Rwanda is eminent for its mountain gorillas in its Volcanoes National Park making the gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda the main tourist activity. Mountain gorillas are endangered species however; they are the most sought apes around the world. Mountain gorillas are a significant contribution to the nation’s travel and tourism industry thanks to events such as the Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony and the conservation efforts of the Rwandan government, which seeks to ensure the safety and long-term sustainability of its gorilla population in order to maintain the constant flow of tourists to the country for Rwanda gorilla tours. Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda qualify tourists to interact with the endangered species in their natural habitat.
Boosting mountain gorilla numbers in Rwanda
In a different place, such as the Congo region, gorillas have many times got caught in the antagonism between competing militias or are killed by poachers, who boost their income by selling gorilla meat. Nevertheless, gorillas fare much better in Rwanda cheers to Volcanoes National Park’s gorilla tourism project, which has generated enough income so that local residents know they earn more by keeping the gorillas alive. This is one of the things that have boosted Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris.
Growing a national park through holidaymakers
In Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park, wildlife is under threat from hunters and habitat loss despite it being the largest protected mountain rainforest in Africa. Biologist Michel Masozera spent two decades turning the forest into a national park to protect it from mining. Nyungwe forest covers an area of around 1,000 square kilometers so it is home to more than a thousand different species that attract people to carry on Rwanda wildlife safari tours. Masozera was hoping that encouraging ecotourism can make a difference and boost Rwanda tours. He set up the first canopy walk in Rwanda to help grow the park through ecotourism and this has boosted the number of Rwanda safaris in the country.
Other Eco-Tourism Measures
Rwanda’s capital city Kigali will be home to a 134 hectare urban park in the city’s biggest valley in 2020. The Nyandungu Urban Wetland Eco-Tourism Park will conserve wetlands and habitat for the already existing wildlife. Besides conserving and protecting, it will be providing walking and cycling trails, fish ponds and botanical gardens for residents and tourists. This new park illustrates Rwanda’s vision that preserving natural ecosystems is a win-win situation said Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director at Rwanda’s Environment Management Authority. Speaking on the sidelines of Africa Green Growth Forum 2018, he said the government wants to restore the area’s flora and birds for the benefit of researchers, residents and tourists interesting in safaris in Rwanda or Rwanda safaris tours.
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Uganda’s safe haven for chimpanzees
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda is a new home for the hunted chimps. Ngamba Island provides a safe haven for orphaned chimpanzees as well as offering ecotourism and conservation education to people on Uganda safaris. Chimpanzees are emotionally complex creatures where losing their families could result in behavioral problems. The chimpanzees there are too traumatized to ever be able to reintegrate again into a chimp community in the wild, so the team at the sanctuary spends a lot of time helping the creatures deal with their trauma. Many tourists that safari Uganda has had an opportunity of reaching this chimpanzee sanctuary. This has offered them chance to have a Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari in the forest where they reside as well as interacting with them in their new habitat.
Green safaris in Botswana
About 70,000 jobs in Botswana hinge on on the tourists who visit the country’s wildlife reserves on Botswana wildlife safaris. Therefore, Chobe National Park; a dock for giraffes and other endangered species aims at serving tourists on Botswana safaris while also protecting the planet and promoting conservation. In Botswana, tourists stay at an eco-lodge and take Botswana safari trips in silent, emission free electric cars.
Although giraffe numbers are deteriorating in other parts of Africa, they are still numerous in Chobe National Park. Besides the giraffe numbers, Chobe National Park also has large herds of elephants and Cape buffalos which converge along the Chobe River front in the dry months. Lions, antelopes and hippos in this park inhabit the woods and lagoons around Linyanti Marsh. The floodable grasslands of the Savuti Marsh attract numerous bird species, plus migrating zebras. With all these animals, Chobe National Park is very perfect for a Botswana wildlife safari.
In other words, suggesting the combination of ecotourism and conservation is paying off in helping the species survive in Botswana hence increasing the number of Botswana safaris.
Trying to protect Mozambique’s Banhine Natural Reserve
Safari in Mozambique’s Banhine National Park and witness a huge grassland park whose wetland areas are a paradise for countless birds making it perfect for Mozambique birding safaris. This park has been a protected area for more than 40 years, and there are unbendable penalties for poachers. However, illegal killing of animals remains a problem, as well as illegal charcoal production, which destroys the natural habitat where the animals stay. Many Mozambique residents don’t understand the need for strict conservation laws, so the national park has been trying to adopt better relations with local residents. One way is to help local people see ecotourism as an opportunity to earn money so as to boost Mozambique wildlife safaris in the park.