Duration (days): 7 Total Distance: 1105 km Skills Level (1-5): 3 Maximum number of Riders: 10 Period: YEAR 2020: 12-18 January, 10 - 16 & 23 - 29 February, 8 - 14 June, 6 - 12 July, 3 - 9 August, 19 - 25 October, 13 - 19 December Lodging Type: Hotel,Camp
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  • Itinerary
  • Tour Cost
  • Skills Level
  • The majestic Virunga volcanoes chain and their mountain gorillas
  • Ride on the unforgettable Congo-Nile trail
  • The Nyungwe forest, one of the oldest and better-preserved mountane rainforest in Africa

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Itinerary

Day 1

Departure to Musanze

This first day will take us through beautiful green tea plantations, then around the Rugezi Marsh where lots of birds can be observed and finally between Lake Burera and Ruhondo before reaching Musanze, on the edge of the Volcanoes National park, land of the Mountain Gorillas (180 km paved and mostly off-road parts) .

Overnight in Musanze

Day 2

Musanze.

You will trek in the Volcanoes National Park at the discovery of the Mountain Gorillas, if you wish, but keep in mind that this might be a one-time life opportunity. Therefore we suppose that you want to visit them even though the fee is quite expensive on our opinion. In the afternoon, a visit of a cultural village of potters, nearby Musanze, can be organised. If you chose otherwise, we will continue to the next destination planned.

Overnight in Musanze

Day 3

Departure to Kibuye

On this day, we will ride along the Volcanoes National Park with breath taking views until Gisenyi, located on the border of Congo and lake Kivu. We will then ride the northern part of the famous Congo-Nile trail with amazing views on Lake Kivu, until Kibuye, where we will spend the night by the lake (200 km off-road and short paved sections)

Overnight in Kibuye

Day 4

Departure to Nyungwe Forest National Park

We will continue our ride on the Southern part of the Congo Nile Trail, first riding toward the highlands offering amazing views on Lake Kivu and then riding back toward the lake to finally reach the Nyungwe Forest National park Uwinka reception centre by a beautiful winding paved road. We will stop for a Canopy Walkway, a wonderful experience on top of the trees of one of the oldest and better-preserved montane rainforest in Africa (better not to be afraid of heights!!!). We will spend the night in a nice campsite in the middle of the forest. (140 km off-road and paved road).

Overnight camping in Nyungwe Forest

Day 5

Departure to Nyanza

This day will take us on some fun ride, on highland trails around the Nyungwe Forest, crossing the picturesque tea plantation of Gisovu. We will then ride on nice off-road trails toward Nyanza, where we will visit the King’s palace museum. (185 km off-road).

Overnight in Nyanza

Day 6

Departure to Akagera

This day will take us on some fast trails across Rwanda countryside, crossing irrigated lands and riding along several beautiful lakes of the southeast part of the country. We will end the day riding on a ridge following the Akagera river plain, offering amazing views on the Akagera National Park and Tanzania. (215 km off-road and paved sections).

Overnight near Akagera Village

Day 7

Departure to Kigali

This day will take us to some beautiful off-road ride in the Eastern plain, along the Akagera National Park and some wetlands, habitat of numerous species of birds, then around lake Muhazi where we will stop for a succulent lunch. We will then ride back to Kigali. In the evening we will have a well-deserved last dinner.(185 km off-road and paved section).



 

To get the cost of the various packages, Please contact us!

  Prices are based on a minimum group of 4 riders Africa Riding Adventures Tours proposes 3 different packages (see details hereafter):
  • All Inclusive Package
  • Bike and Support Vehicle Package
  • Bike Only Package
At request, Africa Riding Adventures will refund the full amount of deposit paid if there isn’t a minimum number of 4 riders attending the tour. Please read our Terms and conditions for the full text of our policy. Africa Riding Adventures reserves the right to cancel this calendar tour if no bookings are made 30 days before the tour commencement.

What is included in All-Inclusive package:

  • Motorbike (SWM RS 500 R & RS 650 R), bike insurance against third parties
  • Support car for luggage and passengers (inclusive of driver, his expenses, but exclusive of fuel)
  • Expert multi-lingual tour leader in his own bike, inclusive of his expenses and mechanical support
  • Double occupancy accommodation (note: single occupancy incurs an extra-charge)
  • Restoration (Breakfast, lunch and dinner). With the exception of water, beverages and snacks are NOT included (please note that drinks are not included in any of the meals, excepted water)
  • Entry fees to parks and others sites (except the Gorilla visit, which is paid by the client directly if he/she is interested on visiting as well as Kigali’s visits)
  • Local guides, local taxes and fees
  • Luggage storage
  • Photos of the trip
  • Medical Air Ambulance in East Africa – Flying Doctors

What is included in the Bike and Support Vehicle package:

  • Motorbike (SWM RS 500 R & RS 650 R), bike insurance against third parties
  • Support car for luggage and passengers (inclusive of driver, his expenses, but exclusive of fuel)
  • Expert multi-lingual tour leader in his own bike, inclusive of his expenses and mechanical support
  • Luggage storage

What is included in the Bike Only package:

  • Motorbike (SWM RS 500 R & RS 650 R), bike insurance against third parties
  • Expert multi-lingual tour leader in his own bike, inclusive of his expenses and mechanical support

What is Never included:

  • Bike Fuel
  • Diesel for support vehicle
  • Broken parts on bike when insurance is not applicable
  • Beverage and snacks
  • Personal items
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Room service
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal and Accident insurance and medical expenses
  • Emergency evacuation/Hospitalisation
  • Flight tickets
  • Tips, souvenirs, photo and video fees and spending money
 
Skill Level Description Our tours are skill levelled from 1 to 5. We sometimes rate them with two difficulty levels e.g. 2/3 as some tours require different riding skills in different parts of the itinerary. In these cases the first number represents the main difficulty level present and the latter, only stretches of the itinerary. Please don’t forget to fill our skill level description form when inquiring about a tour so we can better match you with the tour of your dreams.
  • Level 1: Riders who have ridden only a few times or just started, ride sporadically, never rode on an Enduro bike or off-road or haven’t been on a dirt or enduro bike for a few years. A person in this level will experience difficulty riding off-road, manoeuvring on loose gravel, on stones, in sand and climbing and descending hills.
  • Level 2: Riders who do not feel comfortable riding up and down hills, whoops, or standing up on the pegs. Street bike riders with no dirt/enduro bike experience. Riders who have ridden before but struggle with basic off-road techniques.
  • Level 3: Riders who can ride over stones, sand, up and down ledges with little difficulty and can ride at a faster pace. Riders in this class will have a good understanding of body language as it applies to motorcycles, such as sliding when necessary, shifting and braking at the right time and in a synchronized way.
  • Level 4: Riders who have ridden for years and are comfortable riding in almost all conditions, but would like to work on techniques that need improvement. The rider may or may not need help on more advanced skills, such as cornering in sand, riding through whoops, climbing steep hills, riding dunes and on rocks, doing jumps or wheelies.
  • Level 5: Very experienced riders who are able to ride with full confidence on any surface and who can ride for extended periods of time in hard conditions without stopping. Well seasoned riders and off-road racers will be in this category.