Akagera Park ready to receive lions from Kenya

Akagera Park ready to receive lions from Kenya

August 19, 2014
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lions of akageraCommonly known for chimpanzee trekking, Akagera National Park is one of the leading tourist destinations in Rwanda blessed with numerous wonders which many visitors enjoy looking at. Though there are some wild animals at the park like the buffaloes, elephants, zebras, giraffes and leopards, one main attraction that has been lacking at the park is the lion. It is not clear why this park has no single lion but according to the officials, the lions are believed to have been poached in the early days by the local people. Many tourists on their safari to Akagera Park were heard asking the guides where the lions had disappeared to and this posed a problem to the management fearing that some visitors may be discouraged to come back to this park.

However, the absence of lions in the park is soon coming to an end as Kenya promised to donate eight lions to the park and this is expected to take place next month. Bringing in these elegant mammals will not only attract tourists to the park but it will improve the livelihood of the local people. You may wonder how a person near the park can benefit but as a result of the increased number of visitors in the area, local people will benefit from them by selling their crafts and other things to the tourists as they travel to and fro Akagera.

Akagera National Park according to its officials, it’s one of the least marketed parks in the country and this has affected it for quite some time now and this year the management through its sales team started a campaign aimed at putting the park to the world scene. With the introduction of the 8 lions in the park, it will attract people from different corners of the world and this will lead to more Rwanda safaris.

Rwanda is mainly known for harboring the rare mountain gorillas which live in the areas of Volcanoes National Park and many visitors come specifically to track these elegant primates in their natural habitats. As a result, less attention is given to other tourism fraternities and this has affected the sector negatively. However, this year the government through Rwanda Tourism Board has decided to market other tourism fraternities and this is aimed at improving the sector adversely. More visitors are expected to jet into the country this year with different interests unlike the past when 90% of the visitors were gorilla trackers. This time around they will enjoy other interesting activities like cultural walks, chimpanzee trekking, Dian Fossey grave hiking, golden monkey tracking, nature walks and many more.