Kigali Serena staff plant trees while doing their Umuganda duty


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Every last Saturday of the month are Rwandans out in force to clean up their neighbourhoods or else engage in community development projects under a scheme known as Umuganda. This last Saturday of October though was different for staff from the Kigali Serena Hotel, as Country General Manager Charles Muia took them to 20 hectares area in Bwize, where 10.000 tree seedlings were planted to add forest cover in years to come.

While it can only be speculated over if this forest, when mature, will be called the Serena Forest, it nevertheless is part of the hospitality group’s ongoing commitment to going and staying green, not just in Rwanda but across the entire region. Charles Muia also used the occasion to announce that at least four areas will each year get Serena’s support with tree planting, part of Rwanda’s wider policy to extend forest cover from the present 23 percent to 30 percent across the country by 2020.

The Kigali Serena is Rwanda’s leading city hotel and sister property Lake Kivu Serena provides a lake side location in Gisenyi, where guests can enjoy sun and sand but also take excursions by boat from the resort to watch birds or do a spot of fishing. Gisenyi is the starting point of the 223 KM long Congo Nile Trail, which runs along the shores of Lake Kivu via Kibuye to Cyangugu, with easy access along the way to the forests of Gishwati and Nyungwe, the latter also known as the ‘Enchanted Forest’ and the third of Rwanda’ national parks.

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