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The Jewel of Africa
Tour Location
Country:
Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
From:
Nairobi
To:
Kigali
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
14 days
Level:
Moderate
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 2450
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
1210 Km
Riding Days:
12
Daily Average:
101 Km
Month(s):
Feb, Mar
Departure:
February 18 - March 3, 2017
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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The Jewel of Africa

14 Days Moderate 1210 KmAVG 100 Km

Due to unrest in Ethiopia, the 2017 Tour d’Afrique will avoid Ethiopia and instead travel through Uganda and Rwanda. The new route is described below. It is our intention that the 2018 edition will return to cycling through Ethiopia.

After a few days rest in bustling Nairobi the cyclists head north west to Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake situated at an elevation of over 1800 meters with 400 species of birds, plenty of hippos and other wildlife to observe before sleep time. From Lake Naivasha we head to the spectacular sight of thousands and thousands of flamingos on Lake Nakuru – one of the classic photographic sites of Africa. One can also explore 188 km of protected sanctuary around the lake with its Rothschild’s giraffes and black rhinos. And if you had enough of wildlife there is a Neolithic Museum of discoveries in the area, made by no other than the well-known Leakey couple.

From there our ride stretches around the Mau Forest Reserve, at times touching the largest indigenous montane (cloud) forest in East Africa, until we get our first look at Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. We overnight at Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, and travel onwards to the border of Uganda, known to many as the Jewel of Africa. A day’s ride will bring us to our first rest day of this section in Jinja, the historic site of the source of White Nile River and the adrenaline capital of East Africa.

After the cyclists have had the opportunity for bungee jumping, white water rafting, kayaking, horseback riding or simply enjoying the wonderful and crumbling colonial architecture, we will ride on some dirt roads and through friendly villages along the shore of Lake Victoria, until we rendezvous with some local fishermen. The fishermen will take us on their boats to avoid the nightmare traffic of Kampala – an entry to the capital of Uganda like no other.

The next day, to avoid the chaotic jam of Kampala, we take a bus for a boat trip on Lake Victoria to one of the Ssese Islands for an unforgettable sunset. In a couple of days of cycling from Lake Victoria we arrive at Lake Maburo National park at what some call “compact gem of a National Park” known for its abundant wildlife.

A couple of more days riding south-east and we are arriving at Lake Bunyoni a ‘wonderful stop over to explore before heading to Rwanda and the Mountain Gorillas’. The section ends in Kigali the booming capital city of Rwanda and the site of the Genocide Memorial Centre “a place of remembrance and learning.”Here you can reflect on Rwanda’s tragic past and observe its impressive regeneration.
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