Ride East Africa


An epic cycling challenge through Tanzania and Rwanda - in support of four fantastic African and UK charities through Charity Links - beginning at the base of Africa’s highest mountain and ending amid the jungle volcanoes that separate Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Ride East Africa is the journey of a lifetime; an exhilarating, guided and supported journey of approximately 1,000 kilometres from Africa’s highest mountain to the volcanoes that separate Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Participants are asked to raise funds for one of a number of fantastic charities and have the choice of undertaking the entire 15-day challenge or the Tanzanian or Rwanda legs. Whichever option you choose, expect an incredible adventure during which you will see and experience some of Africa’s most epic and beguiling landscapes.  

The journey begins in the vast plains of Tanzania, in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. From there we head west, through Maasai villages along the Rift Valley and the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind’ towards the world-renowned Serengeti plains where participants will have the chance to see its abundant game. From there we arrive in Mwanza, Tanzania's second-largest city, on the southern shore of Lake Victoria. We take an overnight boat across the Great Lake before continuing our journey to the Rwandan border.

After eight days we face a new challenge, crossing into Rwanda at Rusumo Falls. Nicknamed the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills,’ Rwanda doesn't do 'flat' so we will tackle shorter daily distances but tougher climbs. On the way to the capital it’s a beautiful ride alongside lakes and through remote villages. Heading north from Kigali after a day visiting various of the city's must-see attractions, we pedal up and down lush green hills, through tea plantations and along ridges that offer magnificent views around every corner. We finish our journey at the base of the chain of volcanoes that form Rwanda’s northern border with Uganda and the DRC and are home to some of the last remaining mountain gorillas on the planet.

Oli Broom, Founder and Managing Director of The Slow Cyclist, is leading the expedition. Oli knows Rwanda intimately and in both countries he will be supported by an experienced, knowledgeable team of local cyclists, guides and drivers. Your bags will be carried in a vehicle whose driver will often - but not always - be nearby for support.


  • Cycling beneath Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • An overnight ferry journey across Africa’s largest body of water, Lake Victoria
  • Daily distances of between 30 and 115 kilometres, and climbs of up to 1,000
    metres through some of Africa’s most stunning landscapes. 
  • A day spent viewing game in the vast plains of the Serengeti
  • Access to Maasai village life in Tanzania and little visited Rwandan villages
  • The opportunity to track wild mountain gorillas
  • A night spent on a Rwandan working tea plantation
  • A day off in Kigali, and a visit to the city’s incredibly moving Genocide
    Memorial Museum


Start to Finish
18 November to 3 December 2017 - £3,395 per person

Tanzania Leg
18 to 26 November 2017 - £1,950 per person

Rwanda Leg
26 November to 3 December 2017 - £1,695 per person


  • Accommodation, camping fees and equipment
  • Dedicated UK and local guides
  • Support vehicles
  • Mountain bike and helmet hire
  • All meals up to and including lunch on 2 December (unless otherwise indicated in this itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinking water between meals
  • Serengeti National Park game drive
  • Lake Victoria crossing
  • All other park and activity fees (unless otherwise indicated) 
  • 24 hour emergency helicopter support in Rwanda. 
  • Airport transfers


Charity Links is a UK registered charity that supports small education and health charities in Africa and the UK. In putting together a team of cyclists to take on Ride East Africa, Charity Links has chosen to support Education East Africa, MSAADA, Sevenoaks Area Youth Trust, the Kenya Educational Trust and Build Africa. Participants can choose which charity, or charities, they would like to fundraise for. 

October 14
Kigali to Congo
January 20
Kigali to Congo