Cycling in Rwanda is incredibly rewarding because of the spectacular, lush landscape of green sprawling hills, smoking volcanoes and freshwater lakes made famous by Gorillas in the Mist. These days the country is home to a stable government that has enabled it to become one of the safest countries on the continent. Our knowledge of this gem of a country – established when our founder Oli Broom recently spent two years living there – enables us to take our guests on exceptionally crafted journeys in this paradise for those on two wheels or two feet. As in all our destinations, e-bikes are becoming increasingly popular: we own the country’s only fleet.
CYCLE AND WALK IN RWANDA’S GREEN PARADISE
YEAR ROUND, EXCEPT APRIL
Since the genocide of 1994, Rwanda has embarked on an extraordinary journey of recovery and is emerging as a shining beacon of African development. All visitors to the country notice its clean and ordered streets, exciting food scene and the warm welcome they receive. But travelling with us through Rwanda you will experience the essence of the place by spending time with its people in village after village that barely ever see outsiders. We tend to cycle north from the capital Kigali, towards the dramatic north of country through tea plantations and lush green hills, alongside volcanic lakes and in the shadow of the chain of volcanoes that signify the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Throughout the year – except in April, when the country comes together to remember the genocide – we schedule a number of journeys that we invite you to join, as well as hosting private travellers on dates to suit.
“ Simply fantastic. I honestly can’t put it into words. The Slow Cyclist team were superb and all of the extra surprises really did make the trip so special. Your Rwandan guides were just awesome – so much fun to be with all week you couldn’t help but love them. ”
“ Rwanda’s dramatic landscape just doesn’t quit and biking it was the perfect way to soak in the epic scenery and energy of the people we met. Every day provided something new as we moved across the country. Thrilling and beautiful with every pedal stroke. What a trip! ”
WHAT WE OFFER
You can experience Rwanda with us in a number of ways and taking a look at the options below is the first step towards deciding the best option for you. When you’re ready, drop us a line and we will happily answer any questions or send you sample itineraries.
JOIN A TRIP
Each year we schedule a number of week-long fully supported and guided journeys, putting together groups of up to 12 guests. We would love you to join us. All consist of cycling – mostly on red dirt roads – with a little walking too. There is some flexibility built in so that those feeling more – or less – energetic get precisely the holiday they want.
We specialise in crafting unique, flexible, expertly guided cycling and walking journeys for small groups of friends. Although we like to head north from Kigali and explore the volcanic north, there are other parts of the country that we know well too that can be incorporated into a journey that is longer than a week. As with all our journeys, expect table picnics in stunning locations, warm hospitality in local homes and plenty of surprises as you ride across one of Africa’s most beautiful countries.
Although we focus primarily on cycling and walking experiences in Rwanda, we do help many of our guests extend their stay by working with trusted partners to offer bespoke experiences in Rwanda and regionally. From a rainforest stay at One & Only’s Nyungwe House or a wilderness lodge in Akagera National Park, to gorilla trekking from beautifully situated Gahinga Lodge we can help you get the most out of your time in this part of the world.
RWANDA, WHAT TO EXPECT
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 here! 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.
“ The trip of a lifetime. ”
“ The word ‘unique' is bandied about… but it’s appropriate in this case. ”
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