Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in partnership with the Rwanda Flying Club and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, has unveiled paramotoring, a new tourism product that is intended to boost the sector.
Paramotoring, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on his back providing him with enough thrust to take off using an adapted paraglider or paramotor wing. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, without assistance.
The newly introduced tourism product will contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Rwanda and be a fresh way for visitors to discover Rwanda.
Demonstrating paramotoring to local media, yesterday, at the Huye aerodrome, members of the Rwanda Flying Club, Alain Julot and Sebastien Houben, said that paramotoring is the best way to enjoy the country’s panoramic view and idyllic scenes.
“The Paramotor we used has the ability to carry one person, but there are other paramotors that can carry two people, where the pilot carries the other person. For a first-time, a person can fly as high as to 15-20 metres but for an experienced pilot, he can reach higher. In Rwanda, the climate makes it easier to practice paramotoring and we are preparing classes for those who are interested to learn how it’s done.” Alain Julot told IGIHE
Sibomana Jean Aimé, an employee at Rwanda Development Board, told the press that paramotoring will offer memorable and exceptional experience to visitors.
His remarks were echoed by the Chief Tourism Office at Rwanda Development Board, Belise Kariza who said in a statement issued by RDB “Rwanda is the best destination for adventurers seeking memorable, sustainable tourism experiences in Africa. We are happy to be soon introducing paramotoring, our new tourism experience. We will be the only country in East Africa offering such an experience. Visitors will now be able to experience the vibrancy and beauty of our country in a fresh way.”
The new adventure tourism experience will be officially launched in the next six months. Visitors will be able to enjoy paramotoring in the historic Huye town, the picturesque lakeside towns of Rubavu and Karongi and at one of the best preserved montane rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe National Park.