CYCLING IN RWANDA
A mountainous, landlocked gem in the most fertile corner of Africa, Rwanda is a lush land of green sprawling hills and smoking volcanoes made famous by Gorillas in the Mist. It is a genuine cyclists' paradise, as our founder Oli Broom found out when he spent two years living an working in Kigali until 2013. Oli knows the country back-to-front, especially on two wheels. It is an epic, undiscovered place for a cycling adventure, full of friendly locals way off the tourist trail and, of course, the Virunga Mountains bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are home to some of the last mountain gorillas on the planet. Over the past few years we have worked with local friends and guides to create fantastic group & tailor-made adventures for riders of all abilities and fitness levels. Rwanda's stable government will see it attract more and more visitors from abroad over the coming decade, so now is very much the time to visit.
“Lush valleys, terraced hillsides, monster volcanoes. Thrilling
and beautiful with every pedal stroke. What a trip.”
John Heermans - November 2016
WHAT IS RWANDA LIKE?
Rwanda is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. It is also one of the continent's most exciting adventure tourism destinations... but there is no-one there! Of course, for much of the post-colonial era the country faced relentless social and political upheaval, culminating in the 1994 genocide. But over the past two decades Africa’s most densely populated country has embarked on a remarkable journey, winning global acclaim for tackling ethnic divisions and dragging millions off the poverty line. Crime and corruption levels are some of the lowest on the continent. Rwanda is one of Africa's safest and cleanest countries and Kigali, its capital, one of the most liveable.
RWANDA IN PICTURES
ABOUT OUR RWANDAN TOURS
Have a look at the general information below to discover whether a Slow Cyclist trip in Rwanda is right for you. It is intended as a guide. For more detailed information on each trip download the relevant brochure from our listings page.
ARE RWANDA & THE SLOW CYCLIST RIGHT FOR ME?
Our Rwandan rides do not require advanced technical mountain biking ability although experience riding on rough surfaces up and downhill is helpful. Far more important is fitness. You will definitely need to train and by the time you join us in Rwanda you should be comfortable spending long hours in the saddle, climbing in excess of 1,000 metres in one day on a variety of surfaces. Rwanda is nicknamed the Land of a Thousand Hills and is one of Africa’s most mountainous countries. You may find the cycling tough but the views will offer just reward and remember, you can jump in the support vehicle at any time if you feel the need.
GUIDES & SUPPORT
Our regular tour leader in Rwanda is Michael Newhouse, an engineer and bicycle mechanic from the UK. He has made East Africa his home since 2012, currently living in Kigali, and has recently supported Team Rwanda as a mechanic. Michael is always supported by a fantastic team of local cyclists, guides and drivers. All our Rwandan adventures are also fully-supported. This means not only that each day your bags will be driven to your next overnight stay, but also that a vehicle will often be nearby to give you a lift if you really need one.
We use top of the range Scott mountain bikes for most of our Rwandan adventures. Depending on availability sometimes we use different brands but they are always good quality mountain bikes, perfect for the terrain.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Airport transfers, mountain bike and helmet hire, support vehicle, dedicated UK and local guides, accommodation, meals, snacks and drinking water between meals, activity fees (unless otherwise stated), 24 hour emergency helicopter support. N.B. pricing structures vary so please check the relevant itinerary for accurate information.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED?
Flights, gorilla trek and golden monkey trek, alcoholic and soft drinks, activities in Kigali, visa, personal travel insurance, laundry, local airport taxes (if applicable), donation to Genocide Memorial Museum, tips for local staff & personal costs. N.B. pricing structures vary so please check the relevant itinerary for accurate information.
FOOD & DRINK
Meals are prepared freshly for us, either in the open, in private homes or small independent restaurants. We cater for allergies, vegetarians and other preferences, which are all taken care of at the time of booking.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATION
We provide inclusive helicopter rescue in the unlikely event of a medical or security emergency. In circumstances where their services are required, one of our guides will arrange the pick-up. Any services - including medical or repatriation - that you require thereafter must be covered by your travel insurance.