Back in November I took a group of four - three friends and travel journalist Will Hide - on the first of many cycling adventures The Slow Cyclist will lead in Rwanda. On the first night, one of my guests lost a front tooth in a bowl of soup (not something I had considered possible).
Luckily, things only got better and you can read all about what Will made of our time together below. If you would like to read the whole article, which appeared in The National this week, you can do so here.
Over to Will...
"The East African country of Rwanda is many things, but flat isn’t one of them. So it’s a good place for a new cycling holiday, then? It turns out, in the Land of a Thousand Hills, the answer is “yes”.
My guide is Oli Broom, the kind of Englishman made famous in song – along with mad dogs, he likes to go out in the midday sun. Several years ago, he cycled from London to Australia to watch a cricket match, for charity.
Cricket also brought him to Rwanda, where he spent two years heading up a foundation to build a national stadium for the game. Following the genocide in 1994 – an estimated one million people were murdered in 100 days – Rwandan refugees poured into neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, then brought cricket back with them when they returned.
Broom eventually returned to Europe, and now runs cycling tours in Transylvania. These tours highlight travel at a slower pace, experiencing life at saddle-level, rather than whizzing by in a car, while stopping for fresh food in simple local restaurants and meeting local people along the way.
Next month, he’s launching similar week-long bicycle tours in Rwanda, a country that captured his heart, but is still known internationally for the bloody events of two decades ago."
If you would like to be a pioneer of adventure cycling in Rwanda, and if you'd like to see some gorillas in the wild, we are leading several challenging 7-night journeys in 2016. Prices from £1,995 excluding flights. Find out more.