Are you planning a trip to Akagera National Park? Do you have an itch to go to the Eastern Province of Rwanda but don’t know much about this side of the country? We’ve got you covered. You can plan your whole next trip with confidence and discover hidden gems in Rwanda in this blog post!
First and foremost… coffee breaks! There are two social businesses that sell coffee to give you a boost of energy on the drive to Akagera. The first stop is the Imigongo Arts Center in Kayonza. Their mission is to innovate Imigongo art-making as a way add to the efforts of creating jobs for the youth and women in rural Rwanda. You can stop by for coffee and lemon muffins, or stay a little longer and take the Imigongo experience class and learn how to make a local art with talented Rwandans!
Next up on the road to Akagera is the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center, a local favorite! The center was built to provide a safe environment and dedicate facilities where women could learn, build new skills, and operate businesses that directly contribute to the local communities. Their cafe is on the main road and they sell homemade organic yogurt and delicious coffee. Next door they have a store with artisanal goods made by the women at the center. If you are looking for a place to stop for awhile, they also have a wonderful eco-lodge and offer unique cultural experiences such as craft demonstrations, farm tours, town tours, and a coffee trail tour. They even have a gathering space for events and a restaurant in the back overlooking the rolling hills. We highly recommend stopping here and spending some time with these incredible women!
Safe journey on your travels and enjoy all the goodies on the way to Akagera!