You are invited to join Hope & Homes for Children on a thrilling mountain bike challenge through some of Africa’s most beguiling landscapes. After 36 hours acclimatisation at 1,500 metres above sea level in Rwanda’s fascinating capital, Kigali, we will ride towards the mountainous north of the country through tea plantations, lush green hills and along the Virunga Mountains - a chain of volcanoes that are home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. Nicknamed the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills,’ Rwanda doesn’t do flat, so this challenge will offer not only incredible views around every corner, but a serious test of fitness and endurance with daily climbs in excess of 1,000 metres.
The Ride Rwanda brochure provides detailed information about the journey, including a breakdown of daily activities. However, in order to help you decide if this adventure is for you, take a look at the general information below.
ARE RWANDA & THE SLOW CYCLIST RIGHT FOR ME?
Our Rwandan rides do not require advanced technical mountain biking ability, although some experience riding on rough surfaces up and downhill will be helpful. Don’t worry if you’re used to riding a road bike, although the technique is a bit different you will be able to manage (most HHC riders in 2016 had some experience of road biking). However, far more important is your fitness. You will definitely need to train for this challenge and by the time you join us in Rwanda you should be happy spending long hours in the saddle for three or four days in a row.
GUIDES & SUPPORT
The challenge is fully-supported, meaning not only that your bags will be driven
to your next overnight stay each day, but also that a vehicle will often be nearby to
give you a lift if you really need one. Oli Broom, Managing Director of The Slow Cyclist, will be your host throughout your time in Rwanda (for more information about Oli and his links to Rwanda, take a look at The Slow Cyclist page of this brochure). Oli will be supported by a fantastic team of local cyclists, guides and drivers - including at least one former or current member of Team Rwanda - with a broad range of skills from cultural
knowledge of Rwanda to technical support and a sense of fun and adventure.
We use excellent hardtail mountain bikes that are perfect for the terrain, and carry spares and parts at all times.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Flights, airport transfers, support vehicles, dedicated UK and local guides, mountain bike and helmet hire, accommodation, all meals unless stated below, beer and soft drinks at meal times, bottled drinking water, cycling snacks and 24 hour emergency helicopter support.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED?
Gorilla trek and golden monkey trek (see next page for details). Also excluded are a donation to the Genocide Memorial Museum, visas ($50 in cash on arrival for UK citizens), personal travel insurance, local airport taxes (if applicable), wine, dinner on arrival, tips for local staff/entertainment & personal costs.
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.