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PHOTOS: Kigali Tourism, Conservation Exhibition Off to a Great Start

A Rwanda Development Board game ranger displays some of their camping tents (Photos: Paul Mugume/ChimpReports)

The Kigali Tourism and Conservation Exhibition has started in high gear with players from the various COMESA member states engaging the public and showcasing their services, prescription http://deborahmillercounselor.com/wp-content/themes/pixelpress/functions/admin-framework-settings.php Chimp Corps report.

The exhibition which is part of the events leading to Kwita Izina, viagra order http://danielborda.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php a gorilla naming ceremony, http://ckls.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-date.php will run up to September 2.

Different exhibitors including tour operators, conservationists, and other tourism authorities on Sunday explained their genesis and most of the activities and services they offer in a bid to woo tourists to consider their countries as the best tourism destinations.

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The day was characterized by presentations from the Tourism boards of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Zimbabwe.

Besides the presentations from the government owned operators, private companies also showcased their products and services which they offer in conservation and tourism.

Tour operators from Uganda

Tour operators from Uganda

One of the private organisations involved in conservation is the ‘Forest of Hope’ (FOH), a non government organization that works on the conservation of the Gishwati Forest in Western Rwanda.

Dady Bagabo, one of the leaders on Benection cycling club displaying a picture of their team members

Dady Bagabo, one of the leaders on Benection cycling club displaying a picture of their team members

The organization, according to officials was started in 2012 to save Gishwati forest which had lost 98 percent of its forest cover to human activities including lumbering, charcoal burning and cutting trees for fuel.

“Gishwati had lost 98 percent of its forest cover, The Gishwati Area Conservation Program (GACP) undertook restoration and conservation efforts from 2008 to 2011 but was not successful and closed due to lack of funds,” Adrian Ntwali, the FOH lead exhibitor told ChimpReports.

An exhibitor from Forest of Hope displaying some of the products from the community near Gishwata Forest

An exhibitor from Forest of Hope displaying some of the products from the community near Gishwata Forest

“In 2012, the FOH was created to carry on the works of the GACP. From then to present, we have taken a community approach to conserve the forest and have been able to take Gishwati forest from a 98 percent loss to a considerable restoration.”

Ntwali said that the organization provides services ranging from sensitization to creating business opportunities for the members of the public that can earn them a living without having to destroy forest cover and the inhabiting animals.

“We help locals in building capacity, provide them with materials to startup businesses like bee keeping, craft making among others that won’t lead them to destroy the forest or the animals that are inhabiting it,” he added.

“Gishwati is inhabited by golden Monkeys, local monkeys and chimpanzees whose lives had been put to risk following the loss of the forest cover. Currently there has been an increase in the forested area from 886 hectares to 1484 hectares.”

Benediction Cycling club, also one of the exhibitors deals in cycling training, renting bicycles to Rwanda tourists and locals, and also owns a cycling team.

Locally brewed Bourbon Coffee, Rwanda's delicacy, on display at the exhibition in Kigali

Locally brewed Bourbon Coffee, Rwanda’s delicacy, on display at the exhibition in Kigali

The club is the biggest in Rwanda, and its members have represented the country in the Rio 2016 Olympics and the All Africa games.

Dady Bagabo, one of the heads of the club leadership said that the club has worked with a number of tour operators, renting out bicycles and guiding tourists in cycling around Kigali city, and at the shores of Lake Kivu.

Other companies at the exhibition included Akagera aviation, a Rwandan company that deals in helicopter hire and air ambulance services, Sites Travel, a Ugandan Private tour operating company, the Gorilla doctors, Tembeya Kenya, Akagera National Park among others.

Akagera national park's tent lodge at the exhibition

Akagera national park’s tent lodge at the exhibition

A Kenyan exhibitor (C) poses for a photo with visiting tourists at the exhibition

A Kenyan exhibitor (C) poses for a photo with visiting tourists at the exhibition

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