Rwanda to host 2022 Ironman Triathlon Race: On January 20, 2022, Rwanda announced that it will host the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, also known as the Half Triathlon. The event will take place in Rwanda’s Rubavu District in August 2022.
The Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, which debuted on Thursday, has been added to Rwanda’s list of global sporting events to be held in 2022. The Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, also known as the Half Triathlon, is one of a series of long-distance triathlon competitions regarded as one of the most gruelling one-day sports events in the world. This year’s Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be place in Rubavu, Rwanda, on August 14, 2022.
The ‘70.3’ refers to the overall distance completed by participants, which includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile cycle ride, and a 13.1-mile run. It will be followed by two consecutive editions in 2023 and 2024, with Rubavu maintaining the yearly event’s host city.
Rwanda’s inclusion on the Ironman 2022 event schedule, according to Sports Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, is a mark of confidence in the country’s on-going efforts to promote itself as a sports destination of choice.
Munyangaju stated that Rwanda, in collaboration with the organizers, will produce a remarkable event, similar to what the nation delivered last year during the Basketball Africa League (BAL), Afrobasket, and ICC World Cup qualifiers.
On behalf of the Rwandan government, please be assured that every effort will be made to ensure that the event meets everyone’s expectations. “We will produce a remarkable Ironman event in collaboration with the organizers,” she stated during the event’s start in Rubavu on Thursday.
Serge Pereira, the CEO of Starstone, visited President Paul Kagame on Wednesday to discuss arrangements for bringing the race to Rwanda before the event’s formal debut.
During the race announcement, Pereira stated that the beauty and environment of the country during his earlier travels as a tourist, as well as the tale of Rwanda’s road to a speedy reconstruction, prompted him to add the country to the Ironman 70.3 competition schedule.
According to Pereira, the Ironman would be a big sport event that can successfully help in further exposing the natural beauty of Rwanda to the world. Athletes competing in Ironman 70.3 Rwanda will complete a 1.9km swim along Lake Kivu’s shoreline, a 90km cycle route, and a multi-lap 21.1km run along Lake Kivu’s shoreline.
The competition, which is set to take place on August 14, is expected to draw between 1,500 and 2,000 players from various nations across the world. According to Nelly Mukazayire, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB), Rwanda’s selection as the latest Ironman 70.3 event location demonstrates how far the country has gone in establishing itself as a sporting mecca.
Apart from Rwanda, just three other African nations will host Ironman 70.3 races this year: South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt.
Activities that you can do in Rwanda before/after the Ironman 70.3 Race.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
One of the attractions of a Rwanda safari is gorilla trekking in Parc National des Volcans. Tourists can follow mountain gorillas in the national park for a cost of USD 1500. Gorilla trekking may be done at any time of year depending on when people book; however, the ideal time to hike gorillas is between June and September, which is peak season. All tourists wishing to hike must get a gorilla trekking permit, and trekking is only permitted for people aged 18 and over. Tracking activities begin at 7 a.m. at the park’s headquarters in Kinigi, so visitors should be on time.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is well-known for being home to 13 primate species, which may be observed on a tour of the park. Among the 13 primate species that may be observed in the park during a variety of activities such as nature walks and hiking the various trails, chimpanzees are the most prominent primate species in the park, with over 1000 in total, making it the perfect chimpanzee trekking location during your Rwanda vacation.
Wildlife Viewing in Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is notable for being the only savannah park in which travelers may observe the big five species, which are the African elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and buffalo, among other attractions that can be seen during a variety of activities within the park. Tourists visiting the national park can as well enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ihema which is one of the 10 lakes found within Akagera national park, Rwanda to host 2022 Ironman Triathlon Race.
Canopy Walk in Nyungwe National Park
You will also come across the canopy walkway at Nyungwe Forest National Park, which is accessible after trekking the Igishigishigi route in the park. The canopy walkway at the park will allow you to witness a variety of attractions, including a number of primate species such as vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, Mona Monkey, olive baboons, red tailed monkeys, Vervet Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey, and others.
Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National Park
Tracking golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park is a thrilling and challenging adventure. Tourists may see two habituated groups of Golden monkeys in the national park. Both of these groups have 80 members, and monitoring activities begin at 7 a.m. Permits for golden monkey trekking cost USD 100 and are valid across Rwanda and Uganda.
90% of the hiking tours in Rwanda are conducted at Nyungwe Forest National Park. The national park also has a number of hiking routes that lead to a variety of sites. There are a number of hiking paths in the park that travelers may use to see a variety of sights, including the Karamba birding trail, which will take you to different bird species in the park, and the Igishigishigi trail, which will take you to the canopy walkway.
The Kamiranzovu trail is famous for its swamp, which is thought to have killed a number of elephants in the park while they drowned in it, the Irebero trail, which will also lead you to a number of bird species, and the Isumo waterfalls trail, which will lead you to the park’s magnificent waterfalls with a number of attractions including bird and primate species.
Mountain climbing adventures on the Mountains Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, or Gahinga are part of this activity. Tourists on a trekking excursion to Mount Karisimbi can see birds; animals like as mountain gorillas and forest elephants, and bug species. While trekking Mount Bisoke, visitors may see sights such as Crater Lake on the mountain’s peak. Hiking in Volcanoes National Park costs between $75 and $100 per person.
Visit Tea Plantations
During your Rwanda safari tour, if you choose to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park, you will have the opportunity to visit tea plantations such as Gisakura and Gisovu tea estates where you will learn how to harvest tea, how to process tea, and other tea processing activities that can be carried out for consumption. At the end of your tour at the tea estates, you will be able to taste the processed tea.