To travel, or not to travel. I kept asking myself if we were doing the right thing hosting a FAM trip to Rwanda and Kenya during a pandemic. Feedback from friends and colleagues in the industry was 50/50, but now that I have traveled, I know it was the right decision.

Travel is our profession, and the industry has been decimated over the past year. Unfortunately, it is not going to get any easier any time soon. We need to support the industry and show our clients that it is safe to travel responsibly. And wow, Rwanda has got it right!

From the time I stepped off my direct flight from Cape Town to Kigali (Rwanda Air operates 3 flights a week from Cape Town via Harare to Kigali), I knew that I was in good hands with our partners on the ground. The efficiency at Kigali International Airport was amazing to see. I was out of the airport within 20-minutes, which included a mandatory COVID-19 test. Incredible!

The Retreat by Heaven, Kigali

Drive to the Volcanoes National Park

Our first stop was The Retreat, a 20-room luxury 5-star boutique hotel set in the vibrant heart of Kigali. The travel advisors on our FAM-trip had all arrived direct on KLM from Amsterdam. All our flights were empty, which allowed for easy social distancing while flying. It was here at this leafy, tranquil spot that we all quarantined in our beautiful suites until we received the results of our COVID-19 tests done on arrival.

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