Nyandagu Eco-Tourism park seen as fresh air to Rwanda’s tourism sector

Rwanda’s first Eco-tourism park [Image: courtesy]
Rwanda—Nyandugu Urban Wetland Eco-Tourism Park is nestled in the valley between Kimiroinko and Masoro-Bumbogo hill in Ndera sector, of Rwanda.

The recently complet6ed park sits on 120 hectares of surface area.

Over the years, the highly degraded wetland was being housed for different activities including agriculture and sand mining among other human activities, which were greatly affecting the ecosystem and thereby posing serious danger for surrounding livelihoods.

But in 2016, the government embarked on the sustainable management of the natural resources in the wetland, as part of its efforts to preserve ecosystem and diversity.

Stepping into the park, you’re first welcomed by well-built gates and pavements made up of natural stones and entrances. Close by is the information center where the visitor is taken through the different sections of the park.

You are then welcomed by a medicinal garden that showcases indigenous native plants that have been found to possess medicinal value.

Next is the Papal Garden, whose name is derived from the historic visit by Pope John Paul to Rwanda in 1990.

It has been observed that in the park we have various water ponds named after different lakes in Rwanda, including Muhazi, Kivu, Ruhondo, and Ihema which provided a comfortable place for visitors to take a healthy break amidst the serene natural environment.

The park is laden with different tree species which according to environmentalists play a key role in minimizing floods that have been prevalent in the area.

The diversity in species in the park, conversationalists say, will also be vital for the academia who may go there to study different species available in the park.

The park has been put up not only to secure natural resources in Rwanda but also is seen as instrumental in boosting the country’s tourism sector.