Basketball Africa League 2024 – An incredible sports event in Rwanda’s Capital

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) is back and happening in Rwanda, the league is always welcomed with excitement and action packed activity as it brings together basketball player from different countries across Africa. The 2024 BAL Season is happening in the vibrant Kigali City and has brought together players from 11 countries across Africa who have gathered to compete for this year’s BAL championship.

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) is a partnership between the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and is a new professional league that features club teams from different countries across Africa. BAL over the seasons has welcomed participation and attendance from NBA legends, basketball enthusiasts, tourism professionals, investors and citizens from different countries across Africa. BAL has created an amazing space to not only indulge in this great sport but also support the diversity of basketball talent from across Africa.

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This year’s league has attracted key stakeholders in the basketball field that include NBA legends Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. The league has also welcomed attendees from Rwand Air which is the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, Visit Rwanda, Rwandan citizens, and visitors from neighboring East African countries and visitors from across the world.

The BAL semi-final games are happening today (29th May 2024) between Rivers Hoopers and Al Ahly Ly. The two teams will face off amidst anticipation from their supporters and the two teams are playing in their very first BAL semi-final. This game will is scheduled for 5:00pm EAT. The other semi-final game will see the Cape Town Tigers facing off Angola’s Petro de Luanda, this game is scheduled for 8:00pm. Both games will be taking place at Kigali’s BK Arena.

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Teams that are and have participated in this year’s Basketball Africa include Petro de Luanda, Cape Town Tigers, Rivers Hoopers, US Monastir, As Douanes, Al Ahly Ly, Fus de Rabat among others.

Things to do while in Rwanda for the 2024 BAL Season

Rwanda also known as the “land of a thousand hills” is worth exploring when you have a few days to spare while visiting the city. Rwanda is rich in culture, bio-diversity, wildlife and tourism adventures. Depending on how many days one has after the BAL season you can choose to explore Kigali city on a 1 Day Kigali City tour that will take you to key landmarks in the city like the Kigali genocide memorial, Kandt museum for a glimpse into the history of Rwanda and also have an opportunity to visit a local crafts center.

If you have two days to spare you have an opportunity to do the 2 Days Akagera National Park Wildlife Safari. This is a great way to relax and enjoy some game viewing after the action packed Basketball Africa League as you visit one of Rwanda’s finest National Park. Akagera National Park is located just two and a half hours away from Kigali City and is home to the Big Five animals in Rwanda. A game drive in the park will offer you an opportunity with the help of your professional tour guide to look out for lions, elephants, zebras, buffaloes, Roan antelope, Sitatunga, Warthogs, Maasai Giraffes, Impala, Klipspringer, Common Duiker,Oribi, Bohor reed buck, Defassa waterbuck and Bush buck among others. Other tours to do that we would highly recommend include the 1 Day Akagera tour and a 3 Days Nyungwe Forest tour that involves doing the chimpanzee trek and the famous Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk.

Rwanda is rich in bio-diversity and one can choose to enjoy the Basketball Africa League (BAL) while sparing time to visit some of Rwanda’s icon tourism destinations!


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