Unlike many cities that associate development with sky towering state of the art structures, Kigali is embarking on developing an urban eco-tourism park in the wetland of Nyandungu aiming at positioning itself as an ideal Rwanda Safari holiday destination.
funding from the Rwanda Green Fund, the efforts to change the Nyandungu
wetland into the urban eco-tourism park are likely to start this week.
The project is estimated to cost around Rwf2.4 billion and intends to
achieve biodiversity increment, flood risk reduction, wetland
conservation awareness, green jobs creation and promotion of safaris tours to Rwanda.
Nyangungu wetland stretches across the areas of Ndera in the district
of Gasabo and Nyarugunga in the district of Kicukiro. According to
Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), the increase in the
human activities around the city of Kigali have resulted into the loss
of bird species, the natural habitat along with species of wildlife that
used to thrive on the wetland. Thus, the establishment of the wetland
as an eco-tourism site would be a keen move to reverse this trend while
providing a close up recreation point for travelers on Rwanda tours.
project which intends to restore and conserve 130ha of wetland
ecosystem will be implemented in a range of five (5) years but in two
phases with the first one running from 2016 – 2018 covering restoration
and construction whilst the second one will run from 2019 – 2020
concerned with eco-tourism park management.
The establishment of
the eco-tourism park will among others include; native species
introduction, restoration of terrestrial habitats and creation and
restoration of habitats. The invasive tree species will be cleared on 26
ha along with laboratory analysis tests.
The wetland borders the
Special Economic Zone and the Kanombe Airport which means that its
rehabilitation will assist in offsetting the environmental danger
presented by the industrial zone. The species of insects, birds both
resident and migratory, amphibian, reptile and mammals are expected to
increase with the habitat restoration and creation.
tourism, the park will feature paths, board walks, roads and bridges in
marshy areas, nature viewing areas, toilets and picnic sites to make it
worth exploring on Rwanda Safari and tours. The areas for wedding photographs and a cafe concession are also highlighted in the master plan.