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Rwanda launches new tourism product: mountain biking

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Following the launch of mountain biking and cycle tourism, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is inviting cyclists, both local and foreign, to enjoy the world class trails across the country.

Tourists can now enjoy riding on 11 different trails across the country. The trails, which are a combined distance of 760 Km and give cyclists a chance to discover Rwanda anew, are found in every province in the country. The diverse trails cater for all skill levels, whether beginners or professionals.

To give cyclist a rewarding experience, RDB has ensured the maintenance of the different cycling trails and designed and mounted clearly understood signposts along the trails to guide cyclists.

In addition, RDB has trained specialised guides and bicycle mechanics to ensure that the cycle experience is as seamless as possible. Secure campsites and other accommodation options are available on the cycling trails.

The famous Congo-Nile Trail, which borders the scenic Lake Kivu, now attracts over 5,000 tourists annually.

Commenting on the launch of mountain biking across the country, the Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board, Belise Kariza said, “Rwanda is the best destination for adventurers seeking memorable, sustainable tourism experiences in Africa. We are happy to unveil mountain biking, our new tourism experience.

“Visitors can now experience the vibrancy and beauty of our country in a fresh way. Visit Rwanda and discover just why our country is the new cycling mecca of Africa.”

Events such as the Tour du RwandaRwanda Cycling Cup and the Mountain Bike Race are positioning the country on the cyclist map. The Union Cycliste International (UCI) recently announced that Tour du Rwanda would become a 2.2 grade race in 2019, and this new classification is expected to attract renowned cyclists to the country.

In order to further the growth of cycling as both a sport and a tourism experience, the government of Rwanda has announced a 25 per cent tax waiver on the importation of mountain and racing bicycles.


Source: Rwanda Development Board press release

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