Rwanda gains new World Heritage Sites
UNESCO has added five sites in Rwanda to its recognized World Heritage list of cultural attractions.
Rwanda has gained traction in its global promotion of gorilla trekking in recent years, with its sponsorship visible in European football platforms, among other notable outlets. This reality has also seen Ugandan travel companies leverage her global attention to enable superior yet more affordable safari experiences.
Sights of Nyungwe National Park, the rainforest recently earmarked by UNESCO. (Photo/Unsplash)
Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park, a bio-diverse rainforest, was noted for its unique flora and fauna, including the endangered eastern chimpanzee and golden monkey.
Arcos Network, a Rwandan-based conservation NGO, referred to the development as “exciting”. According to its leader, Sam Kanyamibwa, who told the BBC, “it demonstrates Rwanda’s efforts and conservation policy, which is commended globally.” Four genocide memorial sites also joined the list.
The BBC also reports that Nyamata, Murambi, Gisozi, and Bisesero sites commemorate the tragic events of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, where an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered.
According to a BBC report, Europe only has more than a third of the sites, while countries such as France and Germany each have more than 50.
Rwanda’s gorilla population is shared with Uganda in the South West, and our travel advisor is on hand to help design an itinerary that fits your East African safari experience.