Why should you go to Rwanda right now?

Why should you go to Rwanda right now?

Rwandan tourism, like that of many other countries throughout the world, has suffered significantly as a result of Covid. Rwanda, on the other hand, is taking positive steps to guarantee that tourism returns, but in a safe and considerate manner. To protect the future of its national parks and the safety of both people and tourists, the country has implemented a robust Covid-testing program. Here are some of Rwanda’s best practices.

Rwanda is leading the way in Covid-testing (and hence protecting) its national parks.

Before accessing the park gates, all visitors and residents must present a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours. This is to safeguard the park’s creatures, such as the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. If tourists are going to Rwanda for an extended period of time, they must make sure their Covid test is still valid within the 72-hour limit, otherwise they will have to get another one (which means multiple Covid tests during their stay).

This is excellent news for tourists (and for the animals of Rwanda). Visitors to the park are tested on a regular basis to guarantee they are not infected with Covid. Visitors to Rwanda’s national parks will feel safe and secure, knowing that the country places such a high importance on keeping everyone safe and healthy. Rwanda has four national parks, all of which are worth visiting.

Rwanda inaugurates Africa’s newest national park (and You Can Trek with the Chimps)

The Gishwati Mukura National Park is one of Africa’s newest national parks. The park will open its doors to the public in December 2020. (although with Covid, the park still has not seen many visitors). This implies that portions of the enormous montane forest that previously covered much of central Africa are now protected permanently and open to visitors.

Gishwati is home to a colony of 20 chimps, making it one of just two spots in Rwanda where you may go on a chimp walk to tick off your bucket list. Visitors can also witness a variety of other primates, such as golden and blue monkeys. The park is now undergoing a large-scale landscape restoration project. Resettlement, illegal mining in the mineral-rich forest, and livestock rearing had practically exhausted the area previously.

To boost soil fertility, stabilize slopes, and control stream flow, the park is now increasing the amount of trees in the park.

Furthermore, park officials are collaborating with residents in the surrounding areas to improve their livelihoods, giving the forest a higher chance of regeneration as well as the ability to boost living standards in the long run.

The benefit for tourists is that they may now arrange a monkey excursion (which normally has a waiting period of three months to a year).

Seeing the Baby Gorillas in Rwanda

Rwanda organizes an unique ceremony every year to name the new baby gorillas born in the previous twelve months. Kwita Izina is the name of the ceremony, which was held this year on September 25, World Gorilla Day.

The event this year marked the 17th year of the tradition, and the topic for 2021 is “Conservation and Sustainable Tourism — A Foundation for Future Generations.” In the last year, 24 young mountain gorillas have been born in the country’s Volcanoes National Park. Since the first Kwita Izina in 2005, a total of 328 newborn gorillas have been named.

Volcanoes visitors can observe not only the stunning silverback adult male gorillas, but also one of the cute newborns.

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