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How Rwanda made it to the top 100 green destinations list

By Our Reporter When Greg Bakunzi submitted the Volcanoes National Park to this year’s Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition, it was just another fishing expedition for the Amahoro Tours man. He was not certain his reluctant efforts would actually earn his country a place among the world’s top 100 green destinations. During the selection process, applications were rated basing on ...

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Scientific tourism: Dr Kinani’s new initiative to boost Rwanda’s tourism

By Joseph Oindo Today, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Tourism Day. And with almost 1.2 billion people travelling abroad every year, this industry has become a powerful economic sector and a passport to peace and posterity, plus a transformative force improving millions of lives. In Rwanda, different sector players have come on board to find ...

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Amahoro Tours’ Bakunzi among Sustainable Destinations Top 100 winners

By Our Reporter Rwandan tour operator Greg Bakunzi is among this year’s winners of the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition. The winners of the green label will be recognised at the two-day Global Green Destination Day (GGDD) international conference, which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on September 27-28. The conference is being held in Ljubljana because it’s “a city that ...

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Africa’s first community owned elephant orphanage to open in Kenya

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya is to open the first community owned and managed elephant orphanage in Africa. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is situated in the remote Mathews Range, among Kenya’s second largest elephant population. It will take in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining ...

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AWF boss: Investment and conservation are not strange bedfellows

By Our Reporter As large businesses continue to set up in Africa, fragile ecosystems are likely to be depleted if investors and policy makers do not adequately consider the value of ecosystems in their investment decisions. “To create real economic development that benefits all people in Africa, the sustainability of ecosystems on which the global economy depends must be guaranteed. ...

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What you didn’t know about the African lion

By Evelyn Masaba Uganda has over 500 lions, also known as Panthera Leo, living in the country’s national parks and reserves, including Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth national park, among several others. Queen Elizabeth National Park is known to have the biggest number of lions which are also famous for their tree climbing antics. Do you think you know a ...

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Rwanda hosts first conservation and tourism exhibition

The first Kwita Izina Conservation and Tourism Exhibition kicked off in Kigali on August 27, with Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe represented by both private and public sectors and development partners. Organised in line with the 12th Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming ceremony, the exhibition is taking place at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village where local, regional and ...

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Getting up close and personal with Uganda’s chimpanzees

By Doreen Khasalamwa From the spectacular mountains to the rivers, lakes, wildlife, lash wilderness, thick misty forests, and to the friendly faces, Uganda truly deserves to be referred to as the pearl of Africa. Sure, the country is endowed with every bit of Africa’s tourist resources. Uganda is home to many things: the rare mountain gorillas, Africa’s longest river, and ...

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Giving back to the community: RDB unveils Rwf55.8 million Kanyove school project

By Joseph Oindo For Eversiste Hakizimana, August 19, 2016, came as a blessing. Having schooled at Kanyove Primary School from 2007 to 2010, from where he qualified to join secondary school, this date was a stark reminder of where he has come from and his optimism that his children are not going to lead the same life he went through ...

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Have you been to the reptile village?

By Evelyn Masaba There is a little place hidden straight off the Kampala-Entebbe highway that only the brave dare go to, a place filled with things that the brave love frolicking with. With lush green gardens, you will not expect to be jumped at by something that has been supposedly man’s enemy for generations. It is the Uganda Reptile Village, ...

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