Our land of a thousand hills is an excellent destination for off-the-beaten-track cycling, with almost endless trails and roads criss-crossing the territory. Exploring Rwanda’s countryside on a bike is an authentic and rewarding way to interact with the rural population, with a huge dose of natural beauty.

Arguably the greatest route is the Congo Nile Trail, a 227km itinerary which runs roughly parallel to the eastern shore of Lake Kivu. Starting in Rubavu and ending in Rusizi, the journey takes about five days, although it is possible to do single stages for those with less time or dedication.

The specialist operator Rwandan Adventures can create bespoke itineraries along the trail, as well as other locations including Kigali and Musanze. Rwanda Bike Tours organises a 10-day tour of the country.

The Africa Rising Cycling Centre is the home of the Rwandan cycling team. Stop by for a visit, tour the grounds or even ride with Team Rwanda, in anything from an hour to bespoke multi-day tours.

Their half day road training package, complete with carbon fibre bike, promises to teach riding techniques and an experience of High Performance Interval Training. Their Pro Mountain-Bike Race Training package takes guests out on the 2015 African Continental Championship MTB course, complete with training tips and debrief.

Founded in 2006, Team Rwanda now fields over 25 cyclists in all levels and disciplines of cycling, including the Tour of Rwanda.

The Rwandan Cycling Federation organises the Rwanda Cycling Cup series over the course of the year.

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