Regional mountain hiking project launched in Kigali

Could mountain hiking be the next cash cow for the local tourism sector? The prospects are very high, following the launch of a project that seeks to promote mountain hiking activities in Rwanda and the East African region.

The 7 Summits Africa project was launched at the Kigali Serena Hotel on Friday. It seeks to harness mountain hiking activities in the East African region into one tourism product.

The mountain summits to be covered under the project are; Karisimbi in Rwanda, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt. Kenya and Meru in Kenya, Mt. Speke and Mt. Stanley (part of Rwenzori mountain range) in Uganda, and Mt. Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The launch ceremony was attended by officials from the Rwanda Development Board, mountain hikers, local tour operators, the media and other stakeholders.

“We are happy to welcome this specific group of tourists to Remarkable Rwanda as their ultimate hiking package fits strategically with our long-term goal to continue expanding our tourism industry, especially the adventure segment and establish the East African region as the world’s destination of choice for unforgettable experiences and highest standards of service whilst protecting our biodiversity,†said Belise Kariza, the Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board.

Under the project, a team of nine mountaineers from 7 Summits Africa will set out to achieve a world first by climbing the seven mountain summits back-to-back in a period of seven weeks.

The team will be in and out of Rwanda a record three times in the course of the excursion.

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Source: The New Times