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Rwanda’s Most Expensive Forest Has 4G WiFi, CCTV Cameras, Night Lights

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It takes at least 5 hours driving from the capital Kigali on a smooth 230km tarmac to south-west before entering Rwanda’s 117-year old Nyungwe forest. It is Rwanda’s most protected and expensive natural installation.

In 1903, the German colonial government declared the park as a reserve and a colonial crown land of Nyungwe. Nyungwe became a National Park in 2004- it spreads to more than 1,000 square kilometres.

Not much is known about this forest yet the government pumps a lot of resources in advertising the country’s touristic attractions.

However, the suspension bridge offering a breathtaking canopy walk over Nyungwe forest has overshadowed all other things about this forest.

Nyungwe forest has one of the smoothest roads in Rwanda- the road is so flawless that it feels like driving on house tiles.

Meanwhile, at any time of night it is possible to drive without worrying of darkness in case your car lamps burn out. There are road lights throughout the road in this forest.

Comprising of a 5-star hotel (One & Only Nyungwe House), a canopy walk suspension bridge, a host of attractive birds, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and a rich ecosystem, Rwanda government has made the security of this forest a priority.

The forest stretches deep south, forming much of the territorial borderline with neighbouring Burundi, a country that has taken on a negative and hostile stance against Rwanda.

Burundi has been in the recent years financed and allowed Rwandan rebels to crossover into Nyungwe forest to launch attacks in Rwanda.

While in this forest, there is evidence of highly armed and trained commandos of the Rwanda Defence Force. They protect every meter of the forest with high-tech equipment.

The recent attempt by rebels to camp in this forest was met with fury and firepower from the Rwandan military. The chief sponsor of Nyungwe forest terror, Paul Rusesabagina and his commander Calixte Nsabimana have been captured and are undergoing trial in Kigali.

Last year Rwandan national parks alone received about 111,136 visitors contributing US$28.9 million from park entries. Parks include; Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati Mukura National Park.

Chimpanzees

Inside Nyungwe forest you have a chance of chimpanzee trekking – It is a park activity of following trails that lead you to a point where you are near and close to the chimpanzees in their natural habitats. You have a chance to view their daily activities from grooming, mating and feeding including fights and nursing babies.

The whole trek lasts around 2 hours and though some parts can be slippery and/or steep, the walk is relatively easy.

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

It’s quite an experience walking 60m above the forest floor, over the tree canopy, along the 200m, rope-style metal bridge.The canopy bridge leads between some huge, ancient trees, home to many species of endemic plants and ferns, as well as over 300 species of birds, 25 of which are endemic to this area, which is part of the Albertine Rift.

Hotels and accommodation

Kitabi Eco-Center, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel. Nyungwe Forest is surrounded by five districts including; Karongi in the North, Nyamasheke in the North West, Nyamagabe in the North East while Nyaruguru in the Southeast of the park.

 

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ushi Engel

    September 8, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Had to postpone my trip to Rwanda due to Covid-19 to 2021 and are looking forward to visit Nyungwe Forest and encounter the chimps and monkeys

    • Oscar

      September 8, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      U are mostly welcome am a Driver guide I will be happy to help you where u need.

  2. paul Sieunda odipo

    September 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Ever since 90’s I have been hearing of Rwanda.. I promise this time will visit.. I had been there via kenya a stop over at kigali Int’l Airport for like an hour but it was at around 1900hrs.will visit the park with my family.

  3. Eric Koroma

    September 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    What is the price per night of accommodation (Bed&Breakfast)?
    Eric Koroma.

  4. Valence Domitian

    September 12, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Real Mr Kagame is a good reader,he takes that Forest as a Heart of Rwanda be blessed
    Valence Domitian

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Tanzania Returns To Normal After Cyclone Jobo Scare Fades

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Reports From Tanzania indicate that businesses in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam have resumed after meteorological experts announced that Cyclone Jobo was no longer a big threat.

Dar es Salaam  had braced itself for the wrath of the storm for the first time in since independence.

Tanzania’s meteorological Authority said in a statement released early Sunday April 25, “The situation was as a result of continued strong winds in the direction of Cyclone Jobo. Rain clouds that accompanied the cyclone have also spread to the sea and coastal areas of Tanzania and Mozambique.”

Records show only two other tropical cyclones have ever made it to the shores of Tanzania since the 19th century: the “Zanzibar Cyclone” of 1872 and Cyclone Lindi of 1952.

The two storms struck the nation 80 years and one day apart on April 14 and 15 of their years, respectively.

In 2019 Cyclones Idai and Kenneth battered neighboring Mozambique on back-to-back months.

Meanwhile, under similar panic, the Government of Zanzibar has suspended travel on the Indian ocean due to the impending landfall of  Tropical Cyclone Jobo that is expected to hit Tanzania’s coastal line on April 25.

The anticipated tropical cyclone was set to hit Tanzania’s East Coast regions such as Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Pwani, Mtwara and Zanzibar.

Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) had earlier said Tropical Cyclone Jobo was expected to impact the country’s weather systems causing heavy rains, strong winds blowing at the speed of 60 Kilometers in an hour and waves especially in the coastal belt.

however, by Saturday evening, Meteorological experts said, Cyclone “Jobo” had weakened and was travelling at a speed of 18 KPH on the Indian Ocean.

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Israel Embassy In Rwanda Joins The World To Celebrate Earth Day

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The Embassy of Israel in Rwanda on April 22, joined the world to celebrate the annual International Mother Earth Day.

This year’s Mother Earth Day is celebrated under the theme “Restore Our Earth”.

The event was held in Huye District where the Ambassador of Israel in Rwanda, Dr. Ron Adam, visited the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.

The Center is in the National Herbarium of Rwanda in University of Rwanda (UR), and accommodates 17,000 species of plants.

The Ambassador was joined by the Director-General of Rwanda Environment and Management Authority (REMA), Juliet Kabera, officials from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and University of Rwanda, and graduates from the university.

On the occasion, they launched a workshop to increase the capacity of young Rwandans to collect and identify plants hence contribute to the development of the National Herbarium of Rwanda and the country’s documentation of its rich botanical heritage.

In total, 30 individuals including MSc students, recent BSc graduates were trained. The workshop was financed by the Israel Embassy in Rwanda.

According to Ambassador Adam, preserving biodiversity should be prioritized.

He said: “One of the key areas of concern is the preservation of biodiversity and of the biological ecosystem on Earth. Humanity needs to preserve biodiversity which became more challenging in the current age of climate change and global warming.”

“The embassy attaches great importance to the preservation of parks and nature in Rwanda,” He added.

Israel has dealt with the conservation of its nature since its inception by declaring more than one-third of its land under preservation. There are more than 150 national parks in Israel. 

Meanwhile, Rwanda is also committed to preserving the environment, as explained by Kabera.

“The Green Growth and Climate Resilience strategy of 2011 as well as its updates NDCs of 2020 are examples of strategic documents that highlight priority interventions which Rwanda embarked on to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” she noted.

She added: “These interventions include but not limited to promoting the use of renewable energy, rainwater storage and efficient use, landscape restoration, and promoting e-mobility.”

Visiting Nyungwe National Park

In a bid to promote research and help graduates to better understand biodiversity, over 20 people composed of UR graduates and their lecturers were facilitated to visit the Nyungwe National Park on Wednesday, April 21.

They collected 30 plant species, which they assert will help them conduct further significant researches.

“I have learned a lot with my students, we discovered a lot of species and collected samples that were not at the National Herbarium of Rwanda. This will help us to monitor the evolution of plant species in relation to climate change,” said Prof. Elias Bizuru, a lecturer of Botany and related courses at UR College of Science and Technology.

Aime Sandrine Uwase, Coordinator of National Herbarium of Rwanda and a graduate in Botany and Conservation at UR, also hailed the visit. “I enjoyed the trail, I got to learn new things. I was able to see with my eyes the plant species we were taught in class. We thank the Israel Embassy in Rwanda for this opportunity given to us.” 

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For a return to serenity and bonding with nature, Marjorie Elaine Harvey the spouse to an American television presenter Broderick Stephen Harvey was recently spotted into Rwanda’s mountain Gorilla’s habitat.

Through her Instagram page, Mrs Harvey commended Rwanda government for taking good care of the Mountain Gorilla’s.

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