10 DAY MOUNTAINBIKING IN RWANDA
Rwanda, the cycling nation in the heart of Africa, famous for its annual Tour de Rwanda, invites you to come and explore its beautiful grounds. This 10-day mountain bike group tour will show you the best that Rwanda has to offer. You will start by exploring the highlights of Kigali which includes a must-visit to the genocide memorial and interesting visit to local market and art scene. Fully supported and guided by our best local guides you will cycle in north-west direction to Musanze followed by a path down south on the famous Congo Nile Trail. You will slalom your way through beautiful tea, banana and coffee plantations, stop for breathtaking panoramic views of Ruhondo and Burera twin lakes, cycle on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains, one of the few remaining natural habitats of the mountain gorilla, explore the banks of Lake Kivu and all of this with a marvelous backdrop of volcanic mountains. Visit small farmer villages and ride single tracks where few tourists go. Rwanda, also called the Switzerland of Africa or Land of a thousand hills, doesn’t have a single horizontal road. This means there are plenty of climbs and descents to enjoy. Are you prepared for this majestic tour?
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Day 01: Welcome to Rwanda
Welcome to Uganda! Our experienced drivers are waiting for you at the airport in order to transfer you, your bike and other luggage in a safe way to Kigali. If you arrive early you can explore the wonderful capital of Rwanda. Visit the local market, art galleries, milk bar (no joke) and learn about the dark period in Rwanda history at the Genocide Memorial.
Day 02: From the capital to the tea plantations
Today will be one of the toughest days of the tour. Lots of climbing meters starting with a 650 metres climb of Mount Jali on the edge of Kigali. The ride will be a combination of nice singletrack and wide dirtroads, ultimately leading to the Sorwathe tea plantations where we will stay the night. You are welcome to learn about the tea growing process and visit the factory. Construction of the factory began in 1975, with tea production commencing in 1978. Today, Sorwathe produces approximately 12% of Rwanda’s tea.
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Day 03: Angulating to the twin lakes
Today you will cycle a beautiful ride of just over 60km through an area where not many tourist come. Don’t be surprised if little kids will try to get your attention and run along you or even push you up the hill! You will cycle through a beautiful tea plantation, after which a short tarmac section will lead you to a charming dirt road along a river. After some challenging climbs you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view over area. Our final destination of today are the twin lakes of which you will catch a glimpse once and a while. The twin lakes
exist out of Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera. They were named so because they are situated in the same areas and have a physical connection. We will reach the point where the two lakes almost touch each other. Since the lakes are at different levels a hydro power plant was built which supplies power to the whole area. Once we have reached the beach of Lake Ruhondo, a lovely boat ride will take us to our lodge where we will spend the night while startgazing over the lake.
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