Tourism news: Rwanda tourism is so much more than just gorillas


(eTN) – Ms. Rica Rwigamba, head of tourism and conservation within the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), during her visit to the World Travel Market in London last week made it plain to stand visitors and the media, that Rwanda had a lot more to offer than “just gorillas.” While admittedly Rwanda is still best known for the tracking of the rare mountain gorillas in the Parc de Volcanoes in the west of the country along the common borders with Uganda and the Congo DR, RDB has in recent years made determined efforts to open up new areas and attractions in order to offer visitors a wider range of tourism products.

The effort has largely paid off with more and more visitors coming to Rwanda and spending more time in the country and in the process pushing the tourism sector to the top of the economic performance list.

A canopy walk at Nyungwe Forest National Park, said to be the first in any of East Africa’s rain forests, the expansion of tracks and viewing points in this particular park, the partnership with African Parks, which is now managing the Akagera National Park and investing over US$20 million there to improve infrastructure, and also the introduction of suitable boats to take tourists on trips along the shores of Lake Kivu have all made an immediate impact on the tourist itineraries now offered to visitors, keeping Rwanda at the cutting edge of the East African tourism sectors.

It was also ascertained that the average stay in country has now gradually moved towards the 6-day intermediate target, and with the recent start of KLM flights, operating from Amsterdam via Entebbe to Kigali five times a week, more and more tourists are expected to visit “the land of a thousand hills.”