• Rwanda is an emerging tourist destination. Nyungwe Nziza seeks to help the country reach its tourism potential. To do so, this project targets the spectacular and protected Nyungwe National Park (NNP), focusing on inclusive ecotourism development for the benefit of local communities surrounding the park, and leveraging private sector investment in the management, construction, and maintenance of new and existing park infrastructure.
  • Nyungwe Nziza project is working to transform NNP into a viable ecotourism destination, capable of generating employment and sustainable and equitable income for local communities and other stakeholders, thus providing economic incentives to conserve the rich biodiversity of the Park. Our ultimate goal is a thriving economy in NNP with engaged communities and a private sector that realize they can benefit economically by protecting and leveraging the unique environment in which they live and work.
  • What we are doing:
    Our team is designing and implementing market-driven product development and marketing strategies to result in more private sector investment in infrastructure and services. The project is working on developing partnerships and joint ventures between local communities and the private sector to increase the availability of accommodation around the park, as well as new attractions.
  • Expected Results:
    In the end, the investment to increase the attractiveness of Nyungwe National Park as a unique tourist destination will; Diversify the local economy, create jobs, and increase family income, resulting in reduced poverty and reduced threats, Forge scalable and creative public-private partnerships to increase investment in and around the Park, resulting in a sustainable, market-driven ecotourism business plan for NNP and Improve the ecotourism enabling environment, resulting in sustainable ecotourism development at Nyungwe and beyond.
  • Nyungwe National Park:

    Fact sheet:
    Location: Rwanda, East Africa
    Pictured: Parinari canopy
  • Nyungwe History & culture:

    The people of the area are diverse and offer numerous ecotourism attractions

    Pictured: Intore Dancers
  • Plan a visit to Nyungwe:

    5 star accomodation:
    In the heart of Rwanda, East Africa, get to know nature.
    Pictured: Nyungwe Lodge
  • Nyungwe National Park named among Top 10 Trips for 2014 by National Geographic Traveler

    From: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2014/ Redemption in the Rain Forest How does a nation overcome the gut-wrenching stigma of a genocide, now two decades past, and proclaim to the world that it is a safe and surprising place to visit? For Rwanda, one strategy is to highlight a tract of unspoiled mountain rain forest rife with chimpanzees and a dozen […]

  • Nyungwe Nziza Project Wins Phoenix Award from Society of American Travel Writers

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  • Rough Guides Names Rwanda Top 10 Country to Visit – Highlights Nyungwe!

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  • Nyungwe Park Brochure

    Download the park brochure HERE