The long races marathon didn’t end in Olympics but the same race is wildlife where Kenya still leads the wildlife race.
Yes Kenya still is the leading safari destination in the region mainly because they saw the importance of wildlife and the tourism industry some time back before the rest of East Africa did. They used to say that, in East Africa, it is just in Kenya where a tourist can spot the famous Big 5. In reality it’s not true. Of late Tanzania has been drawing in more tourists to its tourism destinations and furthermore has the Big Five, much the same as Uganda, and Rwanda.
Recently even Rwanda joined this club of nations where a tourist can spot the African elephant, African lion, African leopard, Cape buffalo and the rhinoceros. These creatures are famously alluded to as the Big Five animals considered the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot. The Big Five can likewise be found in countries like South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
I have got the chance to witness Rwanda’s tourism journey from a periphery player to a major league player in the course of the most recent few years. Rwanda’s stunning conservation and branding strategies have seen it rise as the destination you consider when you hear the word Mountain Gorilla but then Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo also have these amazing creators. For quite a while Rwanda appeared to doing badly in a class where neighbors bragged about the Big 5 yet Rwanda could just claim 3 of the well known five animals.
Rhinos and lions were all killed by poacher and what can be named as human-wildlife conflicts not long after the Genocide of 1994 against the Tutsi that saw numerous returnees settling in land belonging to the Akagera National Park. The park solved this by letting some land to go and furthermore setting up an electric fence to prevent the wild animals from straying into people’s settlements. The Akagera National Park administration has been superb to the point that now the Big Five can be seen there.
Not long after the reintroduction of lions from South Africa, rhinos are presently likewise calling Akagera National Park home. African Parks, a conservation non-benefit that runs national parks and game reserves in the interest of governments in collaboration with Rwanda Development Board and the Howard G Buffett Foundation directed the translocation of the endangered Eastern black rhinos again from South Africa. With 20 rhinos, Rwanda can now play in the major league of wildlife tourism however with an additional feather in the hat of the mountain gorillas.
With good conservation and law enforcement against poaching East Africa can really claim to be the wildlife heaven of the African continent. I know the Southern Africans have incredible wildlife parks as well yet East Africa has the bragging rights to the amazing wildebeest migration and different creatures from Serengeti to Masai Mara and furthermore having the mountain gorillas and extraordinary birding opportunities.
Indeed, even South Sudan that as of late joined the East African Community (EAC) has extraordinary tourism potential that incorporates another fabulous animal migration along the Kidepo Valley National Park from Uganda to South Sudan. Ethiopia’s tourism industry has likewise developed by a wide margin in the recent years. The wildlife race now looks like the breakaway pack in a marathon race with Kenya and Tanzania leading however nearly taken after by Uganda, Ethiopia and now Rwanda.
The other East African nations to consider tourism more important and encourage both local and international tourists to enjoy it more for it is one industry whose fruits effortlessly overflow to many individuals. I am trusting that the government of Kenya can deal with the conflicts in the Laikipia areas that have put the tourism industry in question. I have seen white rhinos in Uganda at the Zziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola area and I anticipate seeing the black rhinos in Akagera National Park.