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Floods which occurred in Western Cape have led to the temporary closure of Sanbona lodge located in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The closure of the Lodge was folloed by the floods, Sanbona announced last week.  The lodges have been closed to complete a full assessment of all buildings and access roads throughout the reserve.

According to the reserve, Gondwana Family Lodge and Tilney Manor are expected to reopen from February 3. Dwyka Tented Lodge is expected to be operational from April 15, subject to weather conditions. Explorer Camp is fully operational.  Industry and guests who are booked to stay at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the coming weeks are being notified by the reservations department.

“The flood caused damage mainly to access roads and therefore it was not possible to offer game drives or access to the individual lodges howeverm, the spokesperson said that daily repairs and inspections are taking place around the clock to ensure the reserve and lodges are fully operational as soon as possible.

Due to floods, tourism activities in the Western Cape have been put to stand still as few tourists access the area. Fortunately the government in conjunction with the tourism officials are working hand in hand to ensure that the situation  stablises to create room for normal tourism to resume.

A total of 150 females comprising new staff members of the Ministry of Tourism who have been attending a training course in Tourism and Hotel Management graduated with Certificate. This was aimed at promoting tourism sector in Eritrea. It should also be noted that tourism is one of the most income generating economic activities in the country.

At tha graduation ceremony, the Minister of Tourism, Ms. Askalu Menkerios, was present, Mr.Tekle Firezgi, Head of Human Resource Development in the Ministry, pointed out that the training was organised with a view to giving impetus to the process of tourism services standardisation. He further disclosed that it involved aspects dealing with crime and danger prevention such as that of fire extinction, as well as prevention of narcotic drugs, besides immigration regulations.

The one who represented graduates said that they would step up efforts towards furthering National tourism development. In conclusion, the Tourism Minister emphasized the trainees to demonstrate commitment in the sector to the satisfaction of their customers’ in order to promote the nation’s image.

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In terms of gorilla trekking, Rwanda does not offer the same density of Gorillas as Uganda, actually there are only around 900 gorillas left in the region - yet gorilla trekking here is just as amazing as it is in Uganda, as the spotting of these rare creators are generally as frequent, and the spotting sites are much easier to find than in Uganda. The wildlife reserves offer tremendous game watching chance besides gorillas as well and the flora of the region is also interesting.

Getting In, Starting Your Gorilla Trekking
Rwanda has regulations so you will need to acquire a gorilla permit to go on a safari to see mountain gorillas. There are three distinct tracks you can choose to get to gorilla spotting points, and each of them can be accessed with different gorilla permits.

Your safari will begin in Kigali which is an exceptionally interesting city, as well, just the right backdrop to set you in the right mood for seeing the mountain gorillas, one of main attractions is the crafts museum. While this historical center shows the amazing antiques created by the Rwandan people, the other gallery frequented by travelers is a much sadder place: the Genocide Museum.

The Gorilla Safari, Rwanda National Parks and Their Attractions
The gorilla safari can last from last from two days to more than a week. Organized trips usually start from Kigali. The trekkers also go to Akagera National Park, a place that is known for swamps, famous for game watching drives to sport different animals more especially the hippos and elephants. The safari then usually continues towards Nyungwe Forest, the home of the giant lobelia, some astonishing bird species unique to the area, and orchids.

The actual gorilla trekking usually is done on the 6th or 7th day of the safari, in the Volcanoes National Park, followed by the return to takeoffs on the next day.

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