Tourism sector is the leading foreign exchange earner for Rwanda contributing 14.9 % to GDP in 2020 Rwanda with an average annual rate of 6.32%, thus the government embarked on exploring more tourism destinations creating positive outlook for the economy. But to some districts there is a need for more efforts to tap into the potential tourism attractions to further bolster and increase earning from the sector.
“There are various potential tourism sites such as intersection of Nyabarongo and Akanyaru River in Ntarama Sector,” said Faustin Mugabo, Vice Mayor in charge of Finance and economic Development in Bugesera District.
He adds, “This place is so beautiful and visited by many people but it hasn’t been prepared yet because it requires a big budget.”
Among the untapped destinations include; the traditional stone shaped chair (Intebe y’Umwami Ruganzu II Ndoli) which history tells was the chair on which Ruganzu II Ndoli, Rwanda’s king used to seat to watch the beauty of his kingdom.
“The site carries a significant cultural heritage for Rwandans,” Said Mugabo.
“Rwanda Development Board (RDB) visited this place and promised to landscape it, but it requires big budget and needs to be put in plan, there is no known date when it will be taken care of,” Mugabo said.
The site provides a good scenery view for the city of Kigali as well as Rwamagana district.
Other destinations in the district include; a mimic of the King’s palace hut which carries former Kings’ regalia as well as other objects that are historical, the bird sites around Lake Kamatana, Rweru and others in Gashora Sector and ISAR- Karama, those birds attract tourists because they are many in different species, color and are together.
Mugabo further says that the district is endowed with beautiful places that could attract tourists and spur to the economy of the country, what needed is a plan and budget of a good preparation, then tourists will be able to pay money.
“There needed roads to enable transportation to reach those places, hotels, planned way of how tourists will be able to learn like fishing or facilities that enable them to do swimming sport near lakes, because there are up to nine lakes in Bugesera that attract more tourists.” Mugabo said.
All those natural beauties could attract more tourists, but they require big budget with big amount of money and government have a lot of staffs to deal with. So, it needs plans of long period, he adds.
People living there say that when it is prepared and hotels are built, it could attract more tourists and likely to bring in more revenues from tourism which also supports communities around.