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Rwanda: RDB to permit people own wild animal zoos

Posted on 23 August 2012 by peter

Rwanda | Rwanda RDB to permitAfter fencing the Akagera National Park, for the first time in Rwanda the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will accept for the people who want to keep wild animals and to bring animals that were rare in Rwandan national parks.

The fact that Akagera National Park is small compared to the animals that live in it and what to feed them caused many problems in the past like animals escaping from the park and destroying people’s crops and even killing people,  Télésphore Ngoga who is in charge of National Parks in RDB.

Ngoga went on to say that this problem is being fixed by fencing this national park and they will remain with only the animals that they can take care of and which will not destroy people’s crops or kill them.

Ngoga said that after fencing this national park, local people might get the authority to own some of the wild animals that used to be in this park. “If a person can pay to watch impala in the park, why can’t a person have a zoo of his/her own and see them instead of finding them in the park? Like in other countries where a person can have their parks with animals like antelopes, buffaloes, crocodiles and they are used to make a living.

Apart from giving local people authority to own animals, many other animal species will be brought to Rwanda like lions, rhinoceros and others. For this to be possible, people have to first accept and show willingness to rear wild animals and the government to make laws that will guide the process.





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Rwanda ranks among African countries with potential ground for tourism growth

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Rwanda : Rwanda ranks among African countries with potential ground for tourism growth

Posted on 17 August 2012 by peter

Rwanda ranks among African countries with potential ground for tourism growth

A Research firm-Euromonitor International has identified some African countries that are likely to see strong growth in tourism, and could possibly be lucrative destinations for investors in the tourism industry.

These countries are Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. According to Euromonitor, Rwanda is emerging as a well-known destination on the world tourism map recording a 3% increase of inbound tourists in 2011 to reach 723,000.

In 2011, the majority of tourist arrivals came from other African countries. Arrivals from the African continent were led by the Democratic Republic of Congo(16.5%), followed by Uganda (13.5%) and Tanzania (7.4%). Rwanda’s core overseas markets include the US (3.6%), Belgium (2%) and the UK (1.5%).

According to Euromonitor, Rwanda is also ready to implement the East African Community single tourist visa, which will allow tourists to travel freely across the region.

Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner with $251 million earned in 2011. The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has revealed that for the first semester of 2012, Tourism revenues have increased by 11% compared to the same period last year in 2011. The tourism sector is estimated to have generated US $128.3m compared to US$115.6m generated in the same period last year.

One of the country’s most popular attractions is its mountain gorillas – which has attracted many tourists in the country and RDB has promoted the activity through the annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony (commonly known as Kwita Izina).

Rwanda is, however, trying to diversify its tourism offering, for example through the 150 metre high canopy walkway, the Congo Nile Trail and bird watching routes.




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RUSIZI 33 remains of genocide victims laid to rest

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Rwanda | RUSIZI: 33 remains of genocide victims laid to rest

Posted on 06 July 2012 by peter

Burying Tutsi victims in Memorial sites provided by the government is a way of giving them human value  that they lost when they were killed, Oscar Nzeyimana the Mayor of Rusizi District said during the function to bury the remains of 33 genocide victims at Rusizi genocide memorial site on the 3rd.July.2012.

RUSIZI 33 remains of genocide victims laid to restIn this function, the genocide survivors from families of the deceased appreciated the way of getting the information where their relatives were buried so as to lay them to rest in respect which shows the extent of Unity and Reconciliation in Rwanda and that they will be able to let go after burying their relatives’ remains.

Oscar Nzeyimana thanked the families of the deceased to have cooperated with the administration and accepted to exhume those who were buried in different places in their families to bury them in the memorial site so as to be cared for by memorial site management.

Nzeyimana Oscar went on to say that when people are not buried in their rightful place it delays development of the people as the land of which people are buried would be needed for developmental projects.

It is expected that Nyarushishi genocide memorial site that is in Nkungu sector when it is completed fully, all genocide victims in Rusizi district will be transferred there because it will be big and up to date.




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Rwanda : Tourism promotes Northern Province of Rwanda

Posted on 21 June 2012 by peter

The governor of the Northern Province of Rwanda Aime Bosenibamwe said that for this province to have come the first in reducing the poverty level of its residents in Rwanda is because of many actions that include tourism that is done in volcanic park.

This he said in the “Kwita Izina” (gorilla naming) ceremony that was held in Musanze district on the 16th.June.2012 where he announced that the Northern Province is the first in provinces in Rwanda and Musanze district where this park is located was the 3rd in all district in the fight against poverty.

This is due to the fact that people who used to go poaching in this game park are now in SACOLA cooperative (Sabyinyo Community Livelihoods Association) and they take care and protect this park as Bosenibamwe said.

He went on to say that SACOLA cooperative members now know the importance of this park as it now earns them the money that they use to promote themselves. They have already built a trading house and this cooperative aids other people who are not its members.

He asked people who live nearby this park to keep protecting it because it is of much importance. This was also said by John Gara the director of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) where he said that tourism has developed in Rwanda and depending on how people are taking care of their ne4ighbouring parks.

In 2011, more than 900 tourists came to Rwanda and tourism brought about $252Millions. People living near the park are given 5percentof the money the government receives from that park as John Gara explained.

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Rwanda Markets to be built for tourism

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Rwanda : Markets to be built for tourism purpose

Posted on 01 April 2012 by peter

The Minister of Local governments (MINALOC) James Musoni said markets will be built in areas attracting tourists so that they get where to buy things they might need especially those that will keep them remembering Rwanda.

Rwanda Markets to be built for tourism






James Musoni said this recently during the meeting with the coordinating committee in north province.

He said that tourists usually say that when they visit gorillas in the volcanoes usually fail to get a place where to buy things that will remind them of Rwanda.

MINALOC will work with Rwanda Development Board (RDB) so as to rule out places to build on markets for tourists.

He went on to explain that districts in Northern province of Rwanda Burera and Musanze which are attract touri8sts to work well on these touristic attractions so as to get more money.

Among those touristic attractions in these districts include volcanoes, parks, lakes in Burera and Ruhondo, caves, swamps and others.

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So how do you organize a gorilla trek

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Rwanda : So how do you organize a gorilla trek in Rwanda?

Posted on 18 February 2012 by peter

So how do you organize a gorilla trek

A Gorilla enjoying tree stems

Gorillas are the biggest attraction for tourist travelling to Rwanda. It is a big experience watching the mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.

In the dense jungles covering the volcanoes in this landlocked country, located in central and East Africa, you we find the critically endangered mountain gorilla.

The exhilarating trek, in which you follow in the footsteps of the gorilla, the largest living primate on earth, starts in the foothills of the Virungas with stunning views in all directions

Upon entering the national park, the paths are littered with fresh spoor of the elusive buffalo and elephant, and trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful birds and butterflies. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent Virunga peaks, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, are glimpsed in the distance.

Weaving through the forest the experienced trackers will soon bring you up close with a family of gorillas.

Once you have found them, you will stay observing them for one magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting and raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!

From Rwanda’s capital city Kigali you would need to travel by bus to Ruhengeri, North of Rwanda, for about two hours. From there, gorilla permits can be arranged or alternatively acquire one from the conservation office at Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

However, only approximately 56 gorilla permits are released per day, so you would be better booking in advance.

Charges for foreign non residents have increased to US$ 750 from US$500, whereas foreigners residing in Rwanda will be charged US$ 375 instead of US$250 to trek the gorillas. Rwandan nationals will be charged US$ 50 up from US $33.

Most of the funds collected go towards the conservation of the gorillas and the preservation of their environment. You also need to pay a driver which is approximately $100 per day.

With the help of guides, this trek will allow you to get up close to these fascinating shy creatures and experience the magic of an encounter with one of our closest relatives.

Depending on your arrangements with the tour companies, you’ll be staying in comfortable accommodation on this three day tour and will also experience the life in rural areas of Rwanda, and highlights on Rwanda’s conservation policies among others.

To protect the gorillas from excessive disturbance the number of permits granted to see them is strictly limited, so if you would like to go on this tour please enquire sooner rather than later.

Rwanda’s gorilla conservation efforts have realized significant achievements. Currently, there are ten gorilla- groups which accommodate up to eight tourists each per day, a number that has almost doubled over the last five years.


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