As you probably know, we’re big advocates of ecotourism and what Nyungwe National Park is doing through the Nyungwe Nziza Project.
The Nziza Project is aimed at transforming the Park and surrounding communities into a viable ecotourism destination, capable of generating employment and equitable income for the local communities. The goal is to create a thriving economy in NNP with a private sector that realizes they can benefit economically by protecting and leveraging the unique environment in which they live and work.
Ecotourism without tourists, however, is not sustainable. So the Project is cooperating closely with the Rwanda Development Board to market and promote the experiences of the Park – from chimp tracking to orchid ogling to visiting East Africa’s only Canopy Walk. In April 2013, the Project brought six veteran globetrotting travel journalists from North America to Rwanda to experience Nyungwe firsthand.
When we heard about the project, we couldn’t help but want to show our support and what better way to do that than help them protect their stuff? So that’s where we start – by sending their staff a bunch of bags.
Thanks to the staff at Nyungwe National Park for this awesome video and can’t wait to see what the project holds for this ecotourism community in Rwanda!