THE CYCLING TOUR OF A LIFETIME. African Unique Safaris and Tours have partnered with the famous Team Africa Rising (Rwandan National Cycling Team) to guide you on a thrilling mix of trail, road cycling, safaris & tours with a professional from Team Africa Rising.
Our 13 day tour traverses much of The Congo Nile Trail and covers 227km (141 miles) of beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and the clear vast waters of Lake Kivu. The Congo Nile Trail itself rotates along Lake Kivu extending from Rubavu through Rutsiro via the Karongi, Nyamasheke districts and ends at Rusizi District. After 5 long but inspiring day on The Congo Nile Trail, nirvana awaits you at the 5 star award winning Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
Our support vehicle and 4WD is with you all the way to help with any repairs, rests or non-cycling activities and pathways. This is one of the most unique and stunning ways to truly discover and engage the wonders of Rwanda.
Rwanda is considered one of the safest and most beautiful countries in Africa, so get your friends together and live your dreams.
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DAY 1 - Arrive Kigali, Check In and Tour Briefing.
Met at the aiport by the owners of African Unique Safaris and Tours. Check in to hour hotel. Bikes and equipment organised then meet your Team Africa Rising Professional and Driver/Guide for a thorough Tour Briefing.
DAY 2 - Kigali to Akagera National Park and back. (1st ride)
Drive out of Kigali en route to Akagera National Park. Acclimatizing 3 hour bike ride on route on well paved roads from Kigali en rout to Akagera National Park. Safari Tour at Akagera National Park looking for Hippos, Giraffes, Waterbuck, Lions and more. 2 hour drive back to Kigali for overnight stay.
DAY 3 - Kigali to Volcanoes National Park.
Drive to Gorilla Mountain View Lodge at the base of the stunning Volcanoes National Park and check in. Then a 1 hour ride Musanze and visit the headquarters of Team Africa Rising. Then cycle back to Gorilla Mountain View to rest for tomorrow’s exciting Mountain Gorilla Trek.
DAY 4 - Gorilla Tracking & Cultural Village Experiences
Today you will trek for the rare and magnificent Mountain Gorilla. Spending an hour in close proximity to these amazing creatures is one of the great nature experiences on the planet. In the afternoon after the trek head to the Cultural Village Walk with overnight at Gorilla Mountain View Lodge.
DAY 5 - Golden Monkeys
The Golden Monkey’s are only found in a few regions in Central Africa. Spend an hour with these beautiful and playful creatures. Return to Gorilla Mountain View Lodge for lunch and check out as we drive to Gisenyi in the afternoon to prepare for the Congo/Nile Trail section of this journey.
DAY 6 - Mountain Bike Congo Nile Trail Gisenyi to Kinunu.
The first leg is around 40 kms and will take you along the stunning Lake Kivu and through small villages on your way to the Kinunu Guest House where you will have a crop to cup experience at the Kinunu Coffee Station.
DAY 7 - Congo Nile Trail Kinuni to Rwiza Village Guest House.
This is the big kahuna leg. 60kms on Mountain bike trail making your way to Rwiza Village Guest House where you can relax after the hardest day of riding on this tour. Take a gentle canoe ride as the sunset to relax and wind down if you so chose. The support vehicle is with you all the way in case you want a break or lift.
DAY 8 - Congo Nile Trail Rwiza to Mugonero.
45kms on Mountain bike trail – Accommodation at L’Esparance Guesthouse, Mugonero and later visit Kigarama Esparance Orphanage for a truly humbling and heartwarming experience that will make any pain disappear.
DAY 9 - Congo Nile Trail Mugonero to Kibogora
40kms on Mountain bike trail – Accommodation at Kibogora Guesthouse. Visit Kumbya Peninsula, a Rwandan National treasure owned by African missionaries.
DAY 10 - Final Congo Nile Trail leg to Ngungwe Forest Lodge.
Wow, what an achievement. You have completed the Congo/Nile Trail and now just a short 25km sealed road ride to the 5 star award winning Ngungwe Forest Lodge. Although it’s sealed it is very hilly and the support vehicle is there if you need assistance. We have reserved your place at the spa for a massage. Relax and share stories of the past week.
Canopy walk at Nyungwe National Park, followed by a Tea Immersion experience at Nyungwe Forest Lodge. Plenty of free time to explore or rest. Your driver/guide is at your disposal.
DAY 12 - Early Morning Chimpanzee Trek & Hot Springs.
Wake at 4am to leave for an exciting Chimpanzee Trek. Along with the Bonobo of Congo this is our closest living relative in the animal kingdom sharing 93% DNA. I’m sure you’ll recognise some behaviors and characters. Then off to the Hot Springs to keep the recovery going before returning for your final night at the amazing Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
DAY 13 - Ngungwe returning to Kigali International Airport
Check out of Nyungwe Forest Lodge to depart for Kigali to catch your flight home with endless stories of your unique once in a lifetime experience. You will carry the memories with you forever.
This 2 days gorilla safari takes you to Volcanoes National park, home to endangered mountain gorillas. This is one of the best trips for travelers with lesser time in Rwanda yet would like to see the endangered mountain gorillas.
This tour is for people who don’t have much time but want to experience one of the world’s great animal encounters. Flying via Entebbe to the Gorillas is not much more than the cost of driving but is saves you 15 hours travel time.