After a long 24 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Kigali, Rwanda at 1am on Saturday morning. Proudly sporting out Run Rwanda team kit, we jumped in a cab and within 20 minutes were fast asleep in our simple but cosy hotel, the Heaven Hotel and Restaurant. While we’ll be camping for the majority of our time out in Rwanda, we gave ourselves the luxury of staying in a hotel for our initial acclimatisation days in Kigali.
It was inspiring to finally step foot on Rwandan ground, a country I’ve been insatiably curious about for many years and a country that for me, symbolises the very best of African wilderness, beauty and charisma.
The night was cooler than expected (great for running!) but as we weaved our way through the city at night, the moon subtly illuminated the hills that surround Kigali from all angles (less great for running!).
The locals we’ve already met are shy but incredibly generous and kind and the city is certainly one of the friendliest and cleanest capitals I’ve ever visited.
The last 48 hours have been filled with fairly standard pre-run logistics and planning, from finding a local phone to picking up our support 4×4 (from our first AEC Entrepreneur!). We’ll be packing up the support car tonight and after stopping off at the AEC offices tomorrow morning, we’ll head up to the Volcanoes National Park and the Ugandan border, to start the run.
Although it’s early days on our Rwandan adventure, it’s been awesome to already see some great local innovations! I’ve downloaded the Rwandan equivalent of Deliveroo, which I’m sure we’ll testing to the limits, form our camp-sites across the country.
We’ll have a satellite tracking page up tomorrow lunch-time and we’ll be updated all Run Rwanda social media frequently over the course of the next month!
Wish us luck!