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Nature Based Tourism Backbone to Rwanda’s Tourism

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Rwanda’s travel and tourism industry has experienced a boom over the past 20 years, thanks to efforts by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to enhance and diversify its tourism offerings. Although mountain gorillas continued to play a key role in contributing to the industry’s growth, the country shifted from relying on their attractions in, Volcanoes National Park (PNV) so as to remain competitive in the fast-growing, ever changing travel and tourism market in the world. As part of its diversification campaign, the national tourism body introduced several new tourism products, among them three birding routes outside the national parks of; Parc National de l’ Akagera, Parc National des Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Park.

Rwanda has developed a Canopy Walk in Nyungwe National Park, the first of its kind in Africa, as well as the Congo Nile Trail, which offers a wide range of hiking experiences around the shores of Lake Kivu. Over the forecast period, the introduction of new tourism packages has helped in attracting new visitor segments in Rwanda’s as well as diversifying the country’s tourism sector! The leading arrival source countries have also increased and also generate additional revenue for its travel and tourism industry which has also led to improved standards of living amongst the local people.

Gorilla Trekking is another foot adventure that you can take while in Rwanda. This is the most popular adventure activity attracting thousands of travelers who take Rwanda Safaris into the jungles of Volcanoes National Park, home to nearly half of the remaining mountain gorillas. There are several habituated gorilla families in Rwanda where tourists take excursions into the wild and meet eye to eye with the endangered mountain gorillas.

Within Volcanoes National Park, there are other adventurous activities that can be taken and these include golden monkey tracking and a hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave. There are several foot trails that you will take to see the rare golden monkeys another endangered primate living in the Virunga Forests of Central Africa.

Now that you know about the new tourism products that Rwanda has to offer, it’s now all put to you either to come and see for your self or to sit back and miss out on a life time experience. Trips to Rwanda can easily be booked through several loal tour operators in Rwanda including Rwanda Gorilla Safaris specialists in organizing memorable gorilla trips into the jungles of Central Africa.

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