I have been blessed to visit different parts of this country (Rwanda) although I haven’t yet been everywhere. From my travels around, I can safely say that Karongi District is the most beautiful part of Rwanda.
Karongi is so beautiful that you often feel like you are inside a fine piece of art by just being there. I have been to Karongi more than once but each time feels fresh as I am always awe-struck by the unapologetic beauty this place effortlessly exudes. The sight of calm lake waters a few metres from the road as you drive around serve like a strip tease session before you finally make it to your destination.
Karongi is more of a holiday destination. The kind of place you head to when you really want to relax, lay down and take in love away from any stress or noise. It is the kind of destination I would recommend for a honeymoon for anyone.
Rwanda Development Board has elaborate investment plans for this area that local and foreign investors ought to embrace. The plan is to develop Karongi into a prime holiday resort with beautiful hotels and cottages for those looking for a serene place. Investors willing to invest in the tourism sector in this part of Rwanda can expect government subsidies.
We visited a new hotel under construction and it was quite obvious that it is not easy to invest in some of these places given the hilly terrain and absence of major infrastructural amenities. However, this is all set to change as investors can now be assured of government support to extend piped water and electricity to their sites. Investments don’t have to be just in terms of new hotels but all related services like water transport along the lake.
On their part, tourism operators need to up their game, especially when it comes to customer care, because people are paying for experiences and it is your duty to make them worthwhile experiences. The tendency of paying staff peanuts and having them pass on their frustration to your clients is no way to do business. Pay them well and train them to handle customers in the best way possible.
Ultimately all these investors need the support of domestic tourists. Why fly to far off places outside Rwanda for your honeymoon when you can go to Karongi and use all the money you would have spent on visas and air tickets to have another drink or another boat ride as you spend more days enjoying the natural beauty of Rwanda in a place where this beauty is concentrated.
Sources: original article by Allan Brian Ssenyonga