16/05/2012 - Rwanda/Uganda - Charity Ride
This challenge straddles two of Africa's most fascinating countries. Rwanda is a beautiful country of rolling hills, mountains and grassy lowlands. Uganda, known as the pearl of Africa, is a country with fantastic natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Here there will be the rare chance to go gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park. During the ride you'll experience rural Africa at its best as well as having the opportunity to visit Edirisa projects en-route.
For further details on our charity and for applications please see our website: http://www.edirisa.org.uk/Challenge_Africa.html
DAY 1: Fly London to Entebbe in Uganda. Overnight in Kigale, Rwanda.
DAY 2: Bike fitting then visit the Kigali Memorial Centre in memory of those killed in the genocide. After lunch visit craft market and city centre.
DAY 3: Cycle out of Kigale into the surrounding countryside and onto Byumba. 60km
DAY 4: The route to Kidaho goes through the major tea growing area with beautiful terraced hillsides that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape. 65km
DAY 5: Cross the border into Uganda with spectacular views which compensate for some tough climbs. Overnight Mushongero. 72km
DAY 6: Rare opportunity to go gorilla tracking through the forested slopes of the Virungas (subject to permit availability). Or climb the Muhavura volcano.
DAY 7: The longest day of the ride through bamboo forests, small villages and over terraced hillsides to Kabale. 82km
DAY 8: Morning visit to the Home of Edirisa. Afternoon ride to Lake Bunyonyi - a challenging 470m climb over 10km on a dirt road. Fantastic views en-route. 10km
DAY 9: Free day to relax by Lake Bunyonyi and visit some of the Edirisa projects.
DAY 10: Transfer to Kigali for return flight to London.