The history and people of the area are diverse, with many examples of song, dance, music, cuisine, handicrafts and other artisan skills that make for a fascinating complement to the ecotourism attractions of Nyungwe.
Nyungwe forest is hundreds of thousands of years old. People’s presence in Nyungwe dates back at least 50,000 years.
Today and Beyond
Just by visiting, you are part of the park’s history and contribute to the local economy, which in turn helps to protect this amazing place. Nyungwe’s rich natural resources make it vital but also threaten it. Protecting the forest is up to us. Mining, poaching, fires, and illegal logging have all threatened the forest throughout its history. Once damaged, forests take centuries to recover.
The Rwanda Development Board, surrounding communities, Wildlife conservation Society and many others are working to ensure Nyungwe is protected for generations to come. Beekeeping and other cooperatives help protect the park, gaining income through responsible, sustainable forest use. For centuries, bamboo has been used to make traditional homes, and some of Rwanda’s famous weavings are made from bamboo.
Community Projects around Nyungwe
Revenue Sharing and Outreach projects, Bee-Keeping Associations Handicraft Associations, Rural Electrification Project, Community Tourism Project, Community Tourist Lodge Project, Energy Efficient Stoves, Benefits from Tourism.