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Upgrading the Congo Nile Trail

A joint project between RDB, Chamber of Tourism and German Cooporation for International Development (GIZ) will see major upgrades to the trail. Due to recent development of the new tarmac roads, the hiking path of the Congo Nile Trail needs to be found. A series of field visits by RDB as been conducted in order to find new suitable paths for the trail.
Upgrading the Congo Nile Trail

The Congo Nile Trail is one of the best hiking trails in Africa. The trail can be completed on foot, by bike or by kayak. The trail traverses a series of interconnected single paths, dirt roads and hiking tracks through the Kivu Belt. A joint project between RDB, Chamber of Tourism and GIZ will see major upgrades to the trail. Due to recent development of the new tarmac roads, the hiking path of the Congo Nile Trail needs to be found. A series of field visits by RDB as been conducted in order to find new suitable paths for the trail. Together with establishment of the new hiking path, upgrades, investments and new signalization will be made.

The new signalization includes around 90 new signposts using a unique system and a Rwandan specific design for hiking signs will be introduced following international standards. The new signs are intended to show distance and have icons giving additional information about the destination mentioned on the signposts such as accommodation, food shop etc. New information boards will be erected at the beginning of each stage with more in-depth information and a map.

To ensure the quality the Congo Nile Trail will also be certified using international criteria. The criteria used will most probably be the Leading Quality Trails Certification. According to these criteria, the Congo Nile Trail will be divided into 4 km segments to enable individual assessment and a grading system. As part of this, the development of a local certifier will also be looked into.

Another important part of the upgrading of the Congo Nile Trail is the continued maintenance of the trail. Maintenance covers a wide range of tasks: the control of waymarking and signposts as well as building or reinstalling bridges. It also needs contact persons for providers of accommodation or for bigger groups of hikers. It needs technical specialists of way building as well as someone to keep the homepage and the map up-to-date. This means that a lot of people are involved, and many tasks must be done. A series of trail managers, each responsible for overseeing and fixing or reporting on a small part of the trail will be implemented for this purpose.

Included in this project will be the implementation of digital tools management and marketing tools. The digital tools include a digital management system for the trail as well as digital tools which will make it easy to store data and showcase information about the Congo Nile Trail to visitors. New maps and a new brand for the Congo Nile Trail will also be made.

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The main objective is economic development and job creation in the Kivu Belt through sustainable development of tourism

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