Comprehending the meaning of the trail's name is a challenge though. The "Congo Nile" Trail is sort of a misnomer - it neither lies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, nor does it hug the Nile River - however, it's actually named for the Congo Nile Divide mountain range of the area. Perhaps the recognizable namedrops of two of Africa's natural "brands" were all apart of the marketing strategy, conjured up by its creators to lure adventure tourists. It was created in part by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), and UNWTO's ST-EP Foundation - the latter two committed to sustainable, community-based tourism for eliminating poverty in developing nations. This means that not only does riding the trail give you something fun and physically rewarding to do, but it also gives back.
And how many mountain bike trails say they can do that?
Read more about my Rwandan mountain bike excursion on The Global Trip.