RED ROCKS ECOTOURISM INITIATIVES "Where cultural tourism leads to community development"
Red Rocks Ecotourism Initiatives is an organization that is steeped in history. Its name is derived from the red rocks that resulted from historic events that took place in northern Rwanda about 700 years ago. Back in the 14th Century when the volcanic mountains of Muhabura and Sabyinyo were still active, they used to erupt and send red rocks rolling down the volcanoes. Some of these residues can still be found at all Red Rocks Camps and hostels in the Northern part of Rwanda (Musanze district),South eastern part of Uganda(Kisoro district), and Eastern part of Congo(Goma). Passionate about conserving our cultural heritage and protecting our natural environment, we christened our organization Red Rocks as a way of reminding people about the historical and environmental importance of the volcanoes. With the current desperate competition for land and natural resources between people and wildlife, we find it imperative than ever before that we strive as an organization to bring to our people the message of protecting and conserving the Virunga massif, an incredible range of eight volcanic mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the DR Congo. For the uninitiated, it's the Virunga area that offers refuge to the unique and charismatic mountain gorillas, whose numbers dwindled dramatically in the '70s and '80s due to war, disease, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. Our Mission To support training, capacity building, environmental protection, nature conservation, and promotion of good practice