Rwanda is set to open, to visitors, Gishwati-Mukura National Park, which was recently upgraded to a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
The move has added impetus to Rwanda’s ambitions of doubling its annual tourism receipts to $800 million by 2024.
The country is keen on accelerating the recovery of the tourism industry, which was severely hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We are preparing to use Gishwati-Mukura Park for tourism activities. We were still in restoration activities and we will open it for tourists before the end of this year,” said Ariella Kageruka, the Head of Tourism and Conservation Department at Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
Kageruka made the revelation at the handover of the Rwf900 million Gishwati-Mukura tourism headquarters.
The Gishwati-Mukura landscape was named among the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO on Wednesday, October 28. Rwanda’s newest national park is located in the north-western part of the country in the districts of Rutsiro and Ngororero. Photo: File.
The headquarters, which include administrative block, was handed over to Rwanda Development Board (RDB) by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).