We are progressively integrating Rwanda into the Gorilla Highlands concept (first with volunteering in two countries, next with Musanze chefs competing at Silverchef 2016) and are pleased to get any chance to talk about it. We were therefore excited to be invited by Ivan Mbabazi Batuma of Kigezi Tourism Cluster to present our region and plans to Rwandan tour operators.
Earlier today, in the impressive new conference hall of BirdNest at Bunyonyi we gave them a sneak peek of the upcoming Gorilla Highlands Video Map and talked about our passion for innovation, cooperation and culturally-grounded development. They were very supportive and proposed new opportunities for the Gorilla Highlands idea to spread within Rwanda.
The visit is organised by Ivan Mbabazi, Raymond Engena of Uganda Wildlife Authority and Sylvia Kalembe of Uganda Tourism Board. The Rwandan delegation is headed by Davidson Mugisha (Wildlife Tours) and includes Carolyn Namatovu-Busingye (Terra Incognita Ecotours), Johnson Mbanzamihigo (Primate Safaris), Mutabazi Gervais (Jerry Tours), Jane Sebujisho (Eco Tours), Chris Nsengiyumva (Songa Safaris) and Jean Marie Mfizi (Eagle Ride). Today they were accompanied by journalists from Bukedde TV, Urban TV, the New Vision, Voice of Kigezi, TV/Radio West and the Monitor, while the guest of honour was Darius Nandinda, Kabale Resident District Commissioner.
After sleeping at Arcadia Cottages and enjoying the most spectacular view of Lake Bunyonyi, the visitors will continue towards Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. These two protected areas are the most handy for Rwandan tour operators to add to what their country has in stock. Aided by the East African Tourist Visa, national borders are becoming less and less relevant and the travel experience better and better.