The conservation journey of Rwanda began decades ago and has since then continued to immensely progress. In a single adventure, tourists can reach volcanoes, lakes, rainforests, mist-shrouded mountains, the beautiful city of Kigali, and trek with the last remaining mountain gorillas. Due to the successive increase of tourism, Rwanda is becoming one of Africa’s leading business tourism destinations.
Recently, Rwanda has taken enormous strides in developing robust attractions for a conservation tourism industry to thrive.
In 2016, a fourth national park was established – Gishwati-Mukura National Park, made up of two fragmented mountain forests that is home to the endangered chimpanzees and golden monkeys.
Rwanda recently introduced black rhinos and lions into Akagera National Park, becoming only one of three Eastern African countries that offers tourist a “Big 5” experience.
The magnificent mountain ranges of the most biodiverse jewel in Africa – Volcanoes National Park – was expanded by 27.8 hectare property adjacent to the park. It was donated to The Rwanda Development Board by the African Wildlife Foundation. Volcanoes National Park is Africa’s oldest park and is home to the last remaining critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Rwanda is well known for its mountain gorillas and mountain gorilla tourism in Rwanda has long been viewed as a valuable conservation tool. In 2016, the once volatile Volcanoes National Park generated USD 16.4 million from tourists, employment, and infrastructure development. Rwanda’s annual gorilla naming ceremony – Kwita Izina – has named 22 baby gorillas and has attracted a number of international celebrities. In 2016, the event hosted a fundraising gala dinner that raised RWF25 million (USD $29,500).