Last month I went to Rwanda for my work. Not bad, I know. We were in Kigali to host a business plan competition and event for entrepreneurs and investors from all over Africa. Not only was this my first visit to Rwanda, it was my first trip to Africa as well. And although I was only there for a week, it was an unforgettable experience.
The event was a huge success and we worked our butts off. That’s why we planned a nice short getaway with the team afterwards. We rented a jeep and took off to Akagera National Park where we spent the weekend at Ruzizi Tented Lodge. In other words: we went glamping in the wild! This was something I’ve wanted to do for a while so I couldn’t be happier. Ruzizi Tented Lodge is an eco-camp that has about eight luxury safari tents and a cozy main area for eating and relaxing. But the best thing is probably the location: the lodge and the tents are all located next to Lake Ihema. We went up early to catch the sunrise over the lake, explored the park all day and spotted all sorts of animals, had lovely meals over at the lodge (while monkeys were pooping on our heads) and closed the day off with beers and games around the campfire and under a sky full of stars.
However, the best thing happened on our last night at the lodge; when we took off to our tents we saw something big moving in the bush. A hippo! During the night, they come out of the lake and start grazing next to the tents. I already heard one the night before, grunting like an angry pig next to my tent. Kind of scary. But now we saw one! With a big flashlight and one of the guards on our side, we were able to follow mr. hippo for a while. Luckily the hippos can’t harm you as the entire lodge is built on boardwalks. Important detail.
The event and meeting so many inspiring entrepreneurs from all over Africa, the weekend getaway with my colleagues, my first visit to Rwanda and Africa: it all made it a trip to never forget. I really hope to return to Rwanda sometime to see more of this beautiful country, also called ‘land of a thousand hills’, and to visit other regions in Africa as well.