Changes in weather worries Rwanda tourists

Changes in weather worries Rwanda tourists

August 12, 2014
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Changes in weather worries Rwanda touristsCommonly known for harboring the rare mountain gorillas, Rwanda is one of the leading tourism destinations in Africa and there is no doubt that a safari to this country is so interesting with visitors assured a lifetime experience. Though it’s sometimes referred to as “a small country” it is unbelievable that this country has more adventurous tourism fraternities than big countries. In case you have never visited the country specifically to explore its natural wonders, you may not believe this and the only way you can witness this is by personally traveling to Rwanda and spend there some good days in its rain forests.

Being the month f August, it is on record that it is a tourism month in which the number of visitors who jet into the country to tour the various destinations increase. Some people call it a peak season and most operators enjoy it as their businesses boom. However, due to unexpected weather changes, some visitors have become worried fearing that their safaris may not be a success as expected. In the past, August was a dry season in Rwanda and it presented a favorable climate for exploring the various places including national parks which are hard to access during the rainy season but this is not the same case this year. For the past two weeks, various places in the country experienced heavy rain and this came as a total surprise both to the visitors and the farmers. At first, the local people thought that it was just a mere change in the weather but they were surprised when more rains were received.

According to many tour operators in Rwanda including us, Maranatha tours and Travel, this is signalizing a dark future for business and for our visitors who had prepared to spend some quality time in the country this year. There is fear that those who had arranged to travel during this year’s peak season may change their plans once they get to know that the month of August has turned out to be a rainy season.

However, both the Rwandan government and tour operators have not lost hope after the climatologists came out and said that this is just a temporary rain which is expected to be light and minimal. Basing on this research, the government came out and told intending visitors to worry not and they should not even think about canceling their safaris to Rwanda.

Rwanda is near the equator and it has a temperate climate just like its neighbor Uganda. These two countries have a lot in common especially in tourism with both countries having 95% of the total population of mountain gorillas in the world. It is this reason that many people from different parts of the world are attracted to these East African countries to come and track the primates in their natural habitats. Some visitors interested in exploring deeper into the existence of the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda combine their safaris to cover both countries.