CGG Experience: Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda

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Feb 1 - 8, 2022
Group size: 4 - 999
CGG Experience: Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda

Connecting Growth Globally
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Feb 1 - 8, 2022
Group size: 4 - 999

About this trip

Challenge and change your perspective. Rwanda's story is fascinating. It's a model for countries in Africa and across the world. The best way to understand Rwanda and its future? Through its people. 


WE HOPE TO RESUME OUR RWANDA TRIP IN 2022--STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS. Join us for 7 days/6 nights in Kigali to connect to a dynamic and changing Rwanda. See for yourself why Rwanda is a trailblazer. You'll convene with business leaders, visit leading education organizations, and enjoy the food, beauty, art, and history of Kigali. Scroll below to see the sample itinerary.


Jodi Morris leads this unique CGG Experience to connect us to the economic and cultural beat of Rwanda. We meet entrepreneurs and leaders who illustrate their country’s economic and social trajectory. Specialized experiences help us better understand culture and history. We do all this as a small, curious-minded community

Rwanda

Rwanda. It's known for coffee, gorillas and a genocide past told through Hotel Rwanda.. 


Kigali is not what most expect from a major African capital. When I first visited, I walked around wondering Where Am I? But the world is discovering this small, landlocked, country of nearly 13 million people that's executing on its big vision for itself. Kigali is called The Most Inviting City in Africa. Whether in technology, healthcare, hospitality, entrepreneurship or gender equality, the citizens of Rwanda are proud to share their vision--for their life, family, and country.

 

Through this unique experience, you'll personally participate in the Rwanda success story. Your learnings will be the most practical and memorable souvenirs. But don't leave too soon--we encourage you to take advantage of only-in-Rwanda excursions, including Rwanda's famed gorilla trekking.

Important Trip Details

- Group size is limited to 10 to create a community-building experience. 

- Per Person Trip Cost for 7 days/6 nights lodging, transportation, meals and beverages, excursions and tips: $XXXX (double occupancy) / $XXXX (single occupancy). Additional excursions are optional, but highly encouraged.

- Additional Tax-Deductible Donation of $500 USD (per person) to Akilah Institute required as part of trip registration.

- Pre and Post-Trip Travel Planning Services can be provided by Go Kigali Tours. Contact Muzamiru Kiyaga at gokigalimuzamiru@gmail.com.

- To Learn More, contact trip leader Jodi Morris (Jodi@ConnectingGrowthGlobally.com)

Reservation & Cancellation Policy

To reserve your spot, make a $1000 USD non-refundable trip deposit. You'll receive a confirmation upon receipt of payment. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip.


CANCELLATION POLICY

We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. For cancellations made more than 60 days prior to the trip, we will gladly reimburse you, less your non-refundable initial trip deposit.  Any cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the trip will incur the full 100% cancellation fee.  We always recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which typically covers trip cancellation fees. For more information, see Connecting Growth Globally - Terms & Conditions.

More Info (Visas, Vaccines, Insurance)

Visas

In order to enter Rwanda, you will need a valid passport with at least two blank pages and six months validity remaining at time of entry. Most travelers can receive a visa upon arrival. A tourist visa is $50 USD for one month, single entry (Entry Visa V-1). The East African Tourist Visa, which is $100 USD, grants you 90-day multiple entry access to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. You can pay in cash or by credit card.


We highly encourage U.S. travelers to register with the U.S. Government Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) by visiting the STEP website and to review the U.S. Department of State Rwanda Overview.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:  Rwanda is currently closed to foreign visitors. For more information, please see updates from the WHO Africa and the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda.


Medical Recommendations and Immunization Information

All trip participants should visit their doctor at least 4-6 weeks in advance of their departure date. Malaria is present, but not common in Kigali. Participants should ask their doctor for recommendations about malaria pills and other travel medications and immunizations. It is best to travel with all of the medicines you need. However, most medications can be purchased over the counter from the city’s many pharmacies. When in country, tap water is not safe--drink only bottled water.


For more information on immunizations either recommended or needed for travel to Rwanda, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.


Travel Insurance

We recommend that participants purchase travel insurance, or ensure their regular insurance plans cover travel-related illnesses and injuries. Insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. All participants are requested to provide insurance information prior to travel. We strongly recommended you also obtain coverage for trip cancellation, interruption, curtailment, and for personal property. 


International SOS offers membership to a complete network of travel assistance including travel advice, medical assistance overseas, and a global ‘911’ service including emergency medical evacuation. Sign up at least one day in advance of your trip. Membership is generally under $15 USD/day. Other recommended providers include World Nomads, Redpoint Resolutions and AIG Travel Guard®.

Money

  • Credit cards are widely accepted in Kigali.
  • The maximum amount of Rwandan Francs you can withdraw per transaction at an ATM is 200,000 RWF (about $240 USD) and most machines will allow two withdrawals of 200,000 RWF.
  • You can withdraw USD from KCB ATMs scattered around town ($500 USD maximum per withdrawal).
  • If you bring USD to use during travel make sure all bills are newer than 2006.

Phone & Internet

  • There are three main telecom companies in Rwanda: MTN, Tigo and Airtel. MTN is known as the best; however, expect connections to be weaker especially for data.
  • You can purchase a 3G SIM card for 1,000 RWF ($1.25 USD) as well as airtime scratch cards from street vendors all over town.
  • You can also set up monthly post-paid plans to get data packages – for 1.5GB of data per day you pay around $25 USD per month; however, you’ll need to bring your passport with you to the telecoms shop.

Weather

  • The weather in Kigali is remarkably constant throughout the year. Days hover around 70 Fahrenheit (20 Celsius) and nighttime temperatures are only slightly colder.
  • There is a rainy season from March until the end of May though the weather can certainly be beautiful during this time.

Safety & Transportation

  • Kigali's a safe city but always be aware of your belongings, especially when in public transportation, markets or in downtown areas.
  • The most common transportation in Kigali is motorcycle taxis (locally known as motos).  We don’t recommend taking motos for safety reasons, but if you do we strongly recommend using SafeMotos. Their Android and iOS apps allow you to order a safe driver right to your door with safer helmets for riders. 
  • The easiest place to find a taxi is in a hotel. Don’t rely on hailing a cab from the street.
  • For a taxi to or from the airport expect to pay between 10,000 and 15,000 RWF ($12 to $18 USD).

Basic Facts

  • Kigali is about 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level.
  • The national language is Kinyarwanda. However, many people also speak English (younger generations) or French (older generations).
  • The population of Rwanda about 13 million.  
  • The president of the country is His Excellency President Paul Kagame.

For more information, see Practical Information from www.VisitRwanda.com


What’s included

  • Hotels
    Six nights at Onomo Hotel Kigali (or equivalent)
  • Airport Transfer Arrival
    Transfer from Kigali International Airport to ONOMO Hotel Kigali upon arrival.
  • Meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner each full day, with dinner-only on the first day and breakfast-only on the final day. Dinners include wine, beer and other beverages. Water to be provided throughout.
  • Transportation
    All inter-city group transportation.
  • Entrance Fees & Tours
    Entrance fees, tours and tips included.
  • International Airfare
  • Passport & Visa Fees
  • Airport Transfer Depart
    Airport transfer at departure to be arranged by participants directly, based on individual schedules..

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
only 1 left

Double occupancy is for two people and will typically include 2 beds, unless one is preferred.

$1
Single Occupancy
only 1 left

Single occupancy is for one person and will typically include one bed.

$1
OPTIONAL - Gorilla Trekking

Book Separately. Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas are located 2.5 hours outside of Kigali. With an estimated less than 900 of them left worldwide, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit. Go Kigali Tours offers a one-day Gorilla Trekking. If you have interest in multiple days, combining with a safari or in other excursions in Rwanda or East Africa, please contact Muzamiru Kiyaga at Go Kigali at gokigalimuzamiru@gmail.com.

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OPTIONAL - Safari

Book Separately. Less than a 3-hour drive from Kigali, Akagera National Park is home to the "Big Five." Animals to be seen include giraffe, zebra, elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, rhino, antelopes, buffalo and hundreds of bird species. Go Kigali Tours offers a one-day Safari. If you have interest in multiple days, combining with gorilla trekking or in other excursions in Rwanda or East Africa, please contact Muzamiru Kiyaga at Go Kigali at gokigalimuzamiru@gmail.com.

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Itinerary

Monday
Welcome Reception & Dinner

Welcome to Rwanda! Upon transfer from Kigali International Airport to the Onomo Hotel Kigali you'll immediately see why Kigali is often noted as the cleanest and safest city in Africa. Enjoy the day at your leisure, talking a walk or simply enjoying the comforts of ONOMO, a 10 year old African hotel brand that proudly emphasizes "Africa's Finest" in their materials, decor, and food and drinks. The main level indoor/outdoor space with an infinity pool and mountain views will lure you.

We invite you to meet on the outdoor deck at 5:00pm for a welcome drink before we depart for our opening dinner at one of the most beautiful restaurants in Kigali, Brachetto.


Your Organizer


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Connecting Growth Globally
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Connecting Growth Globally is all about seeing the inspiration, connections, and contradictions in the world. We are global leaders who explore differently and invite others to join. Because we know global experiences change your perspective. Jodi Morris is the founder of Connecting Growth Globally. She works as an advisor to impactful organizations, a success coach to motivated individuals, and a curator of one-of-a-kind global CGG experiences. More about Jodi: http://www.connectinggrowthglobally.com/my-story/

Reviews

I had been to Santa Fe many times over many years, but Jodi assembled an entirely different experience that provided a more substantive understanding of the history, workings, and aspirations of this vibrant city. She brought together engaging local experts on a variety of topical subjects to provide fuller appreciation of what we were seeing. Her enthusiasm, her attention to detail, and the gracious hospitality that she and her husband extended to the group resulted in a rare camaraderie and a thoroughly delightful experience.
By Rita C for CGG Experience: Santa Fe "The City Different" on 17 Sep, 2021
Wow: a life changing trip! Jodi and Bob were impeccable and thoughtful hosts, we ate like royalty, laughed our heads off and had the most amazing insider experiences. Remarkably, our group instantly got along because everyone was kind, funny, intelligent and inquisitive. The best review that I can share is I'm 100% in on Jodi's next trip! Can't wait!
By Jennifer M for CGG Experience: Santa Fe "The City Different" on 07 Sep, 2021
As a second-time traveler with Connecting Growth Globally, I can tell you that Jodi Morris does not disappoint with her newly created, Santa Fe experience. Having traveled to Tanzania in 2019 with Jodi, she applies her creative format to learn and go deep to experience the true local level, while staying true to her mission to connect and elevate people, internationally and domestically. The experiences and wonderful conversations shared by our fabulous Santa Fe group (the Fab 9!) included amazing culinary experiences to chatting with Charlie, the nuclear physicist, and his lovely wife Janet at a lovely, relaxed dinner! What a milestone moment that was in my life. Although no two trips will ever be exactly the same, I really like the idea of a one-of-a-kind experience and wish Jodi well on all upcoming newly, crafted trips! I'm ready to pack my bags again!
By Pam S for CGG Experience: Santa Fe "The City Different" on 07 Sep, 2021
This trip was absolutely amazing and wonderful in every way. Jodi Morris organized this with such thoughtfulness and incredible attention to detail. The theme that wove it all together was storytelling and how the uniqueness of Santa Fe is present in all these stories. We met with so many people who are engaged in the Santa Fe community in a variety of ways- from food to art, to history to economic development. We also experienced the incredible food of Santa Fe in so many ways. Jodi created a truly unique experience for all of us. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I would come back to Santa Fe in a minute- and will most definitely sign up for future Connecting Growth Globally trips. Thank you Jodi for all you did to make this an unforgettable experience for all of us.
By Karen H for CGG Experience: Santa Fe "The City Different" on 01 Sep, 2021
The trip was fabulous! We did quite a lot in a week, but felt like we had a nice balance between planned activities and moments of downtime for reflection. All of the experiences were thoughtfully crafted to make the most of everyone's time and each experience added to the collective experience. It was a well-rounded trip with approaching Cambodia from a lens on the future. I now have a better understanding of the potential of the country and the many ways both NGOs and small local businesses are working together to make the future bright. Conversation and shared experiences have led to hopefully lifelong friendships.
By Heidi H for CGG Experience: Cambodia on 03 Mar, 2020
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