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Harasabwa ko Mukura na Gishwati bigirwa Pariki.

Posted on 13 November 2015 by peter

Harasabwa ko Mukura na Gishwati bigirwa Pariki.

Umuyobozi w’akarere wungirije ushinzwe ubukungu Nsanzimfura Jean Damascene

Amashyamba ya   Mukura na Gishwati   akora ku turere 4 tw’intara y’uburengerazuba yamaze kugirwa Pariki  agiye kuvugururwa ariko ngo agomba gufatwa neza.

Ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe kurengera ibidukikije  REMA giherutse gusinyana amasezerano n’uturere dukora kuri aya mashyamba kugira ngo gitangire kuyasana binyuze mu mushinga wacyo ushinzwe kugarura ishusho kamere no kubungabunga amashyamba LAFREC(Landscape Approch to forest Restoration and Conservation).

Patrick Nsabimana umuhuzabikorwa w’umushinga Lafrec aganira n’ubuyobozi bw’akarere ka Rutsiro kuwa 11 Ugushyingo 2015  yavuze ko bari kuzenguruka mu turere twa Nyabihu,Ngororero,Rubavu na Rutsiro dukorwaho n’aya mashyamba kugirango ubuyobozi bukangurire abaturage kuzayabungabunga babwira ibyiza by’ibidukikije.

Yagize ati” Nk’umushinga ushinzwe gufasha icyemezo cy’uko aya mashyamba yagizwe pariki dufasha guteramo ibindi biti tuyasubiranya,abayobozi rero nk’uko aya mashyamba ari mu turere twabo turabasaba ko bazadufasha kuyakurikirana kugirango azabeho ighe kirekire atangijwe “.

Umuyobozi w’akarere wungirije ushinzwe ubukungu Nsanzimfura Jean Damascene yatubwiye ko ubuyobozi bugomba gushyigikira uyu mushinga kuko ngo kuvugurura aya mashyamba bibafitiye inyungu nyinshi.

Ati”uyu mushinga uje ari igisubizo kuko icya mbere uzatanga akazi ku baturage bacu ikindi kandi ni uko ibidukikije nk’akarere tuzakora ubukangurambaga tubabwira akamaro k’ishyamba ndetse tunakumira abantu bose baryangiza “.

Uyu mushinga LAFREC mu karere ka Rutsiro uzasana ubuso busaga Ha 615 aho abafite mo imyaka batazabimura ahubwo bazateramo ibiti bivangwa n’imyaka naho abafite mo inzuri bazafashwa kubungabunga izo nzuri batangije ishyamba.

Lafrec izamara imyaka itanu, ikaba ifite ingengo y’imari ya miliyoni zisaga 9 z’amadolari y’Abanyamerika ku nkunga y’Ikigega Gishinzwe Ibidukikije ku Isi (GEF) gihagarariwe na Banki y’Isi.

Uretse gusana no kubungabunga aya mashyamba,Larec izanakora ibikorwa bigamije kuzamura imibereho myiza y’abatuye uduce izakoreramo batishoboye, bikazakorwa haterwa inkunga imishinga mito ibyara inyungu igera ku 125 bifashishije za Sacco.

Aya mashyamba Mukura na Gishwati yagizwe Pariki ya 4 y’u Rwanda yiyongera kuri Nyungwe, Akagera ndetse n’Ibirunga.

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Chiens bien entraînés pour traquer les braconniers

Park National de l’Akagera : Chiens bien entraînés pour traquer les braconniers

Posted on 16 September 2015 by peter

Chiens bien entraînés pour traquer les braconniers

Jes Gruner, Directeur du Parc National de l’Akagera a confirmé la présence de huit chiens qui seront utilisés pour lutter contre le braconnage.

Le parc n’a ménagé aucun effort pour faire face à ces braconniers mais le problème persiste toujours. La preuve en est que même les gardes du parc attrapent souvent ces braconniers mais, il y a d’autres braconniers s’infiltrent dans le parc.

Bien que la clôture du parc ait  été mise en place pour empêcher le braconnage, la Direction du parc a pris la décision de procéder à l’utilisation de chiens bien entraînés pour aider les gardes à assurer la sécurité du parc.

La population avoisinante du parc déclarent, consciente de l’importance du parc pour leur développement, participent dans la lutte anti-braconnage.

Selon Lazard Kamari,  du secteur Ndego, du District Kayonza tout comme ses voisins déclarent qu’ils bénéficient beaucoup du tourisme parc. La direction du parc utilise l’argent qui émane du tourisme dans la construction des infrastructures comme les classes, les hôpitaux, etc. pour le bien de cette population.

Même si la population joue un rôle important dans les activités de sauvegarde du parc, Jes Gruner exhorte la population à maintenir la collaboration étroite avec  la direction du parc. s


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Over 100 Rangers graduate

Posted on 01 August 2015 by peter


A group of 120 park rangers have completed an intense two-months training aimed at equipping them with skills and knowledge to provide quality security to Rwanda’s national parks and natural resources.

Their graduation on July 31 was officiated by the Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fasil Harerimana at the Police Training School in Gishari, Rwamagana District – where they were trained.

The ceremony was attended by the CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Francis Gatare, the inspector general of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana, and several other dignitaries

The training of park rangers was conducted in partnership between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and RDB, as a collaborative effort to advance tourism and sustainable development through strengthening biodiversity conservation.

At the function, Minister Harerimana congratulated the rangers and urged them to use their newly acquired skills to sternly protect Rwanda’s wildlife against poachers and other unlawful activities that damage the environment.

“The training you have received will enrich your skills and readiness to ensure the security of national parks against poachers and other criminals that might use these places as hideouts,” he said.

“Although environment crimes are often unknown, they impose a security and safety threat to development. Today’s graduation of park rangers is yet another milestone in the prevention, reduction and detection of pertinent issues that affect the environment.”

RDB CEO Francis Gatare hands over a certificate to one of the graduated rangers

RDB CEO Francis Gatare hands over a certificate to one of the graduated rangers

The CEO of RDB, Francis Gatare, noted that the training is one of the solutions to an increase in illegal activities in national parks, as well as a limited number of professional park rangers to protect wild animals.

“The destruction of wild animals and insecurity of tourists has a negative impact on the tourism sector – therefore – our mandate is to conserve the rich biodiversity of protected areas and develop sustainable tourism, in collaboration with RNP and other stakeholders,” he said.

“RDB and RNP are working on a comprehensive strategy to address wildlife related concerns through joint law enforcement operations. Training of park rangers is one of those crucial areas that will be very fruitful in sustaining the beauty of our environment.”

The Police Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Celestin Twahirwa, noted that for the last fifteen years of community-based policing, RNP has emphasized, among other things, environment protection to complement the government’s tourism development.

“Undoubtedly, the issues of a modern park ranger are diverse and require dedicated, professional and highly disciplined personnel to meet the demands of a rapidly growing tourism industry,” he said.

“The role of RNP in environment protection comprises not only law enforcement but also active participation through awareness campaigns and practical interpretation of environment laws to citizens.”

On top of collaborating with other institutions like RDB and REMA to enhance protection of biodiversity, police has conducted several initiatives like; establish of an Environment Protection Unit that follows up on cases involving environment crimes.

The two-months training of park rangers involved a number of disciplines and specializations including; paramilitary and field ranger techniques that entailed emphasized physical fitness drills, fire arm handling, navigation, wilderness communication, and ranger professional ethics.

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Finally kings of the Jungle see light at Akagera national Park


Finally kings of the Jungle see light at Akagera national Park

Posted on 28 July 2015 by peter

As the hot  August  Sun  rays  pierced  through thicket bushes of the Akagera national  Park  striking  the  red blooded  waterbuck  carcass placed outside the boma, the kings of the jungle were warming up to  enjoy their freedom of the new home.

Finally kings of the Jungle see light at Akagera national Park

The seven lions that were introduced to Akagera national park from South Africa recently but kept under a quarantined Boma were finally realized to enjoy their freedom in the bushes of the country national park.

The lions that have made the longest wild lion translocation in conservation history that took over 45 hours are the first to roam in the Akagera national park almost after fifteen years; the kings of the jungle faced their extinction from the park.

The first female poked her nose out of the gates within a few minutes, closely followed by three other females who looked around curiously, unconvinced about their new found freedom, before feasting on the carcass,” said Sarah Hall, Tourism and Marketing Manager, Akagera National Park.

But two males which seemed more cautious as Sarah explains did not come out while the park and press vehicles were still around.

According to park officials, the seven lions are a ten-year-old mother and her one-year-old daughter, a single five-year-old female and two three-year-old sisters while the males are three and four years old and are unrelated.

“The lions have been fed every two-to-three days, mainly on impala carcasses, and will now hunt for their own food,” Sarah explained.

Accordingly, the seven lions are fitted with satellite collars to allow their easy tracking of their movement, their bondage and see whether they are adjusting to the new environment.

The lions as Amb. Yamina Karitanyi, the chief tourism officer at Rwanda Development Board-RDB, explains will contribute towards conservation of the Park while also increasing d tourism attractions of the country.

“Tourists now have the opportunity to see the lions in the wilderness of Akagera, as previously viewing were restricted to park personnel who had been monitoring the lions in the boma,” she said.

The park authorities and the Rwanda Development board are planning a naming ceremony of the lions which will make the lions the second animals to be named   in a colorful ceremony after the Guerillas whose young ones are named every year.

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JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera

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Les animaux hors de la clôturedu Park de l’Akageraest une menace pour la population

Posted on 25 July 2015 by peter

Les animaux hors de la clôture du parc Akagera, est un danger pour la population

La population avoisinante du Parc National d’Akagera s’inquiète de leur sécurité suite aux animaux qui sont encore hors de la clôture de ce parc. C’est une menace pour leur sécurité et celle de leurs cultures dans les champs.Parmi les animaux qui sont restés hors de la clôture figurent les phacochères, les antilopes, les babouins, les buffles, les hippopotames, etc.

Ça fait deux ans quele Rwanda via RDB a lancé un projet de construction d’une clôture électrifiée autour du Parc National de l’Akagera pour empêcher les animaux sauvages d’aller dans la population avoisinante. Mais certains animaux sont restés à l’extérieur de cette clôture et  menacent toujours la sécurité de cette population.

Les habitants du Secteur de Gahini se lamentent que «  les animaux sauvages du parc dévorent le petit bétail et détruisent les champs ».  Cette population a sollicité les autorités chargées de la gestion du parcde trouver la solution à ce problème.

JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera

JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera

JesGruner, Directeur du Parc National d’Akagera, a fait savoir qu’ils ont l’obligation d’assurer seulement la gestion des animaux qui sont à l’intérieur de la clôture. Cependant il invite la population à adopter la culture de rentrer tôtpour éviter de rencontrer ces animaux pendant la nuit.

« La mort est quelque chose de très regrettable, raison pour laquelle nous sensibilisons la population de rentrer tôt pour ne pas croiser ces animaux sauvages pendant la nuit », a suggéré JesGruner.

Odette Uwamariya, Gouverneur de la Province de l’Est, affirme queles animaux qui sont à l’extérieur de la clôture du parc représentent un défi pour la population maischaque année ils effectuent une opération pour chercher les animaux et les faire ramener à l’intérieur de la clôture.

Malgré les efforts du gouvernement de protéger la population mais, ils sont conscients queles accidents sont inévitables, d’où la mise en place des fonds destinés indemniser les victimes des dégâts causés par les animaux des parcs nationaux.

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Nyamasheke: Nubwo baturiye ishyamba rya Nyungwe ntibyoroshye kumenya ibiyiberamo

Posted on 16 July 2015 by peter

Bamwe mu baturage baturiye ishyamba rya Nyungwe bavuga ko bumva ngo habamo inyamaswa ndetse n’ibyiza nyaburanga  bakabyumva mu magambo cyangwa ku maradiyo kandi baturanye na ryo.

Umwe mu baturage utuye mu murenge wa Cyato mu kagari ka Rugari  avuga ko agaciro k’ibisimba biba muri Nyungwe bakabwirwa n’uko iyo hagize uhohotera inyamaswa iba yaboneye yitaba mu buyobozi cyangwa se akaba yajyanwa gufungwa, nyamara ibyiza bya Nyungwe baturiye bakabyumva ku iradiyo cyangwa se bakabibwira na bamwe mu bigeze kuyigeramo.

Agira ati “twumva bavuga ko muri iri shyamba duturanye na ryo habamo inyamaswa ngo zisurwa n’abazungu, abo bazungu ntitujya tubabona, inyamaswa zo iyo zatwoneye tugashaka kuzirukankana tubona abatubuza ndetse hakaba ubwo twitaba mu buyobozi kwisobanura”.

Aba baturage bavuga ko bagira uruhare mu kubungabunga inkengero z’iri shyamba kandi bagafasha mu gukumira icyashobora guhungabanya ibiririmo gusa bakifuza ko habaho gahunda yabafasha na bo kumenya ibyiza babana na byo batabizi.

Elie Musabyimana umukozi wa RDB ushinzwe  guhuza pariki ya Nyungwe n’abayituriye avuga ko pariki z’igihugu ziba ari iz’abaturage bityo bagafatanya n’abaturage mu kuzibungabunga kandi ibyinjira muri izo pariki bigashyirwa mu bikorwa biteza imbere abaturage baturiye Nyungwe.

Ibyo bikorwa bikaba birirmo kubaka ibigo nderabuzima , amashuri n’ibindi bikorwa by’iterambere nko guha abaturage amazi meza nk’uko biri gukorwa mu karere ka Nyamasheke.

Musabyimana avuga ko nta muturage ushobora kwangirizwa n’inyamaswa ngo ntiyishyurwe ndetse ko hari gahunda ko umuturage uturiye ishyamba rya Nyungwe ashobora kubisaba akaba yafashwa kujya kumenya ibiyiberamo atabyumva gusa.

Agira ati “abaturage nibo dufatanya kubungabunga iyi parike ya Nyungwe nk’uko ari iyabo, turakora ubukangurambaga dufasha bamwe nk’abayobozi bo mu nzego z’ibanze gusura parike no kureba ibyiza biyigize ngo bayibungabunge bazi neza n’ibiyiberamo, dushishikariza n’abandi baturage bose ko ubishatse yatwandikira tukamufasha kuba yabasha kwinjira no kumenya ibibera muri pariki ya Nyungwe”.

Nyungwe ni imwe mu mashyamba manini kimeza y’u Rwanda akora ku turere twa Rusizi na Nyamagabe , igice kinini cyaryo kikaba kiri mu karere ka Nyamasheke.

Ni ishyamba risurwa na bamukerarugendo kubera urusobe rw’ibinyabuzima birimo nk’inyoni z’amako yose, inyamaswa nk’impundu, inkende, ifumberi n’izindi, n’ibiti bitandukanye kandi bitangaje.

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Uburengerazuba: Abaturage bakomeje kwibutswa kutangiza amashyamba azagirwa Pariki y’igihugu

Posted on 11 July 2015 by peter


Abaturage baturiye amashyamba ya Mukura na Gishwati aherereye mu karere ka Rutsiro mu ntara y’iburengerazuba bokemeje kwibutswa kutayangiza kuko yamaze kwemezwa ko azagirwa pariki y’igihugu.

Ibi byagarutsweho tariki ya 07/07/2015 ubwo ubuyobozi bwa Polisi y’iburengerazuba, ubugenzacyaha bw’ibijyanye n’abangiza ibidukikije ku rwego rw’igihugu,umukozi w’ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe ibidukikije (REMA) ndetse n’ubuyobozi bw’akarere bwasuraga baturiye ishyamaba rya Mukura ryakomeje kwangizwa aho babwiwe kutazongera kwangiza ishyamba rya Mukura na Gishwati kuko bizagirwa Pariki .

Umugenzacyaha mukuru akaba n’umuvugizi wa Polisi mu ntara y’iburengerazuba yagize ati” twaje hano kongera kwibutsa abaturage baturiye yaba iri shyamba rya Mukura ndetse na Gishwati gukomeza kuzirikana ko uzangiza aya mashyamba agiye kugirwa Pariki azahanwa n’amategeko”

Umukozi w’ikigo cy’igihugu gishinzwe kubungabunga ibidukikije REMA, Remy Duhuze yibukije abaturage ubwiza bwo kubungabunga ibidukikije birimo n’aya mashyamba azagirwa Pariki abasaba kuzirikana kuyabungabunga.

Ati” ibidukikije birimo n’aya masyamba agiye kugirwa Pariki bifite akamaro kanini aho biduha umwuka duhumeka ndetse by’umwihariko nka pariki yo yinjiza n’amafaranga ya ba mukerrugendo ubwo rero muzirikanye kuyabungabunga ”

Abaturage batangaza ko bamaze kumva impanuro bagirwa kandi ko bagiye no kubikangurira bagenzi babo batarabyumva nk’uko abaganiriye na Kigali Today babitangaje.

Misago Marcelline utuye mu murenge wa Rusebeya ati” njyewe rwose namaze kumva ibyiza by’ibidukikije ubu ndahita mpagarika abana banjye bajyaga gusenya inkwi muri Mukura ndetse mbikangurire n’abandi”

Siwe wenyine ariko uvuga ko yamaze kumenya ibyiza by’ibidukikije kuko na Mburenumwe Soteri avuga ko uretse no kureka kwangiza ibidukikije birimo n’aya mashyamba azagaragaza n’uwashaka kuyangiza.

Umugenzacyaha mukuru ku rwego rw’igihugu mu bijyanye n’ibidukikije IP Kamali Robert yabwiye abaturage ko hari igihano cyagenewe abangiza ibidukikije aho uwahamwe n’icyaha ahanishwa kuva ku mezi 6 kugeza ku myaka 6 ndetse hiyongereyeho n’ihazabu kuva ku bihumbi 500 kugeza kuri miliyoni 5 z’amanyarwanda.

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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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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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Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony to generate $14m


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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