Over 1,000 local residents from the areas of Samburu and Isiolo also participated in the walk that was intended to help raise awareness on the dangers of elephant poaching. The walk was organized by the civil society groups like the Sarova Shaba, Save the Elephants and Kenya Wildlife Service, they mobilized hundreds of locals to go and receive Mr. Jim Nyamu who had walked for 770 kilometers from Masai Mara to Archers post for the same reason.
Nyamu is a director with the Elephant Neighbors’ Centre, an organization that is involved in wildlife conservation mentioned that he will cover 300 more kilometers to achieve his 1,050 kilometer target of awareness rising on poaching.
He said that his caravan left Masai Mara on May 11 passing through Naivasha, Nakuru, Samburu and Wamba and when he got there, educated the communities about the benefits of wildlife conservation. Both to the national and themselves
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The Tanzania National Parks best known as Tanapa intends to conduct a high profile investor’s forum in an effort to establish market and explore tourism opportunities in the Southern circuit. This forum is also intended to make people get rid of the delusion that tourism is a preserve of the Northern circuit, so said Allan Kijazi Tanapa’s general director.
He however confirmed yesterday that the forum will be held next month or August. And they expect all major stakeholders and want to eliminate the misconception that tourism can only prosper in the Northern circuit so said Mr. Kijazi while talking to a tourism and conservation workshop for editors in Iringa.
Iringa Region has been selected as the tourist hub in the Southern circuit therefore the forum will focus on attracting investors on hospitality and tour operating services which have been identified as the major challenge that frustrate development of tourism in the Southern Regions and they include the poor infrastructure like the roads leading to tourism spots are so impassable therefore discouraging the growth of tourism in the Southern Circuit.
In the southern sector, you find the Ruaha National Park which is Tanzania’s largest wildlife sanctuary covering over 22,000 squire kilometers with variety of flora and fauna.
Mr. Kijazi said that it’s high time the rest of the world realized the opportunities that are available in the Southern Circuit. Tour companies that operate in the Northern Circuit will be invited to share their experience with their counterparts in the south of the country.
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There are a number of people who have spent the past 20 years surviving on the Nyungwe Forest and the national park like Vincent Barore who said his life depend son the forest which is more than 1,000 square kilometres and a home to over 280 bird and 13 primate species. Vincent said that he depended on poaching animals and use of the different tree species to his advantage, he was never caught because he knew the park very well and therefore always avoided the guards so he said, a 50-year-old now resident of Rushyarara Village in Gatare Sector, Nyamagabe District.
Barore also said that he used to smuggle tree species like the Urutintibo, Uruhahi and Urubaturo to go make tools like the ibitebo a deep basket with no lid, mortars and pestles and so many others besides killing animals within the park for game meat. He started encroaching on Nyungwe Park’s land when he was a teenager and did that for many decades and by then he was more than sure that illegal hunting and felling trees were his only means for survival.
This in fact changed some few years ago, when tight security was introduced within and around the park and the awareness campaigns begun for proper management of the park and enticed many locals which left him wondering how he would survive but the worries ceased after getting connected to a local Sacco, Cooperative Twisungane, and joined hands with other residents not only to improve their livelihoods but also to protect the park from being destroyed.
Through the awareness efforts from local leaders and conservationists, Barore was able to understand the benefits of Nyungwe Forest for the communities and the country at large. And so just like Barore, there are so many other residents who were poachers and encroachers but are now members of the cooperative, which is based in Buruhukiro Sector in Nyamagabe District. They now have a changed vision after realizing that protecting the park would give them more benefit than destroying it slowly.
Twisungane Cooperative has been appreciated by RDB and gets a big share of profits like since 2010 it has benefited from about Rwf23 million in tourism revenue sharing scheme thus an encouragement to them.
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Wildlife Conservation Society which is a non-governmental organisation is currently carrying out research in Kalambo River Forest which is located in the newly established Kalambo District and the research involves finding out the different species of animals including baboons living in the forest as well as their population.
Kalambo River Forest is not really known to many people but it is an important corridor for wild animals when migrating from Rwafi Forest Reserve to the neighboring Zambia and on their way to their sanctuary at Katavi National Park in Katavi Region.
Mr. Bruno Mallya did the explain the importance of such animal migration and the Tanzania Forest Services (TFS), in Southern Highland Zone, there is a herd of 13 elephants that migrated from the Katavi National Park through Rwafi Forest Reserve and headed to the close by Zambia and later returned to their sanctuary.
Kalambo River shares a name with a forest Reserve with 15 tributaries flowing into Lake Tanganyika through Kalambo Falls at Kapozwa Village in Kalambo District, so said Mr. Mallya. The forest is largely covered with woodland and has been divided into three attractive scenarios that included the mountainous areas, the basin, the grass and streams. It is also popular for its highly fertile land with just enough water throughout the year.
Mr. Mallya also said that in order to protect the Kalambo River Forest, TFS has set up 150 beehives in within the Forest to increase the government income although there are so many challenges that the forest faces like the increased poaching where the poachers set up trap along those routes used by the migrating animals and this is a problem that needs to be solved.
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The Ngorongoro Crater is known as the world’s largest uninterrupted caldera and it is commonly referred to as the Africa’s Garden of Eden with more than 30,000 animals like the elephants, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, buffaloes, and the rare black rhinos, among so many others.
Ngorongoro Crater was named as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa on February 11 2013 in Arusha after votes were cast by different experts from all over the world, referring to it as the largest unbroken caldera basing on the statistics and also because of the fact that it is a home to so many wildlife and this was the primary factors that draw their attention and voted for it.
Ngorongoro Crater together with Serengeti migration and Mount Kilimanjaro merged out as Africa’s wonders of nature from Tanzania and this was such a big achievement for the nation. DEOGRATIAS MUSHI who is the Staff Writer not so long ago happened to interview Mr. BRUNO KAWASANGE who is the Acting NCAA Chief Conservator about the challenges of running this precious Authority.
He needed to know what Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) all about and according to (NCA) is a widespread highland area along the eastern arm of the Rift Valley within the Ngorongoro national park and Ngorongoro Crater as the centre of focus. NCA is intended to conserve wildlife and other natural resources as well as protect the interests of native people and promotes tourism in the region.
The guests will always have pleasure watching the Maasai herdsmen graze their cattle side by side with the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area while on their safari and this is a unique experience to them since it looks very attractive.
Mr. BRUNO KAWASANGE also said that NCAA was established mainly to conserve and develop the natural resources of the Conservation Area besides promoting tourism within the Conservation Area as well as promote and regulate the development of forestry within the Conservation Area. It has the power to issue controls and restrictions on entry and residence in the National Conservation Area (NCA), also protect the parks from being destroyed by the grazing animals. It is also responsible for controlling the destruction of vegetation, gathering honey or any other forest produce, a forestation and reforestation along with protecting the slopes, monitor the construction of buildings and roads in the region. In general, NCAA is responsible for the development and maintenance of the conservation areas.
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Sad news from the Kenya Wildlife Service reveals that there are about 32 officials that have been suspended over the allegations that they are involved in the on going poaching habbit that has cut across all areas in Kenya where you can find wildlife. They are being accused of participating in poaching or at least aiding the poaching gangs in different ways across Kenya.
William Kiprono who is the KWS Executive Director confirmed the news during the annual Mt. Longonot Wheel Barrow Race and also reaffirmed that if they are found guilty of the charges after the on going internal investigations, they would be dismissed and charged in courts of law to face justice.
There is an increased threat against Kenya’s elephant and rhino population for their horns and tusks as well as all other species for game meat and skins. Basing on the records, there has been huge massacres in the recent weeks among the elephant population, several rhinos were killed in just one single week which raised public alarm and triggered action on several levels, including on the political front.
Just last, the Kenyan cabinet sanctioned a package of measures to introduce to parliament for amendments to the Wildlife Act and this is intended to improve on the punishment that is given to poachers like increasing fines and raising jail terms for those found poaching, trading and anything other activity that relates to unlawful trade of rhino horns, blood ivory and other trophies. Meanwhile two weeks KWS working together with other law enforcement agencies launched a major manhunt for the poachers in Kenya for that matter they have worked on the monitoring and intelligence skills thus they were able to get the officials who are being investigated now.
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The protea hotels came out and said that before the year ends, they will have opened up a new hotel with about 25 bedrooms in a suburb of Kigali and this will be their very first hotel in Rwanda. The hotel will have about 82 bedroom units with the rest being standard protea rooms as they are in all the other protea hotels.
There will a furnished restaurant, a gym, Spa though not fully fledged as well as a swimming pool for clients and two small conference rooms for the business guests.
Protea will become the 3rd international hotel group after the popular Serena Hotels and the upcoming Marriott International hotel represented in Rwanda, though Dubaiworld’s Istithmar and Kenya’s Governors Camp both own properties on the safari circuit. There is Istithmar’s Nyungwe Forest Lodge is part of the Shamwari Collection while Governors Camp has the Sabinyo Gorilla Camp.
The opening of this protea hotel is likely to help improve on Rwanda’s marketing efforts as the South African hotel management company will certainly have to sell their new property, complement the efforts of RDB’s generic marketing of the country. It is anticipated that the presence of a South African hotel management company will definitely attract more South African to visit Rwanda since there is even a South African Airways that is now operating regular flights between Johannesburg and Kigali. Hope fully, this constellation will be very profitable for Rwanda.
At the moment, there are no rates available as yet neither have they confirmed the date that they will be. To day, people consider a possibility that once the Kigali International Conference Centre and the adjoining 5 star hotel that are now under construction open up next year, another international hotel group will be given the concession to manage it. They have once considered Hilton but the name has been dropped more than once in the past therefore will just have to wait and see what will be considered.
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Local residents of Butula village have asked the Kenya Wildlife Service to help them and relocate the wild animals that have been seen moving around their village before they hurt any one.
Vitalis Wesonga while talking to the Star, he said that they have incurred massive losses one after another including the killing of their livestock by a cheetah and damage to crops by monkeys. He said there are lots of apes that have escaped from the reserve area and are eating up all their crops.
He also added that they have lost a lot of livestock worth thousands of shillings. According to the residents, these wild animals have attacked and killed three sheep at Sikarira village and today, the locals have promised to kill the wild animal if KWS does not respond to their request in time.
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Mrs. Agatha Juma who is the Chief Executive of the Kenya Tourism Federation was elected to the Board of the East African Business Council in Arusha which is the main private sector representative body at the East African Community level.
To the members from the tourism sector, her election is a sign that the tourism industry is being appreciated now as an important contributor to the East African economies, a major contributor to job creation and foreign exchange earnings. At the moment, she is the only tourism representative on the board of the EABC from all the five member states that include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. As a member of the Board of the East African Tourism Platform, East Africa’s regional private sector umbrella organization for the national tourism associations and their membership at large, she is now in better position to help forge a better future for EABC and the tourism industry for the next one year since all serve for just one year in office.
Vimal Shah, the CEO of regional oil and edible fats giant BIDCO as well as chairman of Kenya’s Private Sector Alliance is currently the chairman of the EABC until after 12 months. This position keeps rotating from one member states to another just to ensure equal opportunities for leadership for each country as well as equal opportunity to be represented for equal development.
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News from Zanzibar reveals that the Omani government is willing to help with the rehabilitation of a number of historic buildings in the islands of Unguja and Pemba. Sheikh Hassan Allawaki who is the Director of Culture in Oman pledged to help while he was talking with the Zanzibar Minister for Information, Tourism, Culture, and Sports, Mr. Said Ali Mbarouk.
Sheikh Allawaki together with the rest of his delegation from Oman visited different areas to identify various sites that they will be renovating and these included the House of Wonders (Beit-al-ajab) and Maruhubi Sultanate palace ruins. He said that they are offering to help because of good relations with Zanzibar.
Oman has the skills to maintain historic sites so said the Omani director for culture. The cost of the renovation project will be released later. Meanwhile Minister Mbarouk appreciated the Oman saying that renovating and maintaining these historic sites will definitely attract more tourists which will lead to development since 80% of the Zanzibar’s foreign currency is from tourists.
Maintaining these historic sites and buildings has been a major challenge for the Isles due to lack of funds. Meanwhile, the Department of Archives, Museums and Antiquities in Zanzibar has spent more than 340m/- on the renovation of the House of Wonders and museums at Mnazi Mmoja and Forodhani.
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