Kigali, Rwanda.

16 - 19 November, 2021






About This Event

To show the overriding role of coffee in the socio-economic development of Africa, the Heads of State of 11 African coffee producing countries, namely Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo (RDC), Côte d'Ivoire, Dahomey (Benin), Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, Tanganyika (Tanzania), met on 7 December 1960 in Antananarivo, Madagascar, and resolved to create the Inter-African Coffee Organisation (IACO).

Shortly after its creation, all the African coffee producing countries become members of IACO, realising the significance of united actions against the challenges facing the African coffee industry, including processing and marketing.

Today, IACO is an intergovernmental organisation comprising the following 25 African coffee producing countries: Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Rwanda is privileged to host the 61st Inter-African Coffee organisation event starting from the 16th to the 19th November 2021. This meeting will provide the Rwanda Coffee Industry a unique opportunity to not only market its coffee but discuss and find different solutions to the important issues that coffee producers face. The event is a platform for member states and relevant delegates to voice their concerns on the many issues threatening the coffee sector.

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Kigali, Rwanda

Date & Time

16 - 19 November 2021


The Annual meetings will be held at the Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda. Kigali is the Capital city of Rwanda with a population of 1.2 million inhabitants. The City is one of the cleanest and safest place to live in Africa. It also boasts of many nice hotels and restaurants to cater for a discerning traveler.

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Tuesday,16th November, 2021


Time Meeting Open To Agenda
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM Official Opening of IACO`S 61st Annual meetings Venue: MH1, MH2 & MH3 Rwandan Government Officials, Officials from IACO Member States, Members and Associate Members of ACRN, Diplomatic Corps, Invited Guests, Observers, Businessmen operating in Coffee Sector, Members of ACRAM and AFCA, Private Sector Participants, General Public..

Welcome remarks:

  • IACO Chairperson
  • IACO Secretary General


  • ICO
  • Private Sector
  • AUC

Keynote address:

  • H.E Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and IACO Patron
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM FAMILY PHOTO
12:00 AM - 13:30 PM High level Policy Forum Venue:AD10 Ministers and Senior Officials from IACO Member States
13:30 PM - 15:30 AM LUNCH
15:00 AM - 16:30 AM ACRN Coordinating Committee Venue: AD10 IACO Members, ACRN Members, ACRN Associate Members, Partners and Observers
  • Adoption of the Agenda
  • Presentation and adoption of the Report of the Coordinating Committee meeting held in Nairobi Kenya on the 29th of November 2019
  • Presentation and Adoption of the Report of the Production Committee held during the 2020 Annual Meetings
  • Presentation of ACRN Activity Report for October 2019-September 2021
  • Presentation of ACRN Work Plan October 2021- September 2023
  • Presentation of the ACRN Financial Report
  • AOB
15:00 AM - 16:30 AM Promotion and Market Development Committee Venue: AD11 IACO Members, Partners and Observers
  • Adoption of the Agenda
  • Presentation and Adoption of the Report of the Promotion and Market Development Committee held during the 2020 Annual Meetings
  • Presentation of 2020/2021 Activity report
  • Presentation of 2021/2022 work Plan Presentation of the Coffee Market Review
  • AOB
16:30 AM - 18:00 AM ACRN General Assembly Venue:AD10 IACO Members, ACRN Members, ACRN Associate Members, Partners and Observers
  • Presentation and adoption of the Report of the 13th General Assembly
  • Report of ACRN Coordinating Committee (oral report)
  • AOB
16:30 AM - 18:00 AM Consultative Group Venue: AD11 IACO Members, Partners and Observers
  • Adoption of the Agenda
  • Presentation and Adoption of the Report of the Consultative Group held during the 2020 AGA
  • Distribution of Votes
  • A.O.B

Wednesday, 17th November 2021


Time CAT Meeting Open To Agenda
Theme of the 9th African Coffee Symposium: Strengthening the coffee value chain for sustainable development of the economy and improved living incomes of African producers
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Improve value-addition and promote domestic consumption of African coffee

Venue:MH1, MH2 & MH3

Rwandan Government Officials, Officials from IACO Member States, Members and Associate Members of ACRN, Diplomatic Corps, Invited Guests, Observers, Businessmen operating in Coffee Sector, Members of ACRAM and AFCA, Private Sector Participants, General Public.

Moderator: Dr. Morris AKIRI, Regional Director, CABI-Africa, Kenya


  • Ms. Raissa IKUZWE, CEO & Founder, INO Coffee Series
  • Dr Frederick KAWUMA, African Coffee Ambassador, Uganda
  • Mr. Amir HAMZA, Chairman and CEO of Amir Hamza (T) Limited, Tanzania
  • Mr Mithat KARAKUNDAKOGLU, Toper representative
11:00 AM- 11:30 AM COFFEE BREAK
11:30 AM - 13:30 PM


Improve the financing of the African coffee sector

(Objective:Understanding the funding nneeds of the coffee sector in Africa)

Venue: MH1, MH2 & MH3
Rwandan Government Officials, Officials from IACO Member States, Members and Associate Members of ACRN, Diplomatic Corps, Invited Guests, Observers, Businessmen operating in Coffee Sector, Members of ACRAM and AFCA, Private Sector Participants, General Public.

Moderator: Dr. Emmanuel IYAMULEMYE, Managing Director, UCDA, Uganda


  • Mr Jean Claude ILIBONEYE, Head of Business Development, BRD
  • Dr Denis SEUDIEU, Chief Economist, ICO, London
  • Mr Selva KUMAR, Resident Representative, Indian Eximbank, Cote DÍvoire
  • Mr Nicholas MUDUNGWE, Programme Officer, ITC, Switzerland
13:30 PM - 14:00 PM Summary of the Symposium discussions and recommendations, and closing remarks for the symposium
12:30 PM - 13:00 PM LUNCH
15:30 PM - 18:30 PM Finance Committee Venue: AD12 Members of the Finance Committee (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda, Togo)
  • Adoption of the Agenda
  • Adoption of the Report and Matters arising from Finance Committee Meeting during the 2020 Annual Meetings
  • Presentation of the 2020-2021 Activity Report of the General Secretariat
  • Presentation of the 2021/2022 Work Plan of the General Secretariat
  • Presentation of the 2020-2021 Financial Report of the General Secretariat
  • Presentation of the 2020-2021 Audit Report
  • Presentation of the 2021-2022 Draft Budget
  • AOB

Friday, 19th November 2021

Tour of Kigali city (guest depart at will or other activities (City Tour, Memorial visit etc…))

Thursday, 18th November 2021



Time Meeting Open To Agenda
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM REGISTRATION
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Board of Directors

Venue:MH1, MH2 & MH3
Members of the Board of Directors (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Togo, Uganda)
  • Adoption of the Agenda
  • Adoption of the Report and Matters arising from the Board of Directors meeting held during the 2020 Annual Meetings
  • Reports from the Technical Committees
  • AOB
12:00 AM - 13:30 PM LUNCH
13:30 AM - 16:00 PM

61st Annual General Assembly of IACO And Closing Ceremony

Venue: MH1, MH2 & MH3
Representatives of the Rwandan Government Officials, Officials from IACO Member States, Members and Associate Members of ACRN, Diplomatic Corps, Invited Guests, Observers, Businessmen operating in Coffee Sector, Members of ACRAM and AFCA, Private Sector participants, General Public
  • Credentials
  • Presentation and adoption of the Report and the Resolutions of the 2020 General Assembly
  • Presentation on the status of the African Coffee industry
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  • Approval of the Action Plan and Budget for 2021/2022
  • Oral Report of the Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of IACO for 2021/2022
  • Date and venue of next Annual Meetings
  • Presentation of Resolutions of the 61st General Assembly
  • Vote of Thanks




ACCESSIBILITY Kigali International Airport (KGL) is conveniently situated only 18 min (7.7 km) via KN 5 Rd minutes from Kigali Convention Cenre

TRAVEL TO KIGALI Kigali International Airport (KGL) is the primary airport into Rwanda and the main gateway for International travels. Major airlines that fly into Rwanda are: Brussels Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and RwandAir, operating from Kigali as our hub at the heart of Africa. It’s also well reputed for an excellent on time performance, reaches out to twenty-six cities in Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Please check with your ticket agent for flight options. For passengers arriving in Kigali International Airport (KGL), the entry immigration process will be done upon arrival at the airport


From 1 Jan 2018, Citizens of all countries are allowed to get visas upon arrival without prior application.

Citizens of countries members to the following international organizations; African Union, Commonwealth and La Francophonie get visa upon arrival and are waived visa fees for a visit of 30 days

Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Comoros, Congo, Cyprus, Dominica, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Gabon, Grenada, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Kiribati, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Maldive, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Principality of Andorra, Romania, Republic of Macedonia, Saharawi Republic, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, The Bahamas, The Gambia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

A citizen of East African Community Member States (Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, and South Sudan) shall be issued a pass/entry visa-free of charge upon arrival to stay for the period of six months.

The following countries to be granted 90 days valid visa free of charge upon arrival: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore, and the state Qatar.

Citizens of all countries that all not visa-exempt have also the option to submit applications online or at the Rwanda Diplomatic Missions of the country of residence before departure. Those applying online have the option to pay online or upon arrival. There is no single affiliated Agent that is authorized to apply for a visa on your behalf. Such Agents may mislead you and charges more than the required visa fees.

The visa fees must not exceed 50 USD for a single entry visa or 70 USD for multiple entries.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS - Following the Government of Rwanda guidelines on COVID-19, a guest will be picked from the airport by their booked quarantine hotel.A representative of the hotel will be at the airport with the names of the guest to take them.
All guests traveling to Rwanda will need to book a government listed hotel and fill out a passenger locator form.
For more information click here: https://travel.rbc.gov.rw/travel/.
  • Ensure your complete registration details are up to date by November 14th 2021, via online registration portal: https://iaco.smartevent.rw/register.html
  • For participants who wish to cover their own ground transport and airport transfers, it may cost about 20 USD between the Airport and the Hotel of their choice.

COVID-19 Security Protocols

- All Participants will be required to take a PCR test before leaving the country, in accordance with the COVID-19 protocol guidelines of their destination country. - It is mandatory for all incoming passengers to Rwanda to fill the Rwanda Passenger Locator Form. The form can be reach by using the following link https://rbc.gov.rw

The following are requirements to complete the Passenger Locator Form:

- Your passport information - Your travel details, including times and dates (Flight details) - Negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure - Destination (reserved Hotel or anywhere you are staying)

NB: Negociated hotels on this platform are part of the designated hotels.

- Fully vaccinated travelers, are no longer required to quarantine hours at a designated quarantine hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test taken immediately after arrival at the airport.

Prevention and control

- Before entering the Conference venue, COVID-19 screenings will be carried out for all participants and organizers. - New surgical masks will be distributed to the participants during the day. In all circumstances and for all participants and organizers, wearing a mask is compulsory. - A participant who does not wear a mask should / will not be admitted to the Conference premises. Therefore, at each entry, designated staff will explain to all participants the best way to put on, use, remove and discard a mask, in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health organisation. - In the event of a suspected case during the demonstration, participants are asked to contact the COVID-19 emergency number of the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) by calling 114.

Sanitary measures and barriers

- It is mandatory to wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizers. At the entrance, the conference venue has all the necessary equipment for participants to disinfect their hands. - Hand sanitizers will also be installed at the entrance to each room.
ACCOMMODATION DETAILS - National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) proposes the following accommodation options. - Please visit : smartbookings.com
GENERAL INFORMATION - National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) proposes the following accommodation options. - Forum Languages: Interpretation from English to French, and vice versa, will be provided. - Security: Please keep your badge visible during all the IACO 2021 Annual Meetings and social events. - Insurance: The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) will provide emergency medical attention at the venue. However, it is recommended that all participants secure appropriate travel and health insurance for the coverage of any medical care during their stay in Rwanda. The organizers do not provide any such coverage and accept no responsibility in this regard. - Climate: The weather in November in Kigali is pleasant and sunny, approximately ranging from a low temperature of 15o C to a high temperature of 26o C. - Currency: The legal tender in Rwanda is Franc Rwandais (Frw). VISA and MASTERCARD debit and credit cards are widely accepted. Foreign currency can be exchanged at Banks and foreign Exchange Bureaus. Hotels may also accept payment in foreign currency. Market exchange rate by 23rd August 2021 was Frw 1,008/USD. - Electricity: 220 / 230 V AC 50 Hz. Round pin wall sockets are used. If you are from a country with different voltage and pin sockets, we recommend bringing adaptors with you. - Mobile network operators: The dialing code for Rwanda is +250. There is a number of mobile phone companies operating in Rwanda, but the main are MTN and Airtel Tigo. WIFI is available at the conference venue and all major hotels. - Emergency services: The emergency service phone number is 112 for Police and 912 for Medical

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Rwanda Key Facts

Time Zone: Central African Time (CAT) – GMT +2 hours Size: 26,338 square kilometers Population: 11,78 million Capital.....
City: Kigali Major Economic Sectors: Tourism, mining and agriculture Local Currency: Rwandan Franc Foreign Currencies: All major currencies are accepted Local Language: Kinyarwanda Official Language: Kinyarwanda, English, French and Swahili President: H.E. Paul KAGAME Telephone Country Code: +250 (Telecommunication is among the best in Africa) ICT: High speed 4G LTE wireless broadband Climate: Temperate all year round (24 – 27 degrees Celsius) making Rwanda an ideal destination year-round. Read more

Visit Rwanda

KIGALI: Facts about the host city The gateway city to the land of a thousand hills, Kigali is Rwanda’s rapidly growing capital city and the most important business center in the country. Founded in 1907 as a small colonial outpost with limited linkage to the outside world, it has grown into a modern metropolis – the heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and one of the safest and cleanest capital cities on the African continent. Before heading out on one of Rwanda’s wonderful travel adventures captured in the ‘Get Around’ section, you will be thrilled to explore one of our many speckled restaurants, coffee shops and nightlife options. A haven for all things arts and culture, we have listed a range of craft, fashion, art and souvenir shops for you to explore. We invite you to enjoy the best of what our city has to offer.


The “Land of a Thousand Hills” compact size is no secret: This means minimised travel time that allows visitors to take in the verdant greens of the countryside while getting acquainted with many of Rwanda’s natural and cultural attractions. Take advantage of our pre and post tour offerings & discover Remarkable Rwanda, one hill at a time, tailored to your requirements from day trips to overnight stays or as long as your time will allow.

Museums and Memorials

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The people of Rwanda embrace peace and reconciliation. They are committed to fight the ideology of genocide. ... in memory of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Inaugurated on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the Kigali Genocide Memorial is where 259,000 victims have been buried. This memorial also serves to educate about genocide in the 20th Century. Read more
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A small museum in Kigali City lies at the site of the massacre of 10 Belgian UN Blue Berets..... At the onset of Genocide under the command of General Dallaire, they were deployed to guard the house of the then Prime Minister Agatha Uwilingiyimana. When the genocide began, Presidential Guard soldiers invaded the home, disarmed the Belgians and transported them to Camp Kigali where they killed them. Read more
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Located in the Parliamentary building, this museum depicts in details how the Campaign Against Genocide Plan was executed by Rwanda Patriotic Front/Army (RPF/A) following the withdrawal..... of UN troops leaving the targeted Tutsi under the mercy of the Genocidaires and how only the RPF/A forces who were in the war of liberation took the unilateral decision to stop Genocide, Rescue victims of Genocide and defeat the Genocidal forces. Read more

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Located in 4 kilometers from Kigali International Airport, the Rwanda Art Museum displays contemporary..... artworks produced by both Rwandan and International artists. Served as the presidential palace, you can visit the remains of the Falcon 60 presidential jet that are housed in a walled garden on the property. Read more

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Vision City

Located in Kigali’s uptown neighborhood of Gaculiro only 6 kms from downtown, Vision City is a creation of futuristic neighbor hoods catering to the modern needs of homebuyers...... This tour showcases Kigali’s newest state-of-the- art housing development, with unobstructed views of the beautiful rolling hills of Kigali, including parks, luxury villas, town houses and modern apartments. The City is envisioned to have a total of 4,500 housing units which will be completed in four phases with the first phase nearing completion. In addition to residential housing, the city has a town centre that will serve as the commercial hub for residents with Wi-f i connectivity, commercial and retail facilities, and a three-star hotel. Read more

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Your Tour Operator can tailor-make a full or multiple day/overnight tour taking in a combination of any of the following attractions: Note:......

-- Some of these, particularly Nyungwe National Park, can only be done as overnight / two night packages.

-- Keep in mind that all of Rwanda observes Umuganda (community service) on the last Saturday of every month. During the hours of 8am-12am, there is no driving and shops are not open. Some tourist activities are allowed. There are projects to be found in which you can participate.

Please be aware that there is a limited number of permits for Gorilla and Chimpanzee excursions, so it is advised to plan well in advance.

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Rwanda has one of the highest bird counts on the continent with over 700 species including almost 30 known as Albertine Rift Endemic....... Early morning bird watching excursions can be arranged at Nyarutarama Lake bordering the Golf Course in Kigali.

Further afield as a half- day or full day option is the Rugezi marshland. The site hosts rare and endemic species, for example Grauer’s Rush Warbler and the highest population of the Grey Crowned Crane of Rwanda. Another half day excursion can be to Akanyaru and Nyabarongo wetlands, two sites declared Important Birding Areas by Birdlife International.

At the Murago wetland and lakes of Bugesera you may be lucky to spot interesting species such as the Lesser Jacana and Purple Swamphen. All three of the national parks are important for a serious bird expedition – Volcanoes NP boasts 165 species with 17 endemic; Nyungwe NP 310 species with 26 endemic and Akagera NP over 525 species and home to the elusive Shoebill Stork.

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Located in Musanze, this village shows some aspects of Rwanda’s ancient ways and supports the local community, some of whom were once poachers. Here you will see a traditional healer, a black smith; grind sorghum, shoot arrows after being greeted by traditional Intore dancers and drummers.
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The Azizi Life Experience begins in Muhanga district an hour from Kigali. With an interpreter, you will experience daily village life with the community partaking in activities such as: collecting water, cutting grass, basket weaving, making bricks, traditional building, banana juice making and traditional drumming and dancing. Lunch is a simple local meal with your host family and the day finishes at the Azizi Life office, with a chance to browse through the beautiful crafts made by Azizi Life artisans and do a little fair trade shopping.
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The Cultural Heritage Corridor in the Southern Province showcases a number of Rwanda’s important cultural and historical sites, for example:

-- King Mutara III Rudahigwa’s 1931 Royal Palace museum, standing today as it did when the King was in residence along with the ‘Inyambo’, traditional Rwandan cows known for their impressive long horns.



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Tracking the endangered mountain gorilla on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes is magical..... Experience an unforgettable Gorilla tracking through mountain forests or a Golden Monkey visit through bamboo forests.

Also available is the ‘Dian Fossey Tomb Trail’ – a beautiful yet challenging hike to 3,000 meters up the slopes of Mount Bisoke or a hike to the beautiful Ngezi Crater Lake at the top.

Permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance (particularly for gorillas in high season from June – September as only 80 permits are issued per day).

Contact: RDB


+250 252 576 514

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Rwanda’s caves date back 65 million years and lie within the volcanic region where lava flow layers long ago created the Albertine Rift Valley. The caves offer easy hiking of up to 2 kms and showcase many entrances most being roof collapses.
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A small forest dominated by magnificent dragon trees and abundant bird life offering nature walks. Located nearby Volcanoes National Park

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Akagera is the largest national park in Rwanda comprising acacia woodlands, savannah grasslands and mountain habitats...... The Akagera River feeds a labyrinth of lakes and papyrus swamps making it the largest protected wetland in Central Africa with one of the highest concentrations of hippopotamus in Africa. Enjoy big game viewing as well as one of the best bird- watching sites in Rwanda. You may also enjoy a boat ride to see Bird Island and a large Nile crocodile, or an evening safari. Read more

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Within the Great Rift Valley lies Nyungwe Forest, acclaimed for its biodiversity and endemic species richness..... Africa’s largest protected mountain rainforest is an important habitat for many species, especially primates (13 species) and birds of which there are over 300 species. Butterflies and moths abound and the forest comprises more than 240 tree species with the canopy reaching 70 meters high in places, orchids and over 1,000 plant types.

Note: Only 16 Chimpanzee permits per day are issued. Advance booking of 3 to 6 months is recommended.

Contact: RDB


+250 252 576 514

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