Prince Harry recently traveled to Mozambique and Rwanda in his role as President of African Parks, joining an American delegation to the region. The Duke of Sussex is “welcoming and co-hosting a group of U.S. officials, conservationists and philanthropists as they tour protected wildlife and nature areas,” a spokesperson for Harry shared.
Harry has been working with African Parks for many years, and became president of the organization in 2017. The conservation group collaborates with governments and local communities to take over the “complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks,” per African Parks’s website. The nonprofit currently manages 20 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries, including in Mozambique and Rwanda.
“I completely fell in love with African Parks,” Prince Harry told Town & Country in 2017, “because they get things done. They make tough decisions, and they stick to principles.” His work with them has continued, even after Prince Harry made the choice to step back from his senior royal role.
During his trip this month with the organization, he first went to Mozambique, where the U.S. delegation visited Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Vilankulo. A photo of Prince Harry showed him in Vilankulos in an African Parks baseball cap, and a casual polo t-shirt and shorts.
After Mozambique, Harry headed to Rwanda, where he met with Rwanda’s President Kagame. Rwanda and African Parks have an agreement that the organization manages Rwanda’s Akagera and Nyungwe National Parks.
President Kagame received Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, who visited Rwanda as part of his work as President of African Parks. The Government of Rwanda has agreements with African Parks to manage Akagera and Nyungwe National Parks. pic.twitter.com/P1WPIYSyVg
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Following his meeting with the president, Harry visited the Kigali Memorial to pay respects to the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Earlier this summer, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, traveled to Rwanda, where they also toured the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Their visit marked the first ever official British royal visit to the nation.
In 2019, Harry represented African Parks in a trip to Malawi and Botswana, during the Sussexes’ royal tour of the region.
“For most of my life, it has been my lifeline, a place where I found peace and healing time and time again,” Prince Harry said of Africa in his speech to the United Nations last month.“It’s where I felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife.