16–24 September 2017, Rwanda
“If you love the thrill of being out on your bike and you want to try something new, Ride Rwanda is for you!”
Kigali to Congo with Hope and Homes for Children
Join Hope and Homes for Children on a thrilling mountain bike challenge through one of Africa’s most stunning countries. Nicknamed the ‘Land of Thousand Hills’, Rwanda doesn’t do ‘flat’, meaning this challenge will offer you not only incredible views around every corner but a serious test of fitness and endurance. Travelling almost exclusively on dirt roads and tracks, during four days of working hard in the saddle you will experience a remote, real Rwanda few visitors are lucky enough to see.
We are delighted that we are also able to offer you the privileged opportunity to see the hard work that your support makes possible when we spend a day visiting our projects. Our work is recognised as best practice by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, supporting vulnerable children to grow up in loving families so that, one day, Rwanda will be free from orphanages.
Still not sure? Take a minute to watch the film below, shot on the 2016 trip:
Dates: 16-24 September 2017
Fundraising target: £4,150. This includes all trip costs and flights.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali.
Day 2: We will spend the day in the capital acclimatising to our new surroundings. There will be a visit to the Genocide Memorial Museum and a chance to explore Nyamirambo, the city’s vibrant Muslim quarter.
Day 3: Our adventure begins today with our first big hill up Mount Jali overlooking over the city. The rest of the day’s ride is characterised by a series of ridges dotted with villages and views around every corner. We will end the day with one final climb up to Sorwathe, one of Rwanda’s most charming tea estates and our home for the night.
Day 4: After a chance to look around the tea estate it’s back in the saddle for a fantastic descent into the tea plantations before a steady climb to the shores of the Twin Lakes, Burera and Ruhondo. With more breath taking views our overnight stay is a guest house looking across at the volcanos.
Day 5: After a short boat ride our day’s ride will begin on the northern shore of Lake Ruhondo and it’s a steady climb. In the afternoon we will ride west to Kinigi, where we will visit the home of the Rwandan national cycling team.
Day 6: A rest day, of sorts. Today is our chance to trek into the jungle to spend time with some of famous Rwandan mountain gorillas. This is an optional extra but well worth it.
Day 7: Our last day in the saddle and it’s a big one. Our final destination is Lake Kivu, and to get there we will cycle along the base of the chain of volcanos, through bamboo forests, remote villages and banana plantations. That afternoon we will transfer back to Kigali.
Day 7: Today we will meet some of the children and families we are working with in Rwanda. This is an emotional but rewarding day where you will also meet our team in Rwanda. There will also be time to celebrate your epic achievement when we visit the Kicukiro Community Hub for a party. After a truly inspirational day we will return to Kigali ready for our flight home.