The Huruhi River Hiking Festival in Kigali : The Huruhi River Hiking Festival is a unique event that attracts hikers from all over Rwanda and neighbouring countries. The festival is held in the Kigali City every year on a weekend in early July. Over a thousand people attend the festival each year, including families, friends, and corporate groups. The festival has grown steadily since its inception in 2013 and is now one of the largest annual outdoor events in Rwanda. Each year has a different theme, which is reflected in the activities held at the festival. For example, the 2018 theme was “Gender Equality”, and featured games and activities that focused on empowerment for women in the community. In previous years, the themes have been “Earth Day”, “Sustainable Tourism”, and “Solar Energy”. The 2019 theme is “Sustainable Urbanization”.

The Huruhi River Hiking Festival offers a unique opportunity for participants to enjoy nature and fresh air while learning about sustainable development in Rwanda. Proceeds from the festival are used to support development projects throughout Rwanda. Hiking enthusiasts also have the opportunity to visit local communities and learn more about life in rural Rwanda. Many local artisans exhibit and sell their products at the festival. You can also sample traditional Rwandan cuisine at food stalls set up by local restaurants.

The Huruhi River Hiking Festival in Kigali
The Huruhi River Hiking Festival in Kigali

All outdoor activities at the festival are free for all participants. Participants are divided into groups that participate in different activities throughout the day. Groups start their hikes at different times depending on the location of the trailheads chosen for the activity. Each group is also assigned a guide and must carry a backpack that contains water and snacks for the day. At the end of the hike, participants are treated to lunch and a raffle draw. Prizes include t-shirts and other souvenirs that are signed by local and international celebrities. All participants receive a certificate as proof of participation in the festival.

In addition to the main event, there are side events that take place throughout the weekend of the festival. These events provide opportunities for participants to learn about wildlife conservation and sustainable development. One of the most popular events is the Rwanda Safari Run, which takes place on the final day of the festival. Participants run for a km along the lake shore before enjoying a picnic and awards ceremony on the shore of the lake. The hiking trails at the festival include routes that are suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers. If you are looking for a fun and enjoyable way to spend some time outdoors this summer, the Huruhi River Hiking Festival is for you!

The festival is organized annually by the Kigali International Marathon Company to promote eco-tourism and environmental conservation in Rwanda. All proceeds from the festival are used to support the Green School Project and the Masoro Children’s Center, two organizations that offer educational programs for young Rwandans. So, if youre looking for something fun yet charitable, be sure to add this on your to-attend list on your Rwanda safari tour!

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