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Les lions ont été hypnotisés avant de quitter l’Afrique du Sud vers le Rwanda

Après 15ans d’absence des lions au Park National de l’Akagera, les fauves sont de retour

Posted on 01 July 2015 by peter

Les lions ont été hypnotisés avant de quitter l’Afrique du Sud vers le Rwanda

Les lions ont été hypnotisés avant de quitter l’Afrique du Sud vers le Rwanda

Sept lions dont deux mâles et 5 femelles venant de l’Afrique du Sud viennent d’être réintroduits dans le Park National de l’Akagera. Certains lions avaient été complètement décimés il y a une quinzaine d’années dans cette savane de l’Est du Rwanda suite à la guerre et le génocide contre les Tutsis. Une autre partie avait été empoisonnée par les éleveurs de bovins qui voyaient ces fauves comme une menace pour leurs troupeaux.

Les 5 lionnes venues de l’Afrique du Sud ont été données par Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve et les deux par Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife of Tembe Elephant Park. Situés dans la province sud-africaine du KwaZulu-Natal, les deux sont de petites réserves où les fauves excédentaires sont destinés à être envoyé ailleurs comme ce cas du Rwanda pour la bonne gestion.

Dans le parc de l’Akagera, nouvelle demeure de ces lions, ils ont été placés dans une espace de 1km² au nord du parc. Cette espace a été scindée en deux enclos séparés, le périmètre haut de 3m, avec une clôture électrifiée. Une réserve d’eau a été aménagée et les lions seront nourris 3 à 4 jours pour reproduire leur modèle d’alimentation naturelle. Ils seront ensuite mis en quarantaine pendant au moins 14 jours durant lesquels ils seront continuellement surveillés avant d’être relâchés dans le désert.

Ces lions ont été sélectionnés en fonction du potentiel de reproduction et leur capacité à contribuer à la cohésion sociale. Ces lions ont été capturés et détenus dans de Bomas dans Phinda et dans Tembe Elephant Park. Le 29 Juin, ils ont été hypnotisés et placés dans containers en acier, et chargés sur des camions vers l’aéroport OR Tambo à Johannesburg en direction de Kigali.

En plus, ces lions sont équipés de colliers satellites qui permettent à l’équipe de gestion du parc de l’Akagera de surveiller leurs mouvements. Autre mesure de précaution, la clôture du parc pour ne pas permettre aux animaux sauvages de sortir du parc. Ces colliers ont une vie de deux ans et l’équipe du parc aura évalué la dynamique et l’évolution de ces lions.

« Le retour des lions à l’Akagera est une étape importante pour la conservation du parc et le pays. La restauration du parc national à son ancien état de la biodiversité est primordial dans la conservation des parcs africains », a déclaré Peter Fearnhead, African Parks PDG.

« Il est une important de réhabiliter le parc, ce retour va encourager l’équilibre naturel de l’écosystème et d’améliorer le produit touristique », a fait savoir l’Ambassadeur Yamina Karitanyi, le chef de la direction du tourisme au Rwanda Development Board.

L’année dernière, dans le cadre des préparatifs de la réintroduction des lions, l’équipe du parc de l’Akagera a procédé à un programme de sensibilisation des communautés qui habitent aux environs du parc afin de promouvoir la coexistence harmonieuse avec les lions.

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Gisozi: Abanyakamonyi basuye urwibutso rwa Gisozi basaba ko no mu nzibutso z’uturere hagaragarizwa amateka

Posted on 30 June 2015 by peter

Nyuma y’uko bamwe mu baturage b’umudugudu wa Nteko, akagari ka Nteko mu murenge wa Kayenzi ho mu karere ka Kamonyi, basuye urwibutso rwa Kigali ruherereye ku Gisozi mu karere ka Gasabo, bashimye uburyo uru rwibutso rugaragaza amateka ya jenoside yakorewe abatutsi, basaba ko no mu nzibutso z’uturere hagaragazwamo ubuhamya n’amashusho agaragaza uko jenoside yakozwe.

Itsinda ry’abantu 22 baturutse mu mudugudu wa Nteko wo mu murenge wa Kayenzi, basuye urwibutso rwa Gisozi ku cyumweru tariki 28 Kamena, mu rwego rwo guha icyubahiro abazize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi no kureba amateka ari mu nzu ndangamurage y’uru rwibutso.

Bamaze gusura ibice byose by’uru rwibutso, aba baturage bagizwe n’abavuga rikumvikana bo muri uyu mudugudu bahamya ko ibisobanuro byose kuri jenoside yakorwe abatutsi n’ingengabitekerezo ya yo bigaragara muri uru rwibutso.

Ndahimana Yves, umukuru w’umudugudu wa Nteko, avuga ko barasuye urwibutso rwa Kamonyi, bakaba babonye hari itandukaniro rinini n’urwa Kigali kuko ho (Kigali), hari amateka ya jenoside kuva mu mwaduko w’abakoloni. Ati “ twabonye ukuntu abanyarwanda bari bashize hamwe, n’ukuntu amako ya bo atari abateye ikibazo, ahubwo bakaza gutandukanywa n’abazungu”.

Igitekerezo cyo gusura inzibutso za jenoside, ngo aba baturage bakigizemo umuhigo mu gihe cy’icyunamo cyo kwibuka jenoside yakorewe abatutsi ku nshuro ya 21. Ndereyimana Alphonce, umwe mu bavuga rikumvikana bo muri uyu mudugudu , avuga ko mu gusura inzibutso, abaturage babikuramo isomo ryo guhangana n’abapfobya jenoside. Ati « nk’ubu ntawarenga ku byo abonye ahangaha ngo ahakane jenoside yakorewe abatutsi ».

Hirya no hino mu karere ka Kamonyi, mu muhango wo kwibuka ku nshuro ya 21 jenoside yakorewe abatutsi, icyifuzo cyo gushyira ubuhamya n’amateka mu nzibutso cyagiye kigarukwaho n’abatari bakeya. Umuyobozi w’akarere ka Kamonyi Rutsinga Jacques akaba yarabijeje ko biri mu biteganyijwe gukorwa.

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Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco

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Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco

Posted on 27 June 2015 by peter

Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco 

Ikigo cy’ingoro z’igihugu z’umurage w’u Rwanda cyatangije gahunda yo kumenyekanisha ibikorwa byacyo ku buryo buruta ubwari busanzwe. Iki gikorwa cyakorewe ku Ngoro y’umurage y’ i Huye, ku itariki ya 25/6, ngo ni intangiriro yo kwagura amarembo, abikorera babyifuza bagafatanya n’ikigo mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco w’Abanyarwanda.

Nk’uko bisobanururwa na Ivan Twagirashema, umuyobozi w’inama y’ubutegetsi y’iki kigo, ngo gahunda batangije ni iyo gukora ku buryo Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda zimenyekana kurushaho: Ingoro zigere mu bigo by’amashuri, zinyure kuri tereviziyo, … zisurwe na bose, buri Munyarwanda yumve ko umutungo urimo umureba.

Ibi ngo bazanabishobozwa n’uko iki kigo cyahawe abakozi bahagije: bavuye ku mubare wa 18 ikigo cyari cyasigiwe muri reforume yo muri 2006, none ubu bagera ku 109.

Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ziteguye gukorana n’abikorera mu kubyaza umusaruro umuco

Dr. Twagirashema kandi ati “kugira ngo ufite amafaranga abe yakwemera gushora imari mu kintu, ni uko aba afite uko agusanga, kugira ngo yumve ko kwifatanya nawe hari inyungu abifitemo.” Ngo ni yo mpamvu y’uku gutangira kwerekana ingoro z’umurage uko bitari bisanzwe, kugira ngo bimwe mu bihakorerwa bitangire gucuruzwa mu Rwanda no ku masoko mpuzamahanga.

Dr. Twagirashema kandi ati « byose bigakorwa kugira ngo igihugu cyacu gikomeze kugaragara mu bundi buryo, atari ingagi gusa. Iki ni ikindi gishya kigiye kujya kigaragaza hanze ubwiza bw’igihugu cyacu.”

Mu birango byashyizwe ahagaragara, harimo logo nshyashya y’iki kigo. Iyi logo igizwe n’amabara agize ibendera ry’u Rwanda, kandi uwayitegereza yayibonamo byinshi.

Alphonse Umuliisa, umuyobozi mukuru w’ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda ati “ikirango gishya iyo ukirebye ubona harimo nk’ikamba ry’umwami, ukabona udusozi, ukabonamo amabara agize ibendera ry’u Rwanda, … ni ikirango gishya kigaragaza igihugu…”

Tugarutse ku bimuritse mu Ngoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda bishobora kubyazwa umusaruro, kimwe muri byo ni amabara agaragara ku rugo rw’ingoro y’i Huye, yifashishwaga n’Abanyarwanda mu mitakire yabo. Ngo haherewe kuri aya mabara, abikorera bashobora kuzajya bakora ibishushanyo, tableau mu rurimi rw’igifaransa, byajya bigurishwa mu mahanga nk’umwimerere w’abanyarwanda.

Kuri ubu, mu ngoro y’i Huye, harimo n’imurika ridahoraho rigaragaza uko ubucuzi bwakorwaga kuva kera cyane mu Rwanda. Ikigaragara muri iri murika ni uko mu Rwanda hari ubutare bushobora kubyazwa ibyuma, urugero nk’amasuka, nk’uko Abanyarwanda ba kera babikoraga. Igisigaye ni uko Ingoro z’umurage w’u Rwanda zakorana n’abikorera, tekinike bazi zikabyazwa umusaruro wateza imbere Abanyarwanda.

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Kigali Serena Hotel gagne le prix mondial du tourisme par « World Travel Awards

Posted on 26 June 2015 by peter

Mahmud Janmohamed, PDG de Serena Hotel en Afrique lors de la réception de ce prix

Mahmud Janmohamed, PDG de Serena Hotel en Afrique lors de la réception de ce prix

L’Hôtel Serena de Kigali (5 étoiles) qui dispose d’une 2e branche dans la ville de Rubavu (Kivu Serena Hotel), a reçu le premier Prix mondial en Tourisme «The World Travel Awards ». Il dépasse ainsi les autres hôtels de tous les pays dans les services de qualité.

Le « World Travel Awards » récompense tous les ans depuis 1993 les  professionnels de l’industrie du tourisme pour le travail  effectué. Cette année la cérémonie de remise des récompenses pour l’Afrique est l’Océan Indien a eu lieu aux Iles Seychelles.

« Ce prix attribué aux Seychelles est le fruit de l’effort de chaque membre du personnel de l’Hôtel Serena. Raison pour laquelle nous allons renforcer les capacités de l’Hôtel et de son personnel  afin que l’Hôtel lauréat maintienne sa performance», a promis Mahmud Janmohamed, PDG de Serena Hôtel en Afrique.

De son côté Charles Muia, représentant de la branche de Kigali Serena Hotel, estime que ce prix symbolise une haute valeur au niveau mondial grâce à la performance quotidienne de leur travail visible à la face du monde. « Maintenant, nous allons renforcer les capacités au niveau des bâtiments et des équipements  de l’Hôtel afin de fournir de meilleurs services à plus de bénéficiaires », a-t-il souligné.

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More Lions into Rwanda’s Akagera National Park

Posted on 26 June 2015 by peter

From top left; one of the five females on a tree in Phinda. Other two  female lions. AFRICAN PARKS/MATTHEW POOLE. One of the two male lions in a holding boma in Tembe AFRICAN PARKS/ CLINTON WRIGHT. A labyrinth of lakes makes up Akagera National Park, Rwanda AFRICAN PARKS / JOHN DICKENS.

From top left; one of the five females on a tree in Phinda. Other two female lions. AFRICAN PARKS/MATTHEW POOLE. One of the two male lions in a holding boma in Tembe AFRICAN PARKS/ CLINTON WRIGHT. A labyrinth of lakes makes up Akagera National Park, Rwanda AFRICAN PARKS / JOHN DICKENS.

African Parks in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board is to translocate seven lions from South Africa to re-introduce the species into Akagera National Park in Rwanda in a ground-breaking conservation effort for both the park and Rwanda.

The group of lions destined for Akagera includes five females that have been donated by &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and two males that have been donated by Tembe Elephant Reserve, an Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife protected area.

Located in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, both are relatively small, confined reserves where it is necessary to occasionally remove surplus lions.

In the prime of their lives, the lions have been selected based on future reproductive potential and their ability to contribute to social cohesion -young adults, sub-adult females, young adult males with different genetics – and associations such as adult female with sub-adult female and adult male coalitions.

The lions have already been captured and are being held in bomas on Phinda and on Tembe. On 29 June they will be tranquilised, placed in individual slatted, pen-crates and loaded onto trucks for their journey to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

At the same time they will all be fitted with satellite collars which will enable the Akagera park management team to monitor their movements and reduce the risk of the lions entering community areas. As an additional precautionary measure, the park fence has also been predator-proofed. The collars have a two year life by which time the park team will have evaluated the pride dynamics and only the dominant individuals in each pride will be re-collared.

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg the seven lions will be immediately loaded onto a charter flight and flown to the capital of Rwanda, Kigali, from where they will be transported by road to Akagera National Park.

The entire journey is expected to take 36 hours. They will be accompanied and continually monitored by a veterinary team with experience in translocations. The lions will be kept tranquilised, will not be fed but will have access to fresh water throughout their journey.

On arrival in Akagera National Park, they will be placed in a specially-erected 1,000m² boma in the north of the park. Split into two separate enclosures, the perimeter features a three-metre high, chain-linked electrified fence.

A water reserve has been constructed within the boma and the lions will be fed game meat while in the enclosure. They will be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days, during which they will be continually monitored, before being released into the wilderness of the park.

“The return of lions to Akagera is a conservation milestone for the park and the country”, said Peter Fearnhead, CEO African Parks. “Restoring national parks to their former biodiversity state is a key deliverable of the African Parks conservation model and we, in conjunction with our Government partner, the Rwandan Development Board, are delighted to have been able to re-introduce one of the charismatic species to this beautiful national park”.

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board said “It a breakthrough in the rehabilitation of the park under the public private partnership between the Rwanda Development Board and African Parks. Their return will encourage the natural balance of the ecosystem and enhance the tourism product to further contribute to Rwanda’s status as an all-in-one safari destination.”

Akagera National Park

Akagera is 112, 000 hectares in size, located in the east of Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. A river of the same name (Akagera River) on its eastern boundary feeds into a labyrinth of lakes that make up the park. Leopard, serval, hyena, jackal and giraffe are found in the park which is also home to large herds of buffalo, impala, zebra and several antelope species.

 Elephants often congregate around the lakes that are inhabited by more than 800 hippos as well as crocodiles. In addition, Akagera is home to around 482 bird species including the endangered shoebill and endemic red-faced barbet. Visitors can explore the park on a self-drive, in a safari vehicle with a knowledgeable guide or on a guide-led, boat experience on the lakes.

The park is two hours by car from the Rwandan capital of Kigali and day visitors are well catered for at the Visitors’ Centre.

Those wishing to overnight have three options: three basic-facility campsites, the eco-friendly Ruzizi Tented Lodge or the larger Akagera Game Lodge.

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Murundi: Abatuye muri Nyanga barasaba ko urutare rwa Biraro rwajya rukorerwaho ubukerarugendo

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Murundi: Abatuye muri Nyanga barasaba ko urutare rwa Biraro rwajya rukorerwaho ubukerarugendo

Posted on 20 June 2015 by peter

Murundi: Abatuye muri Nyanga barasaba ko urutare rwa Biraro rwajya rukorerwaho ubukerarugendo

Abaturage batuye mu gace kazwi nka Nyanga y’Abarozi ko mu kagari ka Murundi mu murenge wa Murundi mu karere ka Kayonza ngo bifuza ko urutare rwa Biraro ruri muri ako gace rwatunganywa, rukajya rukorerwaho ibikorwa by’ubukerarugendo kuko ari urw’amateka.

Abatuye muri ako gace bavuga ko hari hatuye abagabo babiri, uwitwa Kagongo na Cyanyarubwa bavugwaho kuba baragiraga imbaraga zidasanzwe bamwe bagereranya n’imitsindo abandi bakazita amarozi, abo bagabo ngo bakaba barakundaga kuragurira kuri urwo rutare.

Uretse ibikorwa byo kuragura Cyanyarubwa na Kagongo baba barahakoreraga, ubuvumo buri muri uru rutare ngo bwifashishwaga nk’urubuhero rw’abakobwa ba kera, by’umwihariko ababaga bagejeje igihe cyo kurongorwa bakajyanwa muri ubwo buvumo kugira ngo bahabwe inyigisho zijyanye no kubaka urugo.

Urayeneza Anastaziya ni umukecuru wo muri ako gace na we wagiye mu rubohero muri ubwo buvumo. Ntazi neza imyaka afite ariko avuga ko yabyirutse ku ngoma y’umwami Mutara III Rudahigwa.

Murundi: Abatuye muri Nyanga barasaba ko urutare rwa Biraro rwajya rukorerwaho ubukerarugendo

Agira ati “Umukobwa yajyaga kurongorwa tukamujyanayo tukamarayo nk’icyumweru n’amasunzu yacu n’amavuta y’inka. Nibwo bwari ubwihisho bwacu. Ukajyayo ugakubura, abakobwa bakajyayo bakaboha, bakabyina. Nta mukobwa wavuganaga n’umugabo uzamusaba, twarihishaga bakaza bakakubwira ngo itegure ugakubura nta kindi ukajya mu rusika ukarama”

Uretse kuba ubwo buvumo bwari urubohero rw’abakobwa bo hambere, ngo bwanagiriye akamaro bamwe mu Batutsi babuhungiragamo mu gihe cy’amatotezwa atandukanye bakorerwaga kuva mu mwaka wa 1959, by’umwihariko muri Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi mu 1994, nk’uko Mbonyumugenzi Mathias waburokokeyemo mu 1994 abivuga.

Aya mateka n’umumaro ubuvumo bwo mu rutare rwa Biraro bwagiriye abatuye muri aka gace ni byo bituma basaba ko hatunganywa hakajya hakorerwa ibikorwa by’ubukerarugendo.

Umuyobozi w’akarere ka Kayonza Mugabo John avuga ko akarere gafite gahunda yo kubarura ahantu hose habitse amateka muri ako karere kugira ngo azasigasirwe, ndetse ku bufatanye na minisiteri y’umuco na siporo habe hatunganywa kugira ngo hajye hakorerwa ibikorwa by’ubukerarugendo.

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Aya mateka n’umumaro ubuvumo bwo mu rutare rwa Biraro bwagiye bugirira abatuye muri aka gace ni byo bituma basaba ko hatunganywa hakajya hakorerwa ibikorwa by’ubukerarugendo. Umuyobozi w’akarere ka Kayonza Mugabo John avuga ko akarere gafite gahunda yo kubarura ahantu hose habitse amateka muri ako karere kugira ngo azasigasirwe nk’uko abo baturage babyifuza.

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Uretse urutare rwa Biraro abatuye muri Nyanga y’Abarozi bavuga ko rubitse amateka, hari n’amateka y’abantu bivugwa ko bagiraga imbaraga zidasanzwe babayeho muri ako gace, muri bo hakaba harimo umugore witwaga Kiyonga uvugwaho kuba yaragushaga imvura cyangwa akayibuza kugwa nk’uko bamwe mu bamwiboneye imbonankubone abikora babiduhamirije.

Cyprien M. Ngendahimana

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Iyi Hoteli ikazagenda yubakwa mu ma “Phase” kuko hazakorerwa ibikorwa byinshi. Iki kikaba ari igishushanyo mbonera cyerekana uko izaba imeze yuzuye neza

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Mukamira: Ibibazo by’amacumbi n’aho kwiyakirira ku baganaga akarere bigiye gukemuka

Posted on 19 June 2015 by peter

Iyi Hoteli igizwe n’amazu menshi,gusa ngo ibikorwa byo gutunganya ubusitani n’imbuga yayo ngo bikazagenda bikorwa yaranatangiye gukora

Iyi Hoteli igizwe n’amazu menshi,gusa ngo ibikorwa byo gutunganya ubusitani n’imbuga yayo ngo bikazagenda bikorwa yaranatangiye gukora

Mu gihe akarere ka Nyabihu katagiraga Hoteli,ubuyobozi buratangaza ko bitarenze ukwezi kwa Nzeri uyu mwaka hazaba hatangiye Hoteri ya “Mukamira Guest House” igiye kuzura itwaye amafaranga y’u Rwanda asaga miliyoni 570.

Iyi Hoteli ngo izakemura ibibazo akarere n’abaturage bagiraga, nko kubura aho abakagana biyakirira,aho barara n’ibindi.Abaturage bakaba basanga iki gikorwa remezo kizaba gifatiye runini abagize aka karere.

Iyi Hoteli mu gihe izaba itangiye ngo izakemura ibibazo by’ababuraga amacumbi n’abakeneraga kwiyakira n’aho kuruhukira

Iyi Hoteli mu gihe izaba itangiye ngo izakemura ibibazo by’ababuraga amacumbi n’abakeneraga kwiyakira n’aho kuruhukira

Gasore Hategekimana,umwe mu baturage bo mu murenge wa Mukamira we,avuga ko nta kiza nko guturana na Hoteli yo ku rwego nk’uru,kuko asanga bamwe bazabonamo akazi,abandi bakagemuremo umusaruro w’imyaka.

Yongeraho ko bizanateza imbere umujyi wa Mukamira haba mu rwego rw’imyubakire,ubukerarugendo n’imibereho myiza y’abaturage.

Ndayisaba Felix,ni umwe mu bakozi bo mu karere ka Nyabihu. Ubwo yaganiraga na kigalitoday ku bijyanye n’iyi Hoteli igiye kuzura muri Mukamira,yavuze ko izakemura ibibazo bitandukanye,byaba iby’amacumbi kuri ba mukerarugendo,abashyitsi baganaga akarere ka Nyabihu bakabura aho baruhukira, iby’aho kwiyakirira n’ibindi.

Ibi kandi byagarutsweho n’umuyobozi w’akarere ka Nyabihu Twahirwa Abdoulatif ubwo yaganiraga na Kigalitoday ku bijyanye na Mukamira Guest House.

Yagize ati“ urumva rero niba akarere nta hantu nk’aho twari dufite,haje hakemura ikibazo,uyu munsi byari bigoye kubona abashyitsi barenga 20,byasabaga ko tujya kubacumbikishiriza mu tundi turere,ariko iyi Guest House umunsi izaba yuzuye natwe uzaba asuye akarere ka Nyabihu azajya arara mu karere ka Nyabihu.Ariko mu gihe cyashize wazaga gusura akarere ka Nyabihu bigasaba ko urara Rubavu cyangwa Musanze,…

Nk’uko umuyobozi w’akarere ka Nyabihu wungirije ushinzwe iterambere ry’ubukungu n’imari Mukaminani Angela yabidutangarije kuri uyu wa 16 Kamena 2015, ngo biteganijwe ko iyi Hoteli izaba itangiye bitarenze ukwezi kwa Nzeri 2015.

Ikazatangira ikodeshwa abashoramari,ariko ngo mu bihe biri imbere,izegurirwa abikorera bazayigura amafaranga avuyemo akazakoreshwa ibindi bikorwa biteza imbere akarere.

Iyi Hoteli ikazagenda yubakwa mu ma “Phase” kuko hazakorerwa ibikorwa byinshi. Iki kikaba ari igishushanyo mbonera cyerekana uko izaba imeze yuzuye neza

Iyi Hoteli ikazagenda yubakwa mu ma “Phase” kuko hazakorerwa ibikorwa byinshi. Iki kikaba ari igishushanyo mbonera cyerekana uko izaba imeze yuzuye neza

Iyi hoteli benshi bari banyotewe yatangiye kubakwa muri Mata 2014 na Sosiyete yitwa ECOSEC.

 

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Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to generate $14m

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Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to generate $14m

Posted on 15 June 2015 by peter

 

Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to generate $14m

Rwanda is targeting to fetch at least $14million from the annual gorilla naming ceremony branded as Kwita Izina promotional week.

Kwita Izina activities are scheduled to start on August 28 until September 5. Rwanda wants to popularize the event in low tourism season. Originally, the ceremony was held in June when the region experiences a high tourism season.

“The choice of new date was strategic in balancing seasonal incomes,” says Ambassador Yamini Karitanyi head of Tourism department at Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

According to RDB, Twenty four baby gorillas will be named, an increase compared to 17 and 18 baby gorillas for 2013 and 2014, thanks to the crucial conservation efforts.

Dennis Karera, the chairman of Hotels’ association in Rwanda, also chairman of East African business council said; “We are marketing the event regionally and internationally. Our hotels will be full to capacity that very week.”

Kwita Izina attracts global tour operators, international media, conservationists and other global figures from various fields of work.

According to RDB the average expenditure of a tourist in Rwanda is US$300 per day for hotel accommodation, food, hangout and transport. Other expenses not linked to the hotel are not included in this amount.

Rwanda would earn $ 2.1 million per night if all the rooms are occupied.

Karera also said that with 7000 hotel rooms’ capacity, Rwanda is ready to give the best accommodation ever.

Gorillas earned the country over $ 15 million last year, out of $ 303 million contributed by the whole tourism sector. The target is to increase sector contribution to $ 800 in by 2017.

Kwita Izina and preparatory events are set to reap money straight away and to market the country for future business.

During this period August 28-29th, Rwanda is scheduled to showcase Inka z’u Rwanda the traditional long horned cattle in Eastern province.

“My clients like their elegance and their beautiful horns which they compare to the elephant’s ivory,” said John Kayihura, a Rwandan tourism consultant.

Other activities will include a conservation forum, a photo and business exhibition, a familiarization trip among others.

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Les réserves naturelles de Gishwati et Mukura seront bientôt des parcs nationaux

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Les réserves naturelles de Gishwati et Mukura seront bientôt des parcs nationaux

Posted on 10 June 2015 by peter

Les réserves naturelles de Gishwati et Mukura seront bientôt des parcs nationaux

Le Rwanda envisage de créer de nouveaux parcs nationaux dans le but d’attirer plus de touristes et avoir plus de revenus avec comme objectif de générer 860 millions de dollars.

C’est dans ce cadre que le pays a entrepris la réhabilitation des forêts naturelles de Mukura et de Gishwati, pour conserver la faune et la flore. Ces dernières deviennent une attraction majeure pour les touristes qui visitent de plus en plus le pays des mille collines.

Ces forêts sont situées dans l’Ouest du pays dans les districts de Rubavu, Rutsiro, Ngororero et Nyabihu.

Le gouvernement attend alors dans les prochains mois l’adoption du projet de loi qui va mettre à jour ces réserves naturelle dans des parcs nationaux.

Mukura-Gishwati,attraction naturelle majeure d’hébergement de 60 espèces d’arbres, singes de couleur, singes de montagne, une douzaine d’espèces de chimpanzés d’Afrique orientale etc.

Dr Rose Mukankomeje, DG de REMA a appelé à un soutien public dans la mise en œuvre du projet de réhabilitation de ces forêts. « Le succès de ce projet profitera non seulement aux collectivités locales mais aussi le Rwanda et le monde en général ».

Le Rwanda a lancé le projet de réhabilitation de la réserve à travers les activités communautaires appellees « Umuganda » du 5 juin.

Ces réserves  ont été empiétées par les activités humaines qui ont réduit sa superficie initiale de 250 milles hectares en 1951 à mille hectares actuellement. Ces activités humaines étaient la réinstallation des populations, l’agriculture et l’exploitation illégale des ressources minières.

Selon REMA, grâce à l’approche du paysage pour la restauration des forêts et de la conservation (LAFREC), le Rwanda va augmenter la couverture forestière et la restauration des bois indigènes dans les zones déboisées, selon REMA.

Le pays prévoit de limiter le braconnage et autres activités hostiles dans le parc à travers plusieurs projets. Ces projets seront  soutenus par la Banque Mondiale avec une subvention de 5 ans d’une valeur 9, 530,000$.

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Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

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Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

Posted on 16 May 2015 by peter

Europe is now able to sample Rwanda’s high quality coffee at the ongoing festival in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. 

The event (May 15-17) has been organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in The Hague in collaboration with This Side Up (importer of coffee) and Sweet Cup (coffee roaster and retailer).

Ambassador Jean Pierre Karabaranga,Rwanda’s envoy in the Netherlands said, “key industry players and of course many other interested parties will discover and enjoy the specialty coffees from Rwanda.”

“This is an invaluable experience for coffee connoisseurs,” said Ambassador Karabaranga.

Rwanda’s coffee specialties at the festival include; Coko, Iwacu and Rushashi. The country is blessed with particularly good coffee-growing condition volcanic soil and plenty of sun and equatorial mist.

Most of the coffee in Rwanda is grown at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 meters above sea level. Coffee plants flower in September in October and cherries are harvested from March to July.

Rwanda exports more than 3,698.6 tonnes of Coffee annually to mostly China, Germany and United States.

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

A visitor at the Rwanda Booth Samples Rwanda’s coffee at the ongoing Amsterdam Coffee Festival

The Rwandan booth at the festival, diversity of Rwanda coffee (filter and espresso) can be experienced: three very diverse coffees – Cup of Excellence winning cooperatives and private law mills.

The Amsterdam Coffee Festival in the Netherlands is the event where an innovative subculture of fans experiences coffee, tea, chocolate and food.

Rwanda also is using the festival to court potential investors and coffee retailers. Its attended by more than 5,000 visitors from across the globe.

Lennart Clerkx of This Side Up a firm known for direct marketing of Rwanda coffee says, “I will answer any question about starting and maintaining direct trade relationships with Rwandan coffee producers.”

“Throughout the festival we will hold walk-cuppings and visitors to the booth will be overloaded with everything they want to know about these coffees,” He said.

More than 94 global coffee companies including Rwanda’s –Rwanda Coffee have graced the Amsterdam Coffee festival.

The festival follows the 2014 inaugural edition; it features over 100 artisan roasters, equipment makers, gourmet food stalls and more.

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

More than 5,000 visitors from across the world attending the coffee festival in Amsterdam in The Netherlands

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

Visitors at the Rwanda Booth.. interested parties will discover and enjoy the specialty coffees from Rwanda

Europe Samples Rwandan Coffee at Amsterdam Festival

The Amsterdam Coffee Fest features over 100 artisan roasters, equipment makers, gourmet food stalls and more

Source: KT Press

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