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We recently ran a two-day Twin Lakes Tour, taking in the magnificent – and challenging – ride around the stunning lakes near to Musanze.
We chatted to three of the participants, shortly after they had completed the tour, Laura, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, Clare, who comes from Gloucester, Massachusetts and Nicola, from Wexford in Ireland. Laura, Clare and Nicola all live in Rwanda now, but this was their first experience of the Twin Lakes tour.
We first asked them what was the best thing about the tour. Clare said it was the “gorgeous landscapes and scenery”. Laura agreed: “the views were stunning, some of the best landscapes that I've seen anywhere”, but also commented about the chaperone for the tour, Marcel. “Marcel was extremely helpful and knowledgeable”. Nicola agreed that the views – especially on day one – were “spectacular” and was also pleased at “how smoothly everything was arranged and organised”, grateful for there being “no waiting around”. But she also pointed out how good the chaperone was: “Marcel is very good with slower people, looking out for them, making sure people take it easy; also superb at making sure everyone has water”.
We then asked them what surprised them about this tour. Clare was obviously enamoured by the beauty of the lakes, and said “I actually wasn’t expecting it to be as beautiful as it was!” While Laura’s immediate answer was somewhat different: “there was a small earthquake while we were riding!” In fact, during the tour there was, indeed, an earthquake in neighbouring Tanzania, which could be felt by the participants. Two things surprised Nicola the most. First, how well her fellow cyclists coped, “it’s pretty hilly! A really excellent mountain biker might find it very easy though - it was quite easy for me but some of the others struggled a bit”. And second, “the beauty of Ruhondo – I would never have gone there. Felt like a wonderful adventure, somewhere I'd have never gone without Rwandan Adventures. Even the section of road 10-20km out of Musanze is absolutely spectacular - couldn't believe how nice it was considering I've driven by that road so many times!
So, would they do this cycle tour again? Both Laura and Clare said they would. So we asked them to suggest who they’d go with. Clare said “friends that come to visit who are active or into cycling”. Laura agreed that she’s do it again with “anyone who came to visit me in Rwanda and likes bikes”, then added “I’d love to do this tour with my brother or my Mom”. Nicola said she would “probably not do the same one again, but would certainly do another”. And who with? “visiting mountain bike friends or the Kigali crew”.
Finally, we asked them to use three words each to describe the tour. Clare said “Fun”, “Stimulating” and “Refreshing”. And Laura chose “Tough”, “Stunning” and “Fun”. And Nicola’s phrase? “Stunning, adventurous cycle!”
So, these participants – who were typical of the whole tour party – were clear. They had a great time in beautiful surroundings; they were well supported by the Rwandan Adventures team, including chaperone Marcel; and they’d love to come back. We can’t wait to have you join another tour soon, Laura, Clare and Nicola. Please feel free to bring your friends when they visit and the Kigali crew. And, one last thing: if Laura’s brother or Mom are reading this, we think you should get in touch with us!