Duration (days): 10 Skills Level (1-5): 3 Total Distance: 1719 Maximum number of Riders: 10 Period: YEAR 2020: 17 - 26 August, 27 December - 5 January Lodging Type: Hotel,Camp,Lodge
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Cost
  • Riding Skills level
  • The majestic Virunga volcanoes chain and their mountain gorillas
  • Ride on the unforgettable Congo-Nile trail
  • Riding through the Bwindi impenetrable forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • The Kibale Forest Corridor and Lake George

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Itinerary

Day 1

Departure to Kibungo

This first day will take us on some fun ride, around lake Muhazi and then along the Akagera National Park and some wetlands, natural habitat of various birds’ species. (220 km paved and off-road parts) .

Overnight in Kibungo

Day 2

Departure to Gisakura

Today will take us to some fast trails across Rwanda countryside, crossing irrigated lands and riding along several beautiful lakes of the southeast part of the country. We will then reach the Nyungwe Forest National Park riding on a beautiful curvy-asphalted road till our hotel. (292 Km off-road and paved road) .

Overnight in Gisakura

Day 3

Departure to Kibuye

In the morning we will ride to the Nyungwe Forest National Park until Uwinka reception centre, where 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 then continue our ride on highland fun trails along the West side of the Nyungwe Forest and then on the Southern part of the Congo Nile Trail through the picturesque tea plantation of Gisovu finishing the day by a breath taking descent till the lake Kivu and the town of Kibuye where we will spend the night by the lake. (140 km, mostly off-road) .

Overnight in Kibuye

Day 4

Departure to Musanze

A day full of amazing views, first on the lake Kivu, riding along the northern part of the Congo-Nile trail till Gisenyi, at the border of Congo, then along the impressive Volcanoes chain, land of the Mountain Gorillas. (200 km mostly off-road parts) .

Overnight in Musanze

Day 5

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, nearby Musanze, can be organised. If you chose otherwise, we will continue to the next destination planned.

Overnight in Musanze

Day 6

Departure to Kihihi

We will start the day by crossing the border to Uganda. We will then ride through very beautiful landscape along lake Mutanda and across the famous Bwindi impenetrable forest, also land of the Mountain Gorillas. We will ride deep into the Ugandan state and see the most beautiful landscape and people. We will reach the southern part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will spend the night. (207 km mostly off-road parts) .

Overnight in Kihihi

Day 7

Departure to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early start, we will ride across the Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park has a rich variety of flora and fauna, home to 95 species of mammals and more than 600 species of birds, making the park a popular tourist attraction. The park has 5 types of vegetation: the equatorial forest, the grass savannah, the bush savannah, the acacia forests and the wetlands. Riding across the Park is a unique experience and guarantees the meeting with one or more of the "Big Five" of the savannah! We will also ride until the Mbeya peninsula and along the fascinating Katwe explosion craters’ trail. (180 km off-road and paved sections) .

Overnight in Queen Elizabeth N.P.

Day 8

Loop around Kibale Forest Corridor and Lake George

After an early start, we will ride north along the Ruwenzori Mountains and then have a beautiful ride through the Kibale Forest Corridor Game Reserve and a great scenic views riding down toward Lake George. We will close the loop riding along some craters’ lakes and drive back to our lodge. (215 km off-road and paved sections) .

Overnight in Queen Elizabeth N.P.

Day 9

Departure to Lake Bunyonyi

We will start our ride back to the South of Uganda, across Uganda countryside until the beautiful Lake of Bunyonyi, where we will spend the night. (160 km off-road and paved road) .

Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi

Day 10

Departure to Kigali

Today, we will ride back to the Rwandan capital city, with some beautiful winding off-road ride across the 1000 Hills, touching the paved road just to cross the border. We will conclude our tour with a well-deserved last dinner. (125 km off-road and short 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.