Representatives from Rwanda Safari Guides Association travelled to Rubavu to hold interviews with aspiring guides on the 13th and 14th of September. 17 of the guides interviewed qualified to join the RSGA.
A requirement to be a licensed guide in Rwanda is to be a member of Rwanda Safari Guides Association. The entrance test is done in the form of an interview with senior members of RSGA. A problem for many guides located in the Kivu Belt is the cost and time it takes them to travel to Kigali to join one of the rounds of interviews. This time RSGA came to the Kivu Belt to hold interviews here.
17 of the guides who took part in the interviews qualified to enter the RSGA as members. As members of RSGA they will now be able to register with Rwanda Development Board as qualified guides. Due to the current corona pandemic, RSGA together with the Chamber of Tourism and GIZ has subsidized the membership fees for new guides this year, meaning they do not need to pay membership fees.
The Kivu Belt DMU is a coalition of private and public tourism related actors working towards a common goal of developing the Kivu Belt as a sustainable adventure and eco-tourism destination.
The main objective is economic development and job creation in the Kivu Belt through sustainable development of tourism
The Kivu Belt is a part of Rwanda’s Chamber of Tourism