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Tour Location
Country:
Rwanda, Tanzania
From:
Kigali
To:
Arusha
Tour Information
Duration:
9 days
Level:
Moderate
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 1650
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
675 Km
Riding Days:
6
Daily Average:
113 Km
Month(s):
Mar
Departure:
March 6 - March 14, 2017
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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9 Days Moderate 675 KmAVG 112 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.

Leaving Kigali the riders will experience firsthand why this small French speaking lusciously green country, where the banana trees are two stories high is called the country of ‘mille collines’ – a country of a thousand hills. It is less than two full days of riding to where we cross the border into Western Tanzania at the potent Rusomo Falls on the Kagera River – part of the most distant headwater of the Nile River.

There is another reason to stop and take a minute on the bridge connecting Rwanda with Tanzania. Not so long ago, during the 1994 Rwandan genocide “thousands of dead bodies flowed underneath the Rusumo Bridge, while a simultaneous stream of refugees crossed over it, fleeing into Tanzania to escape the slaughter” according to Wikipedia.

After crossing into Tanzania we are cycling through semi-continuous non-agricultural land between protected areas of various game reserves. This area is part of the wildlife corridor and it is advisable to keep your eyes open and be alert.

A couple of more days of cycling and we reach the second largest city in Tanzania, Mwanza set on Lake Victoria’s shore, surrounded by hills strewn with enormous boulders. The next day we cycle to Speke Bay named after the explorer who searched for the source of the Nile River. By the time we reach Speke Bay the cyclists will have completed about three quarters encirclement of Lake Victoria.

It is in Speke Bay that we say goodbye to Lake Victoria and begin three days of “expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat” better known as one word – safari – that will take us through the most famous wildlife parks on the planet, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. But the only hunting we will be doing is with our cameras. The section will end in Arusha.
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