Client Testimonials:

See why others loved their time with Lava Bike Tours

Paul, March 2024
3 Days Congo Nile Trail

An unforgettable trip through trails, forest, villages and the hills (so many hills) of Rwanda.

Yannick had everything planned from beginning to end including boutique accommodations, lunches at local businesses (to ensure our money goes to support the community) and high-quality equipment.

We felt safe and supported the entire trip

The views were incredible, the trails were challenging (there is some technical mountain biking involved but doable for anyone other than a pure beginner) and the stories they told were fun and informative.

The rest of the team (Marcel and Anastaz) deserve credit not only for their positive attitude but for excellent mechanical skills and incredible driving!

Andrea, May 2024
Slice of Rwanda Ride

Our 3 day tour with Yannick and the team from Lava was the absolute highlight of our trip to Rwanda.

As a group of experienced cyclists having travelled with tour companies in many countries, this was by far the most authentic local experience of our lives. The routes were curated perfectly to our group, and the expert van support on the very, very back roads was there when needed.

We interacted with local village people including a spontaneous drop-in to a church service where we were welcomed with song and dance. The cheers and waves and good morning’s from the children will be seared in my memory forever.

Excellent job by guides Yannick, Marcelle and driver Olivier. Great bikes also!!

Marina, May 2024
Uganda Gorilla Trekking

Yannick picked us up in Musanze and we visited the lake and did a boat tour when we arrived in Uganda.

The gorilla tracking was amazing and Yannick and his team were super kind and friendly.

Sarah, February 2024
4 Day Congo Nile Trail

A dream come true to cycle the Congo Nile Trail – Yannick and Marcel took care of every detail and beyond to make this experience exceptional for the 5 of us… The bikes are in FANTASTIC condition and exactly what you need for riding the terrain. Marcel is a great mechanic and the bikes were tuned each day.

The 4 days that we did were a combination of single and double-track riding through rural Rwanda starting above Gisenyi and heading south. We passed through tonnes of villages where the kids follow you like you are the pied piper and the most interesting event of the day.

Accommodations and meals along the way were great. Yannick arranged lunches at local restaurants and/or homes for a sampling of the variety of fish that one can get from Lake Kivu. Yannick and Marcel have many stories to tell from their time on the Rwandan National Cycling team to information about flora/fauna and life in Rwanda.

I would look no further than this exceptional team if you want an adventure to remember forever.

Caleb, March 2024
3 Days Congo Nile Trail

We had a fantastic time on the Congo Nile Trail!

Yannick and the entire team were excellent in guiding us on our trip, and informing us about our surroundings as we travelled.

This is one of the most authentic ways to see the country – riding through rural villages, pedalling along the lake, and climbing peaks for stunning views.

It was an amazing experience!

Alex, December 2023
2 Days Congo Nile

We love Lava Bikes!

We had a fantastic two-day tour of the Congo Nile trail with Yannick and team.

They went above and beyond to make the experience memorable for us. They are great guys and it was very special to be guided through the amazing terrain by former national team members.

Highly recommend and will definitely be doing more cycle rides with them in the future.

Regina, March 2024
Villages Ride

Yannick and Francis created a perfect beginners mountain bike tour through the villages with Volcano views.

As this was my first real off-road experience, I had my own guide in case I fell back a bit on the day. The bikes were in perfect condition, which was fabulous. There were some rocky bits but overall I managed the grade really well as Yannick chose the perfect route for my skill level.

Riding through the villages to the delight of the locals old and especially the young was my favorite activity during my stay.

Rebecca, April 2024
1 Day Cycling, 2 Days Hiking on Congo Nile

This trip with Yannick and Marcel was fantastic.

On the first day, we cycled Day 3 of the Congo Nile which was so beautiful, with the most stunning views. Yannick also made sure to follow us in a car to provide support for one of our group who was less comfortable biking.

Then we spent two days hiking with Marcel. It was incredibly beautiful and we had some great moments interacting with people in the villages like kids going to school or buying fresh pineapple to snack on.

This trip was a highlight of our time in Rwanda and Lava Bikes helped make it so!

What our clients say on TripAdvisor


Custom made Congo Nile trail

We have cycled the Congo Nile Trail in 4 days with Lava Bike Tours and we had an amazing experience! Yannick has been super helpful in his communication and has made a real effort in adapting the route according to our wishes and level of fitness. The bikes are of OK quality but they were suffering from the harsh conditions during the trail, with a lot of mud and washboard surface. (Imagine downhilling on African cobble stone sections for miles!) Luckily we had our guide Marcel, who could repair the bikes on the spot. He has a wealth of knowledge about everything you pass by along the trail and he is a lot of fun too! It was also very helpful he knew exactly where to get lunch, water or bananas (our favorite!) Also Marcel knows the trail by heart and will show the way along alternative detours or trails with less mud, nicer views or shortcuts from the original trail. We would definitely recommend Lava Bike Tours!

Henk March 22, 2023

Incredible village biking experience

We had a great experience biking throughout the villages in Ruhengeri, seeing parts of rural Rwanda and the countryside that we otherwise never would have experienced. Def something to do if you're looking for adventure and a cultural immersion. We loved it!

LisaBBB2727 December 31, 2022

A truely unique experience

We had such a fun afternoon riding around the villages with our guide Francis. Francis gave us lots of interesting information about the area and took lots of photos. We had a group of very interested and friendly children come and say hello, which was a highlight. The land of a thousand hills is truly beautiful.

Alexa M December 20, 2022

Beautiful ride in the villages around Musanze

We did a very pleasant bike ride around Musanze, the landscape is beautiful and our guide, Francis was very kind. Bikes are proper mountain bikes in excellent condition. I would highly recommend if you like cycling and wish to discover the villages of the region with a beautiful view on the volcanoes!

Aloïs T October 20, 2022

Bike trip at the bottom of the volcano, across villages and plantation!

Great bikes in very good condition for such a great bike tour across villages and plantation, with a great view on the volcanos! I highly recommend Yannick and the bike lava tour. He is always available to answer your questions! The guide, Norbert, was so joyful, careful and gave us many details on the landscapes and culture! Thanks!

camille p September 4, 2022

Great Way to Bike Congo Nile Trail

Yannick set us up with bikes and gear for a self-guided ride on the Congo Nile Trail and helped make for an amazing trip! The bikes and gear were high quality and he made sure everything was fitted for us and ready to go. Throughout the whole trip he was consistently available and always ready to make sure we had a smooth trip, even after we had a slight change in our plans. I couldn't recommend biking in Rwanda with Lava Bike Tours enough!! Thanks, Yannick!

Evan C July 11, 2022

Amazing trip with a great guide!

"Lava Bike Tours" provides really unique bike ride experiences across Rwanda and its beautiful landscape. The communication with Yannick was easy and professional. He is super friendly, reliable, always open to help and open for a chat. The pick-up service in the morning with the van was highly appreciated. Highlight: The landscape around the Twin Lakes. I highly recommend the bike tours with Yannick- it's simply amazing. We hope to come back again and have another ride. All the best

MountAgent June 18, 2022

Awesome afternoon

Such a great cycle on the lake kivu coast. Yannick was the perfect tour guide and even helped my girlfriend on the last hill. Perfect day! The view was so beautiful. We couldn’t recommend Yannick enough! Plus he is a former Rwanda national team cyclist!

Ryan maclean June 2, 2022

Nice ride around Burera&Ruhondo lakes

I had little time to do a guided ride, but thanks to Yannik and Anita I was able to rent a reliable bike to get weeks again and enjoy the paths around lakes Burera&Ruhondo.
I had already pickep my itinerary, but Yannik offered good info about the area.
Murakoze Cyane!

Alf May 5, 2022

Amazing biking in Rwanda

I just did a two-day bike tour around Musanze and Twin Lakes with bikes from Lava Bikes. Yannick is super friendly and helpful, the route he recommended was very nice with great scenery and view of the volcanoes and the lakes and the bikes were in top condition. To anyone who would like to explore one of Rwanda's most beautiful corners by bike and support its growing cycling scene (which Yannick helped establish btw), I can totally recommend Lava Bikes.

InspektorEule May 4, 2022

Awesome Ruhondo lake tour by bike

We went for a bike tour of the Ruhondo lake. Yannick’s service was fantastic and the bikes were in excellent condition. The tour and the views were fabulous!

Lluis May 3, 2022

Great team, great trip!

We did the 20km ride from Masanze to the Twin Lakes -- through the villages along the route. Yannick and Olivier were great and helpful guides... helping us plan and prepare... setting up the bikes professionally -- even organising a high quality bike-seat/helmet for our 4 year old! Then they guided us patiently... advising where the rough spots were coming up. They were informative and responsive, helped us get a boat trip and a stream-cooled beer.
Finally they arranged a car to drive us back "up" to Masanze as well. Thanks Yannick for all your good will and efforts, and for a great experience.

Andrew C March 28, 2022

Very good

In total we did three activitys with Yannick (Congo-Nile-Trail, Twin-Lake-Tour, Mt. Bisoke). We totally recommend him, because he is reliable, trustworthy and a very kind person. Next time we will see each other again. Thank you, Yannick.

Niklas B November 18, 2021

Thank you

Friendly staff and good Mountainbikes. It's been a fun experience cycling from Musanze to the twinlakes.

Daniel November 6, 2021

Amazing bike trail

amazing bike ride, beautiful places in nature and without cars. Perfect organization and new quality bikes.

franco emilio r February 13, 2021