Where cultural tourism leads to community development
Why visit Rwanda
Located in a region boasting wildlife reserves, game parks and rainforest areas, Rwanda is also known as the habitat of the rare and endangered mountain gorilla.
Through its diverse terrain, you can hike in the dense jungles and peek through the trees to see the brilliant clear waters of the Great Lakes. Some of the world’s most beautiful and impressive lakes are located in this area including the source of the longest river in East Africa. You will also encounter mountains which enable you to see the rare primates in their habitat.
The hospitality and warmth of the local peoples with their unique cultural experiences will enhance any visit to Rwanda, as will a trip to the active volcanoes at Nyiragongo.
In Rwanda we believe in the paramount importance of empowering local communities through education and entrepreneurship, which have proved to go hand in hand with the conservation of the natural environment.
Local communities have been enabled to gain (directly or indirectly) from thriving tourism in their backyards; they become interested in protecting their environment and move away from illegal activities like animal poaching, cutting down the trees of Kahuzi Biega National Park (D.R. Congo) and abandon plans for oil and mineral extraction at the volcanoes of the Virunga mountains.
Rwanda has one international airport, Kigali International Airport, which is located at Kanombe, 10 Km east of Kigali’s city center. For your convenience, make a contact with Red Rocks, Rwanda’s cultural facility center beforehand; they will gladly help you from booking the flights, facilitate your arrival process, as well as arranging your commute within the country.
Rwanda has a road network linking the major towns and the most convenient way to travel the country is by car or motorcycle. Tour operators can arrange a vehicle with driver, or a number of agencies rent out cars and 4x4s. Taxis operate in the larger towns.
Tourism & People
Rwanda has a growing community tourism potential. These initiatives have created infrastructures to host tourists and to set up community-led projects to improve living standards and preserve the environment through tourism.
The models employed are aimed at generating a beneficial multiplier effect in communities around Volcanoes National Park and in Kahuzi Biega (D.R. Congo). For instance, surplus income produced through ecotourism enables workers and/or their family members to start their own businesses or pass on income to other community members by buying local goods, paying for childcare and other services.