2020 TOUR DU RWANDA – CYCLING TOURS IN RWANDA.

The 2020 Tour du Rwanda is one of the examples of cycling tours in Rwanda. It is a road cycling stage race that takes place in Rwanda annually, and was first created in 1988. The Tour of Rwanda takes places between the months of February and March, and runs for a full week.

The Tour du Rwanda is a cycling event which has been part of the UCI Africa Tour since 2009. The UCI Continental Circuits are cycling competitions which involve a series of road bicycle racing, and have been taking place on the African Continent since 2005. The continental circuits comprises five circuits which include the continents of Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceania; which are all a level below the UCI World Tour.

The 2020 Tour du Rwanda, like other previous races of its kind, is classified under the 2.1 race category. Since the inauguration of the Tour du Rwanda, the country has dominated the race with Rwanda cyclers taking first place. The very first winner of Tour du Race was Celestin N’Dengeyingoma, who won first place in the 1988 Tour du Rwanda.

The Tour du Rwanda is organized by the Rwanda Cycling Federation on an annual basis. The 2020 Tour du Rwanda begun on 23rd February and is set to end on 1st March 2020. The race is the most anticipated cycling tour in Rwanda and takes racers through very scenic towns in Rwanda. The Tour du Rwanda starts and ends in Kigali City which is Rwanda’s capital. Some of the beautiful and scenic towns featured in the 2020 Tour du Rwanda include; Kigali city, Huye, Rusizi, Rubavu and Musanze towns.

The 2020 Tour du Rwanda graces cyclers with breath-taking views in Rwanda’s countryside such as its lush green and well terraced hills, the beautiful and blue crystal Lake Kivu, and Nyungwe Forest to mention but a few. Tour du Rwanda plays a huge role in the tourism industry of Rwanda, with the number of people taking part in the race increasing every year.

Tour du Rwanda not only brings Rwandan citizens together for this annual event, but also the international community as well. The 2020 Tour du Rwanda has gathered participants from different parts of the world such as;  Ethiopia, Eritrea, Belgium, Kenya, Algeria, Cameroon, Angola, South Africa, Germany, Kazakhstan, France, USA, Italy and Israel among others.

The 2020 Tour du Rwanda is exactly what the country needs to boost cycling tours in Rwanda. Cycling/ biking tours in Rwanda are some of the amazing and adventurous tourism activities that the country has to offer its visitors. Aside from the Tour du Rwanda, there are other cycling tours in Rwanda such as the cycling the Congo Nile Trail. The Congo Nile Trail cycling tours in Rwanda have been taking place since 2009, with the lead guide as Tom Tofield. The Congo Nile Trail bike tour takes visitors through interesting sight-seeing towns in Rwanda such as Kigali, Gisenyi, Kinunu, Kibuye, Esperance Children’s Village in Mugonero, Gisovu tea plantations and on-ward back to Kigali City.

The 2020 Tour du Rwanda is a way for the country to position herself as a top tourism destination in East and Central Africa. Rwanda is blessed with unique tourism destinations such as Kigali City, Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park and the recently established Gishwati-Mukura National Park.

Although not all visitors travelling to Rwanda take part in the Tour du Rwanda, visitors can take part in other interesting tourism activities that the country offers like; gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park, Wildlife viewing safaris in Akagera National Park, golden monkey trekking, hiking Bisoke and Karisimbi Mountains, sport fishing, boat cruises and so much more. Visitors can also partake in a short tour of Kigali city where you can visit interesting places like; the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, Kimironko market, the National museum, Camp Kigali, Caplaki Craft Village to mention but a few.

Rwanda is truly a beautiful country that has been generously gifted by nature. The country is opened for tourism all year round, and visitors who travel to Rwanda always leaving yearning for a return visit to the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills.’

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