“The income from tourism has enabled an increase in the mountain gorilla population in the Virunga Mountains, along with the development of the Akagera National Park into a Big Five safari destination.”
Every Rwandan you meet will tell you proudly of their country’s bountiful natural wonders, and implore you to tell your friends about its treasures. Tourism creates jobs, and puts money directly into the local economy.
This story was written by Sophie Ibbotson
Sophie Ibbotson is an entrepreneur, writer, and lover of wild places. She specializes in economic and tourism development in emerging markets and post-conflict zones, wrote the first guidebook to newly independent South Sudan, and has led three expeditions to Afghanistan.
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