping. Statistics show that women either own land either as individuals or in equal partnership with their husbands—a development that counters archaic cultural norms that previously denied women the right to own land.  A report presented Friday, during […]

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Rwanda: 20 years after the genocide, a nation emerges from the shadows

The last time I saw Byishimo and Impano, they were stuck to their mother’s breasts like a fluffy black bikini. Proud and protective, their mother had barged out of a bush, almost pushing past me as her babies clung on with tiny, doll-like hands, before disappearing into the thicket as quickly as they’d emerged. Just three months old, those babies […]

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Rwanda to attend travel fairs in West Africa

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome When the Rwandan business community participate in the upcoming regional trade fair in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, it will be one of several they will attend across the year in West Africa. Aided by regular flights from national airline RwandAir, which now flies to Brazzaville and Libreville, Lagos and Accra and will launch flights […]

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