Rwanda:tourism launching Congo Nile Trail



In another remarkable show of innovative spirit, the Rwanda Development Board – Tourism and Conservation in recent months developed a new trail, which will take visitors to the continental watershed, from where Africa’s two most important rivers, the Nile and the Congo, are being fed.

A ten-day trail, shorter sections will be available it was reliably learned, allows tourists to walk the forests, mountains, and hills of Rwanda and “trail” the divide over a distance of 227 kilometers between Rubavu to Rusizi, passing through the districts of Karongi and Nyamasheke. Those who dare to take the trail will be rewarded with extraordinary insight into not just the facts of the continental water divide but will come face to face with a little touched wilderness, birds, game, insects, and a flora second to none.

As many as 8 base camps have been set up by RDB – Tourism and Conservation along which two main sections of spectacular hiking can be done and in addition as many as 4 sub-trails will lead off to attractions not too far from the main trails.

The formal launch of the new tourism product is expected to be announced very soon but is likely to be in late October or early November, in time for the high season when tourists from around the world are expected to flock to Eastern Africa before, during, and after the festive season, and with Rwanda now well connected by air, with airlines such as RwandAir, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines, among others, getting to “The Land of a Thousand Hills” has become easier than ever before.

Rwanda presently has 3 national parks – the world-renowned Parc de Volanoes, the “Home of the Mountain Gorillas;” the Nyungwe Forest National Park; and the country’s sole “savannah” park, Akagera. The new trail is expanding the country’s nature experiences to new areas in line with a long-standing policy of diversification, which in recent years saw birding trails and lake cruises introduced for the benefit of repeat visitors to the country.