Today, Kayonza District residents, visitors and friends of Akagera National Park took part in the Akagera Rhino Velo Race, an annual cycling event that aims to promote conservation awareness through sport.
Over 150 people participated in the event.
The race is part of the side events taking place across the country ahead of this year’s Kwita Izina annual baby gorilla naming ceremony. 25 gorillas will be named on 6th September this year in Kinigi, Musanze District, on the foothills of Volcanoes National Park.
The top 7 riders walked away with prizes that included bicycles, solar lamps, smart phones and water tanks. The overall winner, Callixte Bihoyiki also received a Visit Rwanda branded Arsenal jersey.
Speaking while addressing the crowds in Kayonza, Ariella Kageruka, the RDB Head of Tourism and Conservation said:
“I would like to congratulate all the winners and participants in today’s Akagera Rhino Velo Race and also commend your efforts in conserving Akagera National Park. Your increased awareness on the importance of national parks in the country has enabled the country earn more revenue from tourism of which 10% is used to fund projects that improve the lives of communities surrounding the parks. This year, as we celebrate the 15th Kwita Izina ceremony, we will acknowledge the gains we have made in conservation and set more goals that will sustain Rwanda’s development.”