Heavy rains in Rwanda close tourism routes

May 7, 2013

Heavy rains during the last month have led to landslides on the main tourism route to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, home to the mountain gorillas. The main Kigali-Musanze highway was closed over the weekend following serious structural damage to the road surface.

Officials have indicated that a bypass will be constructed, and the road will remain closed until this is completed – an estimated two weeks time. The closure is not only impacting on local transport logistics, but also on visitors making their way to Volcanoes National park to go gorilla trekking.

Until such time that the road is repaired, our guides are using alternative routes via Gisenyi or Butaro. Drive times to Volcanoes National Park have subsequently increased from the normal 2.5hrs to 3.5-4.5hrs depending on the alternative route taken, but a recent client who took the diversion commented how much they had enjoyed the scenic route via Gisenyi, a picturesque town situated on the banks of Lake Kivu.

Elsewhere in the country, the weather has caused further disruption as Akagera National Park has announced its decision to close the northern entrance (Nyungwe Gate) to the park, due to extensive erosion of the roads by rainwater. Temporary diversions to their Southern Gate are in place until such time the waters receded and the park authorities can repair the damage.

Rwanda is known within East Africa for its good roads and robust infrastructure, so Journeys Discovering Africa anticipates these temporary road closures will be addressed in a swift and organized manner, restoring normal services as soon as possible.

To contact one of our team to check on the implications of these road closures for a current or upcoming safari, please drop us an email at enquiries@journeysdiscoveringafrica.com.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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